I first bought Athleta’s Trekkie Parachute Pants in orange. And they’re great!
In fact, they’re better than great — the fit is bananas flattering (that paperbag waist is nothing short of amazing), the wide leg is fresh & modern, and the fact that they come in regular, tall and petite sizing means that I can easily get a perfect fit. And the orange is gorgeous — fresh and punchy and so good for summer.
Long Live Boring Outfits: The Black Pants & Shorts I’m Wearing On Repeat
I am, at my core, a fairly boring dresser. I like outfit formulas that I can repeat — heck, I like to simply repeat the same exact outfit over & over & over. And while I like the idea of color, my wardrobe consists of mostly black, black, black, white, white and navy. (And tan! Let’s not forget: I do love a tan sandal.)
So, I returned the orange for….drumroll please…the black.
[no one is surprised]
Calling All Boring-Outfit Lovers: Athleta’s Trekkie Parachute Pants Are Freaking Amazing
I’m sure that one could, in fact, create a zillion different outfits with these parachute pants. I mean, they’re just a pair of lightweight black pants, ya know? But every time I try to branch out I’m just like…nah.
So, I’ve been wearing these things exclusively with a little black tank top, tan slides, a woven bag. Done.
As long as the tank top is *somewhat* fitted, it tucks nicely into the paperbag waist of the pants. But the genius part of this paperbag style is that it doesn’t squeeze my soft middle, so these are one of the few pairs of pants I’m comfortable wearing with a slightly cropped top.
I also appreciate that the fabric on these Athleta pants is fairly light, but not scratchy or uncomfortable. It’s not parachute fabric, either — it does have enough heft to drape nicely, rather than float around as I walk, getting caught up in, erhm, crevices (like other parachute pants I’ve tried).
I also tried these pants in two sizes: a 2 petite (my usual Athleta size) and the 4 petite. In this case, I ended up liking the larger size better (but both worked).
The top I’m wearing here is Reformation’s Eli Ribbed Sweater Tank, but I’ve also been wearing these pants with handful of other little black tanks. They all work great. Here’s a list of black tank tops I can currently recommend:
Little Black Tanks I’m Wearing With Parachute Pants
Too Hot For Pants? Same Boring Outfit, But With Athleta’s Trekkie North Shorts
This is the exact same idea: little black tank, tan slides, woven bag…but with Athleta’s Trekkie North Shorts. They’re the exact same fabric as Athleta’s Parachute Pants, but with a wide, stretchy waistband instead of the paperbag waist, and they’re available in plus sizes too.
This waistband is really comfortable and designed to lay flat. Once again, I sized up one size for a squeeze-free, comfortable fit.
These shorts are also longer than pictured here — I have the bottom hem folded up once. That gives them an almost vintage hot-pant vibe I’m definitely into.
The little black tank I’m wearing here is Athleta’s Aurora Ribbed Racerback Tank. It’s a little longer than the Ref sweater tank I photographed with the pants, so I still get the look of a cropped tank without showing too much skin.
These Athleta bottoms are simple but good. Truly the kind of pieces I’ll wear alllllllll the time. And if you have any questions about the rest of it, let me know. The bags are longtime favorites (here’s an old “Worth It” argument for that round little bag), and these leather slides have a freaking molded memory-foam footbed. You can see the entire Beek line here. My new fave brand.
Long live boring outfits.