silky, shruggy, and almost stapled


Oh my. Do you ever have a moment when you realize you really didn’t buy the right size pants? Well, I had that moment today. I guess when I saw “relaxed khakis” in my standard size I figured, “these will fit perfectly.” Umm, my pants were a bit too relaxed, which I realized on my walk to work. Relaxed as in a kind-of falling off relaxed. Again, oh my.

My lovely friend and I attempted safety pinning the pants. That didn’t work. We considered stapling. That didn’t make sense. I then thought maybe ribbon would work as a makeshift belt. Couldn’t find it. Oh. My.

Well, we gave up on further attempts to fix my pants and instead I opted for a silky, shruggy, almost (but not quite) stapled look. The end result? Lovely. Nobody was the wiser. Sometimes, we just opt to make it work.


Top: Express ($17 marked down from $40)

Pants: Gap ($10 marked down from $50)

Shoes: Lula Townsend at DSW ($12 marked down from $79)


Fashion Huntress tips:

1) I think we can all agree the shopping lesson here is to try things on. I already had these pants in another color, so I figured the fit would be the same in a different color. Silly me! That clearly was not the case. I’m guessing with a few washes and dries these pants will work out just fine. However, I think it would make sense to consider having a spare belt at work along with my shoe stash. Additionally, some pants really do stretch out quite a bit throughout the day. Next time, I’ll be prepared!

2) I found this top literally in a bin at an Express sale. I never say never with stores I have not been to in a while. I hadn’t found something at Express for a while but the clearance signs drew me in (are you surprised?). Clever marketers. I was pleasantly surprised at what I found. Remember that many stores go through different buyers, different designers, and other changes. If there’s a great sale at a shop you don’t normally frequent, consider stopping in. Worst case scenario, you spend five minutes looking through a bin/sale rack and then leave.

Readers, any suggestions for hemming and/or tailoring something unexpectedly? Perhaps some tools you recommend keeping on hand?

Thanks for stopping by, readers! I appreciate all of your likes, comments, and thoughts!

23 replies to “silky, shruggy, and almost stapled

  1. Agreed about ill fitting pants, they can be very annoying. I have had that with straight legs, which fit one way by the hip and another by the thighs. Annoying. Loving the red and white combo!

  2. I do that quite often too! I always buy things expecting them to fit then realize… “Oh my”. The look came together really well though! I especially love those heels!

  3. I have been known to staple a hemline and safety pin a waist (which, yeah, totally popped open and poked me when I sat down). These are the “make it work” moments of fashion. The things we do 😉

  4. What a funny story…though probably not as funny while you are trying to figure out how to keep your pants from falling down at work :P. so just in retrospect :). This is my kind of outfit…love the color blocking!

  5. I totally know the feeling, but you could never tell by looking at your beautiful pictures. Love those pants, and I’m so glad you’ve found a way to wear them 😉

    XOXO Nensi

  6. Gahhh this happens to me ALL. THE. TIME.
    Like, it’s kind of ridiculous. None of my clothes fit me properly because I rarely try things on when shopping – I kind of just eyeball things and throw them into the cart. No bueno! That’s probably why I have like a gazillion belts to try to cinch my clothes into some semblance of an actual human form rather than a circus tent.
    Your look still looks good though, I’d say you totally nailed it! 🙂

  7. This made me laugh to myself, I have had many of those occasions at work. In all honestly I think they look perfect, it looks like you intended them that way. I am a bit of a sucker for the “borrowed from the boys” look though!

    xx Cara

  8. haha… I have a pair of Kate Spade pants that were a deal I couldn’t refuse. I was so dizzy about the deal that I didn’t realze how big they were on me. They make me look like a lack a backside! Yours look far better – love the red!

  9. Thanks for validating my ill fitting pants, everyone!! I love the spin of actually doing this on purpose in a men’s wear look! Brilliant! And I love that everyone clearly relates to this- I guess we’ve all been there!!

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