5 Ways to Wear Olive Utility Pants

Greetings, friends! I’m back with a new 5 Ways to Wear post, this time featuring crop utility pants in a classic olive green.

When I think of fall fashion, olive pants are definitely one of my most loved wardrobe essentials. They’re a nice closet basic to wear year ’round, but I find myself gravitating to them more in the fall. They pair so well with earth tones, as well as black and denim.

These pants are the Caslon brand from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Caslon is one of the Nordstrom made brands that I depend on for casual basics at a moderate price points. And of course, it’s even better when they’re on sale!

I always say you get a lot of bang for your buck with Nordstrom made brands because you’re getting a good quality product without the markup that comes with some of the big-name designers.

The tee I’m wearing is also by Caslon. They carry this tee year ’round, and they’re always coming out with different colors and patterns.

The black and white stripe that I’m wearing here is currently sold out, but you may have something like it in your closet. Also, watch for restocks. I expect to see a lot of fluctuation in the anniversary sale inventory over the next couple of weeks.

While I like the simplicity of this first look, I’m looking forward to being able to throw a cardigan on top. A layering piece has a way of really completing an outfit.

This open front pocket cardigan is by Halogen, and it’s super soft and flowy. It makes such a nice topper for mild fall days.

It definitely t runs big; I’m in the small, and I would probably prefer the fit of an XS.

The rust color is so pretty with the olive pants, but the pink compact and red pomegranate colors would also complement these pants. And if you love the idea of rust with olive, this BP. cardigan comes in a slightly different shade of rust.

Also, take a look at the details on these booties. They’re a great low-heeled option for those who need that, and I love the flattering notch on the outside of the shaft, and the edgy vibe from the tiny dome studs tracing the counter.

Then they have that angular, stacked heel and slightly squared-off toe — so modern and fun. FYI, I recommend sizing down half in this boot.

My third look features a black cardigan by Nordstrom Signature — Nordstrom’s line of elevated luxury essentials.

This sweater is a little bit shorter than the one above, and it’s also a heavier sweater that’s more appropriate for winter. In fact, I showed it recently with boyfriend jeans and a leopard tee.

I love a neutral look; and this combination of black, olive, and white is such a classic. FYI, I sized down to an XS in this sweater.

Rather than bookending the look with black shoes, I wore taupe booties this time. I like how they extend the line of the leg and make me look long and lean, but either works.

My fourth look is a bit lighter — definitely more fall than winter. This time I swapped out the stripe tee for the leopard version, and I wore a denim jacket and taupe suede mules.

This has been my go-to denim jacket for years. It’s nice and stretchy, with the perfect medium blue denim wash, and a flattering silhouette.

It washes up nicely (I always hang it to dry) and has held up well over the years. It runs true to size; I have the small.

These mules were another #NSale purchase, and they’re perfect for transition season. They stay on my feet well and are very easy to walk in.

I love this color for late summer and fall, but it is currently sold out. Here’s another option in a deeper camel color that’s really pretty.

FYI, the website recommends sizing up in the Steve Madden mules, but I went with my usual size 8.

My 5th and final outfit features a chunky ivory cardigan and light grey booties. I really like how these light neutrals keep the look light and cozy at the same time.

These booties are another one of my favorite #NSale purchases. They’re so gorgeous and comfortable, and I can’t believe how well they’re priced.

This cloud suede makes a nice addition to my fall and winter wardrobe, but they also come in a really cool python print as well as cognac suede and a solid black leather — all good choices.

Finally, this sweater is thick and soft and cozy, but it runs big. I recommend sizing down. I’m in the small, but I’m hoping to exchange for an XS.

I also have my eye on the charcoal heather version… it’s fully stocked, and such a nice shade of grey.

I hope this post gives you some casual outfit inspiration as we head into fall!

A lot of these items are still in stock, and of course with Nordstrom you get free shipping and free returns. They also offer curbside pickup and BOPUS (Buy Online, Pick Up in Store). And if you’re not already a member of The Nordy Club, it’s free to join, and you can earn points toward Nordstrom Notes as well as lots of other fun benefits.

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photos: Alison Cornell