More on Tropical Pants

Leandra Medine | April 2, 2012

Saturday’s abridged style postforgot to mention the most obvious and important rainy-day association via tropical pants and that is: vive le tropical storm, durrrrr. It seems my sense of humor may still not have returned from Mexico, but in any case, here’s more on palm trees on pants, not particularly for the sake of a storm but more just because tropical trees are cooler than negative space and what’s color than that? Pseudo holographic images of just that printed on your legs, your legs, your legs, my legs.

Boom. Hairy eyes. What’s up now. I’m practically a Shah of Sunset.

Boom. Fupa close up. The kind that makes you wish your eyes were still hairy. What now? Note the layers.

And voila, here’s me being super smiley and shit. This is the outfit I wore a few Saturday nights ago when I reckoned I was eating fancy food but instead returned to neighborhood favorite: Rubirosa, where good food comes to get consumed and simultaneously be celebrated. I felt bad for my feet because these are not comfortable shoes. This sentiment spawned a new theory.

Months ago on a small post about a pair of Charlotte Olympia flat espadrilles, I mentioned that investing in flat shoes is likely more ambitious than in heels simply because you’ll wear them more. The disconnect between women, their shoes and monetary obligations is interesting: we’ll spend hundreds, some times thousand(s,) of dollar bills on high heeled bitches that become somewhat obsolete after several wears of the classic I’m-so-excited-I-have-these-I-don’t-give-a-shit-they’re-puncturing-my-ankles.

And then what? They sit in your closet and look like art and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that but what about cost-per-wear, damnit? Which brings me back to my initial point–we won’t spend all that much money on flat shoes–give or take an Isabel Marant sneaker or two but figure this: heels are a confidence booster, yes, longer legs, leaner figure but a woman who feels good in flats–I mean really happy and good–is relying solely on herself for that brand of confidence. No exterior support is assisting the process. It’s real, it’s internal, it’s comfortable. Now, this isn’t to say I’m going to give up my heels–I will likely continue wearing the photographed until my ankles truly do snap but if you wanted to give them up, I get it.

vest: Kimberly Taylor, utility shirt: Charlotte Ronson, t-shirt: Chaser, pants: Alexander Wang, shoes: Christian Louboutin, sunglasses: Tom Ford. All photos by Naomi Shon.

Some people, you see, just cultivate confidence doing different sorts of things…like emulating Chuckie the killer doll. Ultimately what it is, is personal.

  • .Tinacious Me.

    ahhaah the first picture is too funny!
    xo, Tina


    They are Gorgeous Pants!
    You look amazing – x

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  • Natasha Fatah

    Oh love this! Especially that top picture!


  • TripsTreasures

    Amazing pants ! In general I don't buy very expensive clothing and shoes, but investing in a good pair of flats is definitely more useful than in heels.
    Oh and I count booties as flats hehe
    new outfit overview post

  • Anonymous

    Loving the Alexander Wang shoes. Much love from Milano!

  • WearAbouts

    those shoes are SO COOL!!!!!!!!! Love the tropical print. Your faces always amuse me 🙂
    Enter my giveaway!!!

  • This Trend That Trend

    Let me just start off with the fact that I am pretty tall (5'8.5"), and I've come to the same terms where sometimes, though the heels are pretty and make you feel good in the moment, they simply don't have the comfort level that anything with a >2 inch heel has to offer. Love a good heel, but I'd rather not a) be a giant and b) be wobbling around in killer heels.


  • mrdavidPOP

    the vest with the utility shirt is a great combination. As are the Alexander Wang trousers which liven up the outfit.


  • Andrea

    OMG the shoes <3

  • Su.

    Your looks are always totally loving crazy!!
    Trendy Pastel

  • Eliza

    You're so right about the heels… especially as a tall girl, I spend all this money on shoes that I barely wear, and not nearly as much on the flats that I wear everyday. It's a sick psychological cycle.

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  • Me, Ed and Pea

    Too bad the shoes hurt – they look amazing. The pain's worth it! 😀

  • erin

    Gah, those pants are so seapunk!!! (three exclamation points required). Love them and your blog!

  • Naghmeh

    first picture= cousin itt! bam!
    love those shoes, so so amazing totally worth an ankle snap or two.

  • Kristel Louisa

    I'm head over heels for your style!

    en la moda

  • streetdressed

    hahahaha.. love the first pic!

  • Monse Fuentes
  • Aurélie and Angelo

    Love the photos, brilliant! Love the pieces in this look, the jacket, trousers and shoes are just stunning!

  • Lace and Tulle

    love your outfit!!! stunning!!!

  • Inés

    Oh my. my…Those Louboutin shoes are GORGEOUS!
    And your Chuckie face…hilarious!


  • Twins

    I prefer without the glasses!! 😉
    I love the shoes!! The metal blue/green is perfect xx

  • Pants on Parade

    ha ha ha you crack me up! the tropical pants and louboutins are amazing, as well as your sense of humor!


    Pants on Parade

  • girl in the poodle shoes

    Those heels are the coolest.
    Happy Monday,


    Girl in the Poodle Shoes

  • Anna

    these heels may not be comfortable, but they are gorgeous!! and I gotta say that I'm a girl that has a lot of heels in her closet but always wear flats… but, If you ever want to sell those Louboutins I'm interested on them (I just wish we have the same size…!), ok? hehe, don't forget it!!!

  • modelovers

    Your shoes, pants and your jacket are awesome!

  • Melissa

    you are amazing in every way, and might I say that last photo is truly stupendous and I love your vest.

    La Vie à Mon Avis

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  • Kultur und Stil

    for me the pants look wonderful – and am I getting this right, that they are in a different pattern at the back site?
    and yes, heels definitely do look better but flats are way more comfortable – that's the problem we all have! And I'm quite happy to read that you admit that these shoes are not the most comfortable ones for you – I couldn't walk in them for 5 minutes 😉

    xxx Anita

  • The little world of fashion

    The first picture and the last one are really funny! Ahah
    Love your shoes!

  • Joana

    You're freaking amazing, but also a bit scary because you're so yourself it's unbelievable. At least I think it's you being yourself, ahah. Anyway, I really admire you. 'Nuff said.

    Now, as for tropical pants – love it. I wouldn't look great on them, but I still cannot stop loving the look.

  • Carol

    I love your blog!!!!!

  • Valerie
  • Caitlin

    you look like jack nicholson in that last photo.

  • Jamie Gillingham

    I thought you were gonna get bangs?! Bangs and palm trees, can you think of a more perfect match?

  • thestyleflux

    Those pants look incredible! love how it's mirrored 🙂

    Kaye Awatin

  • Jessica @ Here(and)Now

    I am tinkling myself from laughter… Serious philosophical thoughts about flats… Transitioning into Chucky… Genius

  • Lawrence !!!

    You should come to London Fashion Week – You would dig everything…just a suggestion

  • Sharon

    Gorgeous pants and heels!

  • Miss K

    Amazing shoes!

  • Brigita

    You are a genius!
    Love the pants and the shoes are to die for!!
    xx Brigita

  • Erin

    Love the Charlotte Ronson shirt.

  • Neijah

    This outfit is everything! So jealous of those shoes! I just love everything about the way these pieces look together.


    p.s. you've inspired me to start wearing my hair underneath my sunglasses lol

  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Am-a-zing look! Love the pants, love the jacket and those shoes are beyond gorgeous!

  • Percy

    I'm just in love with your blog and with you style ! 😉

  • Annie

    girl, you make me smile every time I read you blog. It's so nice how it comes across that you simply love life. the first picture is super funny, besides that the whole look is of course stunning!

    X, Annie

  • Ms.Fashionista

    Honestly I can not be on your blog without laughing out loud. I love how you are never afraid to speak your mind especially when it comes to fashion. Your outfit is stunning, and mixing patterns was amazing.


  • molly

    Those shoes are just the coolest thing ever!! Your hair is gorgeous too, you are so pretty! Love your blog X

  • Celina

    LOVE the pants and the shoes work so well with them (and are fierce on their own as well).

  • StalkingIsAllowed

    My Heart Just Skipped A Beat.
    Still Tryna Catch My Breath
    Inhale. Exhale.

  • Lisa

    very funny, and always dressed cool !!!

  • Romina C.

    I love the Alexander Wang pants!

    x Romi

  • the stel style

    love it!!!!


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  • La Petite Olga

    Cool pants and heels!

    xx Olga
    La Petite Olga

  • Sydney

    I adore these pants and the vest adds to the already cool and edgy vibe of the ensemble.


    Totally in love with your look! I am going to use it for my post tomorrow, hope you don't mind 😉 Of course with credits to you!

    XO Charlotte

  • a perfect day for fashion

    really cool post.
    Love your pants and jacket!!!

  • Lydia

    Amazing pants!! They look great with those shoes.

  • Marcia

    Thou is flawless. Making hairy eyes a fashion statement, one step at a time.

  • Janice

    Just wrote and "inspiration spotlight" piece on you and a mention of the mr dannijo necklace "sinatra" on my blog today! you're the best, love the jacket especially.

  • Reptilia

    What a shoes!!!!!!!! I totally love this look, amazing!!!


  • Estherina

    Love love love the heels!

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  • Karissa

    I love the pants!! And those shoes are totally worth any heel pinching, they are insane.

  • betty

    perfect outfit and ur an absolute nutter x

  • Joseph Dang

    I want those pants 🙁

  • Yuka
  • Amy Rose

    I love your blog so much! And those trousers are magnificent. Come and look at mine at !!!

  • Sketch42

    I spend more/equal on flats… and/or I just buy more of them.

    Thats cause Im practical and/or lazy!

  • monkeyshines ♥

    fantastic heels and vest!


  • Danniela

    I'm in love with your shoes!

  • Charlotte Beecham

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  • christina

    This is very true. Shoes of all heel heights are my weakness. Those pants are so good. And that jacket is very nice xxx

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  • Tone

    Love your pants!

  • jas

    those shoes are amazing

  • Anonymous

    Sahhh obsessed with your style!

  • Anonymous

    Seriously crushing' on this outfit, those pants are heavenly!

  • Xeana

    I like your jackets and pants with floral prints. Shoes very attractive.


  • Collections

    LOVE those alexander wang pants. Giveaway!

  • MissH

    now those are some shiny shoes!


    Shoes are killers!!!

  • Lolita in the Mix

    You look great! Love the outfit a lot with all the different details! But the shoes are just to die for!!



    cool jacket!
    kisses from Spain,

  • Elliott Anne

    I am coveting those shoes.

  • Eva

    I love your pants. I love your pants. I love your pants. I love your pants.
    Nuff said.

    xx Eva

  • Fashion Recession

    I love the shoes and the jacket!!! So freaking awesome!!


  • My Style

    love the shoes!

  • The Girl

    Ahhhhhh the pumps are amazing!

  • Hannah

    Those shoes are absolutely stunning!!

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