In the midst of moving, a box from Banana Republic arrived and I couldn’t wait to play with the contents once I could safely wear something other than my dirty moving/cleaning attire. I always look forward to the Banana Republic Mad Men collections because the retailer has a little fun and gets a little cheeky. This time around it’s mod ’60s prints and silhouettes, my favorite of which is these gingham crop pants.
Did you know that famous French actress Brigitte Bardot is responsible for making gingham chic? She got married in a pink and white gingham wedding dress in 1959. Europe lost their minds over Brigitte’s choice, making gingham fashionable and a staple of the next wave of fashion…1960s mod. Gingham went from Americana-country-wholesome in the ’40s and ’50s (think Dorothy skipping down the yellow brick road in a blue gingham dress) to insanely chic in the ’60s (Audrey Hepburn wore gingham capri pants and Jacqueline Kennedy was photographed in a gingham shift dress). Gingham is having another renaissance of sorts in today’s “nouveau prep” thanks to retailers like J.Crew, which made this print a good choice for me.
Funny how things come back around isn’t it? In the ’60s, Audrey Hepburn was very chic in her gingham crop pants…and here we are again, not only wearing crop pants, but also gingham!
The crisp fabric is going to be great for summer, and I can’t wait to wear these with a simple, rolled-sleeve white blouse when the weather warms up enough to run around jacket-less. These pants are machine washable, and as I found, prone to shrinking in the dryer, so if you find the fit to be good off the rack, you may want to avoid putting these in the dryer after washing. I ended up washing and drying these which made the waist and hip a better fit. I also wanted a sleek, fitted silhouette, so I had the thighs and legs slimmed at the tailor for about $18.
Altered – Banana Republic pants have been slimmed :: Manolo Blahnik shoes have ball of foot and heel pads added