Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Party Pants!

I don't often do this (link directly to a particular retail product), but I'm pretty excited about how great these Gap pants are going to be for everyday and dress-up wear through the holidays. Mine just arrived in the mail -- I got them at 30% off their already low price (and today, the 12th, there's 35% off with the code HOLIDAY, apparently). They're a Wool-Poly-Rayon-Spandex blend with a nice amount of stretch -- I could probably have stayed true to (my Gap, vanity-sizing, natch)  size 2, but ordered the 4 instead, deciding to leave room for some chocolate bonbons, lots of turkey, some hot rum toddies, etc. In other words, they fit as expected, similar sizing to regular Gap, JCrew, etc.

I'm going to love wearing mine with a black or a navy sweater (the navy in the plaid is so dark it might as well be black), but also with a white classic shirt, partially tucked.I have a black velvet simple collarless, non-lapelled, short jacket I'll probably pair this with as well, maybe over a plain white T.  My off-white merino, boxy sweater. . . Might even be able to get away with wearing them with my gold-heart covered grey sweatshirt (you know Jenna would!). Or my grey sequinned tank. But the plaid's pretty lively on its own, and there's the red, so maybe enough will be enough. . .

As for shoes, I have a pair of black patent pointy-toe flats that will be perfect, but I'm guessing I'll also dress them up in heels, although probably not as high as the Gap stylist shows. And since the fit is slim and the fabric thin, I'll be able to tuck them into my black knee-high boots for variety and staying warm and dry.

Lisa, at AmidPrivilege, has a great post up on buying a single item to spark that holiday feeling -- hers this year is going to be a top, she says, and she offers a cornucopia of possibilities in every price range.

But if you decide you want your festive wardrobe to centre on party-pants, let me know: we can be fashion twins! How will you style yours, imaginary or just-running-to-your-local-Gap-for-a-pair-right-now? 

12 comments:

  1. Ever so cute. I have a theory - you with your long legs go for party pants, I with the broad shoulders look for a party shirt!

    What do you think? Thanks for the mention:).

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    1. You continue to amuse me with your description of my legs as long. They are really not at all ('twould be an impossible feat at 5'3" overall. . . ;-)

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  2. Merry pants! They seem to hit the sweet spot for occasion wear, special without sinking a huge chunk of one's budget to get that effect. Have fun!

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  3. I'm already looking forward to a few photos to show how you've styled the pants. I can see/hear the smile behind your descriptions. Have fun!

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  4. Love - and then read the reviews = itchy. Yikes, just can't do itchy!

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    1. Haven't worn them for a day yet, but I did try them on, pranced around a bit in them at home, and I don't find them itchy. That said, I can wear wool quite comfortably. And because they're light, in our climate I'd be likely to wear a pair of tights underneath.

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  5. Love your new pants. Love all my Gap stuff. Love ordering Gap in-line. Partly because there is no exchange rate, no duty to pay, and no issues with merchandise being shipped from the US. And partly because Gap sales are like buses; if you miss one, there'll be another along any minute. Sorry...couldn't resist that old joke.

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    1. Gap has to be the model for easy on-line ordering -- obviously the economies of scale work well at their price points, but really, that ability to exchange/return unwanted garments to a nearby bricks-and-mortar Gap? Priceless! And then no shipping fee for orders over $50? Crazy goodness. If I'm not sure of a size, I order two, then just take the rejected size back. Sadly, I don't often find that their fabrics are what I'd hope for (although they're pretty fair for the price), but for staples, as you've said in your blog, they're solid, and there are enough pleasant surprises (like my pants!) to keep me willing to try new stuff. This new direction under Rebekka Bay is looking good . . .

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  6. I LOVE those trousers! I tried to buy tartan cigarette pants a few years back at J Crew, but my daughters were all "Don't even . . ." so I caved. Shouldn't have.

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    1. They can be tyrants, those daughters! Mind you, my friend with three boys is envious of my three girls, claiming that mine have kept me more up-to-date than her guys ever would. . . (although my son has some pretty definite opinions about style as well!)

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