Elizabeth Suzann Florence Pants
Laurie asked me recently for some suggestions of fitted tops to wear with her new Elizabeth Suzann Florence pants (seen above) in black. Here are my thoughts:
First, these pants are wide-leg, but not as wide as some, which I think is a bit more flattering in general, especially if you have shorter legs (case in point – my Black Crane linen culottes were SO wide they really drowned me…).
I love pants like this exactly as Elizabeth Suzann has styled them, with a cropped, textured sweater, but that sort of look is rather hard to pull off unless you look exactly like this model and/or have long legs. If you have a shorter torso, I think you’ll feel more comfortable wearing a fitted top, tucked in, and with long, slim sleeves, or a slightly cropped, flowy top with long sleeves and a boatneck. OR, if you can find it, a cropped cashmere sweater that hits right at the waistline in front, but is slightly drapey in the back, with a slight boxy style (the cropped Everlane sweater is a good option, but not quite drapey enough unless you size up).
Kamali Kulture wrap tie top
Getting Back To Square One boatneck top
Bailey44 Deneuve cutout top
Everlane wool ribbed turtleneck (I love this, although it’s quite long)
I would also love these pants with a “boy” fit crisp white button front, or a ballet-style wrap, tie front top for a more “festive” look. The key with pants like this, I think, is to balance out the wider bottom with a fitted top, especially one with slim, long sleeves. Of course, you can wear whatever you want, whatever you feel comfortable in, flattering be damned. I love unconventional looks like the one above, but I still think it’s crucial to show some waistline, no matter how tall or short or curvy or straight you are.
For a very casual look, I love the idea of wearing a body suit, or sleeveless turtleneck tucked in with a cropped wool/cashmere or lightweight cardigan on top. And flat sandals, or white tennis shoes of course.
Also, wide boatnecks are AMAZING with pants like this, as are long sleeve tops with cutouts, to show some skin and avoid being completely covered up. These pants are great for playing with since they’re a nice silky modal and not BLACK black. You can wear them with black and not look too matchy matchy, also they make playing with textures and patterns fun; I’d wear them with linen, chunky knit, textured cashmere…whatever.
What would you wear with these pants? (I also like to look at Totokaelo or La Garconne for inspiration and ideas on what to wear with wide leg pants, or any other “unconventional” silhouettes – sometimes their outfits are WAY out there, but still fun to look at!)
Many more ideas, and items mentioned above:
Heather E. says
This is such a useful post, thank you! These beautiful pants are on my wish list — I would love to hear about how they wear (i.e., do they wrinkle easily?) from the reader who recently purchased them. I was thinking that maybe they’d work well with one of the Everlane linen tops? What do you think?
Grechen Reiter says
i would love those pants with linen…the problem with everlane’s linen tees is that they’re much too long on me for those pants; i’d be swallowed up completely unless i tucked them in.
Laurie, I’m so jealous!!! Those are gorgeous and I love the way Elizabeth Suzann styled them. But Grechen certainly covered all the bases for a variety of looks, making me realize how versatile these are. Now I want them!
Nice post – love the pants. A question: Grechen have you (or anyone on this blog) tried the Everlane scuba sweatshirt? I’ve been curious about that one for awhile but never quite purchased it. It looks nice, but it’s one of those items where I never know whether to get a S or XS (Everlane’s sizing always stumps me a bit), and I can’t quite tell if the cut would be flattering on a curvy gal. I know Everlane gets reviewed and discussed a lot on here so if anyone has tried this item, please let me know what you think!!! Thanks!!!
Yay! I love these! I like the wraparound ballet top best. I have two bateau cut striped tops that I’ll have to try but they may look a little casual compared to the pants.
I saw a woman on the sidewalk today wearing wide-legged pants with a perfectly cut cropped t-shirt. I would have stopped and asked her what brand it was but I was across the street.
I don’t know if they wrinkle easily – I haven’t worn them yet! I don’t think they will though. I think a linen tank would look nice but it’s not quite warm enough (though it’s pretty close).
Thank you so much for all these suggestions!
I have the scuba sweatshirt, and it’s a nice, more architectural piece. There is a bit more fabric than absolutely necessary in the shoulder area: if you stand with your arms close to your body, the fabric might create some volume that’s not exactly slimming. But I think the interesting shape makes up for it.
I bought a medium and it’s a tiny bit less loose on me than on the model. For reference: I buy most Everlane tops in medium, their silk blouses in large.
I think Everlane’s E1 Structured Crop might also look great with these pants. The contrast between the fabrics might add a nice touch.
I ordered the Florence pant, but had to return it. The fabric has a nice, subtle sheen to it – it’s a beautiful piece, really -, but the cut just didn’t work for me.