The concept of neutral, baggy pants with pockets that serve no real use might of course seem like a stretch after spending a year in track pants. If you’re still reevaluating your fashion identity after the great loungewear slump of 2020, there are accessible ways into the new normcore sphere. Consider authentic, archetypal American workwear brands like Carhartt and Dickies as your affordable entry points, as demonstrated by Emily Ratajkowski this week.
The model wore her low-slung Dickies carpenter pants with a sheer printed tee from her own label, Inamorata, and New Balance trainers. The contrasting stitching on the stiff, durable denim with hammer loop and ruler pockets nodded to the utility look without going full throttle into cargo pant territory. Similarly, Bella owns Brandy Melville carpenter jeans, Aimé Leon Dore painter’s pants and Phipps dad trousers, which all connote that schleppy, throw-on vibe, sans the excessive pockets.
Sophie Turner, who lives in yoga pants and leggings, has even been tempted to try on the fastidiously functional look for size, but put her twist on her Carharrt jacket and roomy stone-washed Kseniaschnaider jeans via neon green By Far accessories. There was nothing pedestrian about her low-key LA look, which somehow made XXL pockets look, dare we say, sexy. As All Saints might have mooched around the stage singing back in ’97, she knows where it’s at. Make sure your next trouser investment is equally hard-working.