I don’t think I’ve ever been so back and forth with a fashion trend. Gauchos, the extra wide leg flowing pants that almost look like a skirt… took some time for me to decide if I would like and feel comfortable wearing this trend.
I like the idea of them.. but deciding to purchase them took some serious thought. Plus, they needed to follow my rule of threes. (If I buy something I need at least three different ways to wear it) The only thing you need when buying gauchos is TIME. You must put in the effort and time to decide what style is right for you. I
dislike hate trying on clothes. I will avoid it at all costs. But, being a bit more patient was key. I tried on A LOT of different styles and it was obvious when one wasn’t right. Give yourself time and patience, they will work for you! Here are some tips to remember!!
- make sure you start with a size (maybe more) down from what you usually wear
- make sure they hit you just above the ankle or somewhere flattering below your knee (avoid that awkward middle calf area)
- make sure the fabric moves and flows well when you walk (this is the beauty of gauchos, that breezy sweep when you move)
- watch the waistband! Zip, elastic, wide, belt loops and pocket placement need to be take into careful consideration.
All these tips go back to one thing – You Must Try Them On. And Lots of Them!! Give yourself time and patience, they will work for you!
Styling them is another avenue that will also take a bit more thought. I’ve paired mine with this J.Crew sweater with a tighter fit and these Matt and Nat slingback flats. It’s important to keep all other details of your outfit simple and straightforward. Be careful of adding too much more fabric or length on top. Let the gauchos do the talking and be minimum and sleek everywhere else.
I’ll be styling these gauchos a few different ways over the next few weeks. I’ll show you how I’ll wear them casual and a bit more polished. I bought these pants because I thought they would be a good addition on our next trip. We’re going somewhere HOT and I think these will keep me cool and protect my pale skin from too much sun.
Let me know if you remember this trend from the 70’s and 90’s. (maybe that’s why I had a hard time.. my style has evolved since the 90’s and I didn’t want to go back)
Buy these gauchos here. Or you can give some of these a try!