Do you ever spot an item of clothing somewhere and drive yourself crazy trying to locate it? I follow the ever-stylish India Hicks on Instagram, and when she posted a photo of herself several months ago wearing these Helmut Lang trousers, I became borderline obsessed! I loved everything about them. The problem? There were no outfit credits to be found! What’s a girl to do?
With almost nothing to go on, I Googled everything I could think of that might lead to at least a similar pair of pants. And I did find numerous pairs of white, pleated, skinny trousers, but I kept going back to these. I’m confident the biggest draw was their elusive nature….kind of like the high school bad boys. 😉 These pants were mysterious. They had become a challenge to me. I had to have them!
I finally went several posts back in her blog and found a photo of items she was packing for an upcoming trip. There, among bikinis and sundresses, was a pair of neatly folded white, pleated, possibly skinny trousers. Could it be?? These items were similarly not credited, but she mentioned in the post several labels she was packing, including Helmut Lang. Bingo! The pants were mostly sold out everywhere, but I was able to locate one pair on FarFetch.com. They were a size too large, but they were on sale! Hallelujah! Within a week, I was dropping them off at my tailor, and a few days later, they joined me on a date with my sweet husband. That’s what I call a successful shopping trip!
If you aren’t familiar with FarFetch.com, you should check it out right away. They partner with boutiques around the country and abroad, many of which don’t offer online shopping. It’s a great way to find unique pieces from small boutiques in other cities. Locally, they offer a small selection of items from Tootsie’s, and they are adding boutiques all the time.
Although these pants are now completely sold out, there are so many great alternatives. I really love this silhouette, and I think it flatters so many body types. Good luck to you on your next fashion hunt!
Pants: Helmut Lang, sold out (here, here, on sale here, and beautiful splurge here for similar) | Top: here and here for similar | Heels: Schutz, sold out (here and here for similar) | Clutch: Elaine Turner, sold out (here and here for similar) Ring: House of Harlow | Agate Cuff: here for similar | Gold Bracelet: Marco Bicego (here for less expensive option) | Feather Cuff: here and here for similar | Earrings: Marco Bicego (here for less expensive option) | Necklace: here for similar