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2016 Year in Review: What I bought – The Pants Edition


Only 9 pairs of pants!? I’m getting old. 😉 No really, this is quite amazing considering most of these purchases were seriously discounted or thrifted. They filled wardrobe holes for the most part, but I also tried out a few more trends like leather, bootcut and distressed jeans.



Exact here, and they aren’t too terribly ripped. I did modify them a little by ripping a bit more off the back and the front but then I stopped.

Finally after years of eying the trend I am on board with distressed jeans. These were on clearance for $12 or something ridiculous like that because … Wait for it …. They were ripped.

Okay. So they were ripped in the crotch area and near the butt back pocket but the wonderful irony of having purchased on deep deep discounted clearance, distressed and ripped jeans because of some rips in the jeans? LOL.

I think this will be my only pair of distressed jeans. They are very comfortable, loose, almost boyfriend style but still somewhat fitted.

I love pairing them with something sharp like a blazer or something super formal and fitted for a nice contrast. And if they get ripped while at the playground, I couldn’t be happier! They don’t look TOO distressed either:


Exact here and here. They always sell out like crazy. O_o I have no idea who is collecting them but they are so popular it is insane.

These were thrifted on eBay for a tenth of their retail price (normally $2000$ and man I had to snipe a few people to get these! I probably could have squeezed into XS instead of S, but I wasn’t taking a chance seeing as I bought a stunning cashmere blazer from The Row secondhand, only to discover that US 6 fits like a US 4!

Anyway, I love these leggings. I swear they are as comfortable as real leggings but way sexier and cooler.

Also great with blazers and long coats. I feel like the Olsen twins are rubbing off on me with these leggings.

My only gripe is I wish they were tighter at the waist and I didn’t have to keep hiking them up… Maybe I should get them altered again.


Exact here and although they’re mid-rise, I like them anyway. They keep their stretch, don’t sag at the knees and fit well in a US 0 for me.

Work pants. Found on sale, knew the grey was missing in my wardrobe so I picked them up. They look great with high heels.

They’re work pants, so I haven’t worn them yet.


Similar here and here, but these ones look like the closest dark grey. Their Rocket style is by far the MOST comfortable of all their styles, and always fits true to size, I take a 27 and then tailor in the waist so that my legs are comfortable and not sausage-y. I tried their sculpted jeans and other styles but they are tiiiiiight like sausage legs. I needed a 30 to be comfortable in the legs, and then I’d take in the waist.

Found them for 50% off during Boxing Week sale and they are a nice deep washed grey that was missing from my jean wardrobe. They go well with all colours, being grey and I rather like the monotone palette of greys I have going on when I wear them.

They would also look good with whites, and I’m dying to wear it with my white tops.


Exact here and they feel as soft as premium denim and can be found at Anthropologie as well.

Again, found at Winners but on the final clearance rack with red tags which means that they MEAN BUSINESS, and want to get rid of them.

Under $30, so soft and cuddly like premium denim and in a dark rinse boot cut (not otherwise available in my jean repertoire). I wore them with my chunky sandals one summer day for a 70s vibe and liked it. I plan on busting them out some more after winter is over.

I don’t think I took a picture though, I may have forgotten.


Exact here, here and here and are a nice way to wear ‘leather’ without actually wearing leather..

Found on eBay for under $50, this was a purchase BEFORE I bought The Row leather leggings because I wanted to dip a toe into the leather legging trend but was afraid to.

Coated leggings look sort of like leather leggings and they are so comfortable in the high rise Rocket style! I had them altered slightly (I bought them in a 28) and wore them a lot.

I might need to pick up some wax though and redo their coating.


I got these on sale as well but not deeply discounted. They’re great as basic pants: navy blue, white and black. I actually wear them more than often and mostly to the park because they were so cheap that I don’t mind getting them ruined. They’re very comfy, but not as soft or pyjama like as my jeans.

I plan on using them as “play pants” to go out with Baby Bun, as not to ruin my more expensive premium denim pairs.


Similar here but I would suggest only buying them in white or navy blue, black is easier to find in other styles.


Similar here. I would buy black in other styles like a Citizens Rocket High Rise if you don’t want pants to ruin at the park.


This pair is similar but I love the zips on this one and this one.


  • Thrifted: 2
  • Retailed: 7 (all of them on sale but 3 of them on major deep discounted clearance racks)


My eBay sniping skillz to score those The Row leather leggings.

Current pairs on eBay go for almost 25% more than what I paid, even pre-owned. Sweet!


I added pieces that weren’t duplicates of what I had except for that work pant in grey (dupe of a navy blue one I have already), and that’s surprising considering how fond I am of collecting.

I think in the pants department I’m going to see almost no activity in 2017 because I don’t wear coloured nor printed pants, I also really prefer skinny pants as my favourite cut, and I don’t like to duplicate what I already own (e.g. Dark rinse? Check! Won’t buy another pair unless the cut is different).

What I may fall for are leggings, but those are home bound, so I never include them in roundups because I don’t wear them out. Most notably, I picked up 2 pairs of James Perse leggings as well for $20 each and they are only worn at home.

They are though, quite comfy. Comfier than my HUE pairs, if I am to be honest, but the Perses pilled within 3 washes!!!!! O_o Not sure what to think but they are comfy for lounging at home. I guess who cares right?

Want to know what else I bought?

(So much.)

Stay tuned for the rest of my 2016 Year-end What I bought roundups. I am doing each category.

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Am my own Sugar Daddy. Am a millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using I have worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I have 11 side incomes that are on track in 2020 to make me $50K - $75K. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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