Polka Dots & Leather

Monday, August 27, 2012

This post should have been called the plight of a girl and her leather pants. I have been in search of a pair of faux leather pants for 2 years! I have seen a few pairs online at places like Top Shop & H&M, but they were always sold out. The only thing I could find in person, were faux leather leggings, and those things have got to be the most disgusting feeling thing I've ever put on my body!

Finally, a couple weeks ago, I found the exact pair I have been looking for! I was at a Forever 21 and they had one pair of leather cigarette pants left! Knowing they were a size too small, I bought them anyways. Most of Forever 21's jeans stretch on me, but I knew better with the leather ones. I ended up returning them to another store, which was sold out of the pants as well, in exchange for store credit :(

However, the happy ending is, I was able to order them online from Forever 21 and they fit wonderfully!! After two years I was finally able to find the pants I wanted at the price point I wanted! Budget shopping is a persistence game ladies!
*Note: I just looked on the F21 website and these pants are sold out, what a royal bummer!!

My entire outfit today cost $79.46.... I think that's a record high on {mtc}!! But, with a vintage Cynthia Rowley bag and leather pants... it's still a really good deal!!

{leather pants}
brand: Forever 21
purchase price: $32.50
purchased from: Forever 21
suggested retail: $32.50

{peplum top}
brand: Hearts
purchase price: $12.99
purchased from: Marshalls
suggested retail: unknown

** Let's Talk Peplums.... I LOVE them!! Isn't this girly polka-dot one just perfect? **

brand: unknown
purchase price: $5.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

brand: Cynthia Rowley
purchase price: $19.99
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: unknown

brand: Aldo
purchase price: $799
purchased from: The Goodwill
suggested retail: $60-$80

A little Monday trivia for you, did you ever wonder where the word "Polka Dot" came from?

Well, I did, and here is what I found....

"An early recorded use of the term "polka dot" is in 1854 in The Yale literary magazine, Volume 122, Page 7. The pattern is named for the dance of the same name, making one suspect there is a connection linking the pattern to the dance. Instead, the name was settled upon merely because of the dance's popularity at the time the pattern became fashionable. Many other products and fashions of the era also adopted the polka name. (source: Wikipedia)"

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Asher said...

Loooove this look!

The_Leather_Skirt_Blog said...

Fantastic lesson in persistance & patience (I could use some of that) and a FANTASTIC look as well!

I truly LOVE my leather pants. There is no better weekend wear during the cooler months. You will find multitudes of reasons to wear them.

The only thing I wear more often... well, I suppose you know... Hee Hee


Teresa @ Delightfully Darling said...

I love the look of leather pants, those look great on you and I would have guessed that they came from a more expensive retailer. Good job at budget shopping, you are right - it really is a waiting game sometimes.

xo Teresa

KT said...

Those pants are magnificent! You look great :)

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you found a pair of amazing leather pants! I was on the hunt last year too and when H&M came out with theirs, I drove an hour and a half one way just to get them. I had tried on F21's but everything fit except the waist. I have a wide waist I think. But I love my pair. They will go with everything in the fall and winter! You won't want to stop wearing them. :) <3


christine said...

What an amazing outfit. Those pants look great and you really can't beat F21 price. The shoes and the bag are lovely as well.

Nikki said...

Don't you love it when you search high and low for a product and you actually get your hands on it, it fits AND it's a great price? It's such a bomb feeling for me! I LOVE your peplum top - great outfit!!
Nikki at www.bedazzlesafterdark.com

The Golden Girls said...

lovin the polka dots! Hugs from California! xx,
The Golden Girls

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

love those pants! I have never been brave enough to wear leather pants! Your shoes are amazing too!

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Edward Parker said...

The origin of polka dots on fabric in the middle Polka in the mid-19th century Polka was born into the popularity of music and dance, ”is a Polish word for woman Or derived from the Czech word for half-step "pulka".