How To Wear Crazy/Novelty/Fun Pants : Closet Cleanout Series
The trick is to ~contextualize~ them, not try to dumb them down.
Ok, first thing - Phoebe Philo launched this week. And not that anyone was waiting for my hot take, here it is: the clothes are beautiful, but I think the main allure will be in the materials and construction. I’m dying to feel them in real life. I think they’re smart, though tricky for the average girl - the kind of thing I’d like to sit with for a bit, but the mega limited model didn’t allow for that. I did snag one thing, and I’m very excited to see the packaging and how it will arrive. I’ll share more if/when I get the thing.
I also loved Stella Bugbee’s take on the whole thing (I love everything about Stella Bugbee):
Everything else has already been said. The clothes are good, but tricky. Appealing, but expensive. It’s interesting to imagine what she would have done at Céline between then and now, if this is where it’s at now, but we’ll never know.
Second, I’m moving my personal styling/personal shopping projects over to this excellent app Indyx. You basically take photos of what’s in your wardrobe, then you work with a stylist (me!) to put together “outfits” based on what you already have, and make I suggestions for what you might need. Here’s where you can read more about it.
And so now, back to this week’s topic - we’re revisiting the Closet Cleanout series! A while back I cleaned out a large portion of my closet, and thought very hard about what I decided to keep, and how useful those things are. Here’s the shoe portion, the bags, and the first pants one I did.
I love pants, and the bulk of my wardrobe is in pants and button downs. So I kept a lot of pants - dresses, not so much, but pants, yes please. I break my pants up into three categories: the first was comfortable pants, and today we’re going into fancy/fun/crazy pants. Next will be classic/mensy. But that’s another day.
Novelty pants are one of the hardest things to style, but also one of the most appealing things to buy. I see a pair of wild pants and I imagine myself, but better. Freer. Most creative and interesting. But then I take them home and I’m like….what happens now? And the thought of wearing them with a simple white tee or button down makes me feel sad, like that would be a cop out. So they languish in my closet until one day I feel inspired and then for the rest of the day everyone I see is like wooWWwwwOowW! Your PAAAAnnnnnTs! And I find that so annoying.
Anyway, here are some ways I’m thinking about my novelty pants, and hopefully it helps you wear your crazy pants too.
OK! Kicking it off with a bang.