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).
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: