“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.
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.
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
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