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Recently, WhoWhatWear posted the “ultimate basics checklist.” Fashion magazines always recommend that you spend more on basics, as these are the pieces you will wear time and time again. Because my clothing budget is significantly smaller than it was before, I will not be buying any designer clothes from Barneys these days. So I went in search of some designer basics on my favorite consignment sites. Because the checklist is long, I decided to break this up into a series of posts. You can read my first post on Jackets/Sweaters here, my post on Tops here, and my post on Accessories here.
As with accessories, TheRealReal is an amazing place to find quality pants and skirts. You can find designer pieces (some with tags!) for far less than retail prices. If you sign-up here, you will get $25 off your first purchase:
Dressy Black Pants
When I was preparing to go to college in 1999, I received a letter from the student association listing what clothes I may want to bring. The list included a pair of “black going out pants.” (It also included a pair of New Balances and, if I recall correctly, a Kate Spade bag. I went to a fairly expensive private university, but, even then, I was offended at the assumption that every female “needed” these things.) While I disagree that everyone really needs a pair of black pants (I’m more of a dress person), they are a good thing to have in your closet for work and events for which you may want to dress conservatively.
When looking for pants, I’m more likely to pick something like the ones above. Best thing about these pants? They are $25! It doesn’t say the original retail price of the pants, but I guarantee that they were $200+. I also like these Prada ones ($40!)
It may take some time to find the perfect black pants in your size on TheRealReal, but, if you’re lucky, you could own a pair of designer pants for less than you’d pay at Ann Taylor Loft. (I’m serious. Loft’s Tech Stretch Pants – which I love – are $69.50. Even with the normal 40% off discount available on Loft’s website, that’s more than the ones pictured.)
TheReaReal also has an amazing selection of pencil skirts. I’m serious that this is my new favorite destination for work pants/skirts. I recently purchased a pencil skirt for $35! This one is from Prada and is $45. A search on the site today reveals well over 100 pencil skirts for under $50.
I love this skirt from Cacharel. It would look great paired with so many things in my closet! Alas, I’m not really much of a skirt person, so it would probably just sit in my closet unworn. For me, an A-Line skirt is not really on my list of basics. A great midi skirt, however, totally is!
Online consignment stores aren’t the best places to find jeans. For these, you’re better off going to Nordstrom or someplace like it. Everyone has their favorite brand and fit of jeans, and mine are the Farrah high-waisted skinny jeans by AG Adriano Goldschmied. They have just the right amount of stretch so that they are super comfortable. Also, apparently flares (yay!) are coming back into style, so these are an option as well.
Yoga pants are definitely not on WhoWhatWear’s list. Probably because they’re not exactly “fashionable.” Nevertheless, I think they are an essential for those days you are sick, tired, can’t be bothered, or, you know, are actually going to yoga. Plus, a quality pair of yoga pants make your butt look fantastic. Here’s a pair from Lululemon, although I personally love pants from Beyond Yoga better. (Plus, the ones from Beyond Yoga aren’t from a brand mired in controversy.)