Get Your Vacation Pants On

Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants

Admittedly, I’m not usually the kind of person who goes out of her way to buy statement, showy, less-than-practical clothes. Don’t get me wrong; I love shopping for crazy stuff, but when it comes down to choosing between something fun and eye-catching versus something I could wear to work, I’ll usually end up spending my money on the latter. But, with a trip to Ensenada around the corner a few weeks ago, I couldn’t resist.

Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants
Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants

I’ve been on a statement pants kick lately, and have noticed all of the fantastic options available at the moment in terms of everything from culottes to wide-legged denim to ruffled trousers. I saw these houndstooth ruffled trousers on sale at Nasty Gal and bought them immediately. Practical? Not really. But paired with a leotard or a cropped tank (and in my case, a one-piece swimsuit), they can definitely work for a carefree, laid-back vibe, which is exactly what I was going for on this weekend getaway to Baja.

Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants
Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants
Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants

When it comes to wearing statement pants, the key is to balance the volume on your top half. If you’re wearing wide-legged culottes or trousers, I find that a tighter-fitting leotard, cropped top, or tucked-in 3-quarter-sleeve shirt looks the most chic and streamlined. The same goes for if you have a lot of detailing or volume happening on the lower half of your body, like with this black and white checkered pair. Normally, I’d pair these pants with a red or black leotard and pointed flats, but I wanted to go for something decidedly beachier and vacation-like here.

Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants
Rachel Off Duty: Vacation Pants

If you haven’t had a chance to read up on the full Ensenada weekend, you can check it out here.

How do you wear statement pants? What did you think of this look? I’d love to know!

What I Wore: 

Ruffle Trousers | Nasty Gal (similar) • Sandals | Nordstrom Rack • Lace Crop | Express • Sunglasses | ZeroUV

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