Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Channeling: You've Got Mail

I've racked my imagination to create an outfit that channels Meg Ryan in You've Got Mail. The key piece? A pair of loose and baggy khakis.

I've been on the hunt for a pair of cargo pants. I found myself wandering into the men's side of the Gap the other day, where I came across a pair of men's cargo pants. Rolled up a little above the ankle and they make the perfect fall boyfriend khaki. Wahoo!

I remember when the boyfriend pant was in its nascent days--it was 2006, I was reading People, and Jennifer Aniston was wearing them in every Star Tracks shot. I'm still reading People and J. An is still wearing them, and the only difference between now and then as far as boyfriend pants go is that it's become completely acceptable to wear figure-hiding ripped jeans. When I logged into my Dell Inspiron in 2006 and looked up ways to wear boyfriend jeans, the celebrity style blog I came across said it was taboo to wear them with a loose shirt. Taboo is taking it too far, but I agree that loose on loose outfits only look good on models and/or stick figures. So, I'm opting to pair the men's cargo pants with a fitted crew neck sweater (or sweater set to fully channel 90s Meg Ryan).

Next up: outerwear. My dream coat of late is this motorcycle gem from Barbour, but aside from being overpriced for its American flag detailing, it's too boxy for this outfit. Instead, a cocoon-ish coat would pull the outfit together more. Meanwhile, the chapeau gives the outfit an extra kick and transitions it seamlessly from You've Got Mail to When Harry Met Sally.

As for shoes--who needs heels when you can wear metallic loafers? Amirite? Imrite. Also adding a semi-statement necklace for $400 kicks. 

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