Do you have a favorite pair of pants? You can't count jeans! I do. Well, more so, I have a favorite style of pant. I found 2 pair I love equally, from different brands, so I bought them both. The pants? A simple wide leg cropped pant in black. The fabric on both is a mid-weight washable fabric that makes these pants perfect for almost any time of year. The styles though very similar, have just enough different details that it was worth buying both. One pair is plain, zip in the front button closure. The other pair zips on the side with silver buckles at the waist on each side. The seaming on both pair make the pants flattering for all body types.
This look I paired with my MaryJanes, tights and a layered blouse and cropped sleeveless sweater for a holiday party. If the temps had been really cold I would do fleece lined tights for warmth but otherwise I love this look for colder months. For me, the wider leg balances my body shape and helps me own my style.
This look is great for fall or spring. I have the mules I'm wearing in both fur-lined and unlined. I paired the pants with the mules, a sleeveless mock sweater with a denim jacket. I love the mulit-strand pearl necklace to add a pop to the outfit. All these elements together for this outfit again, helped me own my style. I have also worn the pants with a simple long sleeve tshirt and mules and a light cardigan (or the jean jacket) for Spring or Fall. In the summer I do the same thing with a short sleeve shirt and sandals or wedges, depending on the occasion. I love all the options for these pants. I have added a khaki green pair in canvas recently because I am such a fan of this silhouette.
If you want to get technical, in most cases you see 2 key silhouettes if you are searching for a wide leg pant. A search for a full leg/wide leg full length trouser will most likely show examples of palazzo pants. A cropped version is often called a culotte which typically reaches either knee length or calf length. For my style, I like the cropped length better because, you guessed it, there are more options. I love a full palazzo pant for a dressy look. I think, if styled with perhaps a glittery top, can easily replace a cocktail dress. But, I digress or trail off... here are some examples of the cropped styles:
One of my favs....
If I have a fav look, this might be it. I paired the pants with tights and my MaryJanes (surprise!), a beautiful flowy top and used a scarf as a belt to complete the look. This outfit I wore in the winter as well and it was perfect, regardless the temps. This outfit was perfect for a holiday dinner the Mister and I attended. I topped it off with my vintage pink wool full length coat which adds just the right amount of "dress" for me. Once again, I was able to own my style in this look. I am 5'4" which some would say is too short for a cropped wide leg pant but I disagree. First, I don't like rules like that and second I don't think it's true. What's always been most important is that you own what you're wearing and make it yours. I think confidence is the best thing you wear.
What's your favorite pant? How are you wearing it? How are you owning your style?