27 Jul 2016

Summer Wardrobe Essentials: Wearing The Pants

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“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

The pants are my number one wardrobe essential in summer and any season. They are the first pieces I pack and unpack.

I am very unoriginal when it comes to “wearing the pants”; black, white, grey, navy and khaki with a predominance for black and grey in the winter and white and khaki in the summer.  I admire those who can up the anti with colour and brocades but practically speaking, they don’t work so well for packing and as much as I might love them on others, I don’t find them my best friends.

KISS is my motto when it comes to trousers.

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There are certain styles I know to work; I think they flatter most shapes and I stick to those.

The correct length, tailoring, degree of detail and embellishment are the major considerations. If you are 6 feet tall and of model proportions then I would say, go for any style you like with all the bells and whistles because height and slight makes for good partners.

Many expensive mistakes have helped me narrow down the choices and I have come to understand that I express my creative or quirky side through my footwear, my jewellery or my blouses.

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Which styles?

Three styles see me through summer and travel with me. The jean, the tailored crop or classic trouser and a cargo style pant. I want to imagine myself swanning through Italy in Palazzo pants, walking my culottes all over London or exploring Marrakech in harem style; it’s not going to happen. I can just as easily “swan”, “walk” and “explore” in my tried and true favourites. If I want to go all la dolce vita, I will pack the kaftan. To explore, walk and discover I am happy in the cargos. As for everyday, in the office, out for dinner or something more special, a tailored pant is the winner every time.

“Wearing the pants” relates back to yesterday’s conversation, knowing what works and adapting is the key to signature style. Most of us are not in perfect shape and as long as we are fit, flexible and healthy then the rest is unimportant.

“Wearing the pants” is a pleasure as long as we wear them with confidence. xv

Wearing The Pants

cargo chic

vince linen blend  //  ***treasure & bond skinny  //  free people utility

tailored treasure

theory stretch wool  //  ***eileen fisher stretch cotton  //  j. crew  //  lafayette 148 nyc stretch wool

i dream of jeann(ie)

**paige transcend  //  ***kut from the cloth straight  //  **citizens of humanity slim boyfriend  //  paige skinny

***kut from the cloth distressed boyfriend

images, peter lindbergh for louis vuitton and the spirit of travel

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I wish I could! I must have tried on hundreds of pairs.. We don’t get on at all… ;)
Lucky you :) :)

Mimi Gregor

Lately, I have been preferring skirts to pants, but there are times when only pants will do. For really casual wear, I like my olive khaki skinny-cut cargo pants by J Brand. I had been stalking them online and deemed them too expensive. Then I found a pair in my size at a consignment shop sale rack for $5. (They were mismarked, but they had to let me have them at that price. Score!) Skinny jeans in an overdyed black (Anthropologie always seems to have the best jeans for my body type.) Dressier pants in black– lightweight wool for cooler weather, and linen for warm weather. Black chinos for casual, warm days. Those are all the pants I need to get me through any occasion. I also have found that bright colors or prints are a terrible choice as pants for me. Probably because I am quite short, mostly from the waist down. For this same reason, I cannot wear voluminous pants — they must be slim cut.


Same as me, Mimi…
I loved those J.Brands.. I wore and wore mine until they split! I haven’t found them again but like the ones I featured today.. they work :)

Anita Rivera

Bonjour Vicki! Pants are great anytime, however, I find that a certain mood/emotion strikes me at times to wear pants over a dress or shorts in the summer. I have to feel a certain casual yet elegant mood and when I take heed to that calling, I wear my pants with a certain confidence. Fashion choices really do take a lot of thought to make the occasion a little more FUN!


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