I’ve been on the hunt for trousers for a few years now. I’ve tried on many, returned most, and the few I kept were never quite…right.
Trousers have been my Goldilocks tale. They’re either too short (most of them, actually), too ill-fitting in the waist, too corporate-looking, and one pair was, ironically, too long for me.
I’m not looking for something to wear to the office or with a pearl blouse; I’m on the hunt for a slouchy, wear-with-everything slack.
I’d just about given up on my search, regardless of the fact that I already had about a thousand outfits in my mind sorted, and I simply assumed it was me, not the pants.
Naturally, once I gave up, that’s when I found them. The trousers that fit juuuuust right.
These Pleated Trousers From Free People Are Making Outfits Wildly Easy
Free People’s Calla Pleated Trousers are easygoing like jeans, provide similar comfort that leggings give, and yet can instantly elevate a basic tee — making it wildly easy to get dressed.
Now that I finally have a pair of trousers I adore, they’re a mainstay in my wardrobe.
While I love a good pair of jeans, they’re not what I want to wear every single day (I get bored easily). Leggings are prime comfort, but sometimes those just feel so dang tight…and make it look like I’m on the way to the gym.
Trousers have the bonus of being on-trend, making them fun to wear, and they’ve become the pants I’ve been turning to when nothing else is working.
There are a few key elements to the Calla Pleated Trousers that make them so good.
First, they’re incredibly soft and feel as if I’ve owned them for a decade, only to have worn them down to a soft, well-loved fiber. I’m talking about sweatpants-level comfort. The trousers are very lightweight, making them easy to wear from sunup to sundown without feeling like a wardrobe change is in order.
Second, the waistband is smooth and soft, which I find to be rare in similar pants. Other trousers have been stiff and bulky, especially in the waist, which is not only uncomfortable, but it also makes tucking sweaters difficult (and tucked sweaters are the main pairing I make with pants like this).
And finally, the exaggerated pleating allows me to not think twice about wrinkles that might appear (which they do — these slacks are part linen). Wrinkles and pleating blend together, giving an intentional undone sort of appearance — my personal favorite.
Pleated Trousers: My Secret For “On Purpose” Yet Effortless Outfits
I’m finding that nearly any and every top in my closet pairs well with Free People’s pleated trousers.
I’ve tucked in oversized tunics, french-tucked cardigans, piled on fleece jackets layered over knit hoodies. My dear husband even took the time to point out that these trousers, as Grandpa-chic as they are, seem to make every top look look “freaking amazing.”
While these slouchy slacks might not be everyone’s cup of tea, I would dare to say that whichever trousers are your personal style can really do wonders for making an outfit look purposeful yet effortless. A good pair of trousers is an outfit-maker.
As for shoes? For the summer, I imagine myself pairing the trousers with black flip-flops à la the Olsen twins, but while rocking in the winter, I’m turning to loafers and sneakers.
I don’t personally have the need for studier winter boots — anymore — but if I did, I would pick one with a unique toe shape (like the squared toe of these fave boots of mine) to peek out from under my trousers.
Fit Notes: Running between a size 6 and 8 in bottoms, I went with size 8 in the Calla Pleated Trousers! They’re next-level comfort and have ample space for tucking in thick sweaters without feeling like they’ll fall down when on their own.
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