Something wonderful has happened in the world of work appropriate womenswear: an elastic waistband. When made in the right material and cut with a pleated, roomy middle and a tapered, cropped ankle, the pull-on pant is not just comfortable - it's downright stylish.
A few months ago, I ordered a pair of mega marked-down Rebecca Taylor knit pull-on pants and have never looked back. They were originally $295, and I found them at Neiman Marcus for $77. They're made of a knit crepe material and have pockets, a fancy satin tuxedo strip down the seam and elastic at the ankles. They're like sweatpants made for the working woman. They're glorious in every way.
Over time, I came to call these pants my Friday Pants.
One - I tend to wear them on Fridays, when one dresses for both the workday and the promise of the weekend ahead. My office is at least a 45-minute commute from home, so whatever I leave the apartment wearing in the morning is what I stay in until I go home at night. On Fridays, I like wear something that works both in the office and out on the town, and these pants do just that.
And two, my Friday Pants feel like Friday: like you're putting on a pair of happiness. Because happiness is the freedom to breath and move about without restriction. Happiness is an elastic waistband.
Now, when my alarm goes off on Fridays, I get to think not only, "YES! IT'S FRIDAY!" but also, "YES! IT'S FRIDAY AND I GET TO WEAR MY FRIDAY PANT!" It's double the pleasure, double the fun.
When paired with a tucked-in silk blouse and a well-cut blazer, this pant can go to the office and out for cocktails. When commuting to and from work, I wear my Friday Pants with my black-on-black slip-on Vans. When in the office, I wear them with a comfy black ballet flat -- the Aerosole Nashville perforated suede ballet flat is my go-to work shoe these days. If you are someone who can wear heals, Friday Pants look great with a classic pump.
The pant that I purchased sadly is sold out everywhere -- though there is one pair of them available in a size 6 in stormy grey at Rebeccataylor.com -- but you don't need my exact pant to own your very own Friday Pants. I'm listing a few great options below.
On the higher end, you can find great pants at Joie, Rebecca Taylor, Theory and Vince. I like the Joie Mariner Pant for $168 at Cusp. Vince makes a nice Jogger Pant for $295 (on sale for $203 at Nordstrom right now). It has a sleek seam down the front of the leg that makes a nice, slim silhouette.
On the lower end, J.Crew has a few nice options. I particularly like the Reese pant - I tried it on yesterday and it's made of a luxe-feeling matte crepe with a thick piping and shirt-tail hem at the ankle. It doesn't fit quite as well as the Rebecca Taylor pant (it's a little less roomy in the tush), but at $ 79.50 plus 30-40% off depending on what sale J.Crew is running, it's a nice pant for the price. I also like the Eileen Fisher Slouchy Tapered Pants on sale for $89.60 at Nordstrom.
Happy Friday! (Because even when it's not Friday, there's no reason it shouldn't feel like Friday.)
I am a designer and financial professional with a background in comparative literature, business and design. I live in New York with my overworked lawyer husband and sweet, art-and-design-loving toddler son and spend much of my free time dreaming about how to enhance the aesthetics of our little world. I am endlessly inspired and always in search of something new. This is a blog about my search, my inspiration and things I just really, really like or want.
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