Black Cigarette Pants with a Long Cardigan

Happy Thursday, friends! Today I’m back with the 3rd look in my series on 5 Ways to Wear Black Cigarette Pants.

This is what I hope is a work-appropriate outfit for many of you, and I styled it with two different pairs of shoes to show it dressed up or down.

A lot of you seem to like cardigans for work wear, so I paired my black pants with a longline camel cardigan over an ivory jersey tank.

My camel cardigan is pretty much sold out, but it’s a closet basic that most of us probably already own.

If not, LOFT has this ribbed open cardigan that I’ve styled before, and Treasure & Bond has a more casual version with exposed seams (you know how I’m a fan of those!) And you can really wear any color cardigan with this look.

This mixed jersey tank is another piece you’ve seen me wear over and over. I love that it’s bra-friendly and conservative enough to wear alone without the cardigan if you need to. It’s TTS; I have the small.

I’ve discussed these pants at great length in the past two posts, but in case you missed them, they’re a great all-season wardrobe staple that can be dressed up or down.

They run a little small, so I recommend sizing up if in between.

This first look is my favorite — with snake print pumps.

These are the Sam Edelman Hazel pumps, which I have in about 5 colors. Unfortunately this snake print is selling out, but if you need a good pair of classic pumps, these come in lots of solids and patterns.

A lot of you say you don’t wear heels, but if you can, pumps really add an element of elegance and sophistication to an outfit.

In this case, they also keep the cardigan from looking frumpy.

Here are some more options for snake print pumps, in a variety of heel heights and price points.

This Naturalizer pair in the pastel snake print has a similar color palette and a walkable 3 1/4″ heel, and they come in regular, narrow, and wide widths.

I also wanted to show a look with flats, so here you can see how the outfit looks when I trade my snake print pumps for classic cognac leather loafers.

These loafers are also by Sam Edelman, and they’re surprisingly comfortable! I expected them to be stiff, but the leather is very soft and supple. They also have a padded footbed for extra comfort.

I like the saddle leather okay with this outfit, but I think the black beach multi would look even better. I love the contrast of the snake print and the solid black leather, and the print would add some nice texture to this simple outfit.

sam edelman lior loafer

But like most of us, I wore what I had in my closet instead of buying something new for one outfit.

The loafers make this look very conservative, which may be fine for the workplace.

For my personal tastes, this second look is a tad stuffy. I’d like it better with a t-shirt and denim jacket, but that might be too casual for most office dress codes. Maybe some of you will have other suggestions…

Anyway! I hope this gives you some new ideas for styling your black work pants.

Outfit Details:

black pants (option) // ivory tank // camel cardigan (options here and here) // snake print pumps (option) // cognac loafers // similar necklace // earrings // tote (option)

By the way, this plaid wool blend reefer coat that I styled last fall with these loafers just went 50% off! It runs big; size down.

Trends this fall are all about returning to the classics — plaid, checks and tweeds, structured silhouettes, and quality fabrics. Jo-Lynne Shane styles a fall look featuring the Ralph Lauren Wool Blend Reefer Coat in Sienna Plaid.

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photos: Alison Cornell