Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Beware Of The Drawstring Pants



The scourge of the 80s, the drawstring pants, have made several comeback attempts, and they seem to be more insistent than ever. The problem is that something happens in transit from Allison Williams (by Brunello Cucinelli), who makes everything except for Lena Dunham looks chic,  to the Jersey malls. Even an expensive pair of drawstring pants like the Robert Rodriguez one Jayma Mays is wearing becomes a reject from the Mariah Carey's closet. It's not just tacky, it's also unflattering. So just say no. Please.

Photos via Zimbio.

8 comments:

  1. They are comfortable in pj pants.

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  2. That's a good point about what kinds celebrities wear vs. what will be accessible to people with less extravagant budgets. I actually like Allison Williams' look, but I'm sure a cheaper version of those pants won't be as flattering.

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    1. I agree. She looks slightly retro yet totally casual, polished chic.

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  3. Jcrew had some fabulous pair of these trousers. Some fashion is for the young and for certain body types. It's not a matter of ruling it out completely but knowing what works for your age and body. I had my hay day once. I was a long distance runner and looking back at old pics I see why 15-20 years ago I had to beat men off with a stick. I pushed fashion lines until I nearly hit the edge because my figure and youthful exuberance could handle it. I have a different style now, still very fashionable but do's and don't seem so passe. Working with your body, feeling great in your clothes should be the "guidelines".

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    1. I agree!! There are people who could pull this off, and before, I would have, Now I wouldn't go near with a 10 foot barge pole.

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  4. I think that I may own the pair of J.Crew trousers Kristina C. mentioned above! In navy and a sensible crepe, they're pretty cute and a reasonable price. And while, like you, my initial reaction to all things drawstring pants was, "PASS!" they're a nice opportunity to make my usually very feminine wardrobe a bit more relaxed and androgynous.

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  5. I see your point, but I agree with Kristina C, that it depends. Not just age/body type (although these count, body type in particular), also the materials and the actual design. I've got one in, gasp, *seersucker,* a somewhat structured model (bought at hip online store Shopbop). The string is actually made of cloth (very nicely). While this may sound a bit crazy, it actually looks really nice marine-styled, with the trousers rolled up just at the ankle and worn with a large (but hip tight) marineblue shirt with 'boat neck' on top. Flats below (loafers, moccasins or - my current preference - orange All Stars, low top).

    Now if you're talking actual track suit, *in velvet* with flashy high tops - then yes, tacky all the way. Although still some people will pull it off, if worn tongue firmly in cheek.

    I think it suits a relaxed 'yacht' look the best. They actually can look pretty chic, depending on the material: they're fantastic (and a classic) in linen.

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  6. Lily Allen in - gasp - *leather* drawstring pants, invented by Kanye West according to the DM (who call them 'joggers' for crying out loud). This definitely is one of these 'just say no' cases... Looks quite nasty - probably on purpose, lol.

    Not sure whether you allow links, but so you can have a peek: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2586237/Lily-based-album-Kanye-Wests-Yeezus-shes-wearing-leather-joggers-invented.html

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