rennes

1.04.2011

what's wrong with me?


That's what Jesse has been saying to me over the past few weeks - what is wrong with me? Why all the sudden am I succumbing to this skinny sweat pants thing? And why must they only be heathered grey? The above Isabel Marant ones are my favorite (saved on the desktop in the "I like" folder from the summer via Maryam Nassir Zadeh). I had pretty much forgotten them entirely until three weeks ago when I wandered into J Crew and saw these:



Alas they only had some L & XL sizes in the store, plus one pair of XS & S on the mannequins (which they at the time offered to take down for me, but I would need to come back the next day to get them) and I decided no, I will not pay $60 for a pair of stupid sweatpants. But, as we all do in such situations, I kept thinking about them and went back a week later and low and behold the ones on the mannequins are now reserved for some other ladies, and they are totally sold out online, etc, etc, so the story goes. (And, I was informed by the sales clerk, they were their most popular item this season. Sweat pants? For reals?). Now I'm searching for a cheaper remedy...none quite like either of these though. Some similar ones on the Forever 21 website, and I know it doesn't hurt to swing for the cheaper option - they're just sweat pants after all. Any suggestions? Could possibly be into these but they are way out of my price range.

And on a similar shallow shopping note, I love love love my no. 6 boots, I've barely taken them off. Thanks for all your advice way back when. So far I have only fallen once, and that was when I first got them and slipped on a rug in my house, so that was kind of my own fault. The traction is surprisingly good in them, the rubber on the bottom is much different than other clogs I have owned, maybe that's what makes them so comfy. The rubber is a bit odd though - I think due to it's squishy nature dirt easily gets in forms a webbed pattern in the "cracks" which I can't seem to get out. (Not sure how to describe this other wise). Also, on the sizing. I'm a 7.5 in closed shoes/boots, a 7 in flats and sandals. I ordered the 39's and they were so tight I had to exchange them for the 40's. Of course the shearling has padded down a bit now and they are a wee bit looser, but I'm not sure the 39's would have stretched enough to ever be comfy with thick socks. Too bad they don't make half sizes, I'd probably be a 39.5.

14 comments:

Hetterson said...

Yesss, me too!

I saw them for the first time on the Frances May site..last year. I think it was an Alexander Wang pair, fell in love. But yeah, like I was really gonna drop 100on sweats, nooooooo.

I do live in sweatpants, and not the cool fitted kind. Like the saggy butt and knees kind. Maybe it is time for an upgrade?

julia said...

I have recently started living in the saggy butt and knees kind too - I have no shame either! ;p Now I only want to wear them, screw real clothes!

tastymoog said...

just say no. it's bad enough with leggings, now we have to be subjected to people traipsing about in public in even more loungewear?! yea, they're fitted... but they're still. sweat. pants.

simple things said...

OMG I am also obsessed with heathered grey skinny sweat pants right now (heathered charcoal is also acceptable and possibly some shades of blue or taupe but they is judged on a case by case basis). I found a Bonds pair (Australia brand) that were reasonably priced and am living in them. But I want more!

Could we all justify buying the more expensive pairs to ourselves if we somehow made them acceptable to wear out?

I know you want reasonably-priced suggestions, but have you seen some of the ones by See by Chloe? I think I need them all.

http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=9842&sid=797&pid=797

http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=8684&sid=797&pid=797

http://www.lagarconne.com/store/item.htm?itemid=8973&sid=797&pid=797

jennifer said...

I had the same "what is wrong with me?!" reaction when I started thinking that skinny sweat pants were actually kind of nice.

I really like the Isabel Marant ones. And, I got the JCrew ones when they were on sale. Trust me, you're not missing out on much. They're not very well made. The first pair I got had a huge hole in the waistband. Then the replacement pair has a twisted inseam. I would have passed on them were it not for the discount.

EvaForeva said...

I have never seen them before but man, they are lovely! They would look terrible on me but I can totally see you wearing them and rocking them.

julia said...

tastymoog - haha! you're so right! i feel the same way about leggings, they are kind of getting out of control these days :p

belinda - hehe, i know, the only ones i seem to be attracted to are the heathered ones, i suppose it's so trendy right now, but i can't help it! i'm going to go check out the brand you mentioned now, along with the links! thank you! it's so awful when you want them all, hard to pick just one :)

jennifer - yes! what's wrong with us? that's good to know about the j crew ones - i can't believe that they aren't made well with the $60 price tag - what a bummer! but, at least they were on sale!

jenya - haha, i think i'm probably a little too short to rock them! i think one might have to be at least 5'8" with long legs to pull them off! ;p

Kelly said...

I'm right there with you. Anthropologie has a few options, including these which I'm stalking till they go on sale. In the meantime, I got a pair of black long johns from Target that I've been practically living in. Love it!

spoon said...

I feel like some of them remind me too much of yoga pants and/or long underwear. Although, I do admit, I kind of like the Isabel Marant ones...

However, I am convinced that they would be so easy to make. I used to sew my flared jeans into skinny jeans in high school and I can't imagine that this would be much more difficult, if you found the right pair of saggy butt ones to begin with! Particularly the top ones, since they're not very fitted in the waist to begin with.

UNIFORM natural said...

These ones from target converse are similar, although they say they are "cropped". They look kind of long on the model though -she has them pushed up. On me, with my short legs, I bet they would be regular length.

http://www.target.com/Converse-One-Star-Leisure-Cropped/dp/B003ORBEOC/ref=br_1_14?ie=UTF8&id=Converse%20One%20Star%20Leisure%20Cropped&node=400494011&searchSize=30&searchView=grid5&searchPage=1&sr=1-14&qid=1294237310&rh=&searchBinNameList=target_com_category-bin%2Ctarget_com_size-bin%2Ctarget_com_primary_color-bin%2Cprice&searchRank=pmrank&frombrowse=1

julia said...

thanks for the links and ideas, yes, i thought about making some - i think it would be a good solution!

martha - those are spot on, and i bet the "cropped" fit would be good on short me too :p

Artisticpixie said...

I found similar pants through Alternative Apparel
http://www.alternativeapparel.com/Shop/ItemDetails.aspx?ProductID=846&CategoryID=74&Overstock=False&Section=&SectionUrl=&Consumer=Y&Color=BK#
but they're pricey and I'm short too so they do look long.

I read this article on Cal Patch's tips to making pants so hopefully that'll help when you make them http://www.thecupcakegoddess.com/the-cupcake-goddess/2010/12/a-discussion-on-pants-with-cal-patch.html

-nadia

Rachel said...

Hot damn I'm going to try to sew a pair of these for myself! I'll let you know if I succeed!

kelli ann said...

i own these sweatpants, and... i kind of can't take them off my body.