Awkward Family Cavariccis


September 22nd, 2010

Recently, on AwkwardFamilyPhotos, a reader submitted an awkward fashion photo. While the gender of the younglings stumped most folks (are they pretty hairband-type boys…or girls?), Yoli cleared it up that it was a photo of her husband, at left, and his twin sister, who grew up to be a beautiful and non-androgynous woman, at right. Both apparently enjoyed the fashion statement that Cavaricci pants had to offer at the time.

If you have read my previous musings on Z. Cavs, especially my original assessment (you can read it in the post “Here Comes Pants“), they just weren’t a “one size flatters all” pant. Despite my reluctance to wearing the trend back then, readers still periodically write in looking for the mythical pants. I may be misreading the barometer of supply and demand, but if someone were to have a secret stash somewhere, they may as well be rich.

With some trends made new like the resurgence of sharkskin suits, there is a shortage of the larger sizes, but apparently this is not a problem with Cavaricci pants. While I did get a request for leads on size 40′s, most of the requests are for pants with a size 32 or 34 waist for gents—sizes that seem to be attainable to find.  There hasn’t been a measurable interest from female readers.

Is there a secret stash of Cavaricci pants out there to satisfy the demand, or were they just tossed years ago, as “old pants;” their owners mercilessly putting them out of their misery, unbeknownst that a half a generation later, they would be sought after by folks wanting to wear them for more than a 90s Halloween costume, but a night out.  One never thinks the day will come with a fashion trend one remembers form high school or college, but I was told that the day would inevitably come.

Reader Looking for Cavariccis, Size 34


August 4th, 2009

The subject of Z. Cavaricci pants from the 80s and early 90s have been a popular topic on this blog.  In fact, I would call the subject a reader favorite in regards to the reponse I have received.  I have received more email over it than any other topic.  Readers, can I count on you to help another reader?

Connie wrote me and asked if I knew the whereabouts of a pair of 34 waist vintage cavaricci pants.  She neds them very quickly for a party.  If you have anything like this, please leave a comment.   I have Connie’s email address and can put you in touch with her.  Style doesn’t matter.    Alternately, you can send a note to vintagegent @ gmail.com, and I will forward the information along to her.   Dig in your closets and see if you have anything for her to buy or borrow.

Cavariccis: Akber Stops By


January 25th, 2009

Despite the selection of vintage ads and features of midcentury and antique clothing, the most popular posts on this blog statistically are those that mention Z. Cavaricci pants from the 80s and early 90s.  I don’t know why.  Perhaps there wasn’t anything exactly like them at the time or since.  At any rate, Akber, friend of The Daily, mentioned the modern line of Cavaricci, and the unfortunate situation of menswear not being included.

He writes:

I think we need to petition them to bring the men’s styles back as well. They will bankrupt me happily as long as I can get some cav’s on my bod. 

cavaricci20092.gifWell, Akber, ladies Cavaricci pants were out in the 1980s as well.  However, most of them were not a whole entirely different style.  They appeared as though a woman raided her brother’s or boyfriend’s closet, but just sized for her.   For the most part, anyways.   Now, the maker just has a ladies line thus far.  The company may feel that they have “been there, done that” and do not want to retread the same ground again, making yoked, high waisted, pleated pants for men.  At any rate, I commend your decision to take matters into your own hands by petitioning the company.  I am not sure what level of mail they would need to receive, or how many financial affidavits they will need to ensure  that the letter writers will actually buy.

In the meantime, I have several suggestions for you.

1) It is very common for designers to team up with Vogue or Simplicity and release a sewing pattern based on a similar design to a popular item.  Afterall, I have seen a pattern for Hammer Pants.   You might want to keep an eye out for something similar.  The item may not be carried at JoAnn’s, etc, but you might find them on the internet if they indeed exist.

2) Buy Vintage Cavariccis where you can find them.

3) Encourage others to read the Daily, and to link back to it.  Maybe the more people that read the Cavaricci Category of this site, the more people will bring them out of their closets and offer them for sale to people who would appreciate them.

In the meantime, hang in there!

Just a side note.  I am sure you are tired of seeing the same Cavaricci.  If my dedicated readers happen to have one from “back in the day” to send me or will lend me use of a graphic of one they own, please feel free to comment and let me know.

Buying Z. Cavaricci


August 30th, 2008

This site has received more comments, and I have received more mail over one subject leaps and bounds over any other   .

Last October, I wrote about Cavaricci pants of the 80s and early 90s.  It was a little tongue in cheek, I will admit.   I just had no idea the following the pants had, nor how fond a very alrge number of people are of them.  It definitely has been an education over the past ten months of hearing from you, my faithful readers.

Many questions were asked about where people could buy the clothes, and I replied that it was really hit or miss.   I have compiled a list of Cavaricci currently around the internet.

dsp_cavaricci_1214966751.jpgZ. Cavaricci shirt offered on ebay by Christina Joy Boutique.  It is  a size small,and is available for immediate purchase in the ebay store.  Price is $35.00 or best offer.  Remember your manners.  ”Best Offer” doesn’t mean 5% of asking price.

Check it out HERE

Alohalowrider has a pair of 34″ waist Cavaricci pants (not pictured).  Unfortunately, they are not in the mint condition that some of you seek.  The pants are wrinkled (an easy fix) but they also may have small stains here and there.  So buy them for nostalgia or to kick around, but not “night out” pants, but perhaps with a cleaning you may uncover a gem!  Auction is ending in 3 days.   There is $25.00 Buy It Now or a $15.00 starting bid.   They may not be a bad price if you are looking to try them on for the memories.

There is a pair in better condition over at Trocadero, offered by seller Matinee New York.  The waist is listed at 33″ and the price is $100 plus shipping.  Condition is Very Good to Excellent.  Checkwith the seller for more clarification.   (Pants pictured below).   If I see anything else, I will let you know.   Or, if you have anything up on a website, write in.    There are individuals who are eager to capture their late 80s and early 90s fashion memories.

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More Cavaricci from the MailBag


June 30th, 2008

I recently got a note from new friend of VG’sMD – Akber.  He wrote in response to “Cavaricci Redux

I really like the style of Cavaricci Menswear, and would like to see someone bring back the style. I feel that this Style has been totally underrated and misrepresented. I also would like to see banded collar shirts brought back as well. Plus in warm climate areas, I would like to see the usage of breathable fabrics, which also should not require Dry Cleaning. Wash and wear is perfect

With the amount of mail I have been receiving about said pants and clothing, it seems like I should change the name of this blog to the “Z Cavaricci presents VintageGent’s Menswear Daily,” as the subject is where the bulk of our mail comes from.

neimanbandedcollar.jpgAkber, you are half in luck.  Banded collar shirts are in style, as a matter of fact. This offering, at left, is at Neiman Marcus. There are surely interpretations available at a variety of price points.   I spied some available in a variety of fabrics, including cottion.  Unless, of course, you were referring to a Nehru collar, or the less formal modified crewnecks.

Until next time,

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From the Mailbag: Buying Retro Cavariccis


April 21st, 2008

Jason read a recent post “Cavaricci Redux,” and was inspired to write in:

I have been looking everywhere to buy a pair of
80’s/90’s Mens Z Cavaricci pants.

Do you know where I may find some?

Thank you ,

Jason

Dear Jason,

In my opinion and observation, the style of Caviricci pants that you speak of have not “come around again,” so to speak.

The upside is that not “everyone” is looking for them just yet, so you won’t have as many people fighting you for them! There has not been a Hollywood Star or a musicians who has decided to wear them and create a trend for them.

The downside is that you won’t find that locating a pair is very easy. They are a little “too new” just yet for vintage shops and websites looking to stock them, aside from maybe if the store owner is about my age and buys them because they can’t believe that they saw a pair. Local auctions that will sell “lots” of vintage clothing consider them “just old clothes.” People aren’t fighting over them yet, but on the other hand they are “not coming out of the closets” where they have been forgotten to be offered for sale.

Don’t despair yet. Another note is that because this style didn’t “work” for everybody, there would be an equal number of people who would have put them back in the closet unworn or after just one or two wearings, so the ones that you find might be in “like new” condition. The other half, of course, wore them incessantly!

My best advice would be to keep checking Ebay. Reason being is that when no one else is selling them, people sometimes “test the water” by “trying” something on ebay first to see if it is worth putting something in an online shop.  Or it may be something their customers wouldn’t normally buy. I have seen jeans in smaller waist sizes show up there periodically with the same high waisted style as the dressier pants.   Also, your neighborhood consignment shop may carry them.   It may be dicey as some consignment shops will carry anything that is in top notch shape, but some may reject clothing that they don’t fee is “in style” this minute.

Happy hunting, and I will keep an ear to the ground if I hear any news for you.

Caviricci Redux


March 31st, 2008

Quite some time ago, I wrote about Z. Cavaricci pants. Let’s take a trip back in time, shall we?

I had a bad flashback today. I read an article that mentioned Z. Cavariccis. For those that want to forget, Z. Cavaricci created a men’s style in pants that in the late 80s to early 90s. Many a young man who I knew wore them. I am asking whoever made themselves in charge of looking at influences from the 80s to overlook this one when designing next season’s clothing.

They were high waisted like tux pants, but the belt loops were a bit lower, at the natural waist. The legs were pleated, and what made them veer way off the track of a classic trouser, was that they featured a deep “v” front yoke. It caused the legs of the pants, because they were pleated but flat acrossed the stomach and groin area, to pleat out even farther. On the tall, gangly, and knobby kneed gent, it was actually flattering because the pleats laid right and it made his legs look more proportional. You noticed the guy’s overall ensemble.

But on everyone else…it was “Here comes pants.”

If you were stocky, or were fit but were more muscular of leg, the pleated legs brought a strange adaptation of puffed out harem pants to mind or made one look bowlegged. Of course, this was overcontrasted by the virtually flat triangular yoke covering the stomach to the top of the groin area, appearing like a virtual “directional arrow” towards something that I am sure the designer could not have realized, or the joke was on the wearer that their whole…um… “area”… was being pointed to. The finishing touch was to buy them long and cuff them.

The rear of the pants had little style, most of the budget had been put into the front.
I have no photo to show you. I could not find one anywhere. So you may just have to take my word for it!

Well, flash forward to this week, when an alert reader sent me the following image:

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The shirt is hiding just how high the waist band is on the man, trust me. There is a distinct possibility that I am remembering them in a far more heinous light than they actually were. After all, they were tumbled around in my distant memory, most likely hopped on by Q-bert and pummeled by a few 1980s professional wrestlers I recall from sitting like a pretzel on the living room floor. Those guys are really heavy and I wouldn’t want to whack them in their center of gravity.  All of these years, they have been tripping around in my cob webby mind each time I sleep or stand.  Those pants would surely be flattened or severely mangled by now. I will go with “theory B,” a model of perfect proportions just is able to carry off the look more so than pre-growth spurt teenage boys.

Here Comes Pants!


October 2nd, 2007

I had a bad flashback today. I read an article that mentioned Z. Cavariccis. For those that want to forget, Z. Cavaricci created a men’s style in pants that in the late 80s to early 90s. Many a young man who I knew wore them. I am asking whoever made themselves in charge of looking at influences from the 80s to overlook this one when designing next season’s clothing.

They were high waisted like tux pants, but the belt loops were a bit lower, at the natural waist. The legs were pleated, and what made them veer way off the track of a classic trouser, was that they featured a deep “v” front yoke. It caused the legs of the pants, because they were pleated but flat acrossed the stomach and groin area, to pleat out even farther. On the tall, gangly, and knobby kneed gent, it was actually flattering because the pleats laid right and it made his legs look more proportional. You noticed the guy’s overall ensemble.

But on everyone else…it was “Here comes pants.”

If you were stocky, or were fit but were more muscular of leg, the pleated legs brought a strange adaptation of puffed out harem pants to mind or made one look bowlegged. Of course, this was overcontrasted by the virtually flat triangular yoke covering the stomach to the top of the groin area, appearing like a virtual “directional arrow” towards something that I am sure the designer could not have realized, or the joke was on the wearer that their whole…um… “area”… was being pointed to.  The finishing touch was to buy them long and cuff them.

The rear of the pants had little style, most of the budget had been put into the front.
I have no photo to show you. I could not find one anywhere. So you may just have to take my word for it!

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