Pants shouldn’t feel scary, but they are. They bring up all sorts of emotions and highlight awful truths and illuminate insecurities about things that no one will ever notice — no one except for you and that rude, rude mirror (in a poorly-lit dressing room, I can almost guarantee you).
Skinny jeans, meanwhile — a different category from pants — have become something of a security blanket. Despite the fact that certain pairs require a vat of vaseline to “slip” into, they feel slimming. They shloop us in like Spanx, push the butt up like a renaissance chest and pair well with everything. They’re easy.
Which made me feel kind of bad when a few months ago, I told Katie Sturino in a purely hyperbolic fit that skinny jeans were dead. Dead, I repeated for dramatic measure.
They’re not dead. I was A) projecting and B) eager to see Katie in something other than a denim tube sock. JUST for once. For fun! To live vicariously through her like a stage mom on Dancing with the Babies or whatever that show is called!
So we decided to give the ultimate pant, the wide leg trouser, the old college try.
And immediately, Katie was like, “Bye!”
Full disclosure: the above look freaked her out. She said it was boxier than she’d normally lean, but thennn guess what else she said? She felt cool.
Pause for tip: when doing a boxy top with a wide-leg pant, think structure. One or the other should hold its shape in order to keep you from feeling messy-in-a-bad-way.
In the next round, we sexed her up a bit. Actually, technically all I did was suggest a bodysuit to balance out the volume down below and Katie, per usual, added the sex.
And because that was her vibe/a happy compromise, in round three, we kept the same idea and swapped out the items.
Pause for tips: In general, with wide-leggers, buy the size for your thighs and then tailor the tummy and length. They look best when they hit right at the waist, are less scary with heels but can work with a sneaker if you don’t let the foot fabric pool.
Consider these pants the next time you’re washing your skinnies. Let them be your nighttime alternative or interview killer. Think of them as a new way to babe; a different kind of clothing rhyme.
Besides, you know what they say, right?
The bigger the pants, the bigger the dance.