Monday, March 21, 2011

The "Annie Hall" argument

Ladies and gentleman I give you the tapered trouser. I understand that this trend is not for everyone. But for those of us who want to try it, regardless of how bad it looks, can all of you naysayers involve yourself in disliking something else for today? I promise this minor blip on the style frequency is just that, a passing fad. It's hard enough finding pants that fit well, let alone pants that purposely accentuate the hips and shorten your legs.

The last time I involved myself with tapered pants, I was a Freshman in high school, and I mistakenly chose to wear tapered khaki pants to my first day of high school instead of the more popular skirt that everyone else had chosen. As you can see I am learning from my mistakes. Regardless of how bad I looked then, I actually really like this particular pair I found at Sears. I think if you follow some strict guidelines when choosing your tapered trouser, you may strike gold.

First of all, you need to look for something that is closer to a straight leg cropped pant. The pants don't have to narrow too dramatically, which is why I think these pants are not terrible. Secondly I think you need to pay attention to the width of the leg hole. If the leg hole is hugging your ankles then you need to say goodbye. But if the leg hole is rolled like this pair and is still wider than your ankle then I think you have a winner. The other reason I like these pants is because they are on the longer side, which means they cut me off at a lower, more narrow part of my leg.  I also chose them in a darker color. Dark colors are slimming, especially black.

Even with all of these conditions met, I have to admit these pants are still not the sexiest things I've ever worn, but I like them. They are my Annie Hall moment...quirky, dorky, and cute...however, it's probably more than just a moment as I have been a dork for as long as I can remember. Writing that in a blog post doesn't really prove otherwise.
J.Crew cardigan; Old Navy top; Sears pants; Antonio Melani shoes; Banyan Tree necklace; Ray Ban Wayfarers; Nars Heatwave lipstick


Lauren said...

I really like this Christina! I think this looks great on you and you really nailed the proportions of the outfit to a T!

Great look, as always :)

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My Heart Blogged said...

I really like them on you. You did well balancing the proportions. I'm a little curvier, and I haven't found a pair I've liked.
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Anonymous said...

I love the tapered trouser. Be glad when I find some for myself.

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I love these on you! I have a feeling they'd make me look like a chunk, but they look really great on you.

Dina's Days said...

I think they look incredible on you! The color is great too, very classy. I agree with you on the leg hole.

Anna Jane said...

that is very similar to my work "uniform." i have pants just like that and i love them. so classic and nautical--you look fantastic!

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