When I met Gap's creative director Patrick Robinson a few weeks ago, pants were on his mind. The specialty retailer was just about to launch its new trouser collection, which aims to elevate Gap from Casual Friday to Monday-Sunday, or "7-days-a-week dressing."
Yesterday, Gap sent me a pair of the slim crop pants to try on for size. They retail for $49.50. (There are seven styles in total, including a traditional wide leg trouser, boot cut, skinny, boy fit, and a straight leg.)
The slim crop style is great for me. For one, I'm 5'8" but have pretty short legs: a 31" inseam is my ideal. I also prefer tapered or straight pants. They just suit me better. What's more, I've been meaning to find myself a pair of slim, cropped trousers since Isabel Marant sent them down her runway last season. (They'd look perfect with my elusive Sigerson Morrison kitten heels.)
But truthfully, pants are something I don't usually go looking for on the American high street. The problem? I'm not very "curvy," as brands like to say, meaning that my hip to waist ratio isn't very high. I pretty much have zero hips and zero butt. But my waist isn't tiny. Which means that in general, when I shop at a mid-level retailer where most of the clothes are designed for women with hips, things end up fitting in the waist and sagging in the other areas. So contemporary and designer pants--which are typically cut straighter--are worth the investment for me. (Speaking again of Isabel Marant, I bought a great pair of virgin wool trousers from her last fall--they were worth the investment because they actually look good on me.)
Anyways, these Gap trousers pleased me. No gaping at the hips, no sagging in the butt. In fact, they actually give me a bit of a curve, which is, to be sure, not an easy task. The good news? If you are blessed with a tiny waist and ample hips, Robinson has created cuts to fit you, too. The curvy and the trouser styles, for instance, will flatter those bodies in a way they could never flatter mine.
But what I might like best is the price: $50-$60 for a nice pair of pants is pretty impressive. I have so many friends that are constantly on the hunt for nice "work clothes" that aren't too dressy or too pricey. These trousers are simply great basics. I'm wearing mine today.