You Don’t Wear Skirts? Then Dressy Pants to the Rescue
Quote of the day: “The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” George Bernard Shaw
Not that I always look for an apropos quote for our theme, but I did think this one worked so well for the subject. Because if you don’t wear dresses or skirts anymore, that doesn’t mean you can’t look nice for a special occasion. Thanks to Gail, who suggested this category, and here we are for another round.
We started with the classic black pants in the previous post. I think for any of us, this is the way to go for creating a dressy pants outfit. But I wanted to show how other color pants could work also. I bet that most of us think the material of the pants make you think dressy or casual, so let’s check out the outfits and see.
Jodie’s (50+) Outfit: I will admit that this wasn’t the easiest category for me. I am used to getting dressed up in skirts and dresses, so I don’t have a lot of what I would consider dressy pants.
However when I wore these pants in our Coruu jewelry post this summer, my husband thought I looked very fancy. The pants are just a cotton blend, but I think the stripe down the side gives a more elegant impression.
To help dress them up, I added a long white blazer. I had originally bought this blazer so I could cut out the sleeves and make it a vest, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet. And who knows, maybe I’ll get more use out of it this way?
I wore a matching set for my necklace and earrings which I saw a fellow Instagrammer wearing the necklace here. The bracelet, I ended up purchasing from my Rocksbox set because I love that it’s adjustable to make smaller or larger.
I always think that the shoe choice can make such a difference in the overall look of the outfit too.
So I knew I wanted to wear heels with this look. These are my yellow print heels that I just bought this summer. I think that yellow shoes can be a perfect punch of color in so many outfits. It’s not a new theme to my blog, but now I may need to work on a post with yellow shoes for the colder months. The last time we tried this was last year in the summer.
And where were we going for this evening out? We went out to dinner to celebrate our neighbor’s anniversary to the Fort Restaurant. I showed the skunk that we saw that evening in my month by a sentence post. And see, even JoAnne is wearing pants for our night out, and I didn’t even tell her the theme for the photos!!
Pants: Merona (similar here)~~Blazer: Banana Republic (similar here)~~Top: The Limited (similar here)~~Shoes: Marks & Spencer (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: Ava Rose through Rocksbox–try the service with a free month with the code JTouchofStylexoxo (here)~~Purse: thrifted (similar here)
Nancy’s (60+) Outfit: Nancy has these velvet pants that are a rich burgundy color.
Since velvet is all the rage right now, these work perfectly to act as a pair of dressy pants for so many occasions. This is an example when the material can make us think of more formal attire.
The other aspect that makes this outfit dressy even with pants, is the long cardigan. This fabulous coatigan, Nancy purchased when we had our Chico’s event. This one is quite lightweight, but the print makes it so gorgeous.
Related post: See this cardigan styled with a dress.
If you think you’d utilize a piece like this then see where I linked to a reversible one below all of Nancy’s photos. But there are many to be had. This one is a little more subtle while this one has the interesting trim like Nancy’s. Or if you prefer something with a different color scheme, then this one or this one are quite nice.
Of course we couldn’t leave out the accessories.
I always feel that any kind of bling and shine adds the glamour that these dressy occasions call for.
Of course we can’t forget the shoes for the outfit. Nancy has these wonderful burgundy heels that work perfectly with these dressy pants. I do think that burgundy is perfect for these colder months, so let me find some other great options for you.
If you are searching for a flat shoe, then you could incorporate the velvet trend into your footwear with these. Or you could add a small heel with some more bling with this pair. If velvet doesn’t turn you on, then patent leather is always a fancier choice.
Pants: Alex (similar here)~~Cardigan: Chicos (similar here)~~Top: Anne Carson (similar here)~~Shoes: Michael Kors (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70+) Outfit: Another pair of dressy pants are these lilac ones that my mom chose.
She thinks of these pants as dressy because they have a little bit of shine to them. They were the pair she wore when we experimented with wearing pants to a wedding a year ago in the spring.
Now look closely at my mom’s flower pin. She loves to make these items when she has leftover material. And that’s exactly what she did when she shortened the dress from this post.
As for the footwear, I had mom stick with a pair of flats for some variety.
These are the embroidered mules that she received from Soft Surroundings. I adore these shoes, and warned my mom that she could only have them if I could borrow them. She does complain that they aren’t the easiest to walk around in. Yet I think they aren’t that different than slippers. Does anyone else have an opinion on this?
This shirt is from our last Covered Perfectly post where I reviewed the good and bad about the company and their tops. I know many women don’t love the open shoulder tops, but I think the openings down the arm are a nice in between. They add some dressiness by having part of the arm exposed, but it’s not the shoulder area.
We also added a scarf to my mom’s outfit because she always feels bare without something around her neck. I thought this scarf pulled the colors of the shoes into the outfit nicely.
Pants: Classiques Entier (similar here)~~Top: Covered Perfectly c/o (here)~~Shoes: Matisse c/o Soft Surroundings (here)~~Scarf: (similar here)~~Flower Pin: Mom made it (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here)
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