I love wearing neutrals; that’s no secret. But I’ve really been trying to incorporate more color into my outfits in recent weeks. This year color in general is really trending, and some of the most fashionable colors are richly pigmented and bright. So it’s considered quite modern to wear those trending colors – think Barbiecore pink, fiery red, deep purple, bright green and rich teal – head to toe. To that end I’ve been getting questions from readers about how to wear colored pants with style. So let’s talk about how to look classy in colored pants this winter.
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First up, I apologize for the packaging wrinkles in my beautiful red Hampshire ankle pants. Chalk those little indentions up to me not inspecting them with my glasses on. I steamed them well before showing them again in an upcoming video and wearing them to church this past Sunday. But if you’re familiar with Talbots, you know that these classic Hampshire ankle pants generally have a lovely drape and a very flattering silhouette.
Red is one of my signature colors, so I didn’t hesitate to purchase these ankle pants in Talbots’ red pop. But they’re also available in other trending colors, such as fuchsia rose (Barbiecore pink), coral punch (on sale!), peacock blue and shiraz wine. And the principles for wearing these and other colored pants are generally the same. The Hampshire ankle pants fit true to size and come in misses, petite, plus and plus petite sizes. Currently Talbots is offering 40% off your full price purchase and an additional 50% off markdowns. They also have special holiday deals starting at $19.50.
My first style tip for looking classy in colored pants is to choose your footwear carefully. Remember your footwear should always accomplish something in your outfit, and the wrong shoes can actually sabotage your look. Consider proportions when choosing whether or not to repeat the color in your pants in your footwear. I actually wore these red pop Hampshire ankle pants with my red pop driving flats Sunday, and it definitely worked with the slightly longer turtleneck sweater I wore that day. But flesh toned shoes – whether they’re flats, pumps, booties or whatever – almost always work with colored pants. These Nine West leather pumps actually come in five different skin tones, and they’re quite comfortable, too.
While you actually can top colored pants with another color, it’s always safe and classy to pair them with your favorite coordinating neutral. You’ll definitely see fashion forward women wearing red pants with, say, pink or orange. And those trending combinations definitely look stunning and eye-catching. But I think you have to feel very confident with your style choices to pull those combinations off, and color needs to be part of your personal style aesthetic for you to wear it with such aplomb. I feel much more like me in an outfit of mostly camel with a bold splash of red…even if that splash is in my pants.
On the day I modeled these colored pants, it was actually freezing cold. And I would not have worn this camel blazer and sweater pairing “in real life” that day. Ha! But today, when it’s going to be in the mid 50s, this combo would definitely work. Take the formula I’ve worked here and adapt it to your style and climate and occasion. The formula?
You could work this same easy style formula with a tee and utility jacket, a blouse and blazer, a sweater and coat, a sweatshirt and quilted vest, a camisole and cardigan. You get the picture. So whether your colored pants are dress slacks or casual cords or denim, this simple style formula will keep you looking classy and pulled together.
That’s not to say that there aren’t other equally classy ways to wear your colored pants this winter. In fact, I’ll be sharing another style formula that works later. But this one is pretty much failproof and, especially if you enjoy wearing neutrals like I do, it’s easy to pull straight from your closet.
I added only the smallest hint of red at the top of my outfit with a pretty red cardinal brooch. This is a great way to tie the outfit together with your colored pants. But you could do the same thing with a scarf, hat, earrings, or necklace pendant that features the color of your pants.
I like that this outfit formula feels very accessible and easy to duplicate in so many ways. What about you? Have you used this style formula before? Do you have the items in your closet to create a similar combination, even if it is more casual or even dressier? I’d love to hear from you today!
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One of the rules of etiquette my mother drilled into me from a very young age is to call people by their names whenever possible. She consistently reminded me that people like to hear their name spoken out loud, they like to know that you have remembered their name. As a young child it was hard for me to look people in their eyes and greet them by name. But as I grew up this “rule” became a habit became an intentional practice. And now I call people by name…to a fault. Sometimes I actually forget people’s names and I blunder because I’m so set on calling them by name and I end up verbally stumbling. Ha! But I do make an effort and I’ve learned to laugh and humbly apologize if I mess up a name.
I’m so glad that Jesus knows me by name. And while I’ve never heard Him say it out loud, I feel like He calls me by name daily. I know Him intimately and feel known by Him. This is indeed such a source of comfort and validation, don’t you think? He treats me as an individual, a friend, an intimate. And as I feel known by Jesus, I am more prone to make Him known to those around me. Do you have that kind of intimacy with Jesus? You absolutely can. Get to know Him and you will soon feel more known by Him, too.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. ~ John 10:14-15