Trim Trousers

For most, finding a good fitting pant can sometimes be the hardest thing in the world to do.  You have to find a pair that suits your body type whether that is an hourglass figure, apple, dewdrop, of flute shape.  Then, there are also the added factors of finding the right length in a pant (even after it has been washed and dried), the type of wash the pant has (dark, light, medium, tinted), and finally the overall cut and trend of the season (flare, straight, cropped, boyfriend, skinny, etc.)!

 With all of these things to think about, it can be exhausting shopping for a pair of pants even before you leave the house!  I understand these dilemmas just as much as the next person.  My trouble lies in finding pants in which encompass my non-existent while flattering my apple shaped body.

While I know wide-legged trousers are not my best friend, I do know that slim fitting, cropped pants work best for me.  Lucky for me, trim trousers are coming back fast and better than ever.  These ultra chic, Audrey Hepburn classics, sometimes referred to as “cigarette pants” for their slim legged figure, have a boyish energy to them and flirty, ankle-revealing length that lets you have the best of both worlds.  I truly love how you can sport multiple looks with these fabulous pants by wearing anything from Sperry’s to flats, wedges, heels, or flip flops!

Like any other search, finding the perfect pair of these pants can take some time so be patient and be sure to stretch your search over numerous retailers seeing as each brand makes their cut just a little different than the last.  Since these chic trousers can be worn anywhere and everywhere, remember that a pair with added cuffs instantly makes them office-friendly and when going for a more relaxed look, pairing with a loose blouse helps to balance the shrunken look these pants exude.

In terms of the type of wash and fabric to choose, my favorite remains a cotton/silk blend which incorporates the comfort and ease of movement of cotton with the clean, sophisticated sheen of silk.  I also prefer ones with a crisp, trouser crease down the middle of the legs.  For a more fun, spunky, retro version, opt for a pair with a tuxedo stripe down the side seams.

Colors are the height of this seasons pant trend so there are no limits in terms of the hue you choose.  Neon brights are fun and bold and a basic pants such as these allows you to go a bit more wild up top in terms of patterns  and fit while classic colors like navy, camel, and black will never be out of style and can most likely already be worn with half or your closet.

 

Just be sure to include a bit of summer 2011 flair by adding fun accessories such as a tasseled belt, silk head scarf, or fun fedora.  And most importantly, since these fabulous pants are ankle friendly, be sure to show off a pair of equally fabulous shoes with them.

Finding the Fashionable You

Recently, I went out to dinner with a good friend of mine and we came across the topic of getting older, knowing who you are, and where you want to be in your career.  At 24, I find a large portion of my friends are either engaged or married, settled into a job that will undoubtedly lead to a long, happy, career, purchasing their first homes, and beginning to talk about possibly expanding their families.  That being said, I am the polar opposite.  Feeling as though I am still too young for a ring on my finger, constantly craving a change of my surroundings, and not even able to fathom the idea of having a child yet (sorry Mom); I am still trying to figure out what it is I want and more importantly – who I am.   Day by day, I slowly piece together the ever-growing puzzle that is life.  Still trying to finish the border, I have figured out a few things along the way.  I love change (as any Gemini does), all forms of art, adapt to new situations and surroundings quickly, and most of all, travel. 

 

Realizing in my first semester of college that a degree in communications wasn’t exciting enough for me, I began to investigate other interests.  My difficulty lay in picking just one of them to build a career upon!  Fortunately, my wonderfully observative friends pointed out my armoire doors in my dorm, covered in torn out magazine photographs of designer collections and motivating words. I viewed my doors as simply an inspiration wall, while my friends suggested it signaled a future career path. It was settled. I changed my focus of study to the ever changing and fast paced major of fashion merchandising!

After reading an article where Joy Behar said, “Do what you loved doing when you were young,” I thought about what things I remember truly enjoying as a child. Other than trying to annoy my older sister, I loved playing dress up for hours in my Mom’s old clothes and accessories.  Another, would be spinning my Grandfather’s globe around with my finger tip, eyes closed, destined to live wherever the globe stopped. It amazes me how well those memories suit my lifestyle today.

Finding your own sense of fashion comes with finding yourself.  Year by year you find another piece to fill your wardrobe puzzle. Fads of harem pants and Gaga-inspired looks will come and want to join your closet and I urge you to explore these new trends; however, never wear something you feel uncomfortable in when outside the house unless maybe at the annual Halloween bash!  Fashion has the ability to change in an instant.  Last season’s must haves are this season’s old news so don’t worry if the new trend just isn’t working for you. More than likely, the next one will be right up your alley!  Regardless of what decade is back, and where you are on your style path, here are 10 classic pieces that will never fail you and always be in style:

1. The Classic Button Down – plaid, stripe, or plain…the look remains the same.

2. The Boot Cut Jean – a great cut that works on everyone.

3. The Long Cardigan – wear it with jeans, dresses, or even your comfy pj’s.

4. The Pearl Necklace – a timeless and classy addition to any look.

5. The LBD – always a flattering go-to piece for any last minute occasion.

Jen Aniston always in her trusted lbd.

6. The Peacoat – warm, functional, and sophisticated.

7. The Leather Tote – well made and well kept, this will last you more than just a few seasons.

Classic Prada Tote

8. The Army Jacket – from John Lennon in the 1960’s to today, this makes any outfit cooler.

John Lennon modeling his famous jacket.

9. The Ballet flat – in the name of practicality, a good looking flat is always essential.

Chanel

10. The Classic Striped tee – French fashion will forever cease to fade.

Karen Walker S/S '10

It’s ok to spend a little bit more on these stylish, staple pieces for your closet.  As the late, yet ever great, designer, Yves Saint Laurent once said, “Fashions fade, style is eternal.”