I love pants. If there is one article of clothing that I invest most of my money in, it’s pants. The best pants I find are ones that can hug my hips, accentuate my short stature and stretch out to accommodate any asymmetrical places.
But, it isn’t about how the pants make me feel. Rather, it’s how I feel in the pants. It’s the feeling I get when there’s a pop of color or a perfectly-stitched pattern in my outfit that brings out my personality without me having to speak a word.
So, when someone compliments my pants, my heart flutters. Excitement comes over me, just because someone says “I like your pants.” Why does that feel so good?
It’s more than just a compliment exchanged between two people. It’s the basic understanding that among two people, there is common ground in an aesthetic. Somehow, between two people, global fashion trends have reached us both and we’ve come to an agreement: my pants. And what’s so wonderful is that I usually buy my pants from somewhere accessible — nothing too luxury or out of reach. Anna Wintour once said, “[Making luxury more accessible] means more people are going to get better fashion.”
But, as egalitarian as this sounds, fashion is not egalitarian. Somehow, fashion is undoubtedly the most globalized industry. It is so globalized that someone who I barely know can come up to me, compliment my pants and it delve into a conversation about how easy it was to find them or how cheap they were.