Theory “Amanda B.” blazer, size 00 :: Old Navy sweater, size xs :: Fire Mustard Skinny Jeans (Nordstrom B.P.), size 0 :: Christian Louboutin Simple 85 Pumps, size 35 :: Chanel East/West Handbag :: Vintage brooch :: Lydell NYC ring :: Bracelets – Eddera, Alex and Ani (c/0)
The great non-blue-jean pant search of 2011 continues! This week’s installment profiles this season’s holy grail…the mustard pant.
I chose this pair by process of elimination. H&M had/has a pair, but their pants fit me notoriously horrifically (the crotch does all kinds of funky things and the rise is always too high). ASOS has a pair, but the mid-rise won’t work for me (darn my short torso and short rise!). This “Fire” pair from the Nordstrom B.P. department had potential because of it’s junior fit and low rise.
Oh sure, they might look okay from the front…maybe a slight case of “crazy crease crotch”…but they’re mustard! An epic battle raged in my head over whether or not to keep these. My un-official name for these pants are “cheapity cheap cheap” due to the super thin material and poor seam job (the pockets look like they’ll unravel as soon as they’re washed), but I must admit, the color had me blinded to the shortcomings.
Then I took these photos…
I’m reminded of something a very wise movie character once said:
I don’t rely on mirrors, so I always take Polaroids.
– Cher Horowitz, Clueless
Touche. Without a photo, I’d never have seen that sad read-end view. Compare this photo to the fabulous things Paige jeans do for my behind, and it’s pretty clear these must go back.
Examine your clothes from all angles, duly noted.
Okay, enough about the pants…on to the sweater! This little guy is from Old Navy (and on sale!), and fits like a glove. A reader emailed me about it (thanks Aviva!), and once I found a good enough discount, I ordered to check it out. I LOVE it! When it goes on major discount, I may try to hunt down another as a back-up, since I don’t trust Old Navy clothes to hold up for very long.
This sweater runs small and short, so if you shop Old Navy often, size up from your regular ON size. If you’re on the taller side or have a long torso, beware it may run a tad short on you.
The sweater reminds me a lot of the Ann Taylor one Jean picked up a while ago, and has already proven to be a great addition to my wardrobe. There’s something about thin black and white stripes that say “chic french-girl” to me, so I’m excited for all the simple, yet modern looks I can put together with this little sweater.