Since losing weight last fall, I've been fairly considered in rebuilding my wardrobe, skewing mainly toward neutral colours in reasonably conservative, simple shapes. Prints have been limited, although I did choose two very graphic prints in JCrew's knit linen summer tops and loved pairing these with my white jeans for a simple, strong look. . . They also work well with my navy pencil skirt and with dark jeans or black pants. . . .
Still, I resolved to continue being very careful about adding new prints; in fact, not really needing any item in particular, my wander through the Robson Street shops a week or two ago was intended mainly as a reconnaissance mission. With no major obvious holes in my wardrobe, I had the luxury of looking for one or two pieces to renew my enthusiasm for Front-of-the-Class Fall dressing -- a perfect piece in some rich neutral that captured this Fall's look while being classic enough to enjoy for many Autumns to come . . .
And then I spotted these slim-cut sweatpants at J. Crew . I've never been much for a jogging/sweatpant, but I've really been loving the Aritzia cotton cargo joggers I picked up in olive this spring. Solid olive. A neutral. These toile-printed sweatpants, though, take the "trendy" factor of the athletic profile and complicate it with the additional Trend quotient of a print (did I just mix up my arithmetic metaphors?). In their favour, however, the print -- yes, a wee bit wild, but what Francophile can resist a toile print for very long? -- is practically a neutral by virtue of its black on grey, right? And the athletic effect is mitigated by the slimness of the profile. I happened to be wearing Vince d'Orsay flats, nude, pointy-toe, and that also mitigated the "jock" aspect, not that I might not occasionally wear these with my black Converse. . . .
No point carrying out the suspense, is there? You already know that I brought these pants home with me, and I've already come up with many different ways to style them. I'm convinced that I can make them look polished enough for my (admittedly rather casual) academic workplace, while nonetheless feeling as comfortable as if I were in pyjamas! But before I tell you how I plan to do that, I'd love to know: Would you consider a printed sweatpant? Do you think the slim jogger is a possibility for you this Fall? And how would you style a pant like this either for a casual workplace or just for hanging out?