Amarcord Vintage: Knick Knock Knickerbockers

amacordEver since childhood, I’ve had a thing for knickerbockers. My favorite pair were purple and I wore them with brown Mary Janes. I guess not that much has changed, only it took ages to find a pair of knickerbockers that fit properly…the ones I do have are a bit big… on my trip to Williamsburg with Pamela, she took me to Amarcord Vintage where I found this beautiful pair of dead stock tweed knickerbockers, they’re a high quality I haven’t encountered for a while, and for $50, more than reasonably priced. Even though they fit a bit snug, but all in all look great. Ok… so they’re a bit tight, pre-lycra high waisted trousers tend be constricting, which is why I wore so many skirts back then, but revisiting vintage trousers, they really dictate movement, causing me to sit up straight, as opposed to the keyboard slump I’m used to. Also, I’m hyper aware of my waist, “I have a WAIST???” because… a thing that I’ve forgotten about in recent years. It’s almost as if clothes today, as liberating as they are also allow us to have poor posture and gorge on giant portions of food. Not that I don’t love lounging around in cotton jersey (oh I do!), but it’s forgiving qualities sometimes bring out the worst in me.

Styling high waisted trousers can be tricky, not a lot of blouses today are meant to be tucked in, and to tell the truth, I never really mastered the whole ‘tucking in’ business with shirts. As an alternative, I’ve found a modern way to wear them is with a loose fitting cropped tee. In fact, I’ve been looking for the proper one for some time, and now I’m onto looking for sweaters with a similar cut, this one came from Urban Outfitters…but the hunt is so on, especially since I’m loving how high waisted trousers are looking lately.


jennineAmarcord Vintage: Knick Knock Knickerbockers

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  1. Samantha

    I love it! Maybe this is the solution to my quest for more non-denim pants. I skipped harem pants because I feel like they need to be worn with heels, but I think knickerbockers actually work better with flat shoes (good for storming around campus). Also I really liked the bit about how clothes “dictate movement” although I can’t help but be reminded of whalebone corsets.
    .-= Samantha´s last blog ..feeling scandinavian =-.

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    ❤ samantha…oh you are so right, harem pants can look sloppy very quickly, and heels aren’t always a good option. i don’t know if i would wear knickerbockers with anything more than a 2″ heel, else it starts to look a little much… well, depends on how you do it..
    ❤ andrea and katy, thanks..or in my case, this is dressed up, i need to go out more.
    ❤ kate… my favorite shoes, they need a break…but i cant seem to find anything else!
    ❤ sally, oh man, i can’t even begin to tuck in my shirts!
    ❤ fajr, it’s probably one of my favorite color palletes…

  3. kyla

    I LOOOOOOOOOOVE this sooooo much! This is totally my style and is now residing in my inspiration folder. I will most likely have to DIY my own version, but it. is. on.

  4. Fiona

    Oh, I love the Oxfords with knickerbockers. A few years ago I was very sad that I had to be a male prisoner in our period school play – until I saw my costume of the greasiest wig, knickerbockers and Oxfords ! Unfortunately, I had to give them back afterwards and I haven’t found something similar in shops yet.
    Do you have any advice for finding great Oxfords in Germany, Jennine?

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    ❤kylya… awesome! i bet there could be an easy hack with diy knickerbockers, as they just dont’ have them in stores this year…
    ❤fiona…Omg! I love it! What a great costume! You know I got these Oxfords at the flea market in Frankfurt… it’s pretty much where I got all my shoes when I lived in Germany. They cost about €4… and I have to say, they get worn three or four times a week over the last year and a half, they’re totally worth it.

  6. SwanDiamondRose

    yay knickerbockers! i was just thinking about them and regretting selling these ages ago…
    and check this beautiful design…
    and this velvet Sasson pair, which i don’t regret selling because i never wore them, and somebody does now…http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbietron/234123786/

    .-= SwanDiamondRose´s last blog ..girl in skyscraper with computer and flying needle in the clouds [2] =-.

  7. Nickie Frye

    Oh. My. Gosh. Those knickers are absolutely adorable. I love them! Good call w/ the cropped top & army jacket. I’m loving the high waisted trousers lately too. I scored a ton of vintage high waisted jeans for my shop & am in the process of listing them. http://www.nickiefrye.etsy.com I agree that there is a bit of a challenge w/ the top though. I like the look of a slouchy tee or racer back tank, tucked in. The fabric has to be thin, however, or there is too much bulk in the waist. Fluxus has a great burnout tee for this purpose. If you can find cute vintage men’s tees, those work well too.
    .-= Nickie Frye´s last blog ..Leather Wedges Size 8 =-.

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    ❤alicia.. thanks!
    ❤wendy…oooh corsets are great!
    ❤minna.. ooh, i can do dumpy too!
    ❤swan, those knickerbockers are amazing!!! how can you part with them?
    ❤nickie..oh i’ll have to try the tucked in look too!

  9. Midtown Girl

    I’m so glad you did a post on Knickers since I am a ‘non-model height’ chick as well. I was never sure if I should wear them bc I felt like they may look like awkward on me (like balloon-ish)… but seeing how fab they are on you – I just may have to get a pair now ;-)

    .-= Midtown Girl´s last blog ..Online Dating: The Shoes Don’t Lie! =-.

  10. Market Publique

    It was so great to go shopping with you!
    I’m so glad you got the trousers – they look amazing on you, and I love them paired with the cropped top.
    Now I’ve been obsessing over that vintage coyote jacket you tried on… Shopping together is dangerous!

  11. dapper kid

    Those knickerbockers look fantastic! And I am loving your shoes too. I know what you mean, I have been looking through archive photographs of gentlemen in suits and weekend wear these past few weeks and they all wore their trousers at their natural waist height. I guess the belt freed people from wearing their trousers to high, but sometimes I kind of want to hunt down a pair of wool trousers and button suspenders because of how amazing it looks. Hope you’re having a beautiful week :)
    .-= dapper kid´s last blog ..A Little Sportswear =-.

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