You Don’t Wear Skirts? Then Dressy Pants to the Rescue

Dressy Pants for 3 Generations

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.
Women over 50 wearing dressy pants

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.

Dressy Pants outfit

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.

I think they’d be the perfect way to add some brightness to our overall darker colors in winter. You could try boots, mules, loafers, or a lace up shoe.

Styling Dressy Pants for a night out

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!!

Dressy pants for many women

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.

Dressy Pants for women over 60

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.

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.

Outfits around dressy pants

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.

Dressy pants for a dressy occasion

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.

Dressy Pants for 60+ women

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.

Dressy pants for women over 70

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.

Older women and dressy pants

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?

If you’re not a fan of the mules, but like the embroidery detail, then have I found some footwear for you to check out. There are the booties, sneakers, flats, and even low heels.

Dressy pants for senior citizens

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.

Women 70+ and dressy pants

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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  • Wow – each of you are rocking these looks! Your color combination is gorgeous and I really like your jewelry and, of course, your shoes. Nancy’s velvet pants are so perfect for fall and look wonderful with her statement jacket. Adoring Charlotte’s top with the scarf and flower combination. Her earrings are so stylish and compliment this look wonderfully.

    Thanks for linking up with Fabulous Friday, Jodie!

    Jennie – A Pocketful of Polka Dots

    • Thanks so much Jennie!!
      This was a fun post to put together because it really made me think…

  • Thanks so much Elle!!
    I’m sorry that it took awhile to get back to you as a response, I just found your comment in the spam!! Ugh!

  • You gals all look amazing in your Dressy Pants!

  • Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. Your pants are stunning. The stripe on the legs is super. Your mom has great taste. She has the same mules as I do, but in a different color. LOL. I hope she likes them as much as I do mine.

    • Thanks Nicole!!
      I told my mom when she got these shoes that I get to borrow them….I think they are just fabulous!!

  • Jodie, those pants are so great! I love the color and the stripe down the leg. Super sassy and edgy. I love that you styled them with all bright colors to make a super refreshing dressed up look. Nancy’s outfit is fantastic! It reminded me that I have 3 pairs of velvet trousers in my closet that have yet to be worn. I guess I need to style them soon! And Charlotte’s outfit is the perfect mix of plums and pastel hues! That flower pin, though, steals the show! Thanks for joining my link up!


    • Thanks so much for always being so supportive, Shelbee!!
      I almost bought some velvet jeans last winter, but I talked myself out of them. I have a feeling I’ll be getting some this year though, because they are perfect for so many dressier occasions!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • Franci Hoffman

    I love all of these looks, Jodie. Your turquoise pants are lovely and I imagine it is fun to accessorize around that color.

    • Thanks Franci!!
      In all honesty, I haven’t worn these pants that much. I guess I need to pull them out more often and see what I can do with them. Most days I grab my jeans (even my colored ones), so these have been neglected!! Bad, bad fashion blogger!!! Ha ha!
      Have a great weekend and thanks for your thoughts!!

  • Rebecca Saffer

    As I always default to black pants for a dressy look (often simple black jeans), your previous post really resonated with me. However, just because I am so tied to that look, I really enjoyed seeing today’s post using more dressy but colored pants instead. All 3 looks are wonderful but I really loved your combination of colors and a blazer is the outer garment of my choice as I prefer a more tailored fit. Good work ladies!

    • I think the black pants are the ones of choice for almost all of us, Rebecca. In fact, we all had to work hard to find other pants that we considered dressy that weren’t black.
      I wonder if it’s because retailers don’t make many, or we just don’t buy them!!
      Have a fabulous weekend, and thanks!!!

  • Oh my! The three of you looks amazing. We dress casual at work so I only have 2 pairs of dressy pants and only wears it when I’m presenting in the board or something like that (which really seldom happens. And this post just inspire me to wear it more often than I should. Awesome post!

    • Thanks for such positive words, Karen!
      I guess I’m the same way, because I’ve had these pants awhile and haven’t worn them much. But since they are in my closet, I guess I should be better about wearing them!!
      Have a great weekend!!

  • I agree with your Mom, mules are horrible to walk in. They always want to fall off your feet.

    LOVE your Mom’s flower brooch! She would do well teaching all of her many tricks.

    Velvet pants are da bomb! They are dressy but comfy like PJs. Who doesn’t love that?

    Also I love your colourful outfit with the groovy patterned shoes. I’m like you though, I usually prefer a dress or skirt for special occasions.


    • I’ll have to try these mules of my mom’s and report back. Because I have a pair that are like boots, and they don’t seem that hard. Then again, I’m usually a stroller kind of walker, so I wonder if that makes a difference???
      I almost bought myself a pair of velvet jeans last year. I talked myself out of them, but I may need to revisit that this season! Because you know I have nothing else to wear…ha ha!!
      Thanks Suzanne!!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    Dressy pants with the right shoes (my problem since I dislike heels) is always a great option. In winter when pants are preferred a good pair of dressy boots would work for me. I also (used to) love the long midi skirt with tall boots. I have a pair of black, mid length “gauchos” from Chicos that are hard to wear with anything but tall boots–I have to remember this!

    • Those gauchos (which are basically culottes which are cool again) are also fun right now with interesting sneakers!! It’s that yin yang thing, Terri!!!
      But if you’re looking for a dressy flat, the metallic, pointed toe ones are the way to go!!

  • Aditi Oberoi Malhotra

    Great looks! I really like how all three of you chose fun colors for the dress pants
    Adi xx

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I have a few pairs of dress pants that I wear to work. They can be warmer to wear during the winter months!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • You are so right, Jacqueline!!
      I used to have quite a few wool pairs when I was working too! But now I have fur lined leggings…ha ha!! My how I’ve changed!!!

  • Mimi Mama

    Ahhh….now I am just emerging from a loooong period of wearing dressy pants, and am choosing to wear dresses now that I know what I’m doing….lol! You however, look fabulous! And your Mom too. Great choices for you both. Love it! Mimi xxx

    • That’s a little funny, Mimi Mama!! But it’s good that you’re willing to try something new, no matter what!
      You probably could’ve given me tips for this post. And I might need to do another in the future, so let me know —did you always wear black pants? Or do you have others??

  • I have no problem with skirts, but I don’t mind a good dress pants as well. I love all the colors, especially the firsts one with the turquoise and orange.

    • I always think that as women we are lucky to have the variety of both skirts and pants, so why not take advantage of that!! I love to hear that you do, Gigi!!

  • Judy Gramith

    WOW!!!!! These outfits are really colorful, creative , and SO chique!!! I’m loving every inch of every wonderful woman. There’s so much more than a “touch” of style here my friends!!!!

    • You always know how to make me smile and laugh, Jude!!!
      Thanks for all of the exclamation points today—I would say that you’ve been hanging around me too much!! Did you know that I used to use them at the end of every sentence in my blogs?? Finally, someone pointed it out to me, and I’ve been trying to be better about only using them occasionally!! But I get so excited, that I want to use them all the time! Just like you!!

      • Judy Gramith

        Guilty as charged. 🙂 Because you are so acurate in your description I will unpack a box in your honor today!!!!!!!!!! :-):-)

  • Great choices! I myself like to wear skirts and dresses, but I know a lot of women who don’t. And these are very elegant options.

    • Thanks Nancy!! I’m the same way. Maybe because I grew up with my mom who still loves to wear skirts and dresses. But I know I went through a rebellious period when I certainly wouldn’t wear them!!
      Funny, how I’ve changed back now!!

  • I love dressy pants. My mom always wears them well and prefers them over jeans for occasions that don’t call for skirts. I especially love your stripe detail Jodie.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

    • Thanks Amy!!! Has your mom always loved wearing pants more? I know some of the women I know, have never loved skirts!! Yet you do!!

  • Oh my gosh, you ladies all look so fabulous! These outfits are spectacular! And I’m guilty too, anytime I want to look dressy in pants I always reach for my black ones. But these colors ones all look wonderful! Also, if your mom opens up an Etsy shop, I’d totally buy that flower pin! 🙂

    • Thanks so much Lindsey!!
      And I’m sure you just made my mom’s day. Can I tell you how many of these pins she has?? Tons!!! Maybe she’ll let me start giving them to people?? Ha ha!!!

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom

    I really like the color of your pants and the pinstripe on the sides of them! And oh my goodness, velvet pants?! I need these! I have a pair of black velvet leggings that I could live in. I really like the top your mom is wearing and it looks great with those pale lavender colored pants. I bet the little bit of sheen makes them even nicer! Love how your mom is so crafty and always makes things to share on the posts! That flower is gorgeous! She needs an Etsy shop!


    • The funny thing is I never really thought of these pants as dressy, when I bought them!! It’s been funny how our perspective can certainly change, right, Carrie??
      And I almost bought myself some velvet pants last year, but I was worried that the velvet would wear off too much? Now I’m kicking myself (although I’ll probably get some this year)
      My mom is quite the creative woman, isn’t she?? I’ll send this off to her and see if she’ll consider it (but she’ll probably laugh and say–no way, I’m retired!!)

  • Cindy

    Love your necklace! Love Nancy’s velvet pants! Love your mom in that color! Great post!

  • Amy D. Christensen

    I think it is true that we gravitate towards black pants when we are going to a dressy occasion, but once again, you have proved that any color pant will do, as long as you top it and accessorize it appropriately to make it look dressed up. I love all of your outfits and I love that each of them is so different. And Jodie, why would we expect you to wear anything other than yellow shoes when there is yellow in your outfit! Ha! You all look beautiful! Well done. – Amy

    • I just want you to know that I actually did laugh out loud when I read that about my yellow shoes!!! I wonder why I’m so enamored with them??? But maybe it’s a good thing—not everyone is running around with yellow shoes, so I stand out somewhat!!!!
      Thanks Amy for the positive thoughts!!

  • Save that white jacket for another long-sleeved season next spring and then cut the sleeves to make a vest. Even He-who-mows remarked how nice my outfit with the refashioned faux suede jacket to vest looked last week.

    I’m still trying to decide about a top similar to Charlotte’s with the openings on the arm.

    Now if I just had a cardigan coat and some velvet pants….

    • That’s a fabulous idea Jean—because by next spring it’ll probably have some stain on the sleeves anyways (how does that always happen??)
      I’ve been surprised at how much my mom likes this top with the openings—and it’s not even as warm here as it is where you live!!!
      I may even splurge and get some velvet pants!! I saw a pair at Old Navy last year but I was worried that the velvet would get crushed on my bum??

  • Definitely keep that white blazer as a blazer! Love Nancy’s long cardigan. Of course the only dressy pants I own are black. Lol

    • I think I might keep this as a blazer now, Darlene!!
      And you’ll have to go shopping for some other color pants?? I’d love to see if you find any great ones at the deals you always get!!

  • Queen of Rods

    All three outfits are stellar! I especially love Nancy’s cardigan and pants. Where is the big bowling pin located?

    • Thanks so much Janet!!
      The bowling pin is right outside the mall where they added a couple of bowling lanes!! The funny thing is we didn’t even know it was there for the longest time!!!

  • Mary Kalpos

    Jodie the addition of your white jacket really makes the outfit. I also love Nancy’s look!!

    • Thanks so much Mary!!
      ps…I just happened to be going through some comments in Disqus that were considered spam, and I saw some from you from months ago. I’m so sorry I never checked sooner and responded!!

  • I love your shoes Jodie!! You pulled out the colors in your outfit so well. I love dresses and skirts but when the weather turns cool, I prefer dress pants over a skirt and tights. All of you look great!

    pumps and push-ups

    • Thanks Brooke!!
      And I can totally relate to pants when it gets colder—especially really cold like it does about once a year here (meaning under zero—eeekkk!!!)

  • Emilie Mckenzie

    Beautiful! Love the long patterned cardigan x

    • Thanks so much Emilie!! Isn’t it just so stunning??
      Nancy will love to read this, and will so appreciate your thought!!

  • Mireille

    Perfect! You all look lovely and I love each color combo!