You heard a tale of woe — cornerstone khakis now too baggy to wear that must be replaced — last week. The search for good khakis is probably, like the search for the perfect white blouse, a lifetime endeavor that never really stops, but rather intensifies and wanes as necessary and appropriate.
Here at Directrice Global Industries LLC, we are in intense search mode.
I am rather taken with these khakis from JCrew. If they were full length, and not slightly cropped, I would buy two pairs, kick back, and rest for a few years. But they are cropped, and therefore not fulfilling all of my needs.
For reasons that I cannot fully explain, I feel that the cropped length requires a waist defining top, which could be a blouse, jacket or fitted jersey.
This sleeveless denim top looks smart over a long-sleeved white blouse, doesn’t it?
The peplum on this Theory top is longer and fuller in the front than in the back. That seems strange to me — like an inversion of universal principles of proportionality — but perhaps it is not my place to question this design. Who am I to gainsay Theory?
Here is a sad fact: The cutest feature of these pants is that they have a little ruffled trimming along the slash packets and waistband. But because I rarely wear my blouses tucked in, the trim will not show.
Now back to the low-high profile, because I just cannot let it go.
What is the purpose, the inspiration? It this a modesty panel? A . . . codpiece?
Is it simply the product of a designer’s mandate to make something different regardless of whether it is better?
One final note: A black bag would have been a natural choice here, but I like the glossy navy tote, which looks so pretty with this dark rinse denim.
Denim Top: Theory; Blouse; Talbots; Pants: JCrew Ruffle Chino Pant; Shoes: Coach Noella; Bag: Coach Poppy Tote