From What I Wore

Harem Pants: The New Gauchos but Better

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Remember gauchos? I don’t know about you guys, but they were a huge hit back at my high school. They were just so flowy and had that way of making you feel dressed down, but still dressed up enough to face the world. But, believe me, that was not my initial impression of gaucho pants.

I wasn’t too keen on gaucho pants when I first laid on eyes on them. They looked ridiculous to me–flapping around at your mid-calves like it was nobody else’s business. I felt like they grabbed people’s attention, but not in a good way. However, when everyone, especially the popular girls, seemed to be rocking their gauchos, I decided to reluctantly dip my toes in the water and buy a pair of the cheapest gauchos I could find. It was a desperate attempt to keep up with the current trends and go along with the crowd.

With harem pants, my initial encounter with them was much, much worse. The first time I laid eyes on harem pants I was at the mall trailing behind some poor girl who appeared to be wearing the most unflattering pair of pants I have ever seen. From the back, it basically looked like she had some crap bouncing around in the back of her pants. The way the bottom of the pants bounced up and down as she walked was such an awkward, unfortunate sight to see.

After that experience, I was scarred for life and swore myself off ever wearing harem pants. I mean, who would want to wear pants in the style of MC Hammer, Aladdin, and, god forbid, Justin Bieber? Maybe some of you do not mind, but I sure did. Then, when harem pants proliferated stores everywhere this spring, I told myself I would not cave, especially after my experience with gauchos–they were cool for about one season and now they just sit in the depths of my closet waiting to be donated. However, when my mom came back from her trip to Asia with a pair of harem pants for me as a gift, I had to give harem pants a second thought. You know that saying–do not look a gift horse in the mouth.

So I wore them. I wore them to dance practice as an experiment–it was a minimal risk situation where I was free to make a subtle statement with my choice of bottoms. That way, if people thought they looked ridiculous, at least it was in a situation where leggings and pants of the sweatpants variety were completely acceptable. And, to my surprise, people said that they did, in fact, like my harem pants.

Today, I hate to admit it, but I have actually grown to like my harem pants. I now think of them as more than just slightly more fashionable loungewear and have taken to wearing them in increasingly more public situations. They are comfortable, but still make a statement. Maybe my aversion to harem pants was unfair and I just needed to give them a chance. Now, that I have come to accept harem pants, I see just how versatile they are. They come in a wider variety of fabrics, silhouettes, and prints than I realized. And, I have to admit, many actually look surprisingly chic and flattering.

So, the question I pose to you now is: Harem Pants–hot or not?


what lies behind us

What Lies Within

Here’s to looking ahead to 2013…

Forever 21 sweater // H&M black beanie // BDG @ Urban Outfitters jeans // Boutique 9 @ Nordstrom boots

The beginning of the year can lead oneself to existentialist thoughts, such as, “Am I being authentic and true to myself?”  I find that, at this time of year, I become engulfed in both thoughts of the past and expectations of the year to come.  The uncertainty is frightening yet fascinating.

I’ve felt my world start to shift in every sense, and also in my approach to my style.  Before, it was more about getting the best deals, following the trends, and changing up my outfit every other day.  However, now I’m starting to see the simplicity in buying key pieces that you love and truly reflect who you are as an individual.  It’s much more worth it to splurge on classic, quality pieces you can get more wear out of.

So, another one of my goals for the year is to save more and only pour money into pieces I know I will continue to love and wear time and time again.  There’s nothing wrong in re-wearing pieces that you feel good in and that make you feel like the most genuine form of yourself.

Maybe one day I’ll have more money to pour into a designer wardrobe that changes with the seasons.  But, for now, I’m sticking with my worn-in pull-over sweaters while the weather’s still cold.



mirror mazes & carousels

After the aquarium, we headed to our other two planned activities for the day–Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze & the iconic carousel at Pier 39.  The mirror maze was, to put it lightly, out of this world.  The funky lighting combined with the strategically-placed mirrors made for a trippy experience.  It was awesome & intriguing, yet creepy at the same time–I can only imagine getting chased through there as if I was in a Halloween horror film.  It really could have been the backdrop of a really intense dream/nightmare.

I love the way the photos from the mirror maze turned out.  The photos look like some modern/abstract/impressionist painting–I don’t know quite how to describe it.  Maybe like something Monet would have painted had he been sitting there and observing us in the maze.

The carousel was the ideal end to the day.  Classic, iconic, & sweet, taking me back to my childhood when the carousel was the only ride I wanted to ride on.

Thank you, San Francisco.  You never disappoint.

Outfit details:  H&M moto jacket (similar) and infinity scarf. Forever 21 sweater. Fire coated jeans (similar). Clarks boots. Longchamp purse.


under the sea

Christmas by the Bay

One of my favorite holiday pastimes is heading to Pier 39 with friends and family.  There is just something so enchanting about the piers at Christmas time.  Yesterday I headed to the Aquarium of the Bay with some of my friends.  It was so nice to go out after being so busy with school and final exams over the past week.  Now I’m on Christmas break and ready to live it up to the fullest!

We took these photos while strolling through the underwater tube and in the fun little bubble-photo areas.  I felt like I could spend hours there just watching the different animals and snapping photos.  There’s a sort of feeling of tranquility and being at peace that sinks into you as you peer up into the blue waters and the stop at each exhibit.

I felt inspired by the various colors all around–blues, greens, and pops of color.  My favorite exhibit was the jellyfish.  Lights shone down on many of the species, giving the exhibit a truly illuminating, mesmerizing effect.

Outfit details:  H&M moto jacket (similar) and infinity scarf. Forever 21 sweater. Fire coated jeans (similar). Clarks boots. Longchamp purse.

Thanks to my fishy friends for the photos and a fun outing!  More photos from the rest of the day are coming soon…