When someone mentions gaucho pants, I immediately think of my mom. As a teen in the ’70s, she was the epitome of effortless cool—a total babe with killer style and the perfect frame to pull off anything, including the gauchos of the day—thick corduroy with a high waist, presumably paired with a crop top or a perfectly fitted tank.
Now I know the history of the gaucho has been kind of iffy since then (think of the thin, clingy roll-top pants of, oh, eight years ago, worn with bedazzled flip-flops), but I’m excited by this season’s variation. Rendered in luxe fabrics with impeccable tailoring and, yes, the ubiquitous voluminous leg and midi-length, this modern take presents lots of new possibilities for the season ahead.
Of course, if you’re wondering how to incorporate them into your wardrobe, you’re in good company. There’s a trick to it, but it’s a lot easier than you’d think. It’s all about creating balance. If you choose a high-waisted pair, like Topshop’s Crepe Gaucho Pants, pair them with a slim tee or crop top and a chunky heel. For an extra billowy pair, like Tibi's Edie Tropical Pants, you’ll definitely need a slimmer top to complement a voluminous bottom. You can even pull off a great look with a chunky sweater, paired with a laid-back fit, like Zara’s Faux-Leather Trousers.