Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Two (of the same) Ways: Split Pea Trousers

I have a very sad story to tell you about these pants.

But I'll save that story for another day.  First, why not remember them in happier times?

I wore both of these looks to work in the last month:

It's interesting how different these two outfits look despite the fact that they're almost identical:  same pants; same colors (black on top, neutral silver-ish shoes).  I suppose they both look polished enough for business casual, but I'll never ceased to be amazed by the miracles a simple black blazer can perform when added to nearly any outfit.  The second look seems much more slimming and crisp by virtue of that addition.

Perhaps I'm partial to the second outfit because it features two of the items in my closet I consider to be magical:  my lace Ann Taylor shirt and my UO (via Gabriel Brothers) black blazer.  Whenver I'm struggling with what to wear, I know I can trust these pieces to work with whatever random clothing item is giving me trouble on a given day.  Of course, the chambray shirt in the first shot is a bit magical, too.  (See, e.g., here for uses of chambray button-downs.)

What are your "magical" items?

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