Guess what is a really big thing this Spring?? Track pants. Hold up, hold up, hold up. . . don’t peace out on me until you have heard me out. I can feel your eyes rolling even as I right this, but just hang with me for just a second. . .
Last September during the Spring 2016 shows, Claire Waight Keller sent five or six different looks down the runway at Chloé that included extremely chic track pants — that’s right, track pants with the stripes down the side — and then Alessandro Michele sent a sweet pair of embroidered bell track pants down the runway at Gucci. Then, Tory Burch included two different types of track pants in her Fall 2016 show last month. And, now, open any fash mag out this month and you will find them everywhere – styled up and styled down, but always looking super chic.
And, I totally get that this WAY trendy, but here’s why I think you should consider this look and why I think it is right. First, it’s a figure forgiving, flattering look. Yes, it is. And, to be clear, in the words of Missy Elliott, I have a “cute face, chubby waist, thick legs in shape, rump shaking both ways, make you do a double take.” So, I am always on the prowl for something that will make me feel slim and tall – which is the opposite of how I normally feel.
Second, it’s comfortable. And, here’s why this is important. Americans, notoriously “comfortable” dressers, are moving more and more and more into athetlic wear as day-in and day-out fashion. Don’t believe me? Think about how many people you have seen just today sporting their Lululemon or other athletic wear. We all wear it everywhere — it’s not just for the gym anymore. It’s the area of biggest growth in the fashion industry. And, designers are trying to give people what they want — a chic wardrobe basic that you can throw on without much stress, look chic and be comfortable.
And, this is what has me so excited. Somedays, I hit the gym first thing and so, I just keep on my gym clothes on for the school run and early morning errands. And, somedays (most??) I don’t go to the gym first thing and I still need an outfit to put on first thing in the morning that is comfortable that I can wear to get the kids out the door that is just one step up from pajamas. And, many days — I am not going to lie — I still have said outfit on when the sun is setting. It just happens when you just don’t stop all day long . . . feel me???
It’s for these days that this is the perfect outfit. . . I think with a fab pair of comfy sandals and a cool top, you can pull it on over your gym wear (or not) and do school, gym, PTO meeting, grocery, etc., etc., etc., and look totally ballin. Word.
My preference (and inspiration) is the all-navy off-the-shoulder look from the Chloé runway. See below. To get the look for less, I bought these track pants from Topshop and this top from Asos that I intend to wear with these sandals from Barneys (as super fab knock-off of the ones that Michael Kors sent down the runway that will also be rocking’ with the black tank dress that I intend to find and buy for Spring/Summer — see my earlier post from the Kors runway here). Tory Burch has two different track pant options, these wide leg ones and these more narrow ones. Topshop also offers this pair — which has a little bit wider leg and different side tape. Pair any of these with this top (or this one!) from Mango, this one from Zara, this one from Pixie Market, or this one (a steal!!) from Asos. To complete the look, I recommend a comfy but chic pair of flatforms — maybe in an espadrille like these from Michael Michael Kors, maybe with a foam sole like these from Vince . . .
Below, I pulled together the look for less and also some runway pics so you can feel the vibe I’m laying down here. Also, a snap of what’s out there in the magazine editorials this month.
Chloé Spring 2016 Runway
Gucci Spring 2016 Runway
Tory Burch Fall 2016 Runway
From the pages of this month’s editorials . . .
From L to R, March issues of Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and Porter.
From the March issue of Porter.
Runway photos courtesy of Vogue.com