Lately I can’t seem to get this image of a slouchy but structured, high-waisted pair of pants out of my mind, even though I can’t pinpoint where the idea came from.

My image looks a little like this (left) from the SS10 Stella McCartney runway. In fact, they both give off the same sophisticated, effortlessly chic vibe. The long jacket, tucked in shirt and light-colored heels with these pants are definitely a good match! Especially the light colored heels. Darker colors/flats would make you look short and stumpy, given the awkward ankle length of the pants. After much research, I finally figured out what they’re called- pleated pants. It is the extra pleats on the pants that gives the hip part the oomph that gives you extra wiggle room and accentuates your figure.

I tried on a beautiful pair the other day from Dries Van Noten, though they were a bit large for me even at size 2 (maybe the design runs big?). Regardless, it was out of my price range anyway. Luckily, I found a similar pair surprisingly from Elie Tahari (above). “Surprising” because I usually associate ET with more sophisticated work clothes- but I suppose these do qualify? They’re perfect, and I’m super tempted to put in my order. My only dilema is whether to get 0 or 2!

Another pair I have my eye on, are these ones from Zara (I’m almost 90% sure that these pants (right) corresponds with the ones from the catalog (left)). Though does anyone else think that this color reminds them of the safari? I suppose I can go and try them on and see where it goes from there!

Image Source: Shopbop, Zara and