Balloon Chinos

As someone with athletic corgi legs and a rectangular torso, pant shopping can feel frustrating at times. So my eyes always light up when I see pants that look very relaxed and hilariously cropped in the product photo–then I rush to try them (unless available reviews otherwise dissuade me).

If you share my struggle (or just enjoy pants with a relaxed silhouette), do try these High-Rise Crop Chinos from Banana Republic Factory, which are 50% off in four versatile colors right now. I like them so much I bought a second color: They are very comfortable to wear, and have several functional details, like wide belt loops, a front pleat, roomy off-seam front pockets, welt back pockets, and darts in the back, a trendy high waist, and relaxed balloon legs.

Note that the chino material (100% cotton), while soft, will wrinkle by day’s end, so if you need/want stretch in your pants, this might not be the best available option. And this style runs about a size large, so I’d suggest sizing down unless you have especially muscular calves. The pant in 00P, with a 23.5″ inseam, measures 12.5″ at the waist and 16.5″ at the hip.

Le Specs Armada 54mm Cat Eye Sunglasses (also sold here and here) • Forever 21 Layered Medallion Necklace (past season; similar here) • Ann Taylor Ribbed Mock Neck Sweater Shell in Winter White (size XXS) • Hermes Reversible Logo BeltBanana Republic High-Rise Crop Chino in Iguana Green (size 00P) • Chanel Medallion ToteSam Edelman Loraine Loafer in Classic Rose Nude Leather (reviewed here; also sold here, here, here, here, here, here, and here)

If you are shopping for balloon or barrel pants that aren’t necessarily cropped, here are some options to consider:

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