I cannot imagine what my wardrobe would be like without pants.
High-waisted, boot-legged, flared, cigarette, skinny…you name it, I have probably tried it all.
I work in an engineering company and being the only female in meetings most of the time, has led me to seek out pants as part of my corporate armor. It’s even gotten to the point where I usually do not wear skirts on their own to work. Meaning if I have on a dress or skirt, it will be layered with pants of some sort, ie leggings.
So, meet my latest obsession – the baggy pants. (aka drop-crotch pants, Hammer pants, carrot pants, harem pants, Humpty-Dumpty pants, god-awful pants, etc)
They are probably overtly trendy and extremely figure-picky, but what can I say, I like them very much. Baggy pants are a refreshing option after seasons of skinny pants/jeans and leggings and I do relish the challenge in styling them. Plus the comfort factor is pretty much unbeatable. (Try working early into the mornings with a bunch of engineers in a freezing lab for a couple of weeks straight and you’ll appreciate the comfort factor so much more!)
They did take some getting used to (for me, it took about 5 minutes!) and I couldn’t get visions of MC Hammer out of my mind when I started wearing them initially. The response from my colleagues didn't really help too. (Case in point - my manager: "Those are some funky pants!") But damn it, I just love the feeling they impart and the swagger that they bring to my walk!
My interest was first sparked by this picture of Kate Lanphear wearing them:
And then, everything came together and crystallized in my head, with sartorial angels singing, when I saw this:
Black, the loose easy fit, the random pocket on the pants, the fold-down waist plus drop-crotch.. I'm especially in love with the lace-up details going on between the pant legs and shoes.
That outfit is pretty much the pinnacle of sartorial perfection to me and compelled me to take the plunge with baggy pants.
So, here are some of my recent efforts: