Pants, Tahari via Winners; sweater, White + Warren, thrifted; belt, Liz Claiborne, thrifted; bracelet, Forever 21; earrings, vintage.
Before I started work at the pharmacy, I did not own a pair of basic black pants. (What did I need THOSE for??!) I was told I would need these as part of the professional-wear dress code, so the night before I left Burlington for Espanola, I, naturally, hit the mall in a panic. Shopping for black pants is the worst. For me, it’s right up there with bra and bathing-suit shopping – ugh! Question: why do so many stores sell pants sans belt loops? And why, if belt loops are incorporated, are they made for wide belts? Smart Set, I’m talking to you. There are also the bad, bad, polyester-blend pants and the wide-bootleg pants. Oh, and the pants with misplaced back pockets and/or seams. And on and on and on. It was Suzy Shier-esque madness.
Out of desperation, I settled on the pants pictured above, even though they are a bit big in the waist. They were the best material (as far as feel and look) I could find, they have a straight-leg cut, they have an appropriate inseam for a modest heel, they have a flattering back, and they have normal-sized belt loops. I didn’t like the price ($50), but, like I said, desperation. Or is it possible I am just too picky? Let me do a mental poll of what I think my friends and family would say…yep, it’s confirmed. But, come on, people, mama’s got standards!