5 Ways to Wear Black Cigarette Pants

Greetings, friends! Today I’m finally wrapping up 5 Ways to Wear Black Cigarette Pants with two spring work wear looks.

Both looks in this post feature these 1901 4-way stretch skinny ankle pants and a short-sleeved printed top.

spring work wear looks with black skinny ankle pants

These pants are from Nordstrom, and they’re a great closet basic if you’re looking for a pair of black or navy ankle skinny pants for your spring work wear looks.

They aren’t quite as slim-fitting as the Banana Republic Devon ankle pants that I wore in the other posts in this series, but both are great options.

Both run true to size, or size up if in between. For size reference, I have the 8.

black skinny ankle pants and pumps

These have a 26 1/2″ regular inseam, so they’re slightly shorter than the Banana Republic pair, and I really like the notched hem.

The fabric is 52% cotton, 42% rayon, and 6% spandex. That’s a nice combination of natural fibers for breathability and spandex for stretch and comfort.

For my first look, I wore this striped top from Ann Taylor and my Jeffery Campbell pointed toe pumps.

spring work wear looks with black skinny ankle pants

These pumps are so versatile, and they’re perfect for work wear looks because they have a dressy vibe, but the block heel keeps them practical and walkable.

They don’t take much breaking in, and they’re true to size. They’re currently 25% off at Bloomies if you shop with a Bloomingdale’s card (20% off with all other payment methods) and 20% off at Nordstrom.

Nordstrom also has the best selection of colors. I’m tempted by that tan suede — it’s the perfect nude for my light skintone.

the most comfortable block heel pumps

I also found this pair of block heel pumps with a more rounded toe at DSW for $39, if you want a more budget-friendly option.

This striped top is from Ann Taylor, and it’s basically a very thin sweater. It’s made of 97% rayon and 3% spandex, so it has a good amount of stretch, but it’s still machine washable.

I love the striped pattern, sleek mock neck, and chic elbow-length sleeves. These sleeves are a nice option for those who don’t like to bare their upper arms.

The overall body length is 24 1/2″, so you can leave it untucked or do a front-tuck if you want to bring the length up some.

Best of all, this striped top is marked down and then an additional 40% off, so it comes down to just $29 in cart!

It runs true to size, or a bit big. I’m wearing the small, and if it weren’t for the chest area, I think I could have sized down to the XS.

spring work wear looks with black skinny ankle pants

I kept my jewelry minimal with classic hoops, but I meant to add a bracelet. I even brought it with me to this photo shoot, but forgot to put it on. #ooops

This chic black and white spring look is perfect for the office, church on Sunday, or lunch with the girls. You can always throw a black blazer on top for the office, or dress it down with a denim jacket for the weekend.

This second of my spring work wear looks is very similar, which is why I put them together in one post.

I have this Halogen cap sleeve top from last fall in a stripe, and I liked it so much, I bought it for spring in this fun polka dot print.

This is such a nice work wear top, and it comes in a gajillion different colors and prints.

It stands alone nicely, and it also makes a great layering piece. I’ve worn the stripe version under a leather jacket and a denim jacket, and you could also do a cardigan or a blazer for a more conservative work wear look.

spring work wear looks with black skinny ankle pants

This top is super easy to slip on and go, due to the keyhole back and button closure. The jewel neck is flattering, and it’s 100% polyester, so you can machine wash and tumble dry.

It’s rather boxy, so I like to front tuck it to give it some shape through the waist.

This polka dot blouse runs true to size; I have the small, for reference.

polka dot work wear blouse for spring

This time, I swapped out the pumps for block heeled ankle strap sandals, and yes, I was fuh-reezing! But I really like the sandals with the short-sleeved blouse.

Of course, sandals aren’t appropriate for all office dress codes, so you can wear pumps if you prefer. You could even do ballet flats or loafers, if you wanted to dress this look down a bit.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: If I needed work wear, I’d buy this blouse in every color! It’s super cute and versatile, and there are so many fun prints to choose from.

spring work wear looks with black skinny ankle pants

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black pants // stripe sweater // polka dot blouse // pumps (budget option) // sandals (option) // hoops (option)

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series on 5 Ways to Wear Black Cigarette Pants. I wanted to venture out of my comfort zone a bit and style something other than blue jeans… although they’re still my favorites!

By way of reminder, here are the other 4 outfits I shared during this series:

Girls Lunch Out

With a Long Cardigan

A Casual Look —  a great travel outfit!

Desk to Dinner – click through to see my Dinner look!

And this one’s for the pinners . . .

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11 Responses

  1. My favorite is the outfit with the denim jacket,  grey scarf and white sneakers… great reminder to venture out beyond blue jeans! We are expecting some freezing rain today while others get snow… the winds have already started to pick up.. Gone are our spring like days we’ve enjoyed ( for now lol) .

  2. More great outfits!  There’s something about each outfit you shared with the black cigarette pants that I really like!  I had no idea how long it would take to get your kitchen cabinets back up!  Sounds like you are taking full advantage of seeing everything, which is smart.  I just noticed the wind gusts are causing my yard swing to do just that, swing!  It’s a very heavy faux wicker swing on a frame, so the gusts must be up there in strength.  Enjoy your day!  Oh, how is your hip doing?

      1. This is not intended as advice, but just letting you know what has helped me relieve some of my hip pain, which is caused by arthritis as a result of a childhood surgery. Whenever possible, I put my feet up when I’m sitting, it takes some of the pressure off. I try not to cross my legs when sitting, which also is not good for your hips. I used to take the stairs at work for exercise, until my physiotherapist said going upstairs puts great pressure on the hips. When my hip is acting up, I try not to take the stairs unnecessarily. Not wearing high heels has been the hardest change I’ve had to make, but worth it.

  3. Awesome series – I could actually wear all these looks to work! (we have casual Fridays). I LOVE the striped top you have on today. I think I have a similar one at home – will have to go looking!

  4. Hi ! Love your blog.  I have a quick question regards your kitchen update. Does your cabinet boxes have brush strokes and if so will your doors be brush stroked as well ( same finish) or is the painter spraying the doors ?  Does it matter??  My cabinet boxes have been painted ( brush  strokes) and new doors were spray painted.  I am thinking they need to be brush stroked to blend better. Lissa

      1. Can I jump in? Having your doors sprayed will give it a more smooth, professional finish. Once on, it’s the doors you will notice, not the boxes. 

  5. My favorite is the black pants with the striped top… And I like the leopard print top also!! Very polished looking!!

  6. I have really enjoyed this serious.  My work requires a variety of styles depending on the work of the day – formal meeting days to ver y casual Friday’s and everything in between. You nailed it al with one style of pants!  

    I want the polka dot blouse, if I hadn’t seen it on you I wouldn’t have ever thought of it. You wear it so much better than the model! 

    Thanks for the summary of all the looks at the end. 

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