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This Week I Love …

slouchy pants

… slouchy pants.

Oh, how times have changed. Poke through the archive and you’ll find several pants rants from years past, in which I railed against all forms of trousers as miserable devices of torture that fought my body shape. And I’ll tell you this: I still loathe low-rise everything and can’t really do mid-rise either, so my pant options are still extremely limited. I still hate MOST pants, but the ones that I love, I love to bits.

And I’m amazed to find that the soft, slouchy pant has become a favorite style over the past few months. And I don’t just mean pleated and pegged or low-slung boyfriend or drop-crotch, I mean just about all relaxed pant silhouettes from Grechen’s arty casual pair to Une Femme’s office-friendly dressy pair. No matter your age, size, shape, or style, there just might be a slouchy pair out there that will make your heart go pitter-pat. Maybe one of these?

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Eileen Fisher Slouchy Ankle Pant – $138

This is the pair you see above in the first and third photos. And yes, that’s a lot of money for a pair of pants. And yes, I think they were totally worth it. Besides being well-made and ridiculously comfortable, this pair has a relaxed elegance that many slouchers lack. These are a mid-weight jersey so likely won’t be warm enough for MN winter wear, but I’m wearing the heck out of them now! Also in petite and plus sizes. If the price is just too rich, these are similar and less costly.

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ASOS CURVE Pant With Elastic Cuff – $53.32

Most of the slouchy pairs I found were black, so I was delighted to find this navy pair in the ASOS Curve line. The elastic cuff may seem casual, but paired with a blouse and heels as they are here, I think these could work for more creative and casual offices. Available in sizes 14- 24. Also in peacock blue.

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LOFT Fluid Ankle Pant – $69.50

These look a bit odd with the heather gray tee, but would be so sharp with a black tee and blazer, or a crisp white button-front. These are ankle length but lack the elastic cuff that many slouchy pants feature, which means they will work for the office and for weekend. Available in sizes 00 – 14. Also in petite 4 -18 and a handful of tall sizes. These guys must be selling fast.

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Tinley Road Amelia Leather Trim Pant – $79

The leather is faux if you’re wondering, and if you’re not a fan of that detail an untucked sweater or blouse would cover it right up. This style has the slouchy shape but a slightly wider, less tapered leg for a looser overall fit. Available in XS – XL. Also comes in black with black trim.

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Land’s End Woven Track Pants – $89

They’re dressed down here, but that black and white geometric print could quite easily dress up. Imagine these with a red blouse and black patent pumps or flats. Sassy and fun. Available in sizes 16W – 24W. Also in regular and petite sizes. Don’t dig the print? These are also in regular, petite, and plus sizes in a rich navy blue.

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J.Crew Turner Pant – $73.50
with code SHOPFORFALL

That zipper detail is killing me. If these weren’t low rise, I’d be all over them. And I adore how they’re styled here with a kicky leopard pump and graphic tee. Badass perfection. Available in this red as well as purple, blue, black, and navy in sizes 00 -16, including some petite sizes. If you aren’t a fan of the zippers, J.Crew also offers this pant in four office-friendly colors.

I know this style doesn’t appeal to everyone! I will say, though, that it may just take some getting used to; Once your eye has adjusted to the slouchy silhouette, you may warm to the shape and style. But for now, what are your thoughts? Big fan? Curious but cautious? Never in a million? Let us know in the comments!

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This Week I Love …

aimee-mann

… Aimee Mann.

I consider myself a lapsed musician. I sang from age five with my family, did countless choirs and musical theater productions throughout school, was music director of my college a-cappella group, and fronted several bands. It’s been a long time since I wrote a new song or sang for a crowd, but I’ve done both. For ages. And Aimee Mann has been one of my musical heros since I first heard “Whatever” back in middle school. The clincher for me? There’s a lyric on that album that goes, “And she’s got the river down which I sold her.” Grammatically correct songwriting is my kryptonite. Helps, too, that Mann writes great hooks and amazing story songs, has a uniquely earnest and plaintive voice, and consistently releases albums that are beautifully produced, engaging to hear, and gobs of fun to sing along to.

She was also hilarious on Portlandia. And Buffy. And in The Big Lebowski. My guess is she’s a very clever, fun, ridiculously smart person.

I never gave much thought to Mann’s style until I saw her in concert when she toured for “Lost in Space.” During that time, she mostly dressed like this:

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I loved her take on menswear chic, and I certainly admired her choice to be extremely covered-up in an era that focuses on cleavage and exposure and super-sexy-see-through outfits. Like most people, Mann’s style has shifted quite a bit over time but she’s always struck me as someone who is comfortable in her own skin and makes style choices based on her own preferences. Sure, her looks follow the trends to some extent, but she always looks a little edgy and rebellious, a little tough, and definitely more laid-back than uptight.

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one (album cover, 1993) | two (2012) | three (2006) | four (2014) | five (album cover, 2000)

I love a little mindless dance pop as much as the next person, but when I want to think and feel I’m more likely to reach for an Aimee Mann album. She explores everything from May-December romances, to the links between charisma and narcissism, to the paralysis of depression, to our fascination with bad boys and bad choices. I admire her so much for writing insightful, funny love songs and perhaps even more for writing incisive, emotional, unusual songs about how complicated and trying it can be to be a human. She’s a gifted musician and lyricist, a woman who seems to dress primarily for her own self-expression and pleasure, and I sincerely hope I can cook her a spaghetti dinner someday.

Anyone else an Aimee Mann fan? From Til Tuesday times, or more recent? Have you heard her new collaboration with Ted Leo?

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This Week I Love …

leopard chuck taylors

… stylish sneakers. Late to the party again, right? Still not loving the wedge sneakers from last season and don’t quite get some of the Adidas-dress pairings I’ve seen in streetstyle photos, but I’ve definitely come around to the look of a sleek, classic, clearly-not-meant-for-actual-gym activity sneaker. Naturally, my leopard Chucks are the current fave. But here are some other pairs that I’ve been ogling.

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Keen Maderas Lace – $41.99

These have been on my wishlist all summer, and I will probably bite the bullet soon since they’re on sale. I haven’t bought Keens in nearly a decade, but still have my super-comfy green high-tops in storage. The white sole makes these seem a bit seasonal, but they could certainly work in spring and possibly fall, too. And seriously, love that gray. Rare in fashion sneaks for some reason.

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Keds Champion Dot – $50

Interesting. Keds got trendy while I was in high school and I remember lusting after a pair and being amazed by how expensive they were. And although I was totally willing to shell out $50 for my Palladiums, it seems like a lot for these guys. But, um, polka dots. Equally fab with jeans or sundresses. And if you don’t dig the mustard yellow, they also come in black, bright green, brown, navy, burgundy, and sky blue. If the slim/pointed traditional Ked doesn’t send you, try the chunkier Rally style.

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PF Flyers Bob Cousy – $43.99

Like Converse, this brand has a bit of a cult following and gets rave reviews from die-hard fans. Some styles look a bit platform-y for my taste, but this pair just looks cute, casual, and fun. Navy and cream with red accents make these a natural for preppy pairings.

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Palladium Flex Lace – $34.99

You got a peek at these in action on Saturday, and I’ve worn them with everything from dresses to jeans to shorts. I was originally thinking red Chucks, but something about the washed red canvas and like-colored laces on these just called to me. And as I mentioned over the weekend, they’re actually comfier than Converse. Not much arch support, but a bit more cushioning. Also available here in more colors at full price ($50).

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Camper Peu Cami – $170

Spendy, yes, but unlike their friends above these are leather. The Peu is a classic Camper style, with the slanted, stretchy, knotted laces. A great option for arty, funky outfits. If all black isn’t your style, these come in brown/red laces, gray/olive laces, lavender/taupe laces, and gray/navy laces.

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Onitsuka Tiger by Asics – $60

Classic, right? But done in the year’s color, Radiant Orchid. These will have more arch support than most of the other styles shown here, but still might need inserts for fussy feet. Also in 105 other color options. Seriously.

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Superga 2750 Cot Snake – $75

Another cult fave, and similar to the PF Flyers, but Superga does fabulous prints and patterns. Still canvas, still vegan-friendly, and in an eye-catching snake print. In my opinion, these are a bit chunky for pairing with dresses, but maybe a denim mini and graphic tee. And definitely great with jeans.

Do you do fashion sneakers/trainers? How do you style yours? Any other brands or styles to recommend?

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