Happy Friday, dear style enthusiast! I’m going to be enjoying the beautiful fall foliage today from the golf course. Yippee! But first I want to share with you a little style inspiration. Maybe I’ll even wear this to church Sunday! I’m creating a column of black with slimming wide leg pants from a new-to-me brand, Margaret M. (#gifted)
Of all the ways to put together slenderizing, chic outfits, creating a column of color is definitely my favorite. The foundational concept is simple and almost no-fail.
- Wear one color (often, but not always necessarily black) head to toe with either a dress or a combination of top and pants or top and skirt.
- Add an open front top layer in a contrasting color.
However, I do have a few extra tips to make this technique really work for you. The goal is to create a very cohesive, chic look, but also one that slenderizes and even elongates.
Style Tip #1 – You don’t have to wear solids to create this column of color. You could just as easily wear a combination of print and solid or just a print. But the print would probably need to be dense and heavy on the desired color. For instance, I could have worn a black micro-check pant, such as these black textured houndstooth pants. (Use code KAY10 for 10% savings)
Style Tip #2 – Wear shoes in the same color you’re wearing head to toe. Thus the toe. Ha! But, once again, they don’t have to be solid. Like my snake print booties, you could wear a patterned shoe in which your chosen color is dominant. A patterned shoe adds interest without detracting from the effect you’re creating.
Style Tip #3 – Use your accessories to tie the look together. For instance, my courier bag (40% off but no longer in black) features caramel stitching that coordinates with the toffee color of my flannel blazer. I meant also to wear my long pendant that includes both black and deep brown, but unfortunately I left home without it.
While I could have worn a black turtleneck or even a black blouse, I chose to keep my look a little more modern and casual by topping it with a ribbed long sleeve t-shirt similar to this one. Mine is from Banana Republic and they no longer have a black one. But this fine ribbed crewneck from Madewell (at Nordstrom) looks very similar.
My black pants were gifted to me by Margaret M, a brand I was formerly unfamiliar with. They simply requested that I share them on Instagram, so the fact that I’m building a blog post around them should tell you how impressed I am with these ponte wide leg pants.
I’m wearing my usual size medium (8-10) in the ponte wide leg pants and they are so generously comfortable. But they also are slimming and thick enough to conceal any panty lines or, ahem, other unseemly lines and bumps. Keep in mind that I am 5’8″ and the inseam is 32 inches. I wish they had one more inch on them for me, because I definitely prefer to wear a bit of a heel with a wide or boot leg pant. But they are truly lovely pants.
Margaret M has graciously given me a promo code to share exclusively with my readers for 10% off your purchase through October 26. Use code KAY10 when you place your order. I also noticed that this Canadian brand offers free shipping with your purchase of $50 or more. And be sure to peruse their website. I also tried the Marlie Olive Textured Houndstooth Slimming Pants and like them very much, too. Both fit true to size.
By the way, the Margaret M ponte wide leg pants are not included in the shopping widget below. But I’m including comparable pants.
Like I said, I really wish I’d worn a long pendant necklace with this look, but I left it off accidentally. Still the giraffe pendant (similar), my classic gold knot earrings and my coin stretch bracelet (comparable option) provide a nice amount of shine and interest to the look.
My Italian flannel jacket is a new favorite find from Talbots. I’m wearing a size 8. It’s on the pricey end, but I grabbed it up when it was 50% off. It will go on sale again, so if you’re interested in it or one of the other three colors, definitely “favorite” it on the shopping widget below so you’ll receive a notification. Or just stay tuned here!
Have you tried creating a column of black or some other color? Do you find it to be slenderizing, too? I’d love to hear from you. And let me know if you have any questions. I’ll gladly get back with you…as soon as I’m off the golf course!
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Blessed for My Day
When we look to satisfy our hungry souls through means other than through the Bread of Life, the Living Water, we come up dry. In Jeremiah 2:13, the Lord said, “For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no water.” The rainwater that accumulates in a cistern eventually dries up and the pit begins to stink. In the same way, you may have found yourself at the bottom of a stinky, unhealthy pit if you’ve tried to satisfy your hungry soul through a person, thing, activity or pursuit.
But when we allow Jesus to satisfy our hungry souls – our needs for love, significance, purpose and security – He always provides that which is healthy and truly satisfies. And there’s always more when we return to Him the next time. Plus, it’s free. We don’t have to sacrifice or work for that which does not satisfy; instead, we can eat freely and abundantly from that which Jesus gives liberally.
When they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments so that nothing will be lost.” So they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten. ~ John 6:12-13