Whether they're skinny or flare, denim or wool, I'm willing to bet that you have a pair of black pants in your closet. And while [yawn], they may not be [snore] the most exciting [zzzzzzz] sartorial choice...just you wait.
We are getting into the car. It's date night! "Nice tights" says Mike. What? Tights? "No honey," I correct him. "These are leggings."
Mike looks confused. "They are? Hunh. They look like tights."
"I'm not wearing a skirt" I point out. "So these are leggings. Which are pants."
"Ok" he says, agreeably. "But they're kinda like tights since they're so sheer, right?"
I freeze. Sheer? Does he know what that word means? I mean, this IS the man who repeatedly confuses dresses with skirts.
I narrow my eyes at him. "Can you...expand on that?"
He absentmindedly fumbles with the keys. "Uhhh...they look silky and thin? Like tights?"
"I forgot something inside" I tell him. "Be right back."
Mike groans. "Babe, what did you forget?"
Apparently, I forgot my pants.
THESE ARE "PANTS" bumcoveragerequired
I do own thicker leggings. The J.Crew pixie pant-type things that are thick enough to show some bum. And my faux-leather leggings...yeah, I'm not as careful with bum coverage in those, either. But for whatever reason (in the above case, I LOVE the pattern)...I do find myself reaching for my cheapie black leggings from time-to-time. They're easy, they're comfy, and sometimes, heck, they're the only thing clean.
Here are a few styling tricks I've been using when I really (really, REALLY) need to keep my bum covered.
I was wondering if you could help me with styling this new skirt which I recently bought at Zara. The skirt is lovely and vintage-y but I found the styling surprisingly difficult.
I thought it would work with black but I am wearing it with black t-shirt and black ballet flats today and it just looks … blah. Help please?
K - thanks for emailing! Printed skirts are hard. As you mentioned, you can easily end up looking a tad boring, or I sometimes end up with some weird color-blocking thing going on and regretting that I ever bought bright blue tights. (Why? WHY?)
The key, I think, is to either mix patterns (you can do it subtly, if nervous), or make sure your accessories are interesting.
For example, if the outfit K described above had been black stiletto ankle boots and a black faux-leather tee, there would've been nothing boring about that all-black look with the plaid skirt (although admittedly not work appropriate).
Mamas! One of the very biggest trends this Fall is to wear multiple patterns at once. This "mixed print" styling trick started a few years back, and is still gaining momentum. So. If there was one. thing. a Mama could do to easily update her whole look...this is it.
From time-to-time I've gotten reader questions about styling mixed prints, so I thought I'd start with the basics. There are four prints that mix so easily they should be considered neutrals. In fact, if you're a little mixed-print-crazy (yup)...you can wear all four at once.
This jacket is amazing. Love how it could be sporty, preppy, or street-wise, depending on the styling. If you were hoping Free People would come out with a a baseball-jacket-gone-boho, then try this one. Gorg.
V-necks tees are more flattering for the busty, but baseball tees are typically of the high-crew variety. (Disclaimer: I don't know if I'm still in the "busty" category...but in those first few months of nursing I sure was.) Anyway, Gap solves my problem with a v-neck baseball tee. Thank you, Gap.
Ok. I feel the need to explain this one. Mesh is weird, I know, and fraught with danger. BUT...I'm seeing this baseball jacket with a pencil skirt and killer heels for date night (would be amazing on curvy Mamas) OR with some sort of Audrey-cropped pant and ballet flats (or TOMS) for playdates. Right?
Stock is seriously low on this one, too. Sheesh. But grab an old sweater from high school, DIY something onto a basic sweatshirt, or switch letters for numbers and wear a football-inspired tee like this one from Free People.
Due to a trick of lighting in my last post...it looks like I was wearing a shimmery tee with my old beat-up bootcuts. The problem NOW is that I'm now dying for a shimmery tee...and based on the comments, I'm not the only one.
Also, many of you have recommended some really cool track pant/trouser hybrids after seeing how cute Rachel looked in hers...so CLEARLY a shopping post is in order. (Let the record show that I am NOT the only shopping enabler here.)
Which is your favorite? I love the wash of #2 from Patterson J Kincaid - a perfect blend of old-gray-tee and shimmer...but I really prefer a v-neck. I just wish Eileen Fisher's (#1) had a lower neckline (and price)...perhaps if you size up? But for only $35, it's hard to beat #5.
For a while, sitting upright in a chair was insanely uncomfortable. So we got in the habit of packing the car with some food (and creatively disguised booze), throwing in our trusty mat, and heading out to find a cool park.
Rachel sent in this adorable pic of herself last week. She wrote:
Inspired by your recent post I decided to try out my sweats again. I got them at JC Penny for $20. They are definitely sweat pants, so I've always had a hard time figuring out what shirt to wear with them: too dressy looked weird, a cotton T looked like I just rolled out of bed. My solution? A 1/2 linen 1/2 cotton T from H&M ($10). The front panel is linen and it's a light cotton in the back.
This is perfect for hanging out at the library (which is usually freezing with AC) and then watching the kids play outside after (muggy!) And yes, I realize the white shirt is risky but the dark grey pants hide any snot/food/child that might get on me.
Rachel, I love the bright ballet flats (I've been wearing mine everywhere), and HEY! Reader Megan - didn't you say that I needed a few long necklaces? Well. Great minds think alike. It looks perfect, Rachel.
In terms of the bright flats, I'm a Tieks girl (the only ones that are comfy enough for me) but this $58 coral flat has some really glowing reviews.
For necklaces, I really like pendants (my current fav is a plain dogtag that says Fearless), and simple minimalist shapes...or basically anything from the Etsy shop Bohemian Fringe (everything is roughly $20).