If you pay any attention to fashion media — blogs or magazines — you will know that oxblood is this season’s “color.” In less macabre terms, you could also call it burgundy or wine.
When I was moving from North Dakota to Chicago, I stopped at Mall of America for a few hours. Every store that caters to my demographic was carrying pants in varying hues of oxblood. Dark red is one of my favorite colors to wear, so I decided to add a pair to my wardrobe. I didn’t own any professional pants that fit, and this trend is something that I won’t mind wearing next year (unlike the patterned-pants fad that I’m sure will look dated next fall).
I bought the deep cabernet Maris Boot Cut Pants in Bi-Stretch from LOFT on the left. They fit well, except for the hem and the waistband. It’s nearly impossible for me to find a pair of pants that fit straight off the rack. I’m short and have ample hips, butt, and thighs with a smaller waist.
For years I bought pants that were almost right, but gaping at the small of my back. I tried fixing them with belts, but that didn’t quite correct it. So I would end up buying another pair of pants, again not quite right, which were rarely worn. It was a negative cycle, but I finally broke it when I embraced the idea of taking all my pants to be tailored.
So off to the tailor I went with my new oxblood pants. I took them to my friends Cindy and Julia who own Crafty Broads. You can see above how much they gap at the small of my back.
Julia pinned them to fit my waist and at my preferred length. A few days later, Cindy made the alterations.
When I got them back, they fit perfectly. Below is the result.
For work I paired the pants with a grey silk blouse from Banana Republic and Nine West black pumps. My apologies for the wrinkles — these photos were taken after work.
I also made sure that the length would work with both heels and flats for versatility.
These pants are great quality, and they fit perfectly now. I’m considering buying another pair in a different color so that I’ll have more than one pair of dress pants.
specified photos by Travis Haughton – Wasabi Photography