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!

Pink is the Color of Your Energy (Whoaaaa)

If you've been living under a rock, or between a rock and a hard place, or listening to too much rock music (and not the pathetic reference to 311 in the title of this piece), then you must have missed the memo that pink – hot pink specifically – is super hot right now. Don't feel bad! Fall is just now upon us, so take this as a rose-hued harbinger for autumn and start to #thinkpink.

 

Look One: Like you like the color pink, but it's just a casual relationship

You swiped left, you're getting a coffee together and you're thinking maybe, just maybe, you could consider incorporating pink into your busy life. And while you're debating the merits of a hot (pink) relationship, you know you can always fall back on an old faithful: culottes. Because you know that some love never runs dry.

Look one: Vintage jean jacket, Oak&Fort top, wine satin Asos culottes, vintage oxfords via Street Scene Vintage//

Look one: Vintage jean jacket, Oak&Fort top, wine satin Asos culottes, vintage oxfords via Street Scene Vintage//

Look Two: Poolside-adjacent Expat, Sipping cocktails on the Lanai

So you like the idea of pink but want to take it a step further? You're in luck, you rascal maximalist, you! Dark-backed florals are very trendy for fall and a great way to vocalize your love of pink without needing to shout at your houseguests about it. So whether you're actually in an exotic international paradise or dressed to fool yourself into believing you are, this is your look. Cocktail (and equally delusional friends) required.

Look two: Vintage dress via  Paradise Brooklyn , vintage earrings and purse, and old Asos brogues

Look two: Vintage dress via Paradise Brooklyn, vintage earrings and purse, and old Asos brogues

Look Three: More, More, MORE!

How do you like it? Wearing basically the equivalent of one of those hot pink bagels blowing up Instagram but with a buttload of edible glitter in the middle. Go buck wild with various shades of pink and show people that while you aspire to be a giant piece of bubblegum, you meant to transparent about it (Get it? Because of the clear boots? Nailed it.).

Look Three: Thrifted Pierre Cardin blouse, old Forever21 sweater, vintage skirt via Acorn Apparel, glitter socks via  Asos , shoes via  EgoUK , and vintage Lucite clutch.

Look Three: Thrifted Pierre Cardin blouse, old Forever21 sweater, vintage skirt via Acorn Apparel, glitter socks via Asos, shoes via EgoUK, and vintage Lucite clutch.

Whether you want to use a little or a lot, just please don't listen to 311.