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 an artist/designer and former financial professional with a background in comparative literature, business and design. I live in New York with my overworked lawyer husband and my two boys Michael and Theo 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.