By now you guys will know sequins and dresses aren't really my thing, not even for New Years. I have been swooning over a few dresses online in the sales over the past few days, but I just know I won't wear them beyond a single event, so cost per wear it just isn't worth it. I would much rather invest in a statement jacket, a fancy top, or some classic trousers. This year I have gone with the latter, and I thought I would share three ways to style them. Before I get into it, here are a few tips for finding the perfect pair:
1. Know your leg length and works best. They really need to skim your ankle, which is such a flattering length and means they will work with all shoes. I would reccomend measuring your inside leg to get this right.
2. Skinny, but not too skinny is key. If you go too tight, they loose the feel of being suit trousers. To look the smartest, they need to be a little loose and a straight leg fit.
3. Waist band is key too! This pair have a drawstring waist, which makes them more comfortable for sure. I wouldn't reccomend going for pair that don't have a fly panel (even if they don't have a fly, like this pair), because it can make them look more like a luxe sport pant than a suit pant.
1. Sexy Suiting.
This look is by far my favourite. I LOVE the androgynous feel, yet still kinda sexy. Suit trousers look just as great with heels as flats, but flats definitely take the manly feel up a notch. I think the key to pulling this off is getting the length right, so that you are flashing a bit of ankle which makes everything much more flattering. I am a longtime fan of wearing a blazer as a top. Make sure you go for a pretty bra underneath because some flashing is almost inevitable, especially when you sit down! And while it's kinda risqué I think the overall androgynous feel of the look balances it nicely!
2. The Statement Yet Not Too OTT Top (very catchy title, I know)
My style is pretty much never going to be OTT, but I do like the little statement here and there. The great thing about black trousers is that they're so versatile. And if you find the perfect fitting pair (which these totally are for me), then you can really dress them up or down as much as you like, and they will always look perfect. I think having everything slightly looser fitting makes a really dressed up outfit still feel effortless. And adding some statement shoes also takes things up a notch. I pulled the trousers slightly lower onto my hips so that they would perfectly skim the top of the shoes too.
3. Dress Over Trousers
This is almost a total recreation of my graduation outfit, which is one of my favourite looks ever. On the occassion I do buy a dress, I like it to be one I can wear over jeans and trousers. Not only is it fab option in the cold January weather, but it looks so bloody cool (if i do say so myself). The combination of a longer line top/dress with slightly cropped trousers works perfectly together. I teamed my look with boots because they sat perfectly with the trousers, but honestly any shoes would work (I wold also dress this down with some Stan Smiths and a leather jacket for day-to-day wear). As the dress was sleeveless I also wanted to add a coat, which rounds off the look perfectly!