While I love fashion and styling different looks, I don’t really take a lot of risks with my own personal style. Sure, I love mixing prints and never shy away from bold colors, but I tend to stay within the same style genre and garment types. When you know what works for your body and what style makes you feel the best it’s hard to deviate from that, right? I can admire different fashion personalities in others, but due to comfort, and finances, I tend to stay within my comfort zone. So when the updated track pant first hit the fashion scene a few seasons back all my instincts said this is a trend I would definitely stay far, far, far away from. And for a few seasons I managed to put them out of mind, but then just a few weeks ago I went digging in my favorite bargain basement and came across this cheetah print pair for $3. Mind you, I do not subscribe to the theory that you should buy something just because it’s a total steal. I was curious, enough, however, to askew my personal buying tenets, figuring worse case scenario I would simply turn these into lounge pants. Three dollar lounge pants, now those are hard to pass up, right?
After having worn these pants on two flights and various errand running I am hear to tell you I am still not completely convinced a track style pant is the trend for me. Being totally honest, I don’t find them to be the most flattering pant of all time. In fact, the elastic waist band makes me feel a tad older than I am, so they are a pant I would only dare wear with a longer shirt. If the shirt is not the right cut, however, it will further the boxy, unflattering effect of the waistline. On the flip side, though, that detestable elastic waistband does make for a very comfortable pant that feels glorious during a long flight. The material washes and dries perfectly and travels extremely well- no ironing! They are also surprisingly cool on very hot, muggy summer days.
To create a defined waist, I have found that a peplum is the most flattering top to pair with these pants. The fitted top helps create a defined waist, while the peplum helps disguise the unflattering waistband. Another thing I like about these pants is that they are a departure from my usual very feminine sensibilities. The peplum certainly brings some sophistication to the look, so to keep things from looking too polished I went with an edgy statement necklace. The key to trying a trend or garment piece that’s outside of your wardrobe norm is to add in elements that are typical of your everyday style. For me, the feminine peplum, statement accessories, and the print are all pieces that exist in my closet and helped to make this fashion risk less difficult.
Style Notes: Target peplum (spring 2013) / Nordstrom pants via Last Chance (summer 2014; love) / Julianne Hough for Sole Society shoes via Last Chance (summer 2014) /Anthropologie necklace (winter 2014) / Kate Spade bracelet (spring 2011 ; love) / Marc Jacobs purse via Last Chance (summer 2013; budget friendly) / Loft sunglasses (summer 2014; love)