8.19.2008

Excuse me Mr. Kennedy

I've had this image of JFK saved in my computer since about April. There was something so secretly cool about it that I couldn't stop looking at it. And I have to admit that it sort of spearheaded my search for a pair of khakis. My forays in the Gap proved unfruitful since most of the times there were no khakis to be seen anywhere (Hello, Gap? You sell khakis and jeans! GET ON IT!) and the one time I found a pair that had possibilities, they did not have my size. You see, I didn't want any slim cut, bootcut, "modern" khaki nonsense. I was looking for a pair that would be perfectly slouchy and baggy and would have a hint of menswear to it; just like the pair I used to have when I was in high school and completely obsessed with Gwen Stefani. When I posted about Katie Holmes and her crazy rolled up pants fiesta, someone suggested I check out the kid's department at American Eagle, but since I had birthday coupons from Gap, I decided to check out the kid's department there.

Surprise, surprise, I cannot wear pants from the little boys department; the ones that fit around the waist were too short and let's face it, the whole proportion was off and I looked like a damn clown. Bummed out, but not defeated, I headed to the Men's department. I was 100% sure that the pants would not fit me, but I had to give it a chance. I WANTED BAGGY KHAKIS, DAMMIT! I picked up two pairs of pants in a size 28x30 and headed to the fitting room. I tried on the Gap Original Khaki, which fit alright, but was a tad too short for my liking and a Relaxed fit (not available online), which I ended up taking home with me. It was ridiculously baggy in all the right places and I feel immediately in love with it. FINALLY!

Now the problem is, how do I go about wearing crazy baggy pants? The answer? I went back to the very beginning and decided if the 90's were back, then all I needed to do was was "What would Gwen do?" and I paired it with a sparkly gray tank top (hey, it was really hot today so I didn't want to fuss over my clothes"). I added my "Take-Prada-Everywhere-I-Go" necklace, and my favorite Repetto flats and I felt somehow refreshed and chic in my quasi-preppy wares.

7 comments:

Jen said...

The last time I bought new khakis I also got them at the men's section of Gap. I wore them yesterday. So comfy, and with huge pockets.

I'm currently searching for the perfect pair of grey cords. J. Crew had a close contender, but they were just a bit too dark. I went to Gap, but they didn't have any cords in the entire store. No khakis, no cords, and only a small selection of jeans. Why hast thou forsaken me, reliable basic Gap?

bubblegumculture.com said...

I too have been searching for a good pair of khakis forever. My problem is finding pants that fit. I'm tall, so they're usually too short, and I have a big butt, so they don't fit right around the hips (I hate that too-tight, pocket pooch). Any ideas of places with good cuts for a body like mine?

Amelia said...

I love that JFK picture. Your interpretation is nice, too.

1234 said...

i think the baggy pants look good. the whole outfit is good actually.

peej said...

I had good luck finding khakis at a J.Crew outlet store, of all places. I went to the Gap a few weeks ago, but all they had in the women's section were these weird trouser things that didn't fit me anywhere.

Also, when in doubt, it is always best to ask, "What would Gwen circa 1996 do?"

Jen said...

@peej: "Also, when in doubt, it is always best to ask, "What would Gwen circa 1996 do?""

No doubt! (I'm sorry, I couldn't help myself.)

khaki pants for men said...

Love that baggy pants! so pretty!