When I was preparing for our trip to Chile last year,* I thought a pair of athletic-inspired trousers might be just the thing for urban excursions.
Put another way, I wanted some dressy track pants.
I found a beautiful pair by Isabel Marant but they were horribly expensive and looked terrible on me. Costly and unflattering? Insupportable.
So what do you imagine I did?
I bought a cheap pair of tuxedo pants from Banana Republic and asked Fatima to appliqué some ribbons on the tuxedo stripe.
In the end, the pants didn’t make the trip, but they’re kind of cute, right?
The ribbons may be a little too bright and the leg is tapered ( I prefer straight legs), but they’ve got something going on.
Unfortunately, they are not made of a stretch fabric, so they really cannot substitute for track or yoga pants.
I haven’t worn these to work but I think they would be permissible on Casual Friday.
They would be perfect for brunch if I were the brunch-eating type.
Consider the possibilities one might realize while standing in the notions & trims section of G Street Fabrics. Using a light or medium grey would have been a pretty (and more versatile) alternative to these bright colors.
Note how the ribbons run off the pants. I stole this idea from Jason Wu. It’s the smallest detail imaginable, but very delightful.
Well . . . I am delighted.
Come closer to see my knock-off better.
The Directrice and The Photographer aim to have a soirée sometime this spring — a combination of literary salon and style colloquium. If you’re in the D.C. area and would like to come, please leave a comment to that effect and we’ll invite you when we set a date.
Have a fantastic weekend!
Pants: Banana Republic; Black silk camisole: JCrew (under the sweater, more visible in some photos than others); Sweater: JCrew; Shoes: Carlo Pazolini; Bag: Tory Burch
* For those interested in vacation packing or Chile, there were one, two, three, four — count them! — posts.