I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Rag & Bone "The Skinny" black jeans are the best damn pants out there, as far as I'm concerned. But sometimes life (or Balenciaga) throws you a curveball. Sometimes, a designer takes something as utilitarian/weird as the cargo pant (sometimes called "combat trousers," which is how I will henceforth refer to them) and shows you that with some crafty tailoring (and the right shoes), an early-aughts, bro-tastic Old Navy staple can ground an entire look. Case in point: Nicolas Ghesquière's FW 2007 collection, which might as well have been titled "Back To School Badass." And while yes, it's still summer, and yes, it's still pretty hot out, it doesn't hurt to get your game face on for fall.
1. J Brand Croft Easy Cargo Pants: Slightly drop-crotched? Check. Emmanuelle Alt-worthy low-rise? Check. Perfectly proportioned cuff? Check. These combat trousers are a top-notch descendent of their Parisian ancestor.
2. Wendy Nichol Braided Leather Knapsack: Well, you might not need a backpack at all—hey, you have pockets. Big ones! BUT, as far as backpacks go (and backpacks are cool, you know), it's Wendy Nichol's handmade-in-SoHo leather number or bust.
3. Miansai Silver Fish Hook Ring: When you go the hammered silver/distressed jewelry route, truth be told, you need to really pile it on. Keith Richards/Johnny Depp/Abbey Lee-style. This ring is a great start. Hit up a flea market and find supplementary vintage bands and baubles.
4. Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid: There was a point in time where I couldn't leave the house without dabbing some Burberry Fresh Glow Luminous Fluid, a watery, nearly imperceptible opalescent highlighter, on the tops of my cheekbones. That time has passed, mainly because I lost the bottle, and I am now a convert of Chanel's ever-so-slightly bronzed version. Perfect to accentuate (or impart) a sun-kissed glow.
5. Oliver Peoples Benedict Mirrored Sunglasses: So that no one knows where you're looking, naturally.
Photo via Tommy Hilfiger.