Hope News Trousers | about 3 years old
Everlane sleeveless linen top | from last year, altered
Beek Finch sandals
3.1 Phillip Lim large ryder satchel | small embossed version, secondhand option
So after I mentioned that I’ve been struggling with getting rid of my Hope News Trousers, I washed them, steamed them, and got them ready to go up on SLOWRE. And then, as I do, I decided to try and work them into my wardrobe again. I LOVE LOVE LOVE these pants, and never really wanted to get rid of them in the first place. The problem is that with wear (they’re mostly cotton), they stretch out a lot in the waist/hips and start to look rather more slouchy than I want for these pants. Not that there’s anything wrong with slouchy, I just want these to always look EXACTLY like they do here – freshly washed (not dried) and not stretched out.
I’m not getting rid of these pants. Maybe I won’t wear them as much as I did when I first bought them, and maybe they’re a little too big in the waist after wear. But they’re such great pants. They wash well (I wash them in the machine with cold water and hang to dry), and are crazy comfortable.
I think my “five questions” exercise (even though it was really just meant for fun) and reading all of your answers, helped me to realize that I don’t have to get rid of everything I don’t wear so quickly, unless I know for sure it’s just not right for me anymore. But I tend to know that pretty quickly after the first wear or so…
My wardrobe is a very manageable size for me now, give or take a few things I’m still on the fence about; everything is in my side of our bedroom closet, hanging where I can see it. So I can keep some things around that fit if I want to, like my Hope News trousers.
So speaking of the five questions…I owe a reader the Everlane dipped tote!! And the winner is…Becky, comment number 58 (selected via Random.org). Congratulations Becky 🙂 And thank you to all of you who answered the questions – it was so much fun reading your answers. If you haven’t yet, I encourage you to go and read them, and add your own if you’re so inclined. I loved reading about everyone’s different styles, designers they love (it’s not all James Perse!!), and ALL of our struggles with getting rid of things.
I loooove those pants!! Also, sooo excited to have won the tote!! Such a bright spot in an otherwise hectic Monday morning, so thanks again 🙂
Having gone through the keep/discard phase of a closet clean out, I think you should keep what you love and will wear over time. I don’t think it’s a “you must wear everything” wardrobe rule. Some things are just meant to keep 🙂
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I love those trousers! What size are yours?
Grechen Reiter says
They are a size 40. Have to be to fit my legs. I found the legs to be rather slim. They’re big in my waist after I wear them…
I dig these pants! I have a skirt that I love that’s a bit too long, and a bit too big, but I don’t care. It’s pretty, it’s comfortable, and sometimes I just want to be comfy and colorful. I need clothes a few clothes in my closet that aren’t 100% perfect, because I am not 100% perfect. Some days, I just need to phone it in a bit, and wear something less polished and more snuggly. The pants look great on you. I am glad you are holding on to them!
It was so fun reading everyone’s answers and seeing the variety of styles, favorites and “must haves”! Good idea, Grechen!
I had the exact same problem with the Hope trousers – they got comically big, and I even had them tailored in the waist – I finally gave up on last years pair. I do love them so much and just bought the next size down for this summer – the fabric is ultra thin and generally I prefer something more substantial but the cut is just so amazing, and I have no idea why they are better than every other trouser or chino….