Snippets of life

People are fascinating, don’t you think? One week in November last year – before the snows came –  I had the pleasure of observing a range of wonderful characters on the streets of Stockholm, Sweden. It was a fantastic day, with the old cobblestones turned to shimmering gold.

And as I wandered the streets, I observed the following people:

Russian clown escapee? Very tall, gangly bone-thin man with the large black Cossack hat atop fly-away blonde hair and all-too short mustard corduroy trousers ending just above the ankles. Short enough to reveal a pair of elegant ankles encased in scuffed, comfortable-looking boots.

Waiter fashion victim. Oh baby-faced youth! You look as if you should be at school, dreaming about girls and video games instead of clearing plates at the local Asian restaurant with your Adidas nylon sports trousers so low down on your buttocks that the tops of your thighs would be showing if it weren’t for that deliciously long shirt you’re wearing.

Woman fashion victim. Brown buckled knee boots with sandy-coloured harem pants tucked inside. I wonder if we were really designed to have our crotches hanging around our knees?

I definitely need to get out more often! If only to gather more blog fodder…

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43 responses

  1. Oh, you have definitely made my evening, Ladyfi! And definitely the best laugh of the day! Isn’t it fun to be able to just kick back and “people watch” for a while! Yes, you do indeed need to get out more and supply us with more laughs! Have a great week! I look forward to more observances of yours!



    February 9, 2010 at 05:45

  2. God please don’t let those pants cross the border into this country


    February 9, 2010 at 05:46

  3. sure is a wonderful world!


    February 9, 2010 at 05:48

  4. Nothing can ever be as much fun as people watching!


    February 9, 2010 at 05:54

  5. I love people watching. Those diaper pants scare the crap out of me.


    February 9, 2010 at 05:58

  6. I love that I get to see Sweden through your eyes. The long-crotch pants, however, would be a fashion faux pas anywhere on the planet.


    February 9, 2010 at 06:15

  7. kelli

    those pants are ALL OVER DK! And I just want to put a full length mirror in front of the person wearing them each time…. yikes!


    February 9, 2010 at 06:54

    • You can even get them for kids!


      February 9, 2010 at 07:19

  8. 🙂 I am glad fashions keep changing. This too shall pass and fade away.


    February 9, 2010 at 06:54

  9. Blu

    These pants may have their uses!?.. Save the planet from needing plastic bags just put your shopping down there?


    February 9, 2010 at 07:33

  10. I love watching people too! But you will not find this fashion style here in the country side. But you will see these in Copenhagen. I love your shot of Old Town.


    February 9, 2010 at 07:43

  11. I’ve seen such trousers in Romania too. I keep wondering why these nice young ladies are wearing them. they look hilarious!!! great post!


    February 9, 2010 at 07:53

  12. Oh Yep I know I am old when Harem Pants have made a comeback.
    I was thrilled when they were “In” first time around and devastated to know they had Returned….How on earth???


    February 9, 2010 at 08:52

  13. What little I can see of Stockholm, it looks beautiful and solid. As for harem pants… well, better that than tattooing your entire body and piercing your tongue.
    Crotch around the ankles? Not an elegant look.


    February 9, 2010 at 08:58

  14. LadyFi: We had a thaw then got hit with another storm with more to come today.


    February 9, 2010 at 09:21

  15. The way I see it, if it doesn’t look good on an emaciated model, it won’t look good on me.


    February 9, 2010 at 09:37

  16. Fantastic image.


    February 9, 2010 at 10:14

  17. Those harem pants have been so big over here over the last year or so. They are the most unflattering thing really


    February 9, 2010 at 11:38

  18. I would never buy that kind of harem pants. Btw, is it really harem cut? As I remember harem it is a beautiful creation, and this is not.

    But, nice post.


    February 9, 2010 at 11:42

  19. Thanks for your comment – it was actually you who inspired me to join My World! Thank-you. I love this post. What powers of description you have! I used to wear harem pants. But only when I thought no-one was looking.


    February 9, 2010 at 11:43

  20. I like this!
    It also reminds me I should print out model releases and put them in my planner in case I’ll need to photograph people when I’m out and about – say, in Stockholm, on THURSDAY! But writing may be more elegant than just showing photos anyhow.


    February 9, 2010 at 12:04

  21. p.s. I think the words fashion victim are quite true. I sometimes can’t believe how gullible people are. When I had to buy new shoes for this winter, there were two styles: super cute little non-leather boots (lucky me!) or thigh-high, high-heeled leather boots. Seriously. In Sundsvall – I find this extra ridiculous because we all suspect people in Stockholm MIGHT wear those boots 😀

    Last time I saw those kinds of shoes were when I watched Pretty Woman as a little girl and my mum explained about her profession and the boots.


    February 9, 2010 at 12:09

  22. …and by that I meant the profession of the main character in the movie. My mum is a sort of mathematician who owned a health food shop, thank you very much.


    February 9, 2010 at 12:14

  23. I try to refrain from commenting on fashion, no matter how bad I think it is, as I’m usually the one found to be horribly out of date. I try to stick with the jeans and sweatshirt look; hoping it never goes out of style!


    February 9, 2010 at 13:44

  24. On our vacation in Foz, we saw a lady with these low hanging crotch pants! Awful, I tell you!! I hate them! They are even worse than “sh*tcatchers”!!! 🙂


    February 9, 2010 at 14:39

  25. Your photo is full of athmosphere ! very beautiful.
    I had to laugh about the pants of your woman’s fashion victim ! I had the same in red, I bought it Tunesia, it’s an arabic cloth. Very practical when it is hot. In french we call them a “Fart bag”, lol


    February 9, 2010 at 15:21

  26. Ah, good ol’ people watching, made even better by anatomically incorrect clothing.


    February 9, 2010 at 18:53

  27. Those pants are ridiculous.


    February 9, 2010 at 19:18

  28. You are so right. The world is just full of blog fodder, just waiting for us to notice.


    February 9, 2010 at 20:29

  29. Po

    Um. Eeeeuw to the crotch by the knees thing. They look like pyjamas.


    February 9, 2010 at 21:48

  30. People watching at its best, Fi – and I love the street shot!


    February 10, 2010 at 01:11

  31. Love that street scene. The perspective is amazing.


    February 10, 2010 at 01:20

  32. Thank you for taking us on that tour with you. Your description are very evocative.


    February 10, 2010 at 04:34

  33. The street scene is wonderful. I love the cobbled streets. Those harem pants, on the other hand, are dreadful…it takes a very emotionally secure person to actually wear them in public, I’m thinking!!


    February 10, 2010 at 04:39

  34. Cool. We’re all so jersey-knit coordinates bought at the supermarket when we were picking up milk here where I live. I miss having a little eccentricity thrown in the mix.


    February 10, 2010 at 06:05

  35. Please don’t let my little hippie daughter see those pants!


    February 10, 2010 at 09:17

  36. People ARE fascinating! This time of year, most here in Canada are closeted indoors. I long for warmer days when more people are outdoors to reveal their quirks! 🙂


    February 10, 2010 at 11:14

  37. I just don’t see how those pants could possibly be attractive on anyone!!!


    February 10, 2010 at 13:16

  38. the first pic is wonderful…the pants, they kinda look comfortable…not necessarily practical…smiles.


    February 10, 2010 at 13:32

  39. Yikes! I’d look like a ball with arms in pants like that.


    February 10, 2010 at 14:44

  40. hey, don’t laugh! i actually own a pair of that waiter pants, well, it’s called alibaba pants here.
    in defense to that, it’s very comfy, though unpleasing to look at. ^0^
    as a fashion addict, have to agree that “we” are really fascinating, people show up and dress in the most extra ordinary way. ^0^


    February 10, 2010 at 15:46

  41. Wonderful photo of your streets..the buildings are so colorful, and close together! We like to people watch too..I am sure that we get a few odd looks too..those pants are a fashion nightmare..but what do I know I have worn snow boots with shorts because my feet were cold:)


    February 11, 2010 at 03:02

  42. Stockholm is a fun place to see all the strange fashion victims. It gets never boring and there is nothing wrong with that hobby!:-)


    February 13, 2010 at 07:55

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