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Sewing with Style – Part Deux

OK – so yesterday I talked a little about some wonderful easy style guides to help you wander through the maze that fashion has now become.  It’s more like a whatever you want muddle of inundation than anything else.  When everything is offered, how do you tell the good from the bad.

Well the guidelines yesterday help, but it also helps to know what NOT to wear – hence the show!!!

Traveling yesterday I spied some new fashion ideas and some were good and some were bad.

The main trend I saw was a shorter fuller pant.

 

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Here’s the deal on this.  It’s OK to do this if you have a figure that’s svelte and you’re tall.  But if you’re not, these proportions can have major disastrous consequences.

The problem here is that the sweet spot on the length and width of these pants is so small and intolerant of any error, that it’s hard to hit it.  So the real truth is that everyone can wear it and there is a spot where everyone looks good in them.  The problem is that spot is so hard to find and when you don’t find it the error is so egregious that it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

So why are they showing so much of this?  Because it’s new.  Because it’s something new to buy.

Why do the designer’s show it?  Because it’s something the store buyers, fashion editors and even most bloggers will pick up on – it’s new and only because it’s new, it’s newsworthy.

But for the most of us, this is just something to pass over, and let it go.  Low crotches (a la NBA), baggy short or sloppy long pants and short pants are all real problems proportions to work out.  They can all be solved, it’s just that the solution is not easily apparent and if you don’t get there, the wrong looks glaringly wrong.

 

bad pantsHere’s the deal on this.  It’s OK to do this if you have a figure that’s svelte and you’re tall.  But if you’re not, these proportions can have major disastrous consequences.

The problem here is that the sweet spot on the length and width of these pants is so small and intolerant of any error, that it’s hard to hit it.  So the real truth is that everyone can wear it and there is a spot where everyone looks good in them.  The problem is that spot is so hard to find and when you don’t find it the error is so egregious that it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

So why are they showing so much of this?  Because it’s new.  Because it’s something new to buy.

Why do the designer’s show it?  Because it’s something the store buyers, fashion editors and even most bloggers will pick up on – it’s new and only because it’s new, it’s newsworthy.

But for the most of us, this is just something to pass over, and let it go.  Low crotches (a la NBA), baggy short or sloppy long pants and short pants are all real problems proportions to work out.  They can all be solved, it’s just that the solution is not easily apparent and if you don’t get there, the wrong looks glaringly wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

And hopefully I do not need to reiterate that this is NOT a good look;  it has never been a good look; and it’s certainly not anything a person can wear out in public or should, no matter how thin or in shape you are.

Unless you are riding bicycles for the US Olympic team, don’t do this without a tunic or longer top – it just doesn’t work.

It’s just a disaster waiting to happen.

 

 

 

 

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That doesn’t mean that all short pants are wrong.  It means that the wide, fuller, leg with the dropped crotch is hard to make it work.

Here are some great ideas for the pant that does work.  Personally I prefer a pant with a higher rise when you’re doing a shape like this.  It’s also good to keep the pant leg tapered, whether that’s very close to the leg or a little fuller.  All these should be tapered
 

 

 

 

 

 

For every fashion trend that comes along, you don’t have to follow it.  In the olden days we used to call that fashion-victims and that’s what they were.

Today when every style and size, and shape is out there, it’s hard to edit through all that.  It used to be that stores would do that editing for you.  You knew when you walked into a store what sort of style you were going to get.  But today these mega-fast-fashion stores put everything out and you do the editing.  You’re the designer, buyer, editor and puchaser, the store is just a conduit with very little time to do anything but assemble and ship the garment, the consumer is left to do the rest.

2 Comments
  1. The last 3 pairs are pants I’d wear at my own personal sweet spot of just above the ankle and not too narrow. 15-16″ is a good width for me depending on the pants. The first bunch, uh no; fashion victim.

  2. Oh, no short pants for me thank you very much! It brings back the horrors of having to wear high-waters in high school when they definitely were NOT in fashion. One thing I did like about the super-high heels is that slacks were finally long enough that I could buy RTW that weren’t high-waters on me. I hope the short-pants trend doesn’t mean an end that.

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