I. Love. This. Shirt. I actually ordered it twice from Asos. The first time I returned it, believing that it was just too extreme. But then I continued to think about it – and quickly reordered it! I won’t admit how many times I’ve done that before – ordering an item, returning it, and then re-ordering. Certainly a case where in-person shopping might be more economical!
Anyway, this shirt is such a statement and looks great with practically any pair of skinny pants. The pants almost match the shirt’s extremist nature – and the whole ensemble made me very happy.
First I must confess that it would be impossible for me to have a single pair of black pants – I mean, there are the perfect black JEANS, then the perfect black TROUSERS, and also the perfect black dress up PANTS. Then there are four seasons and different climates and it goes on and on. For the current season, I have four pairs of black pants I rely upon.
But I only have one pair of what I call the truly “perfect” black trousers. Their characteristics:
The perfect shape – in my case these are narrow, but not too skinny, ankle pants. In general it is important that they are stylish but not TOO trendy.
The perfect fabric – For me, this is always wool crepe which can be worn three seasons a year, at least. Wool crepe, if it is good, holds its shape and easily drops any wrinkles. But your taste may be different; the best rule of thumb: know your fabric and how it wears and washes.
The perfect fit – I can get this with certain pants right off the rack, but you may need alterations. Don’t shortchange this step – you want your essential black pants to look chic every time you wear them.
The perfect price – for me, this ends up being $150-$200 on sale in order to get all the characteristics I’m seeking. Decide ahead of time on your price point.
Below are some black pants that have the potential to be perfect – and at a reasonable price!. Check them out!
See a few ways I’ve styled my black pants recently:
I’ll admit it – I have a love/hate relationship with tunics. You have seen me wear them before, but I am never entirely sure I like them. They look great with skinny pants, but with skirts? I was completely seduced by the tomato red color of the top you see here, BUT I’m still not sure whether it looks like a sack or not. Maybe a longer, tighter skirt? Hmmm. Well, this fashion blogging game is full of uncertainties. And don’t get me started on the fringe on these sandals – the jury is still out!
Such a simple Friday dress down outfit – black and khaki. But it is the cut of this top and these pants that makes this outfit work – a little baggy, a little fitted, a little asymmetrical. Before I left the house that morning, I threw on a kimono jacket and the outfit continued to look great! If I can dress like this every day after I retire, I’ll be happy for sure.
Now I’ve changed my mind. I WANT white heels. To be honest, I want white heels that are like the ones the cool girls are wearing – even slightly older cool girls like Style Nudge! They look wonderful with white, of course, but also with everything else – khakis, faded denim, etc. However, I cannot see myself in white pumps with four inch heels as much as I love the look.
So I’m looking for white heels that convey the same coolness at a slightly lower heel height. Here are some of the beauties I’ve found and you should thank me for finding these – one must comb through a lot of wedding shoes to get to the good stuff!
Banana Republic has been really hitting it out of the park over the past 18 months. One perfect example is this embellished top – great as a mid-weight sweater in spring and equally good with a button up shirt underneath in cooler months. And, of course, I love anything forest green.
I’d like to wear outfits this simple every single day – top, bottoms, earrings, shoes, done. But then when would I ever wear my brooches, bracelets, scarves, belts, etc.?
This is such an interesting ensemble for me. I rarely wear beige and the idea of combining beige with camel is just not ME. (Where is the color? I need color.) But I loved how this turned out and I think the gold accessories really made the look. I can tell you that immediately after I wore this, I put the vest away until fall – way too warm for spring weather in California! I hope you too have those days when you look in the mirror and say “I nailed it!”.
There is a story behind this Tibi sweater. First of all, it was definitely a higher price point than I would usually buy. Then I had to return it once to get the correct size. When I wore it the first time, I was still not pleased with the fit, but OMG what a great graphic, right? Hot pink Eiffel Tower all the way! So I took it to my tailor and had her put darts in the back to make it more fitted. Now I love it.
Today’s lesson: If you truly love something, don’t let it go because of a moderately poor fit! Instead go to the tailor and have it fitted to your body!
Shop my picks:
See another way I wore this sweater (before my brilliant alteration!):
Yes, it is the season – even out here in California where the rain has continued way past its expiration date (not complaining since we have a drought!). What ARE the latest trends in rainwear?
We are supposed to think that knee high Hunter boots are the answer. I have a confession: Hunters don’t provide much support and they make my calves sweat! At the same time, they are cute, so what is a girl to do? There are lots of solutions here, but my favorite is to wear mid calf or ankle boots that look like moto boots.
Turning to raincoats. I am very picky. My raincoat has to be stylish or I am simply not wearing it. Trench coats? Do they REALLY keep us dry? Patent leather with a hood? That’s better. Great jacket with a big collar that hides a hood? The very best in my opinion. What works for you?
Finally umbrellas and hats. Personally, the umbrella is a better solution for me. but I typically buy a Target umbrella and use it until it falls apart. I used to always have a Burberry umbrella: cute and maybe a bit too predictable. But there are lots of fabulous options here that can clearly demonstrate to the world who you are and what you stand for.
Unhappily, I look pretty awful in hats. But there are wonderful rain hats around and all of you who look fabulous in hats should consider them.
Bottom line: you can look just as chic as you do on a dry day when it is raining and blowing. Check out Shopstyle for more ideas.
It’s a good thing I’m re-retiring since I love being creative about Casual Friday more than any other day of the week! And I am also loving my cropped flared jeans, so here you see them with my sleeveless trench (another favorite) and lots of red touches! We’re still talking about many of my standby brands as you can see above, but in new combinations that I think look chic and fresh!