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Style Series is a new installment on YBC to help get me out of my leggings & lipstick go-to look. I've always liked the idea of looking put together, but I really never took the time to try to figure out what looks good on my body type, so this series is all about trying to figure that out.
Ok I know the whole purpose of this style series is to break away from my go-to loungewear, but when I saw these drop crotch pants in Zara on my recent trip to Italy and I saw they were only about $20, I had to try them on. They reminded me of the Thai fisherman pants I'd see when I was in Thailand for my teacher training.
In the dressing room, I fell in love. They may not be the most flattering pair of pants but oh my gooooodness are they comfortable. Sometimes comfort wins. Actually, comfort often wins in my book. They're a terry material, with a high, drawstring waist and deep slash pockets. In the dressing room, though, I wasn't sure what I'd wear with them - do I follow my normal rule of balancing things out so when the bottoms are loose, I aim for a tighter top? Do I just lounge out the whole look and opt for a distressed tee? I felt like for $20 I could give them a try and if I couldn't find a good top to pair them with, then I'd just use them for pjs. I wound up choosing an old tank and a Sweaty Betty bralette. For whatever reason, they're not available in the US, but I found a bunch below that look similar from $19 and up.
Drop crotch pants are weird - I feel like you have the find a pair with the right cut through the legs. If they're too tight around the calves and thighs, then it just looks like a saggy diaper situation. If they're cut too loose through the calves and thighs, then I feel like I'm swimming in them. I felt like these were cut perfectly.
The thing that was kind of throwing me off about these was the high drawstring waist. That ruffle part almost adds bulk in a place most people (myself included) don't feel like they want to add bulk, so that's why I chose to go with a tighter top - I felt like it defined my waist more? I don't know - what would you have suggested? Maybe I'll try the t-shirt route next.
Ok this is me laughing awkwardly because in the middle of taking these "modeling" shots (#eyeroll), three high school kids walked by and pretty much just stopped and stared at me probably thinking, "Who TF does she think she is?!" Haha, so there's my genuine laugh because seriously, you guys, nothing will make you feel like more of an idiot as people watching you take modeling shots when you're not a model. #bloglife!
Anyway, back to the outfit. The sunglasses are this cool pair from a company we'll be featuring in an upcoming giveaway. They almost look like the same color as these pants until they hit just the right light and then they're like this cool purply pink mirrored pair. Shop a similar look below from $8 and up.
For the shoes, I grabbed this neutral pair of flats from Madewell I got a few years ago. I like how they look, though think they'd be a better choice if my shirt weren't, um, NEON GREEN, haha. Maybe I should've worn sneakers with this. I think the ones below would've maybe been a bit better.
I kind of feel like anyone can pull off anything if they wear it with confidence. I'm not 100% sure about the top I chose, but I am 100% sure I love how comfortable these pants are, so even though they may not be the most flattering pair in the world, I feel great in them and am glad I picked them up.
I'd love to hear your thoughts! Do you ever put comfort first? Would you have worn a looser top or gone with a tighter fitting top?