Invasion of the sailor pants in Siem Reap, Cambodia

by Sylvia

orange sailor pants worn in Siem Reap

Some surprise pictures today from wonderful Siem Reap in Cambodia. Facebook fans and twitter followers may have picked up that I went away for a few days last week during the Chinese New year public holidays. Siem Reap in Cambodia had been on our list of places to see for quite a while and this short break seemed like a perfect opportunity.

orange sailor pants

The main attraction in Siem Reap are, of course, the many ancient temples like Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and many others. I have actually posted some images of temples of Siem Reap and the village I visited on my personal site, as well as on the 40+ style facebook page, so if you’re interested in seeing more or learn more about Siem Reap, you can check those out.

What I wore

But now let’s concentrate on what I wore. As faithful readers of this blog will know, I’m quite a fan of wide legged (sailor) pants. You have all seen my favorite white sailor pants a few times already, so when I went to the Alldressedup sale last week and saw these sailor pants at a massive discount in my size, I snapped them up in 2 colors.

Siem Reap fashion

To be honest, I wouldn’t normally have bought orange pants, but as you all may know, orange is the IT color of the year 2012. Although this particular orange isn’t quite the color tangerine that is the particular flavor of orange this year, it still comes close. Since the trousers were cheap and I knew that I like this particular kind of trousers, I decided to have a little fun with orange and join the trend!

Orange is not an easy color to wear, I find, although you can always mix it with white (I gave some color combination recently in this article on how to wear orange). On this particular day, I needed to stay comfortable (it was very hot) which is why I wore the very flowy and thin cotton shirt and I wanted to add an extra flavor to give the whole look a bit more of a graphical and playful feel, hence the black top underneath.

orange wide legged pants

The blue version

On the second day I kept it even simpler, opting for the blue version with my white Zara top with black lines. The necklace works here as well and adds a bit of extra color and fun to the outfit. The blue version is definitely a lot easier to wear and I can see myself pairing these pants with many items in my closet.

blue wide legged sailor pants

The hat is not my most stylish one, but in this hot weather where you need constant protection from the sun, it is certainly a very practical one!

wearing blue sailor pants in siem reap

I had a wonderful trip to Siem Reap. The temples are spectacular, the people incredibly friendly and we had a lovely hotel just outside Siem Reap, right on the country side. Taking photos for this blog was a challenge but fun at the same time, so hopefully you enjoyed them. If you like them and want to pin them to your Pinterest board, you can now easily do that with the pin button at the top of this post. If you want to see more images than head on over to the 40+ style Facebook page.

Sailor pants: Alldressedup (still available here)
White shirt: Haji Lane
Black and white top: Zara
Necklace: Alldressedup

Are you going to wear orange this coming season? 

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Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

How wonderful to get to Cambodia and see these temples. I am enjoying your photos so much. And your wide leg trousers are fab too! Thanks for linking up to Visible Monday.


It’s not so far from Singapore and whilst we are here we need to take the opportunity 🙂 It was great fun.


These pants are awesome! I love the sailor buttons, the wide legs, and the cuffs. The navy are classic but the orange are fun and modern. You will be able to come up with many outfits over the next few months. I am also a fan of the shorter top over a longer, fitted top. Very cute. 🙂
Cambodia looks like a beautiful place to vacation. I hope you had a wonderful time.


Thanks Suzanne. We had a great time. I’m not a big temple lover (as I’ve seen my fair share) but these ones were truly spectacular. I also really enjoyed a visit to the village and saw a local dance show as well.


I love your orange pants! Orange is THE color of the year and you wear it well. I have been having a love affair with orange since last March.


Wow. You have been a very early adapter! We’ll see how I go with the orange. Red has always been my preferred color…

Pam @over50feeling40

Incredible pictures…and I love both pants! You look like such a cute and put together tourist…not like some I have seen who go to far in the comfort zone!


Thanks Pam. Yes, I certainly looked more fashionable than most as, like you say, many go very casual. I must admit that I may have possibly gone a bit more casual than this, but when you have a style blog, you can’t miss the opportunity to take great photographs in such a location. And I DID have a lot of fun wearing my clothes, and not looking like everybody else, so I will certainly do it again next time. Even when I’m not taking pictures.

The Style Crone

You are truly a world traveler. Orange is perfect with the beautiful backgrounds that you feature.


It certainly stands out! I could not be missed…


That looks great on you! I so love it !

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Thanks Kim!


Love all your photos! Beautiful Temples! Love both pair of pants! Especially the orange pair with those wide legs and bottons.
Orange never was my color of choice! But,after looking at some of your photos,orange can be a fun color to wear with the right combination..


Thanks Robert. The blue pants are actually the same as the orange ones as well. It also has the black buttons; they are just not as clear.


wow what fun cool colors too!


Thanks Tami!


Sylvia–I’ve started buying some orange in the thrifts. This style pant would be comfortable for travel and being prepared for who-knows-what! I think the coral or orange can easily be paired with navy or grey.

I must say though that the great location here almost upstages the pants!


Great Terri. Look forward to seeing it.

Yes you are absolutely right. No garment could compete with this location…

megan, the frugalista diaries

love those pants!


Thanks Megan!

Nicole Feliciano

I was there in 2003 and didn’t look nearly as chic! Thanks for showing off your style on Monday Mingle over at Momtrends!


🙂 It’s actually quite fun to dress up, even for these touristy days….

Heather Fonseca

Those orange pants are fantastic! Wishthey were mine. I like them in orange even better than the blue, but I can see why you might like the blue more.
Great photos!!!


Thanks Heather. I think the pants actually do look better in orange. The buttons stand out more and you can see the full design of the pants. But which one will get the most wear? (yes probably the blue, but you just never know….)

Bella Q

Beautiful backdrop for those sailor pants, lol. I thought I loved the orange until I saw the navy- I LOVE both!


thanks Bella


What an amazing place to visit! And I love those pants!


This place WAS amazing. I can definitely recommend it if you are ever in the area…


This is an adorable outfit, the orange almost Coral? To my mind, older women like myself, look good in brighter colours, and this outfit you are wearing is very flattering!


Thanks. They definitely do!

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