Identity Crisis: The Pants

Leandra Medine | May 4, 2012

If this were a year ago I’m not sure I’d ever allow an iPhone 3 or, gasp, Blackberry photo to function as a stand alone site image but look what vintage filters have done to mankind. I may be doing a disservice to the purpose of this post by allowing the phenomenon of the iPhone generated filters in question to infiltrate the photo at hand but bare with me. What we have here is a most unique adventure in copyright. First there’s me, standing in a sparkle laden hallway, smirking at a camera that just so happens to be in the palm of my mother’s hand, ready to exit the aforementioned hallway. And I’ll tell you what else, while the sunglasses in doors most certainly offer me the additional douche bag points we so often delegate, there’s a kicker: it was dark outside. Dark, I tell ya. Not light. Glad that’s out of the way, now on to the pants. Can you tell that they’re tie dye? Well, they are. And what’s more? They’re engaged in a massive case of identity crisis. You may remember the first pair of cloudy jeans that fell onto the literal laps of several bodies. They were these ones, $420 via Isabel Marant. The photographed ones, however, $59.90 via TRF. Zara continues to hold its title as the most accurate Celine-Dries-Stella-Isabel-Givenchy hybrid shop for the girl with just one dollar to stretch to couture–on planet earth. The magic here is ultimately that after Zara implements the copy and paste tactic, tweaks are had, the result is often better than the original. And that is hash tag very awkward. Here, here to refugee pants. Still with me? 

Linda Farrow sunglasses, Calypso scarf, Maje jacket, Equipment blouse, Zara jeans, Proenza Schouler boots.

  • Wandering Minds

    I just love the way you write, there's a lot of rhythm in your words.


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  • TeuntjeVDW

    You look amazing!!! + Zara is def the right place to buy designer knock offs! xx.

  • amarabubz

    great outfit, love a bit of zara!

  • Natali

    Great jeans and boots!

  • Natasha Fatah

    Love the oversized shirt look.
    I'm really digging that for this summer!

    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Collections

    haha LOVE your description of what Zara is and I would like if you could give me that scarf please.

    LOVE the outfit. but what else is new.


  • Vasilieva

    the pants are pretty cool

  • My Style

    love the glasses!


  • ItsMeChelle

    Hey Lana del Ra
    you're so COOL! :)

  • Petey

    That outfit would be perfect if it weren't for those cartoony $300 sunglasses. I love an outfit with a punchline, but these distract from the awesomeness of the entire ensemble. Please bear with me..

  • Raquel Fernandes

    Hahaha Zara will love to read this. Hoorray to fashion democracy.

  • Brandi, The Beatniq

    The picture doesn't look horrible… At least the camera's in phones are A LOT better now.

  • Michelle of Chellbellz

    i think thats the most accurate description of Zara LOL.

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  • Kelly Malka

    zara is amazing, love it. they look great!! xxx

  • Marle

    GREAT blouse! I love this outfit :) And I guess all of us gals put on sunglasses inside every now and then we think no one is watching 😉

  • Beckerman Girls

    SOOOOOOOOO funny…..I find that the original and the copy are both usually amazing and sometimes I just have to have BOTH!!! Is that cray? the originators and the copies?!! oy!!! I love the Zara pants and the Isabel Marant pants this season are beyond amazzeballs! happy happy Friday babe a licious!
    xoThe Beckerman Girls

  • Nina

    love you're writing, always makes me laugh!


    Love your outfit.

  • Mouthwash

    Great tongue in cheek post. I couldn't agree with you more…it's so wrong, but oh, it feels SO right!

  • Elise and Margot

    The sunnies are actually quite cool!

    x For Happy Days

  • Sofia Lascurain

    perfect as always!!! love the sunglasses and scarf!
    xx s

  • Barcelona Brunettes

    Amazing glasses!!!



  • Nina Papaioannou

    You look always cool the crazy Linda Farrow sunglasses!!

  • Berty Morales

    You look amazing and love your shades!

  • Neijah

    Funny write up! I'd be happy with Zara or Isabel Marant…but for now, it's lookin like Zara for me lol


  • Emmy

    "Identity crisis"….heehee….Those Zara pants are bangin'!


  • Creativity&Chocolate

    Totally agree with you. Zara is great!

  • Sharon

    Love your sunnies!


  • esme

    i just wanted to offer this– it's hear, hear, not here, here. maybe you've already heard that, but just in case. not that it matters terribly, because your writing is so funny and your fashion is always excellent! :) have a good weekend. xo

  • Ms.Fashionista

    Those glasses are amazing! Totally not too much though which you would imagine. Gorg shoes too.


  • B.Weber

    loving the shades.


  • Man Repeller

    IT DOES MATTER! I often do, "here, hear" for the sake of including both because they kind of both make sense, ya know? It could be, "here, here!" and in, here's to this or "hear, hear!" as in, hear me roar.

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  • Geoo

    I love the boots but I think some Jeffrey Campbell would look amazing with your outfit, I got my nude ones from shopAKIRA 😉

  • Seeking Style

    Haha! You're hilarious.. I love that you admitted that it was night time outside even though you already admitted you were douchy for wearing sunglasses indoors.

    xo Jennifer

  • Cristián Pavez Díaz

    Neh, there's no identity crisis. It's only sunglasses at night.
    Greetings from Santiago, Chile.
    Twitter: @cristianpavezd

  • WNY

    The only problem is that there are no Zara stores in Western Australia… :( (Although, it might be a great excuse to buy the real designer ones.. )Luckily I will be back in Europe in a few months.
    Love those sunglasses, they are so cool!

  • matchalattewardrobe

    I'm already convinced Zara is the best option for designer-like-high-street, but the way you word it makes all this way more tasty.

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  • thechicndamned

    those jeans are amazing!


  • Sketch42

    I have the dries dip dyed Zara jeans you posted about on insta… I don't have GUILT about wearing zara's knock offs… but I think this year, they took inspiration into copyright infringement territory. I've always loved Zara, but I feel like they need to start being less of a knock off chain. They can still make au courant pieces that aren't replicas.

    Eh whatever, I still love those dries knock off jeans we both have. A LOT.

  • Sketch42

    But Im over their celine floral blazer. That I have and only wore once.

  • Nathan Moy

    im loving the cool sunnies for sure!! 😉

    xx nathan.niche


  • Elenor

    Wow, your house is really nice! Is that an in-door elevator?

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  • Leah

    Refugee pants, I am with you.

  • Anonymous

    sunglasses r "everything"

  • Gita

    I can't get over those damn sunglasses. Puurfect.


  • Gine

    I DESPERATELY NEED these sunglasses from Linda Farrow!!!

  • Luxury Fashion Blog

    I love those glasses need them NOW!

  • esme

    i think you're clever to mix the two, because i agree with you — it COULD be "here" some days, "hear" on others! at any rate, hear hear to the man repeller hereness!…or something! :)

  • thehautepursuit

    huf huf huf, agree with sketch42, there's some surrrrious infringement going on at zara but sometimes what's a sista to do when she doesn't want to spend 600+ on bleachy jeans?

  • Men Cotton Scarves

    Jeans are amazing! Love your style!

  • Philipp Eppmann

    i really, really LOOOOOOVE this outfit!! 😉

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