Best Pants Dance

While I am currently nestled in the McMurdo Sound of Antarctica right now, I was lucky enough to be able to work with my friend and incredible photographer, Susan of Love Hunters before I left! She has such a great eye for light and color and it is always such an honor to be able to be in front of her camera. It's thanks to her, too, that I was able to set up a makeshift studio in my home - so thank you Susan for all that you do, you angel-woman! Anyhow, with the little time we had to shoot together, we were able to squeeze in four outfits in the Frankfort Avenue area of my hometown, Louisville, KY. This is the first and my personal favorite (these pants! I can't even.) of the four but we found great light and got lots of odd stares and had a great time all around. This particular mural resides on the wall of one Hilltop Tavern, a spot I used to frequent while in town...

...but you came here for the clothes, right? So here we go!

WEARING: Helmut Lang blazer via TheRealReal, thrifted sweater, top, and shoes, Rag&Bone pants via TheRealReal, vintage brass purse, glasses, and necklace.

WEARING: Helmut Lang blazer via TheRealReal, thrifted sweater, top, and shoes, Rag&Bone pants via TheRealReal, vintage brass purse, glasses, and necklace.

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There are few things that get this girl as excited as really good pants (see here), so this post should come as no surprise to anyone who knows me or has been following me for a bit. What should also come as no surprise is the fact that I snagged these from TheRealReal - literally the only place I've found that has accessible designer clothing at great prices with a huge range to choose from and a clean interface from which to shop. Vintage and thrifted clothes are my bread and butter, but I also know I can't find everything I need scouring racks of other people's castaways. True designer items are durable, beautiful, and if you shop right, ethically made. They are also pricey which is why I do all of my designer shopping with TheRealReal. These silk pants were only $35! WHAT. I'm not only wearing these amazing pants I snagged from them, but also this Helmut Lang blazer I got years ago and have found it to be a true hero piece of my wardrobe.

Because these Rag&Bone pants are just so perfect I could burst, I decided to keep everything else subdued, but tactile. Enter: all the black. I knew I wanted a long top that flared to truly make the blazer, with it's raised back design, sing. But the neckline was all wrong, so I threw on a cropped black sweater to create a nice palette for my long vintage pendant necklace. This look is pretty business-y so why not loafers to really sell the idea? Finally, this brass purse could honestly top off any outfit with panache, but the structure, color and swing all seemed like the right fit.

P.s. Watch out for that dolphin. He seems like he's up to something.

P.s. Watch out for that dolphin. He seems like he's up to something.

The Singlehood of the Traveling Pants

This summer I had the immense pleasure of thrifting all over the country (a.k.a. THE DREAM). Starting in L.A., three friends and I worked our way to the east coast in our beat-up Volvo wagon (one of two cars we bought during the trip...UGH), stuffed to the gills with found treasures. Arizona proved especially fortuitous for our hunting and I'd score a dope mustard linen jacket/skirt set here, a pair of navy velvet heels there, but nothing compared to the one single best find of the whole trip I scored in Burlington, Vermont. Enter: Rackk & Ruin Jewelry and Vintage. It was in that hallowed building that I found the perfect pair of red, wide leg, high-waisted pants. 

 

Please, contain your excitement.

 

While I know most people don't daydream of the perfect wide-leg pants - I DO (no judgments, people, this is a safe space). I'm such a pant fiend and an avid believer that the right pair of effortless pantaloons can really take any outfit to the next level. Below, because a woman in love does crazy things, I've styled up my beloved pants three different ways in case you ever find yourself in the crosshairs of your own dream pair.

 

Look 1: Casual day at the marina for a ribbon cutting for the newest addition to your fleet of jet-skis

So you want to look fancy but not too try-hard, huh? Well, throw on a casual striped sweater to tuck into your tomato pants. It's a casual event (it's just jet-skis now, but you're working your way to your first fishing boat), so heels aren't necessarily a requirement but you keep your footwork fancy with a pair of clear plastic oxfords. Your stripes scream seasoned sailor and your earrings call for cocktails. S.S.BADASS, here you come!

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Look 1: Vintage thrifted sweater, vintage pants, Kelsi Dagger shoes, vintage jewelry and glasses

Look 1: Vintage thrifted sweater, vintage pants, Kelsi Dagger shoes, vintage jewelry and glasses

Look 2: Restaurant opening for your friend's newest Italian eatery/movie theatre combo

Your pants and shoes beg for MORE MARINARA, your earrings match the fancy tassels that hold the theatre curtains back, and your blouse allows for extra pasta primavera + popcorn. It's an odd combination for an evening out but you're a theme dresser to your core, love a challenge, and know that everything you're wearing is machine washable should your pasta zeal overflow.

Look 2: Doo.Ri top, vintage pants, earrings, bracelets and heels

Look 2: Doo.Ri top, vintage pants, earrings, bracelets and heels

Look 3: Charter Citizen of Slouch City, USA

So you have an allergy to tight clothes and minis? Come one, come all to Slouch City! Here we wear long layers of minimal decoration and maximal proportions. Insouciant attitude a must, neck exposure optional.

Look 3: Forever21 dress, H&M trench, vintage pants, sandals, glasses and watch

Look 3: Forever21 dress, H&M trench, vintage pants, sandals, glasses and watch

Seriously, check out Rackk&Ruin for an impeccable curation of vintage clothing or for her very cool line of jewelry she makes in her bright and beautiful studio. These pants have changed the game, thanks Molly!