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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I Want 007 Pants-(A Fashion Post)



I have a gripe about pants. I figured a blog post is a great way to vent about any politically correct subject as long as there’s at least a semblance of humor involved. So here’s my droll scoop about personal issues with length, fit and fashion.

Length

First of all, I’m tall and most women’s pants have a 29” inseam which is average but 32” would ideally hit me at the ankle. Sometimes I see tall-fitting pants for sale in catalogs but they begin at 34” which would be nice if I wanted to wear high heels all the time with my jeans. Unfortunately, that’s not my style and the tall ones are usually in smaller sizes anyway. Most of the pants I own look like cropped pants or what my old high school ‘friends’ called ‘flood waders.” Basically, I have a love-hate relationship with pants because it’s one of those articles of clothing that an active lifestyle necessitates. Plus, I love adventures. Women wear pants for fishing, hiking, bike riding and campaigning for President. After seventeen years into a new century, modern women don’t even own dresses or skirts anymore. Type ‘wedding pantsuit’ into a Google search and you wouldn’t believe the heavenly white ensembles that exist.
 I think pants can look fabulous on women Ala Katherine Hepburn but they should also be flexible without being tight and uncomfortable. In a warm climate, most polyester blended fabrics are much too hot and in winter, twill or denim isn’t warm or flexible enough. Is it asking too much that I want to look nice while chasing after two disobedient Chihuahuas?

Fashion

Fashion wise, the current trend for women is the skinny look which works great if you’re ah—skinny. Some of these pants are cut so narrow, that they wouldn’t even fit my meatless skeleton. If I can pull them on, there’s a rustling sound with each step. Sadly, unless I want to take up Zydeco and pretend I’m playing the washboard, I also have to forget about corduroy. Of course, there are loose-fitting linen pants that look wrinkled all the time or chinos which are like like a cross between jeans and khakis. If they don’t fit right, then they look like Park Ranger-Government Issue pants. Too tight and you’ll feel like you’re back in high school marching band needing a new uniform after having a growth spurt. For extreme casual wear, there’s the yoga pant that looks good in one color only and that’s black. Same with leggings—have you ever seen beige colored leggings on a heavy-set woman? There are some things I wish I could “unsee.”

Fit

This brings me to how pants fit. Men can get away with wearing khaki pants that are loose and baggy. Modestly covering everything, they look perfect on busy dads who need to be able to move with even busier toddlers. Generally, men want to make sure their jeans are not riding too high and by pulling them lower they are baggier in the thighs and the hem reaches the floor. Problems arise because most men don’t have hips to hold up their pants. This is why they wear belts or should wear belts anyway. When men wear business or military slacks in gray, green or navy, the fit is classic, slightly loose and elegant. And finally, there’s the sophisticated tuxedo pant which reminds us of Cary Grant or Fred Astaire.
Those have to be stretchy pants!
I just had one of those aha moments. Remember how Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and even Jimmy Stewart were dancing in tailored tuxedo pants? James Bond is jumping out of an airplane or swinging from a chandelier in a Monte Carlo casino while kicking the bejeebers out of the bad guys. Jason Statham springs from his BMW sunroof and is punching five guys at once while looking awesome in Armani. The mystery must be a form of Hollywood costume finery just like those used by Jack Black in the movie Nacho Libre. Lycra—also known as spandex, was invented in the late fifties, which could explain some of the magic but still leaves me wondering how Rhett tried saving Atlanta before such obviously awesome stretchy pants were ever created.

 Lucky for me, I’m not a slave to fashion and enjoy wearing dresses too. Perfect slacks? Maybe not for my body-type but I can dream, while wearing an old-fashioned skirt. 

Any ideas about what kind of fabric goes into one James Bond suit before it's shaken and stirred?

10 comments:

  1. I'm the wrong person to ask about fashion. Although I do like my pants a little loose.
    There are indeed some things you can't unsee.
    As long as you're not three hundred pounds in hip huggers and a tube top, I'm all right.

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    1. I have to work on getting that beige stretchy image out of my head. Thanks for visiting Alex!

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  2. I'm an all cotton person, unless you find some blend of Rayon that will be durable. I'm not a Polyester person, ick. Reminds me of the 70s. :)

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    1. Most modern pants have a little polyester in there to make even the jeans stretch a bit. It's not that bad, just hot. Since you're in Florida, I understand how you feel because I'd rather have 100% cotton too but there's not much available that looks right.

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  3. Q must have put something into Bond's wardrobe.

    I'm all jeans and black clothing. With a proper belt. I see someone with one of those low riding pants, I feel like tossing them off a cliff.

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    1. We could all use someone like Q when adventure calls.

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  4. Fashion-wise, men have it mu8ch easier than do women. I'm not much on fashion, though. I just wear what I like, in style of not.

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    1. That's smart because comfort should be your main objective! Thanks for stopping by, Norma!

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  5. I watch shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and wonder how anyone can make fighting moves like that while wearing leather pants.

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  6. Hi Eve, what I wouldn’t give for a comfortable pair of pants (or trousers as we say on this side of the pond). At 5ft 2, I have the opposite problem to you; pants are always, always, always too long! I can’t stand wrinkly pants, hate chinos and look awful in jeans. I love my pyjamas though so you can probably guess what I’m wearing as I type this.

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