Quick reminder to join me and others sharing professional style on this week’s Fashionably Employed Link Up – the more the merrier!
For today, I grabbed a pair of pants that have baffled me a bit this pregnancy. I regularly wore these pants throughout my first pregnancy and thought they fit well and felt right. After about fifteen months of sitting in a box in my closet awaiting the next pregnancy, I pulled them out and tried them on. Similar in size to the last time I went down this baby bump road (at least I thought), the pants didn’t feel great and they definitely were too short for work. Between the fit and the length they fall somewhere between a cute pair of cropped ankle pants and a full-length pair of straight leg pants; either of those options would have been acceptable but not some odd mix of both. To be sure they failed the “good enough” test, I even wore them to work one day with a pair of flats, and every time I saw myself in the full-length bathroom mirror, I was reminded that they just weren’t right.
Disappointed by the loss of a pair of pants in my already lean maternity wardrobe, I pondered how to make them work for at least a few outfits to sneak through my last couple months at the office before three months of sleepless (but “workless”) maternity leave. And… boots! These lovely boots hid the awkward length and returned these khaki bad boys to the rotation, at least on a limited basis.
In my Corporate Chic on the Cheap series, I touched on starting a professional wardrobe with a basic black or brown color palette. Following my own fashion advice, I stuck with a black palette for my small maternity collection and somehow these khaki guys snuck onto the scene. While I know black and khaki match, I don’t have a wealth of items that match these pants (maybe all the more reason it doesn’t matter that they have limited usage options at this point). In any case, I’m determined to find at least one more way to remix them during this pregnancy before they get shipped off to my sister or donated through Zealous Good (a Chicago organization I shared with you last summer and also mentioned in my first weekly Corporate Chic on the Cheap post).
Spoiler Alert: After I wore these, I found three more ways to wear them and have a Remix post coming later this week.
Do you have any pieces that have caused you to step back and wonder what happened to them? Or maybe wonder if they just never fit well in the first place and it took a while to notice (all too plausible through my bumpy style journey)?