One Cropped Wide Leg Pant (or Culottes), Five Ways

It’s been quite a while since I did one of these “five-ways” posts.  Truth of the matter is, posts like these are much more time-consuming than the regular one-outfit posts, but I thought I would put some effort into making one since I’ve been thinking about it for some time now. Having said that, however, I’m going to cheat and use some old outfit posts for these cropped wide leg pants, or alternatively, culottes.

From last spring, an easy, work-appropriate outfit:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysAnn Taylor Cropped Wide Leg Pants (drapey version or try these from J.Crew) / Club Monaco Lindy Trench (currently on sale!) / Ann Taylor Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Large Satchel / Ann Taylor Factory Top

Last month’s post with sleeveless sweater tunic and obi belt:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Belted Tunic Sweater + Cropped Wide Leg PantsDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG / Belted Tunic Sweater + Cropped Wide Leg PantsWilfred Durandal Sweater (similar by AT) / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Pumps / 3.1 Phillip Lim Large Pashli Satchel / Leather Obi Belt from eBay (similar in suede by AT) / J.Crew Tunic Shirt (similar by AT) / WoodWatch by Jord / Banana Republic Leather Wrap Bracelet

With a cropped top and a statement necklace for a “going-out” or party look:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 waysDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 ways Wilfred Free Georgia Top (lots of colors!) / Statement Necklace from Etsy / Forever21 Rings / Aldo Clutch / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps 

Styled with a chunky sweater and suede D&G booties I snagged years ago at TJM, which don’t nearly get enough wear:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesBabaton Nicolas Turtleneck / 3.1 Phillip Lim 31 Minute Clutch / D&G Suede Booties / Banana Republic Gray Long Peacoat / Forever21 Rings

And finally worn casually, with a relaxed sweater and slipper loafers:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesDRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // How to wear culottesTheory Cashmere Sweater (similar from J.Crew) / Vince Bogart Loafers (on sale!) / Woodwatch by JORD / Forever21 Rings /  Dogeared Necklace (similar) / Forever21 Rings / Club Monaco Striped Tee (similar) / Madewell Bucket Bag

The round-up:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY BLOG // Cropped wide Leg pants or culottes 5 ways

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One Sweatshirt, Five Ways

I never thought I would give into this sweatshirt-chic trend. I’ve been known to give one of my closest friends a hard time for wearing her hooded sweatshirts wherever she goes and then lamenting that she gets mistaken for being underage even with two young children in tow (which is accompanied by dirty looks by judging eyes). Personally, the hooded sweatshirt definitely has its place, namely, at the gym, in the house, and dog-walking but not much else (I may also allow for very quick errands). I can’t see why you can’t just switch out a hoodie for an actual jacket. However, I came across this sweatshirt-style sweater on the Club Monaco website and was completely captivated by it. It didn’t have a hood (if it did, I would have given it an automatic “nay”) but the alligator motif gave it this dressed up feel that I could most certainly get used to. I also love that the hem is slightly longer in the back:

Club Monaco Belle Sweatshirt

I know many of you are thinking, OK, well how do I wear this? And how versatile can it possibly be? I know you are asking this, because I was asking myself the same questions. So I came up with a few ways to style this sweatshirt, both for the office and for the weekend that didn’t include a trip to the gym (I also did a similar post for Forbes Style File a few months back, if you are interested in checking it out, see here).

Keep in simple. Winterize this look by adding some tights and/or boots:

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Club Monaco Belle Sweatshirt /Zara Pencil Skirt / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Adena Pumps / Urban Outfitters Bracelet / Forever21 Rings 
 

Layer:

 

With leather (or faux leather) pants:
 Alice + Olivia Zip Front Leather leggings (check out this faux front leather pair) / Aritzia Spencer Wool Coat / Aldo Chism Wedge Sneakers / 3.1 Phillip Lim Pashli Satchel / Topshop Rings / Aritzia Hat

 

Bejeweled:

J.Crew Factory Fringe Necklace (similar) / Sleeveless Button Down Blouse (similar here) / Club Monaco Rachel Pant / Jean-Michel Cazabat Sage Wedge Booties (similar) /  Zara Basic Suede Shopper Tote (similar) /  Michael Kors Runway Watch MK5076 (Silver) / Topshop Rings
 

With denim flares:

J Brand Lovestory (Dark Vintage, size 25)(also love it in this color) / Express Graduated Spike Necklace /
 Urban Outfitters, Aldo Bracelets / Botkier Charlotte Clutch (Black)(cute alternative here) /  Topshop Rings / Coach Letty Wedge Boots (similar here).

This Club Monaco Belle Sweatshirt goes for $98.50, and it’s lovely, but I would certainly wait for a sale (if you have a student card/email you can get 20% off). There are tons of other great alternatives right now, as well. As an added bonus, when this trend passes, you can always where it as a cover up to the gym (which is what I plan on doing).

And of course, this post would not be complete without a recap:

One winter white skirt, five ways

I love the idea of a winter white skirt. Practically speaking? Not so much. For one, I can’t keep anything white clean (remember my white pant disaster?). Second,  I’m not a fan of tights with a winter white skirt.

This J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double-Serge wool is really a fall/winter fabric making it not as versatile as a skirt that is made of ponte or a lighter weight wool. Fall and winter means skirts must be worn with tights more often than not and there is no way around it (at least where I live). I’m on the fence about keeping this, but here are a few outfit ideas that I came up with using pieces I currently have in my closet in trying to decide whether I should either keep or return it.

With chambray:

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 J.Crew Keeper Chambray / J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Wool Michael Kors Runway Watch / Ann Taylor Factory Signature Pumps (similar here) /  Le Chateau Ring / Stein Blye Necklace
 

With color:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five waysSmart Set Turtleneck (Dark Green, size XS)(similar here in cashmere from Bloomies) / Ann Taylor LOFT / Marc Fisher Kevins Boots  / J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Wool Michael Kors Runway Watch / Le Chateau Ring

 Like a lady:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways LAUREN by Ralph Lauren Amelie Pumps / Botkier Charlotte Clutch(similar here) / Forever21 Bracelet / Banana Republic Horsebit Link Necklace / Banana Republic Factory Sweater / J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Wool 

Printed blouse and blazer (bad hair moment):

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways J.Crew Silk Boy Shirt Falke Pure Matte Semi Opaque Denier 50 /  Calvin Klein Dina Nappa / Olivia Harris / Talula Babiton by Aritzia / J.Crew No.2 Pencil Skirt in Double Serge Wool 

 Boxy sweater (sorry about the wrinkles, I found it under a pile of clothes):

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways


I’m obviously not having a hard time coming up with outfits. I think I’m just having buyer’s remorse over all the stuff I’ve purchased the last two months, and I still need to buy a suit (or two) for the new job I’m starting in the new year. I’m trying to figure out what, if anything, I can return and not regret later; however, the more outfits ideas I come up with for this skirt, the more I fall in love with it.

See Elle from FastFoodandFastFashion with her many “one item, five ways” posts here!

Recap:

DRESSED ACCORDINGLY // One winter skirt, five ways

  Do you have any favorite ways to wear a winter white skirt?