Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Gap's premium pant collection
If you've been in Gap recently, you'll have noticed a little bit of black magic going on: namely its premium black trouser collection. There are seven styles from skinny to straight, curvy to cropped and bootcut to boy fit, with the seventh being my favourite: the perfect trouser (above).
A wide straight-leg cut that flares gently towards the bottom, its tailored silhouette hints at the 70s and Chloé's a/w 2010 designs. The perfect trouser is, well, perfect with my H&M leather tee. And, the best bit is, it makes my legs look über-long. There's more: it's created to flatter all shapes. Yep, that's endless legs all round! Not bad for £35. It's just a shame it's made of polyester.
A close contender for favourite is the relaxed crop (above). Ideal for the shorter leg, I'm pleased no alterations are needed. I love it's androgynous, slouchy vibe and the fact that you can wear it with flats; in this case, my Sam Edelman brogues (a £45 summer sale buy from Whistles, reduced from £125), along with an old Topshop tee. However, it is the most expensive style in the collection at £45 and, being a wool-mix, it's also the only pair that isn't machine washable.
As for the other styles, I've tried them all on so here's my round-up...
The modern boot (£35) is a great day-to-night trouser. It looks both sophisticated and sexy thanks to a slim cut on the hip and thigh which caresses your curves, before opening out into a boot leg.
The true straight (£35) is good if you want to look thinner. It was a bit shapeless on me, but for the curvier figure this will work wonders. It's all down to the crisp tailoring, with a straight cut on the hip and legs for a sleek and slimming style.
The curvy (£35) is perfect for the pear shape. Designed with curves in mind, it hugs in just the right places and skims the rest to really flatter your figure. One that will make you feel sexy and feminine.
The boy fit (£39.50) is for the tomboy in you. With a tapered leg and slouchy silhouette, it's like the relaxed crop but longer. Definitely one that's chic and androgynous.
The skinny (£35) is for skintight jeans converts. Stretchy and skinny throughout the leg, think Audrey Hepburn in cigarette pants. So elegant.
So, what else did I learn from this exercise? Autumn/winter 2010 is the season of the trouser for two reasons: trousers perform the miracle job of making your legs look longer. Plus, they make dressing for work a doddle. But, bar the cropped styles, heels are essential.