As I get older I am less likely to wear short dresses or skirts. When the hemline starts creeping up past my knee I start to get uncomfortable. This is interesting as I grew up figure skating, and ran around in barely there skirts most of my formative years. But today as I edge towards 45, I am just not comfortable in shorter skirts or dresses.  I firmly believe that any woman who loves her legs should continue to wear short dresses as long as she likes. For me that is no longer.

What I do love is dresses over pants. And it is coming back into fashion. Most of the versions I see on the runways are a skinny cropped pant. But I have been experimenting with skinny trousers, skinny jeans, leggings and wide leg trousers. Some have worked better than others.

So here are two recent dresses worn as tunics over pants or leggings.

The first is a bright Sugar Lips dress, which I bought back in the January sales. I have worn it before, but not photographed it. The first time I wore it I paired it with skinny grey trousers. This time, I tried my black wide leg pants (Banana Republic) and a black shrug (Plum). The key necklace is a vintage Alfred Sung piece that has been in my closet since at least the early 90s. The silver cuff I inherited from a friend of my mothers.


Do I love this combo? Sort of. I think this could work with wide leg pants. But it is clear that these are pants are finally ready to be replaced (they just don't flow nicely anymore). And the Fluevogs feel a bit dainty and round. I think I need a stronger shoe to provide a bit more weight or foundation.

On St. Patrick's Day I was running around with my son all day.  So I threw my my green tunic (thrifted) on over a black t-shirt, black leggings, a fun scarf and some boots (Camper). Normally when I wear this tunic I will wear a belt, but I thought I might look a bit like an elf or Leprechaun. So I left it loose. This makes it very comfortable on a busy day. But doesn't give my waist any definition.


What I am excited about in this outfit, is my new orange skull cuff. I nipped into Nice Shoes while my son was at a Birthday party and couldn't resist.


Nice Shoes is a vegan shoe and accessory store on Fraser Street in Vancouver. I have been wanting to stop in since they opened a year ago. This was my first chance. And I am glad I did. The staff were fantastic, so much fun and very helpful. The stores has a lot of adorable shoes, bags, accessories (and even chocolate) all of which are vegan. I was particularly taken by this Harveys black purse made from seat belts. I certainly would not be disappointed to find it or this Lola version wrapped with a bow for my upcoming birthday.

And for those with a keen eye you will notice that the weather in Vancouver is nice enough to take my outfit photos back outdoors. Lets hope those shots of my little hallway are gone until at least next November.