10) Flared jeans. I don’t hate flared jeans; I really don’t – unless we’re talking about 70s flare. I’m just more of a boot cut person. But as long as the flare isn’t excessive, I take no issue with flared jeans. Honestly.
Month: August 2010
One of my favourite purchases of the year has to be my pair of black cropped pants. It’s one of those pieces whose utility can easily be underestimated at first; I knew the pants would be useful when I bought them, I simply didn’t know just how useful they were going to be. Considering how often I’ve worn them this summer alone, the cost per wear is minuscule – far less than the $3/wear which People Stylewatch suggests makes for a great bargain. The thing I love most about them is the cut – skinny, without being leggings-tight; straight, without being tapered. I find this style much more flattering on my body than the usual boot cut, which often has a little too much flare for my taste. As a result, I’ve been looking to find a similar cut in full-length pants.
It hasn’t been an easy search. As mentioned, the boot cut pants I’ve come across tend to be, to some degree or other, flared. Meanwhile, the straight cut pants I’ve found (mostly at Banana Republic) are not quite as streamlined as I’d like. I was running out of options when I heard about GAP’s Black Magic launch – a new collection of all-black (what else?) dress pants for women, boasting an impressive array of styles. Basically, GAP is trying to do for dress pants what it did for jeans last year with the 1969 collection.
You can check out the various styles here. I was really excited about the “True Straight” which, judging by the promotional pics, had potential to meet my exacting cut standards. I was right … sort of.
Time for a minor gripe. I haven’t bought pants at the GAP in a while, so I’m not all that familiar with their sizing. Having eye-balled a few pairs, decided to go with a size 4 on my first try. I then had to decide between the “A/C” (ankle cut) and “L” (long) version and, for obvious reasons (shortness, to be precise), settled for the former. I lucked out, size-wise – the 4 fit well. The only problem: the length. On me, the ankle cut stops right below the ankle. Thus, it’s neither a true cropped pant, nor a regular one. Basically, it’s a flat-shoe kind of pant – a limiting proposition. As a result, I decided to try the 4L. Needless to say, it was extremely long (even with my 5 inch heels on). But the annoying thing was that it was also bigger on top than the 4A/C. Why? When I finally managed to get my hands on a pair of 4R (regular), I encountered the same problem – too long, too big. [I’m not sure what inseam they’re using for the “regular”, but let me tell you – you’d better be taller than 5’11 if you want to wear it.] I understand the concept of differing inseams … but shouldn’t the size itself remain constant? Gah!
OK, gripe over. While, I did really love the cut of the 4A/C, it was an inch-too-long into ‘awkward’ territory, so I decided to go with the tried and true … what else, the cropped pant (or “Slim Crop”). Although I did not succeed in my search, I am very happy with my new pants.
Here’s a pic:
Here is a side-by-side with my old pair of cropped pants — by comparison, the “True Straight” looks a wee bit tapered.
And here is a more traditional (flared) cut.
I should mention that I also tried on the GAP “Curvy” style, which is a good basic boot-cut pant – with a slight flare. Judging by the way it accommodated my derriere, it seems to be true to its name.
* Much as I tried, this was the closest I could come to incorporating an Arrested Development reference into a post about pants. While this might be seen as a failure, I see it as a challenge to try harder.
I didn’t get a chance to watch the Emmy’s tonight, but that’s why we have the internet, after all. Coverage of the red carpet has been extensive over at Red Carpet Fashion Awards, and lots of fun to peruse. I’ve been doing just that myself, and I have to say that I was quite impressed by the variety of styles on display last night. Here are some of my favourite, and not-so-favourite, looks:
The Mad Men ladies were out in force (great episode tonight, by the way), arrayed in 3 very different colours. Perhaps it’s a sign that my “Betty hate” has reached an all-time high, but I’m not crazy about January Jones’ Atelier Versace dress, even though the colour is fabulous on her. I blame the cone cleavage.
Elizabeth Moss and Christina Hendricks brought it, though. And how! I’ve found EM to be rather hit-and-miss on the red carpet in the past, but she’s a knockout in this Donna Karan. And I f-love CH — this lavender Zac Posen is such a cool take on the mermaid silhouette one would expect.
I also loved the simplicity of Rose Byrne’s Grecian dress. It’s one of those styles that can easily devolve into “I wrapped a bedsheet around myself on the way out the door” territory, but this is absolutely gorgeous. I love the gold detailing on the straps and belt. I can’t say I feel the same about her hairdo, though.
I was blown away by the colour of Kyra Sedgwick’s Monique Lhuillier gown, which I’ve seen described as “wine”. Not usually a fan of darker reds, but I couldn’t resist this one. I may have been unduly influenced by her hair, which had that haute beachy vibe that my own hair never seems to be able to copy.
Diana Agron’s lacy Carolina Herrera left me torn. On one hand, I think I kinda love it — it’s lace, after all. On the other hand, it kinda reminds me of a giant doily. Hmm … I have similarly mixed feelings about her castmate, Lea Michele’s Oscar de la Renta dress. I love the flamenco feel of the ruffles, but I wonder if it’s not too much of a dress for LM. I can’t help imagining this dress on Penelope Cruz.
Dresses I didn’t like: Anna Paquin’s breast-plated Alexander McQueen; Heidi Klum’s black-tissue-encrusted Marchesa; Jewel’s fussy Zuhair Murad; Mindy Kaling’s 80s-prom-dress revival; Emily Deschanel’s fringe-y Max Azria Atelier; Tina Fey’s grey Oscar de la Renta.
What were your favourites on the 2010 Emmy red carpet?