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August 7, 2014

Casual Bottoms with a Nod to the Boys

How does menswear inspire our casual looks? For one thing, we’ve all seen - and may even have in our closets - a pair of boyfriend jeans. The trend started a few years ago and has gotten much more refined this season. While we still love the easy waists and slouchy rise, the legs are now available with slimmer lines to give us a more polished look. And that boyfriend feel is not just in denim. We have chinos with a slouchy feel, or with a higher rise and pleats. And with athleisure (a fancy way to say "cute sweatpants and sweatshirts") taking hold of our casual wardrobes, there are menswear influences in sweats that take them up a stylish notch, making them completely appropriate for a casual day out - no need to hide them, while sitting on your couch (though, they’re still good for that, too).
If you missed out on menswear-inspired trouser options for work and after 5, be sure to check them out in our Fashion Finds, and tell us what you think. See you next week.
http://www.shopbop.com/premium-vintage-emerson-straigh-leg/vp/v=1/1519817358.htm
http://www.shopbop.com/premium-vintage-emerson-straigh-leg/vp/v=1/1519817358.htm
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Citizens of Humanity - Premium Emerson Distressed Jeans
Premium Emerson Distressed Jeans
Citizens of Humanity
Sold by: Shopbop

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Distressing and ripping is everywhere in denim, in all fits and sizes. Out of all of them, we found this to be the best one for the Mark Shale women. Why? First, the fit. These, from Citizens of Humanity, have a great fit for an actual women – not too over-sized, so they don’t feel too young or sloppy. They are contemporary, but in a relaxed fit that is still slim, so they don’t overpower. Next, the wash. Once the weather starts getting cool, too many rips in our jeans can be a challenge to wear. And, really sometimes it’s just too much. Not these. Take a closer look through the “shop it” button. They rips, of which there is only one on each leg, are actually backed so a darker denim shows through. This is a great choice to wear the look without looking like your daughter or niece. We wear ours with a button down to complete that’s mens inspiration (don’t men love to wear their jeans when they’ve finally “broken them in”?). You can even wear a menswear-inspired blazer, with a tank top, and pumps to quickly change your look from casual day to sexy night.

http://www.eileenfisher.com/EileenFisher/collection/Features/unlock_the_season/PRD_F4BD-P8140M/Boyfriend+Jean+in+Organic+Cotton+Stretch+Denim.jsp Eileen Fisher - Boyfriend Jeans
Eileen Fisher - Boyfriend Jeans
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Eileen Fisher - Boyfriend Jeans
Boyfriend Jeans
Eileen Fisher
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If you are looking for a cleaner wash and more relaxed sizing in a boyfriend style, that’s still distressed and cool, go for this one from Eileen Fisher. It even comes in petite and plus sizes. They will stretch though, so you should consider going down a size – especially if you are between sizes. You can style them in the same way we suggest for our featured item.



http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Vince-Cuffed-Twill-Boyfriend-Trousers/prod165790058/p.prod Vince - Cuffed Twill Boyfriend Trousers
Vince - Cuffed Twill Boyfriend Trousers
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Vince - Cuffed Twill Boyfriend Trousers
Cuffed Twill Boyfriend Trousers
Vince
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Vince does clean, easy styling like no other. So, of course, we’d pick a boyfriend trouser from them. These are soft and relaxed at the waist and throughout the cropped leg…and really, just perfect for a casual day with a tee or sweater and a slip on sneaker or pair of Converse. They can dress up for a casual day at the office by throwing on a blazer or adding a button down shirt (or both). Seasonless, timeless, and comfortable. Oh, and they are also available in black.
http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-pants/lafayette-pleat-pant/#BVRRWidgetID Free People - Lafayette Pleat Pant
Free People - Lafayette Pleat Pant
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Free People - Lafayette Pleat Pant
Lafayette Pleat Pant
Free People
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The slouchy rise and single pleat on these easy, cropped pants is so boyishly cool. The leg tapers and looks great rolled up. While Free People is a contemporary brand, these do run big so size down to keep them from looking too exaggerated. A great weekend look with your favorite button-down, tee, or cashmere sweater.

http://www.freepeople.com/clothes-pants/yard-check-hi-rise-crop/ Free People - Yard Check Hi Rise Crop Pants
Free People - Yard Check Hi Rise Crop Pants
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Free People - Yard Check Hi Rise Crop Pants
Yard Check Hi Rise Crop Pants
Free People
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We’re showing you a different picture (courtesy of Shopbop, where this style keeps sold out) because it’s styled similarly to how we suggest wearing it, and is easier to see the pants. We can’t wait for the weather to cool down to wear these with an easy black cashmere boyfriend sweater and a pair of oxfords. They are contemporary in fit, but not too tight. They have great stretch to them and even work for petite women, since it’s has a bit of cropped length. Great for a weekend day or a more casual office look.

http://piperlime.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=96363&vid=1&pid=105439002 Current/Elliott - Army Buddy Trouser
Current/Elliott - Army Buddy Trouser
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Current/Elliott - Army Buddy Trouser
Army Buddy Trouser
Current/Elliott
Sold by: Piperlime

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Current/Elliott does it again, taking such a great spin on a boyfriend trouser and giving it the freshest of updates. At first glance, you can barely tell what gives this wash such a cool range of shading…it’s actually a pale camouflage print that is perfectly distressed. It’s ideal for the woman who thinks she wouldn’t normally wear camo – you’ll want to wear this one. Wear them just like you would any pair of khaki’s, treat them like the true neutral they are.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/ingoodcompany/DemyLee/PRD~B1280/B1280.jsp J. Crew - Demylee™ Bobby Pleated Fleece Pant
J. Crew - Demylee™ Bobby Pleated Fleece Pant
You may recall the DemyLee tank we featured back in June. J.Crew has also found this amazing line of high quality, classic pieces. With athletic wear working its way into our everyday casual wardrobes, we are always looking for more stylish, sophisticated options. We want the comfort, but we don’t want to look like we’ve given up, right? Meet the Bobby pant. The fleece material provides the same comfort as any sweats. The wider waistband, paired with pleating, slant pockets, and a slimmer leg give the polish we require. Wear them with an easy button-down and a pair of slip-on sneakers.


http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1015319&vid=1&pid=142553012 Gap - Colorblock Zip-Pocket Track Pants
Gap - Colorblock Zip-Pocket Track Pants
Gap has come through with another great menswear-inspired pair of athleisure pants (as mentioned, a fancy phrase for "nice sweatpants"). Rear welt pockets a faux fly, and zipped slant pockets elevate these sweats, making them a perfect option for a day of errands. And there’s no beating the price. In a large array of sizes and lengths, this is an easy fit for all of us and looks great with a chambray shirt.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/sleepwear/sleepsets/PRDOVR~31314/31314.jsp J. Crew - Vintage Pajama Set
J. Crew - Vintage Pajama Set
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J. Crew - Vintage Pajama Set
Vintage Pajama Set
J. Crew
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OK, they’re not trousers, but we couldn’t resist sharing them! Is there anything more casual – or more men’s inspired – than a perfect pair of pajamas? Many of us own these, and spend more time in them than we’re ever going to admit.
 

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