Recently, I have been trying to push the boundaries on the trends, styles, and garments that I wear—hence my last outfit featuring a piece of lingerie. I keep a mental checklist of which jeans flatter my figure best, the kinds of blouses that I should stay away from, and the shoes I feel most comfortable in. But to be honest, a wardrobe based solely off of what is comfortable can get pretty boring.
When I first saw these leather trousers from ELVI, a U.K.-based women’s plus size retailer, I knew I had to have them. Although they were like nothing else that I had in my closet, I was ready to take on the challenge they posed—the trousers defy all of my rules for what not to wear. I paired the trousers with ELVI’s black check top and I tapered the pants at the bottom to create a skinny ankle. All-in-all, this fashion risk paid off, and I have a new appreciation for pants that don’t hug every curve.
I’m wearing a U.K. size 20 (U.S. 16) in the blouse and pants. Pants fit true to size, but the blouse runs small. I would order one size larger than usual for the blouse.