When most people think ‘paneled pants’ their minds are overrun with horrific visions of ravers circa 1994, elastic waistbands and neon floral patterns. Stella McCartney is out to change all of that with a re-vamped interpretation of the paneled pant.
If you know anything about Stella’s track record, you’re unlikely to underestimate her ability to transform a fashion faux-pas into a hot trend, and it looks like paneled pants are her latest cause.
Over the past two weeks the fashionista has been spotted around London rocking two of her own interpretations of the side-paneled pant. And she is not the only one. In its new incarnation, the paneled pant features everything from leather, to sequins, to lace, to nylon. And since this new hybrid straddles the line between pants, tights and leggings, perhaps it will provide a welcome solution to the “leggings are not pants” debate.