Happy Monday, friends! I’m back with another 5 Ways To Wear redux, and today I’m updating outfits with black cigarette pants.
It was two years ago when I first posted 5 Ways to Style Black Cigarette Pants, and I also did a post back in August of 2020 with 5 Ways to Wear the Spanx Perfect Black Pants with more warm weather looks. For the purposes of this post, I’m going to recreate the looks from the original post, since they were more seasonally appropriate.
5 Ways to Style Black Cigarette Pants Redux
I styled the Vince Crop Leggings for most of these outfits, and I highly recommend these pants if they fit your budget. I also have and recommend the Spanx Perfect Black Back Seam Skinny Pants, or you can recreate these outfits with any black pants in your closet. I like this cigarette style, but wear whatever looks best on you.
For those who may be wondering, cigarette pants are slim-cut pants with a flat front and side or back zipper that end at or just above the ankle. They rose to popularity back in the 50’s — think Mary Tyler Moore, Audrey Hepburn, and Sandra Dee — and have since become a classic women’s wardrobe staple that can easily be dressed up or down.
Outfit #1: Desk to Dinner
This was a desk to dinner look with a leopard print sweater and black pumps.
I added a leather jacket to take this conservative work wear look out to dinner, and I also swapped the pumps for stretch booties. As I said at the time, the leather jacket adds an edgy vibe, and the boots are a little more modern and fun than the pumps, but either works. I actually think the pumps look a little more date night, but whatever! Both are good options.
Outfit #1 Update:
I don’t have a leopard sweater in my closet at the moment, but I styled one from Talbots last spring. Unfortunately, it is no longer available, but the idea here is to pair black cigarette pants with a printed sweater that can be the focal point of the outfit.
While the stretch boots I wore in the original look are certainly still in style, mules are a nice option for those in warmer climates. Mine sold out, but these are similar.
Outfit #2: Casual Mom About Town
Next, I styled a casual look with a denim jacket and white sneakers. I wore long sleeve white tee and threw a gray cashmere scarf on top.
Outfit #2 Update:
Even though this was two years ago, I still have most of these pieces. In fact, I just donated the long sleeve white tee because I never wear it, so for this updated look I replaced it with a crewneck sweater in a light oatmeal color. And while I still have that denim jacket, those shoes, and that scarf, I changed it up just a bit with a camel colored scarf.
I grabbed this scarf in the Cashew when it was on sale a few weeks ago because I’ve been wanting to add a camel scarf to my collection. The Nordstrom Cashmere Rib Scarf comes in Cashew as well, and if you prefer a cooler shade of camel, I really like the J.Crew Ribbed Cashmere Scarf.
I hadn’t tried these Vince Crop Leggings with sneakers yet, and I’m really pleased with the pairing. They work great together! I wore my Vejas with the black logo for this updated look. I like how that ties into the black pants and black bag.
And I ordered this denim jacket when they discontinued the Vince Camuto one I’ve been wearing for years. I like that it’s a little longer and not quite as fitted; it seems more current, although I’m holding onto my other one for a while to see if I like it better with certain outfits.
Outfit #3: Winter Work Wear
This was a work wear look with a long camel cardigan and snake print pumps. As you can see, I really like wearing camel and black together. It always looks elegant and luxe, and there are so many possibilities, it never gets boring.
Outfit #3 Updates:
I don’t wear a lot of cardigans these days, but I recently styled my Vince Crop Leggings with the same snake print pumps and a camel turtleneck for a conservative work wear look. I threw my black wool reefer on top, but of course, I would take that off inside.
For a cardigan option, this grey Everyday Open Front Cardigan is really pretty for spring. It has a hint of periwinkle to it, which is trending this season.
Outfit #4: Girls’ Lunch Out
I called this a girls’ lunch out look. The denim jacket takes it down a level from my typical date night looks, but the pointed toe boots and silky tank are dressier than what I usually wear to run errands around town.
Outfit #4 Update:
I still have that tank and jacket, but I don’t love that outfit. There’s nothing really wrong with it, but here’s one with a leather moto jacket that’s more in line with what I would wear today. I also shared this outfit last week in my 5 Ways to Style a Moto Jacket Redux.
Vince Crop Leggings (M) // AllSaints moto jacket (8; similar options here and here) // similar grey turtleneck (options here and here) // Paige booties (option) // Yurman earrings // Rebecca Minkoff hobo
This jacket is a 2020 #NSale purchase, and it’s no longer available. I linked two similar options above, but moto jackets seem to be in short supply right now, especially colors other than black. But maybe you have something like this in your closet, and any color would work. A blazer would also work with this outfit, but it would be a more conservative vibe.
I like how these pants pair with these booties, but they’re also sold out. I also really like the Frame Le Lexington Chelsea Boots for this look. Pairing black pants with black boots creates a long, lean leg line that is very flattering.
Outfit #5: Spring Work Wear
These pants have also been discontinued, but I had them until just a few months ago. Once I added the Vince Crop Leggings to my closet, I decided I didn’t need the 1901 pair anymore because they look similar but the Vince pants are nicer. They also don’t make them anymore, so I can’t link them when I feature them. #occupationalhazards
Anyway, this is the second look. Halogen has carried this blouse for years, and they still have some sizes and prints. It’s really nice for work wear.
Outfit #5 Update:
To recreate these looks, I’m going to throw back to this outfit I wore a few times this past summer with the Banana Republic dolman top. In fact, I was wearing those same 1901 pants here. I still have the sandals that I’m wearing above, but and they would work with this look as well, but I also love these Bella Vita sandals. They’re very comfortable and also flattering.
To make this outfit work for colder weather, I would throw my J.Crew Going Out Blazer or that KUT from the Kloth Quinn Faux Suede Moto Jacket on top, and I’d swap the sandals for the Marc Fisher Zala Pumps.
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