Monday, September 25, 2006

Lucy's Look Back In Style

The little black pant
This is an excerpt from "Looking good: A leg up" By Leigh Grogan

They used to be called cigarette pants, but maybe that's not PC. However, back in the 1950s, women wore black pants that were tapered to the ankles. The look was all the rage.

TV fans of a certain age will recall stars such as Mary Tyler Moore and Lucille Ball wearing cigarette pants on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "I Love Lucy," respectively.

And actress Audrey Hepburn made the black pant/black top/black shoes look famous in the 1957 movie "Funny Face."

Today, Gap is reintroducing the cigarette pant as the Audrey Hepburn Pant. It's basically a pair of skinny black pants -- quite simple but somehow also very chic, especially when paired with a black turtleneck and flat black shoes.

(It's best not to attempt these pants with high heels, though you could wear them with knee-high boots and tuck them in. Best bet is a flat.)

Moore and Ball also will be remembered for wearing their skinny black pants with crisp, white shirts.

The pants, which hit right above the ankle, are a bonus for women who want to elongate shorter legs. They cost $48 and come in three colors: black, charcoal gray and white.

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