image via jak and jil
as the 95 degree days continue to disrupt my sartorial choices, i become increasingly excited for fall. it’s everyone’s favorite season (at least in terms of fashion) and yet it always feels like it’s over before you can do proper fall activities like picking apples or raking leaves. you get a few blissful 50-degree days wearing riding boots, schoolboy blazers and light scarves, then suddenly the temperatures dip below zero and you’re wondering why you ever wanted summer to end.
and yet… i’m always the picture of optimism in the weeks before “fall” finally arrives. i start shopping for jackets and sweaters long before it’s socially acceptable and blissfully forget how limited cold weather clothing can really be. once january comes around, i’m physically disgusted by my bulky sweaters and pants and scarves and all of those unpleasant layers. they’re unflattering, uncomfortable and did i mention wool can be really itchy? i dramatically say things like if only i could put on a sundress, i would be happy… and then i realize there are real problems in the world.
but how to avoid these extremes? — the overzealous, giddy excitement for fall fashion and the unceremonious descent of winter that puts us all in a severe slump? — printed pants, my friends. printed. pants.
printed pants aren’t just timeless, they’re seasonless. wear pastel printed denim in the summer, then bust out silk baroque pants in the fall. add a loose sweater or structured jacket, and you radiate chic without a) trying too hard or b) succumbing to the disheartening all-black wardrobe of those around you. and i know what you’re thinking — printed pants aren’t exactly new. but they’re a surefire way to keep you looking fabulous all season long.
my favorite options are below — you can thank me later for your lack of seasonal depression:
bottom row: all, h&m