This post has been a long time coming. I've thought about going back to pants for well over a year, but decided to use my shopping ban as time for reflection, and make the choice with proper thought. I have to admit, I am slightly nervous about posting these pictures: a small community has grown on this little blog of women who struggle with modest dressing, many of whom have told me how much they appreciate my dedication to both tradition and style. That said, if you're a regular reader, you've most likely noticed my ambivalent feelings about "modesty"-- I struggle with a desire, on the one hand, to follow Jewish law, but a sense of feeling particularly bound by the ways in which womens' bodies are presented --or rather, covered-- by that body of law. Does my clothing remind me of my obligations to God and my fellow man? Or does it serve to silence radical thought and engender uniformity? I value both tradition and free expression, and find that they come into conflict often.
On a practical note: I felt incredibly free wearing this to work, to visit friends and out to dinner yesterday. The question of the permissibility of pants within the framework of halakha, or Jewish law, is an interesting one, but there are those who permit loose pants (like what you see below.) I won't get into the legal mumbo-jumbo (but if you're interested, see here, here, here, and for a taste of the discussion about Orthodox women who wear pants, here.) For now, I'll stick with boyfriend and harem-type shapes. I'm not really sure what the future holds: a return to skirts? Short shorts? (Kidding. I have no desire to go there.)
Well, here goes.
-white button down, Banana Republic
-boyfriend jeans, Zara
-leopard t-strap flats, Richard Taylor
-metallic braided belt, Gap
-patterned scarf, vintage
Ta-da! I have to say, never having worn pants as an adult, I'm rather looking forward to learning how (I stopped after spending a year in Jerusalem between high school and college.) And any shopping suggestions for finding baggy, haremy trousers? I'm thinking vintage may be the way to go for some nice roomy legs and a higher waist, which I love on skirts.