There are things in life that, at first, have repulsed me because I didn't know anything about them. But when I familiarized myself with the background and benefits of that thing, I felt so silly for avoiding it for so long!
I have experienced these feelings with trousers and Kylie Jenner.
Confession! It's Saturday, and to procrastinate doing my grad program homework, I watched a new show (which is already odd, because I usually re-watch the same 4 sitcoms or British dramas). To take the abnormality a step further, it was a reality T.V. show, which I don't think I've ever watched voluntarily. I watched Life of Kylie. (Yes, as in Kylie Jenner. Yes, as in the Kardashians.) To convey how foreign of a territory this is for me, I just spelled it "Kardatian." To be honest, I used to shy away from Kylie Jenner. I didn't get her. I don't get anything about her, from how she looks 28 when she's 19 or why people like her so much. So, even though I felt repelled by how much I didn't think her celebrity fit into my life, I watched her new show to follow a trend.
And I don't regret it! Is it my favorite show? No. Is it a guilty pleasure I'll probably revisit? Uh, yes. But I'm not so intimidated by Kylie Jenner now because I've learned more of her history and things that make her relatable to me and my life.
Trousers are like this. Many people shy away from them because they don't know if they can pull them off, don't know if they're too masculine, or don't know what to wear with them. But let me tell you, when you familiarize yourself with trousers, you will thank me. They are comfy, chic, and an instant upgrade in your fashion game. Below, I've got a quick history of trousers (you can love anyone(thing) when you know their story), trousers that you will see this upcoming season, and how to pair a top with those free-flowing, high-waisted pants.
If there's something I like more than fashion, it's fashion magazines. If there's something I love more than magazines, it's fashion history. People often used the terms "trousers" and "pants" interchangeably. However, trousers refer to tailored garments with fitted waistlines. For our Western society, French designer (there is so much to thank the French for) Paul Poiret (1879-1944) was one of the first to design loose-fitting, wide-leg trousers for women to wear in 1913. In the 1930s, multiple photographs of Marlene Dietrichand and Kathrine Hepburn wearing trousers eased fashion-conservatives' worries about how leaving dresses behind might negatively change women (what?). In the 1960s, long trousers for women were introduced as a fashion item, leading to the era of the pantsuit and designer jeans and the gradual erosion of social prohibitions against girls and women wearing trousers in schools, the workplace and in fine restaurants.
Trousers for Fall 2017:
Trousers are popping up everywhere for fall in a myriad of colors, fabrics, and textures. Fall 2017 fashion is leaving its mark on trousers this year with color pops, Japanese floral patterns (which I just bought today and cannot wait to share on an upcoming post!), and short, flared bell bottoms (don't fight the bells, ladies; embrace them!).
"But What Will I Wear?"
Here are some free style tips to help you wear trousers:
You won't regret adding trousers to your fall wardrobe. Take a break from those jeans, and step it up from those sweats. You've totally go this, girl. Any questions? Comment below. I read and reply to every single one! Don't forget to click those social media buttons. I share only a select few on here as there's so much more to be seen on my Instagram and Pinterest. Fall is upon us, people!
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With relentless ambition + passion I live intentionally to take my dreams from plans to reality + empower other women to do the same. I'm a Trades of Hope founder, public speaker, and designer living in Washington, D.C. When I'm not following fashion trends, catching airplanes, or playing with my redhead pup, I'm offering up fashion shortcuts, life lessons I'm learning, and free wallpapers to remind you of how much you've got this.