Happy hump day! About midweek I’m usually ready to sprinkle a little fun into my day. Whether I sneak off for a Target run, tempt James to go out for ice cream or just slip in a Hallmark movie, I usually need to loosen up a little by Wednesday. So I thought this would be a good day to talk about how to wear pedal pushers this summer. After all, these knee length pants are just about having fun!
Now before you completely write off this 1950s – 1960s style, take a deep breath and chill a little. No, these are not the pants you’ll wear to the office. And they’re not high fashion. But if styled correctly, you absolutely can wear pedal pushers and look contemporary, fresh and ready for a good time.
Then again, let me clarify. You can wear pedal pushers, also known as clam diggers, and look either frumpy or contemporary. It’s all in the styling and the fit.
For the most modern vibe, buy clam diggers that fit close to the body, not the loose fitting goucho style. At the same time, you don’t want your pedal pushers to fit tight, just comfortably snug. These are “playtime” pants! Thus their monikers – pedal pushers and clam diggers!
My pedal pushers hit just below the knee, but some hit right at the knee or just above. Also you can cuff them up if you wish. These pedal pushers are extremely comfortable and fun to wear. They also come in a pretty light aqua. I’m wearing an 8, so order the size you wear in pants, not necessarily jeans.
By the way, that’s why I prefer pedal pushers over capris. Capri pants traditionally hit mid calf, which is not very flattering on most women. But pedal pushers hit at a thinner part of the leg for most of us, so they actually create a more attractive silhouette.
I also suggest you resist the urge to just dial it in with a slouchy tee on top. Keep that playful feel going with a sweet tee in a contemporary shape, like this tie front t-shirt. I also purchased this navy embroidered yoke t-shirt to wear with these colonial red pedal pushers.
I kept my jewelry simple and youthful. In fact, I wear both my star and moon studs and my gold hoops quite often. And I know you’ve seen this sweet palm necklace many times before. But I just. can’t. stop! You’ll find similar bracelets to the one I’m wearing here.
The choice of shoes to wear with pedal pushers is pleasingly few: fashion sneakers, youthful sandals or ballet flats. I’d pretty much limit your shoe choice to one of those three. Okay, maybe penny loafers. But just keep it playful and fresh! I wore my no-show socks with my leather Keds for a super comfy selection.
For cool nights at the beach or ball park, grab your denim jacket. I like my classic white denim jacket with this red and blue pairing. And I carried my Vera Bradley all-in-one crossbody for my essentials. This pattern is no longer available, but they always have new ones to choose from.
By the way, these red pedal pushers (and the light aqua ones) are currently 25% off. And they’re available in petite and plus sizes, too.
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You know encouragement is so underrated. Think about what a little encouragement does for a woman. It infuses her with the courage to press on, make a change, dream big, go another mile, put in the work and face the battle. Encouragement also keeps us from quitting, reminds us of the truth, refreshes our resolve and breathes new life into our weary souls. Today let’s be women who encourage those around us. That requires a little involvement, some time and a lot of heart.
Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:11
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