The Fashion Statement: A Case for Roomy Trousers
Reed Krakoff's (Coach president and creative director) new ready-to-wear line this fall featured them. So did Pringle of Scotland. January Jones broke them out for the annual summer Louis Vuitton/Vanity Fair party on Rodeo Drive.
Skinny pants, could your end finally be in sight? Roomy, high-waisted trousers are showing up everywhere.
This isn't the first time roomy trousers have tried to get a jump on the ubiquitous skinny. For a brief moment in 2007, high-waisted wide legged jeans flooded the marketplace. In '08, the wide-legged palazzo had a moment. A year ago, the harem pants made a run for it gaining many headlines and about half as many fans.
What makes this time different? Time will tell.
Fashion is like a pendulum. For every action, there is a reaction. It was always a matter of time before flowing pants nudged skinny off her perch. It usually takes a few tries before the eye gets used to the new look. Even fashion critics who are used to continuous change, are hard to convince. Earlier this year, style.com had this to say on Pringle's slouchy trousers inspired by wading boots: "That's a lot of pant for a body to wear."
Some designers are making trousers roomier than ever. Reed Krakoff's trousers use so many fabric, they could be taken apart and used as tents. For Pringle of Scotland, Clare Waight Keller based the slouchy pants with super deep outside pockets on fisherman's waders. They may be dragging on the floor and you might not like them, but there is little doubt you will see their influence in some way or another. They are too innovative to ignore.
Something else is different, too. Fashion's rule of opposites states that if you go baggy on bottom, you go slim on top and vice versa. This rule is being broken again and again. Baggy trousers are paired with roomy sweaters, baggy shirts and billowing coats.
At least for fall, more is more.