Petit Bateau crew neck tee (secondhand via slowre)
Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Culottes (size 8 short, holiday gift from my mother)
James Perse jacket (couple years old)
Naot Pixie sandal (gift from my father) | I wear a US size 8 and took the size 38 in these
I’m home! What a wonderful weekend I had in Florida with my dad and step-mom. More on Friday, possibly, since that’s the day I use to catch up on random thoughts, but I already mentioned that I wore my Sunja Link dress to the art show one day and was so comfortable. I even got a couple of compliments! So…no pillows.
Also, a quick note on the shoes before I get on to elastic waistbands: my father bought these for me while we were there browsing a great “comfortable” shoe store in Winter Park. Haha…by that, I mean they carry Mephisto, Birkenstock, Dansko, etc. Not brands known so much for their style, but man, are they comfortable! And that’s the most important thing, no? I always like to browse there and discover brands I don’t see much here.
I’ve known of Naot for a long time, but never felt compelled to buy a pair of their sandals (I’m rather loyal to Mephisto and Birkenstock), but we were in the store and another customer was trying these Pixie sandals on and I was intrigued. To backup a second, Leo and I are going to a wedding in New Orleans in April and I had been thinking of shoes for that. It’s a Friday night wedding, so I’m cool with wearing one of my black, fitted James Perse dresses, but I wasn’t sure about the shoes. I don’t really have anything that I feel is “evening wedding appropriate” – not even close – and I was thinking of trying to find a pair of shoes that were just a teeny bit “sexy” that Leo might like ( he hates ALL MY SHOES FYI) and that I would also be comfortable in.
Anyway, these are pretty amazing. I love how much of my foot they show (sexy) and that they allow a little height, with also the cushioning and comfort that Naot is known for (practical). I haven’t worn them yet, and I’m not wearing them today because it’s a bit cool for them, but I wanted to try them with these pants and see if I like them, and I do! So I decided to show you 🙂
Now, onto elastic waist pants (hopefully you’ve read this far!). I got a question from a reader a week ago about shopping for elastic waist pants, and how do I choose “the right” pair? I could write a ton on it, actually, and I might later, but I also thought it would be a wonderful question to crowdsource! I always learn so much from you guys…
How do you shop for/buy elastic pants? What do you look for? How do you try and get the sizing right?
Just a couple of notes from me right now:
- I prefer a wider elastic waistband, and one that is elastic all the way around. I have a pair of Eileen Fisher linen pants and the waistband is flat in the front and elastic in the back, and I don’t like the way they fall on me.
- My BIGGEST PET PEEVE IN THE HISTORY OF PET PEEVES is elastic that twists around inside the waistband. You may remember my only Miranda Bennett purchase was a disaster only because of the elastic waistband (the elastic inside was wide and not secured to the fabric so when I would pull the skirt up and down the elastic would twist inside and was impossible to get to lay flat again)
- I look for elastic that is secured to the waistband with horizontal stitching now. Interestingly, both my Clyde pants have that, and my silk florence pants DO NOT. I think the elastic in the florence pants is secured another way though, because I don’t have a problem with them.
- Elastic waistbands are separate from drawstrings, but they’re sort of in the same vein, so I’ll mention that I try to look for drawstring waistbands that also have elastic in them, because otherwise, just a drawstring pant is really more like pajama bottoms, which are comfortable, generally, but sort of a pain IMO
What are your tips for buying/wearing elastic waist pants? Or do you not wear them? WHY NOT?? 😉