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I couldn’t have imagined this trend happening when I first caught sight of it on the Sartorialist in the Spring 2008 show season. Drop crotch pants seemed sloppy, referencing the 80’s sportwear jogging pants and gangsters who wore their jeans slung low on the hips. Having excess fabric on your crotch? It didn’t seem the least bit attractive, but two seasons later, many of fashion’s finest have adopted the laid-back coolness of ill-fitting pants. Christophe Decarnin has shown a mean interpretation, glamming up the pants by pairing it with sky high heels and jewel encrusted jackets. Marc Jacobs refines Louis Vouitton, adding pleats and bold accessories to play up proportions. Ghesquiere, on the other hand, adds wicked fabric manipulations to give structure and a certain mechanical look fueled by the stark makeup and the android-like quality of blank faced models. My favourite incarnation in the recent seasons though, have been the gorgeously dyed silks of Nina Ricci. Olivier sews up a storm by making the pants look like water, gliding over the girl while revealing thin ankles highlighted by her 5-inch heels. The soft autumn palette plays with skin tones beautifully and can be carried from day to night with the right accessories. Whatever the price range, whether it be the scary 4 digits of Balmain or the friendly 2 digits of Zara and H&M, be sure to grab a pair of these pants to give your wardrobe a well-needed shake.

Courtesy of Rick Owens, around 400 dollars.
Marielle of Too Sexy for My Shirt wears a pair of drop-crotch plaid pants from Zara.


Camille of Childhood Flames stuns in her home-made drop-crotch pants paired with a loose white tank and Marni heels.
Taken by Garance Dore.

Beautifully structured pants on the lovely android Kim Noorda at Balenciaga.

Nina Ricci’s liquidy silk is provocative and oozing with inspiration.

Ali Stephens wears a pair at Balmain paired with high-heeled fringe boots and a jeweled jacket.

Slick refinery at Louis Vouitton.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.