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Gauchos, Another Sartorial Breakthrough

May 16, 2013
tags: blazer, , , gaucho, , hermes, josie grossie, never been kissed, pants, , , , , , , , ,
by Sonia


OK, you’re probably thinking, “Great, here’s Sonia wearing a mish-mosh of prints again. Bring on the lecture on how to mix-and-match.” And perhaps you’re right; maybe my style has become predictable in that I’ve run out of new ways to wear the pieces in my wardrobe, but I’m not ready to surrender to that assessment. So hear me out. Unlike previous posts of me playing textile mixologist (in this exact same shirt no less), I am here to tell you about the Gaucho pant.


Much like Tevas and Mom Jeans (I swear, I’m almost done referring to them on a daily basis), Gaucho pants were one of my favorite pieces to make fun of as a teenager. I don’t know if any of you have seen Never Been Kissed, but Josie Grossie (played by Drew Barrymore) wears the most awkward pair of spandex Gaucho pants that only fueled the ridicule fire from me and my friends.

Much like sporks or skorts, Gaucho pants are basically a cross between capris and matronly, ankle-length skirts. They billow like a flag in a wind storm and will forever receive curious comments like, “Are those pants or a skirt?” — a direct quote from Never Been Kissed and a man at the engagement party I wore them to earlier this year.


The old me would have hated such questioning comments, convinced that someone or everyone was making fun of me. But as it goes with every coming-of-age story involving a lesson learned, my hatred toward Gaucho pants was quickly swayed when I saw this pair of printed silk Tibi pants many moons ago (I got them for Christmas). I first tried wearing them the night of New Year’s Eve, but my friends told me they wouldn’t be seen with me in public and that I’d never get laid in them, let alone get a midnight kiss. (For the record, I wore something slightly revealing and still went home by myself to a bowl of pasta). I have since worn them to almost every festive cocktail party in the past few months — the aforementioned engagement party, my mom’s birthday, and a 7-course dinner party — and know they’re not going to be retired any time soon. These billow babies may not be timeless, but they are certainly seasonless.

You see, not only do they allow for the breathing room of a skirt, but they provide the comfort of pants — very clutch for those of us who have a tendency to sit with our legs apart (I blame this habit on the all girls school education I had through senior year of high school). So basically what I’m saying is that since I’ve now adopted Mom Jeans and Gaucho pants into my wardrobe, I guess Tevas are the next step in my sartorial, coming-of-age breakthrough. Are you with me!? If not then just watch me look like an idiot in the gif below.


Zara blazer | Topshop shirt | Tibi pants | Gucci heels | Vintage earrings | BaubleBar, Vintage & Hermes bracelets | Gorjana rings
// photos by Emily Malan
10 Comments leave one →
  1. SEvers permalink
    May 16, 2013

    love your humor!

  2. Emily permalink
    May 16, 2013

    Omg love never been kissed! Hahaha!

    • May 16, 2013

      One of my favorites. Pretty sure I can quote the whole thing.

  3. Isa permalink
    May 16, 2013

    You look crazy in that gif! I love the patterned gauchos, though, it brings them to a whole new level.

  4. Michelle permalink
    May 16, 2013

    I have the similar pants from BCBG. Don’t know how to style them, it looks weird! :-)
    You look great! LOVE the gif.

    • May 16, 2013

      This was the first time I wore them with a printed top. I suggest trying something simple with a flattering neckline like a solid crew sweater or t-shirt!

      Hope this helps! xx

  5. Theresa permalink
    May 16, 2013

    I LOVE those pants!! Very Morocco!

    xx Theresa

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