autumn's coolest comeback kid: the stirrup pant

The fantastic thing about fashion is that it is a free for all. Each season (and then some), designers serve up a sartorial platter of fresh styles ripe for the picking. Sliced and diced denim not your jive? We’ve got motif midis that whisper your name! See where I am going with this? Trends swiftly evolve and we, as consumers, elect and employ on inspired whim what works for us.

Last spring left everyone debating the return of that ’80s relic the stirrup pant. Runways had showcased the tethered trouser for fall with an edgy, modern elegance priming the equestrian-meets-athleisure piece for a comeback.

To me, it was love at first layered-Balenciaga-skirted-suit sight and I knew, come chillier days, this was a leggy twist my wardrobe would foreseeably take.

balenciaga fall 2016

Following suit, amidst a jam-packed Jewish High Holidays of marathon entertaining, the mod-ified stirrup pant has indeed provided a simple, statement, seasonal go-to. Beneath coat, dress or skirt, footnoted by pump, sandal or slide, the retro fashion emerges a refreshed upgrade to classic leggings or tights, plus is affordably available in fitted and loose-ankle versions at H&M.

While perhaps an unexpected spin on modest style (see here and here), the fad reflects a certain off-kilter energy that has seized current fashion; a nonconformity that embraces reinvention and wearability with ringleaders Demna Gvasalia and Alessandro Michele waving the revolutionary flag. No surprise the stirrup pant surfaced (skirted!) on Gucci Spring 2017 runway.

gucci spring 2017

Other side effects of the fad include: 1. Warmth factor  / 2. Clean lines elongating the leg / 3. Secure knee-coverage upon wind storm / 4. Parisian cool-girl vibe. If you have yet to try the stirrup pant, well, you’re just letting the best 1968, 1983 and 2016 pass you by.


balenciaga / marni



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