Retail stock is buzzing, especially online. Shipments seem to be flowing and there is a lot of everything at the moment. I’m thrilled to see brights and jewel tones come through alongside plenty of earth tones and neutrals. Be sure to browse the colour and size options. Some items are on sale, or might be in a couple of days.
1. J. Crew Kate Straight Leg Pants
The J.Crew Kate Pants have been unexpectedly brilliant with a slew of my clients across a range of sizes and body types. They’ve worked on petite through to tall people across straighter and curvier figures. They are made of an AWESOME thick woven four-way stretch fabric that is substantial and luxe. It feels extremely good on the body which helps to create a good fit. The fabric glides over hip, bottom, and thigh curves quite beautifully. The fabric does not cling, and the rise is neither too high nor low. The fabric composition is a polyester-viscose-elastane, which is exactly the same fabric composition that Veronica Beard uses in her popular trouser suiting. These pants are a fraction of the designer price. They come in nine colours, and are available in US00 to US24 across regular lengths. Sizes US0 to US16 are available in petite and tall lengths. My tall clients are grateful for the lower leg coverage, while petite clients are happy to skip hem hacking. The visual effect is a slim and straight silhouette with a lot more ease and room than skinnies. Plenty of room on the calves.
I have the Kate straight legs in bright red and am thrilled with them, so much so that I am thinking of duplicating them in toffee. They are at that new regular length that just covers the ankle bone and showcases all of the shoe. They are not as short as cropped pants. I also have the Kate Straight Legs in pink velvet, which are a similar silhouette but a longer full length, more like trousers, and with more ease. I’m wearing them here. I took the same size in both even though the velvet version is longer and baggier. The velvet bagged out a little after wearing them a couple of times, but it seems to work with the more trouser-y silhouette. Extremely comfortable, soft, versatile, and I have the green on my radar.
2. Liverpool Los Angeles Jeans and Pants
Liverpool bottoms and toppers are particularly popular with clients who work from home, or are looking for dressier attire that feels like athleisure but isn’t as sporty and casual. The brands big buzz words are softness, stretch and comfort. Items that look woven are KNITTED for extra comfort. Elastic waistbands are an option. Jeans are super soft. Rises aren’t too high. Jackets have removable hoodie bibs. Fits work well on curvier figures. So far, clients say that items have laundered well and aren’t bagging out after wearing them. Size down because items run big.
3. Scotch & Soda Cosmos Collection
I was excited to see this gorgeous and quirky collection at a nearby Scotch & Soda store last week. Planetary icons, galaxies, the Milky Way, and night sky patterns grace dressy and casual clothing. The execution is subtle, clever, crisp, grown-up, and unique. Click the links to see the fabness of the patterns in detail because the small photos do not do them justice. The quality of these items is impeccable, and silhouettes are on-trend. The bomber jackets are fully reversible. The inside of the blazers are works of art. Lots of dressy fabrics in relaxed silhouettes, which is what this Dutch brand does best. If you like a “bruised” colour palette, keep these items on your radar.