If my collection of denim jeans wasn’t enough of a clue, I’m a fan of skinny pants – as also evidenced by my three pairs of skinny 3/4 length trousers.
Obviously this is a style that works for me, and I’m pleased that I have homed in on my personal preference in the trousers department – you won’t find me in flares or boyfriend-style jeans, no matter what the trend of the day is.
However, even though I’m confident of my preferred type of trouser, through analysing my three pairs of 3/4 length pants, I learned an interesting lesson – even amongst trousers of the same style, not all trousers are created equal. While I love two of these pairs, the third pair I have only worn once or twice. Can you guess which?
1. Army green 3/4 length trousers
Are they ethical? No.
Where & when did I get them? ASOS, 2012.
Where were they made & what from? Made in China, 95% cotton, 5% elastane.
What do I like about them? These are the one pair I’ve only worn once or twice. Did you pick it?
What don’t I like about them? The material of these has slightly less give than the other pairs and, as such, they are slightly tighter. They are also a higher rise rather than the other two pairs (and I find a mid-rise more comfortable around my tummy).
Do I wear them? No.
2. Blue 3/4 length trousers
Are they ethical? No.
Where & when did I get them? Mango, 2012.
Where were they made & what from? Made in Vietnam, 98% cotton, 2% elastane.
What do I like about them? These are versatile, match well with other pieces in my wardrobe, work well as a transeasonal piece, and are light enough to wear in Canberra’s summer when I need something a little dressier than shorts.
What don’t I like about them? Obviously, these aren’t made ethically :-( …But I’m making this purchase count with a lot of wear.
Do I wear them? Yes.
3. Black 3/4 length trousers
Are they ethical? Yes.
Where & when did I get them? People Tree, 2014.
Where were they made & what from? Made in a fair trade cooperative in Bangladesh, 100% Fairtrade cotton.
What do I like about them? As with the blue pair, these are versatile, go with everything and work well as a transeasonal piece, and strike a nice balance between dressy and casual; being black, they are even dressy enough to wear to the office on ‘casual Fridays’ :) They are also super comfortable.
What don’t I like about them? Do I wear them? Yes. All the time – so often, in fact, that the zip has recently broken and I need to replace it.
Verdict? Replace the zip and keep.
What do you think of my 3/4 length pants?
Oh, and for anyone who has been following my progress on creating An Ethical Wardrobe – thanks to your ideas on Instagram – I decided to sell the pair of grey skinnies from my post on my denim. Thanks for your help!
Coming up next in An Ethical Wardrobe series… casual skirts.