I busted out my “pajama” pants again on April 17. I love wearing these printed harem-style pants to work because they’re super comfortable (probably doubled by the fact that they’re big enough on me where I don’t have to unbutton or unzip them), but they’re also nice enough that I can wear them with heels and avoid looking like a total schlep.
Dressed Up PJs
I’ve worn these great pants two other times already, both times with the same pair of heels, so this time I wanted to wear them with shoes that weren’t black. I chose my holographic gold Chrisitian Siriano pumps from Payless. The lower heel would dress the pants up a little without totally killing my feet and rendering them flats-only the rest of the week. I then added a Princess by Vera Wang long-sleeved black top, because I liked the jeweled graphic paired with the dressier heels. It was a little on the cooler side though, so instead of wearing the top by itself (it’s pretty thin), I added my 3/4-sleeved cardigan–an ancient piece from Heritage 81, when Woodfield Mall had a standalone store of the Forever21 brand. I skipped the necklace, because of the graphic on the top, and instead opted to go full-on arm party, which I rarely do during the week. I was wearing my glasses, and just threw my hair up in a messy bun to finish off the look.
Here’s a close up of the shoes, as well as a look at the tab detail on the pants. These shoes are so hard to photograph, because they really are only done justice in the sun and while moving. Perhaps the next time I wear them I’ll dance around for a quick Instagram video. But regardless of them looking their best in the sun, the shape of them is just divine! And I love that the heel isn’t ridiculously high (at least compared to some of my other shoes, haha). Their nude-gold base and holographic sheen makes them a great shoe to dress up or dress down, and it’s certainly a pair I don’t wear nearly enough.
And now, my arm party! I was decidedly proud of this one, and it kind of came together organically. I started with my Stella & Dot Renegade Bracelet and my Stella & Dot Christina Link Bracelet. I then added two rose gold bangles, which I got as a set on clearance at Charming Charlie, but this one is similar to the pave one, and super cute. You could also use a couple of the rose gold bangles from this Stay Sleek Bangle Set. I then added two special bangles I have… one is an ivory enamel bangle that I got at an estate sale, while the other gold-tone one was part of a set from Forever21. Fortunately, there are a couple of sets that you could get to piece together a similar look… there’s this one, which has a textured bangle, and this one which has ivory ones. You could also use the coral and black bracelets to duplicate the pops of coral and black in my arm party, which I got by adding coral stretch bracelet I made and a cheap black beaded stretch bracelet I got free with something forever ago. I added the black at the last minute, because I felt like it balanced the black in my top, whereas the coral and the ivory played well off my shoes.
This outfit was a success! It was so easy and chic, and I didn’t spend the day feeling like I was overdressed for the office that’s proved to be pretty casual. I was also comfortable sitting all day–no tight dress pants to make me feel constricted–and the lower heel on my fab pumps didn’t have me regretting my shoe choice for half of the day. The pop of red, along with the subtle hints of pinks and coral, made me feel a little more springy than I’d felt in a long time, which was great! And surprisingly, the arm party didn’t all come off the second I sat down at my computer.
What do you think?
What’s your take on the patterned, harem-type, PJ-inspired pants trend? Is this a look you think you’d wear to work at all, or is it something you’re more comfortable saving for weekends? Let me know in the comments below!
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