Sunday, December 20, 2009

An investment piece



On Friday, one thing led to another and I ended up scoring a pair of APC jeans (see attempt at photograph above) for $5, or $150 less than what seems to be the cheapest pair at the store. Used, obviously, thanks to Housing Works Tribeca's jeans extravaganza. The imperceptible weight fluctuations of (to paraphrase Gossip Girl) Manhattan's elite mean new upmarket jeans for all.

The garment's two main flaws - too small, at least post-latkes, and the sailor-pants-esque flare - could be overlooked both because the flaws have upsides (a reminder that latke consumption should be finite, and that skinny jeans really aren't the most flattering, respectively), and because, well, $5. That, and the fashionable men of the French department rave about this brand, and since they tend not to look quite a schleppy as I do on a typical day, I should probably heed their advice. (It would mean a trip to Williamsburg, but yes, but I am intrigued.) The material of these particular jeans reminded me why denim ever caused such a fuss in the first place - they're dark blue, no streaks of any kind, and this thick material that makes other jeans seem like leggings.

I have a whole nautical outfit in mind, one that will involve these plus a striped white-and-navy H&M shirt, perhaps, post-snowstorm, paired with these:



But beyond the one outfit, I'm not sure quite what to do with these pants. Any ideas?

3 comments:

PG said...

Probably the product of too much time at the office, but I think the jeans would look good with a white button down and colorful cropped jacket.

Phoebe said...

A button-down would certainly work. I don't own a white one, and would not, given the waist of these, be able to tuck anything in, but I'm not sure if that's necessary for this look. Will give it a go...

PG said...

A white button down is crucial to any wardrobe :-) I was given this wisdom by one of my suitemates in college, a blond girl from Germany who said that a white button down brightens anyone's face and looks a little more dressed up than a T-shirt without being much more effort. If you're wearing it out of the waistband especially, get one that hits at the hip and wash it without bothering to iron.