Khaki silk shirt, vintage; Black wool cardigan, bcbg; Black/silver pants, Alessandro Dell'Acqua; Black peeptoe leather shoes, very old.
While we loved the beautiful maxi skirt and wide-leg pants trend, there is one classic that will always come to the chic girl's rescue almost unconditionally. This classic's underestimated style power has been reviewed previously on this blog: The skinny black pants. Oui, la maxi of this season is lovely. But the black pant goes beyond, as a staple. What I never thought was that adorned skinny black pants would become a staple, my perfect alternative to the intolerable leather pants.
Last year I bought my first pair of perfect, skinny, black trousers. They changed my attitude toward dressing. My attitude changed even more so after completing the Six-Items-Or-Less Challenge. The lack of recent posts is due to this change, refocusing energy and planning from whim to realism.
The first question that flourished was "What is the purpose of this and is it working?". Mon cluttered bedroom turned into a much more functional space, no longer bursting with vintage silks, far too many jackets, minidresses, shoes, sunglasses, scarves, books, magazines, and pieces unused. The small closet and the large dresser now contain pieces that pay in wear of the space that they occupy. Roughly 75% of clothes are workhorses, suitable pieces in heavy rotation, favorites fit from the job's dress-code to the casual personal time. The remaining 25% are statement pieces for weekend and social events. The skinny black pants are a weekend and personal-time favorite. Whoever would have thought?
My change in attitude allowed me to revisit this original statement piece. These particular skinny black pants are not the obvious epitome of versatile classic, but in the context of classics, they are actually quite easy.