Sometimes I question my sanity, living in a place where 90 degree days in mid-October are celebrated as "cooler weather." I know I'll still be comfortably wearing shorts for weeks to come, I'm doing my part to summon fall with this latest styling guest post for my friends Amanda and Rebekah's blog Girls on the Style on how to wear fancy pants. Check out the original post (and the rest of their cute blog) here, or keep reading for a re-cap.
I didn’t own my first pair of blue jeans until I was in high school, and I blame “Aladdin”. From the moment my seven year-old self saw Princess Jasmine skip out in a crop top and harem pants, the seed was planted for a serious sartorial crush that’s going nearly two decades strong. And why not? Vintage loving ladies can find so many pants these days that are fun, feminine, and- dare I say it?- really comfortable, but styling them can seem tricky if you’re just used to your trusty jeans and t-shirt. Here are some of my favorite fancy pants in Charm School right now to inspire you to ditch the denim and try out some breezier britches.
Rosebud pants $36
This wide leg, rayon number is about as comfortable as it gets. Pair them with something small and lacy on top to balance out their bulk and play up the sweet, pink rosebud pattern, or go the opposite direction and layer an oversized 90’s rock tee for some super glam lounge wear. I’m too tall for these pants, but ideally you’d wear them long with some serious platforms to give the illusion of a couple extra inches to your legs.
Sheer black tank (m) $26
Dharma wrap pants (o/s) $38
Extra long necklace $36
Just right black wedges (sz 9) $42
Another fun and flattering style to try are these hippie wraparound pants. They just tie in the front and back so they fit a wide variety of body shapes, and have a really sultry slit up the leg when you walk. In a beautiful cotton batik, they’re great for throwing on over a bathing suit and going to Barton Springs, or pairing with wedges and a sheer tank and going out. Either way, them pants is fancy.
Betty Bowler $34
Lacey Chambert blouse $26
Gold leaf necklace SOLD
Hot harem pants (m) $44
Brown suede boots $38
But wide flowing pants aren’t just for summer. The same style that looks great with sandals can be equally stunning tucked into a pair of knee high boots. I love these soft, slouchy wine colored harem pants paired with structured suede 60’s boots for an almost equestrian feeling. You’ll still look tailored, even though you’re essentially wearing yoga pants.
Lovecats jumper (m) SOLD
Black Liz Clairborn belt $26
Gold chain necklace $32
And finally, the easiest secret of them all to perfectly-paired fancy pants is to cheat and find a great jumpsuit. It doesn’t matter your body shape, there’s a cut of pantsuit to flatter your curves or stick straight frame, and once you find one you’ll be so thankful to have such an easy, go-to outfit to fall back on. This particular jumpsuit is cute and comfortable with it’s wide legs, but I also like it bunched and tied up below the knee for instant harem pants. This is an especially great trick for making good pants in a bad length work for you.
Thanks for reading! xoxox