Monday Musings- Cargo and Ferry Rides

My style recipe doesn’t include girly-girly things and overly feminine clothes have never appealed to me. Cargo pants have also never been part of my wardrobe because they’ve always seemed too masculine. Today’s ootd, proves once again, why I’ve learned to never say never about fashion which now includes these feminine cargo pants.

woman infrotn of rock fireplace wearing ivory sweater and tank top

I changed my mind about them when I tried these ones on for you during a recent dressing room diary. They’re technically called Excursion pants, but the large exterior pockets and button tab at the ankle say “cargo” to me.

blonde woman standing on dock of ferry wearing cream cardigan, beige cargo pants and cinnamon colored tee shirt

As always, you can click through the red highlighted text links for more info and to shop the item.

Feminine cargo pants outfit

I wore them for our BC Ferry ride to Victoria earlier this week. I paired them with a shrunken sweater from Target and my newest pair of these Tulip perforated sneakers. How many pairs of these Ilse Jacobsen slip-on sneakers can one woman own? That verdict is not in:)

These pants are an amazingly soft blend of Tencel and linen which upgrades the drape and feel of the fabric. The stitched front seam gives them a bit more structure and the lack of flaps on the pockets makes these a more elegant option which brings them easily into my style territory.

They come in 5 colors, in regular and petite. I’m wearing a regular. I wanted the cream, but I’m glad I chose this light sand color which feels more “out of Africa” to me and will transition easily into fall.


women wearing feminine cargo pants and sweater on ferry


It was blustery on deck but mild, so this super affordable cardi was enough to keep me comfy. It comes in 5 colors in womens and womens plus. I’m wearing a small. It’s a chunky knit blend that I seriously debated, and now can’t imagine why I didn’t get it in 2 colors!


over 50 woman wearing shrunken sweater and cinnamon colored tank top on deck of ferry

Swapping out the self-belt on a garment always upgrades its look so I chose this suede one with the wooden buckle. I also like how the faux horn buttons on the sweater add a bit of extra pattern. This cinnamon-colored tank is a new shade for me and I love how it coordinates with the other neutrals. It’s not the same color as my eyeglass frames but seems to pull that tone out in them.

the full spirit workout bok

I love the ferry but it was doing a fair amount of rocking and rolling during this trip so I got out on the deck to breathe the fresh air. It’s a sure-fire cure for the queasy seasick feeling I get on most boats. BTW- this is my current book. I’ve just started it so can’t speak to it how good it will be but I’m enjoying it so far.

What do you wear now that you never thought you’d try?

Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.

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  1. Christine F
    September 4, 2021 / 11:38 am

    I ordered the sweater. The sleeves seemed a little full. What size do you have?

    • Jennifer
      September 4, 2021 / 12:44 pm

      I’m wearing an XS

  2. Kate Smith
    August 31, 2021 / 5:20 am

    I love your posts! I used to live in the PNW and you always visit my favorite spots. You looks so great from your weight loss! Could you talk more about how you did it? Thanks!

  3. Dianne
    August 26, 2021 / 8:10 am

    Love the outfit, the colors look wonderful on you! I someday hope to visit Vancouver, looks so beautiful there. Very hot here in central Florida, lots of rain. Thankfully so far we have been spared any hurricanes that have developed in the Atlantic. Have a great weekend Jennifer

  4. Mary
    August 25, 2021 / 6:14 am

    Tencel is an amazing fabric – wish it was used more often. Did you find that you needed the petite length in these pants?

  5. Robyn
    August 25, 2021 / 2:56 am

    I have three pairs of those pants; khaki, green and off white. I do think they run large. When it gets cooler I plan to wear them with mules. Mine are from Nissolo or I may purchase a pair of clogs. I love off white in the fall and plan to style all the pants with light weight sweaters, cardigans and possibly a blazer.

  6. Francine
    August 24, 2021 / 3:24 pm

    The tank top you are wearing looks so good on you. When I go to Banana Republic they dont have names for the colors only numbers. Would you please tell the color number. thanks

    • Jennifer
      August 24, 2021 / 9:52 pm

      I’m pretty sure it’s 182. They don’t write it on the tee either

  7. Vicky
    August 24, 2021 / 8:42 am

    Love the color combination of tank, sweater and pants. It loooks gorgeous with your coloring. I’ll have to give that cinnamon color a try.

  8. Paulette Levy
    August 24, 2021 / 7:03 am

    What fall/winter shoe might look great with excursion pants (northeast weather ).? Thanks so much!

    • Jennifer
      August 24, 2021 / 9:49 pm

      I think booties will be great with them and a leather sport sneaker as well. Ballet flats have the wrong vibe, as do loafers.

  9. Joanna
    August 23, 2021 / 7:54 pm

    Where did the rest of your comments go?

    • maeve
      August 24, 2021 / 11:08 am

      Hit “Olderr Comments” at the end of this comment section

      • Joanna
        August 24, 2021 / 3:54 pm

        Thank you!

    • Jennifer
      August 24, 2021 / 9:48 pm

      My comments are broken up into pages to help my blog load faster. Just click older comments at the end of this section.

  10. Dee
    August 23, 2021 / 6:50 pm

    Hope you enjoyed your time in our lovely little city!
    Find any fashion gems?

    • Jennifer
      August 24, 2021 / 9:46 pm

      I’m still looking. How did you guess that I am shopping?

  11. Francesca B
    August 23, 2021 / 4:28 pm

    I did the same trip with my two beautiful kids when they were little so much fun. Love Canada 🍁🥰🇨🇦 Going to get the cardigan,great outfit happy week 🙂

    • Jennifer
      August 24, 2021 / 9:45 pm

      Have a great one, Francesca

  12. Theodora Repose
    August 23, 2021 / 4:26 pm

    Still no sneakers for me. Commuted to Manhattan for years. No sneakers for me. My choice was loafers. Probably a throwback to my school uniform days.

    Enjoy reading everything you post. Thank you for all you do for all of us.😎

  13. Ann L Stevenson
    August 23, 2021 / 3:54 pm

    I, too, loved the sweater; however, I can’t find it in stock at the Target stores in my area of the South Bay of Silicon Valley. On the Target website, it says it can’t be shipped. I am wondering whether you purchased it in Canada. If you find a link where I can order it, I would appreciate your sending it to me. Continue to enjoy your trip!

    • Jennifer
      August 24, 2021 / 9:44 pm

      I purchased mine at home in California. I wonder why it can’t be shipped?

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