Pedal Pushers

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I read somewhere that pedal pushers would be trending this spring. While I don’t really see that trend taking off, I was asked to style a pair so I thought I’d give it a shot.

Wondering how to wear pedal pushers this summer? Loving this summer outfit with gingham pedal pushers, a black top, and red espadrille wedges!

I actually think these can be cute — I rather like the retro-inspired silhouette — but the key is to make sure they don’t cut off your leg at the widest part. You want them to end above the widest part of the calf — not right at the widest part. Compare these to these. See what I mean?

Based on those pictures, I ordered these gingham pedal pushers from Dillards. (Bonus, they were JUST marked down to $47.40!)

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing gingham pedal pushers with a black top, and red espadrille wedges!

While they seem to hit me where my calves are widest, I still feel they are flattering. What do you think?

Maybe they work because they are cut to be more form-fitting than the Talbots ones. They’re actually very stretchy — almost legging material. But they have more structure than leggings — the material is more of a stretchy chino fabric than a knit fabric.

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing gingham pedal pushers with a black top, and red espadrille wedges!

I ordered the white top pictured with the pedal pushers on the Dillards website, but the cut was baggy and unflattering on me, and I didn’t love the material. I don’t feel it’s worth the price, honestly, so I pulled this black top out of my closet instead.

It’s old, but this one is similar. I have that one in white, but it was in the wash the day we shot this look so I opted for the black. Either works!

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing gingham pedal pushers with a black top, and red espadrille wedges!

I added the red espadrilles for fun. I think having a bit of a heel helps this length of pant look more slimming, but flat sandals would work too. I like adding a punch of color in my shoes when wearing a black-and-white outfit.

These shoes are more comfortable than you’d think. I can wear them for a few hours with no issues, although I walked a lot at my son’s graduation and did end up with a couple of small blisters, but it was really hot and I did walk a lot. FYI, they’re on sale again — 30% off with code SHOPTOIT.

J.Crew Seville Espadrille Wedges

For accessories, I just added a 3-disc layered necklace, a stack of Alex and Ani bangles, and I threw on a pair of largish white-and-gold hoop earrings to draw attention up towards my face. They’re old unfortunately, but this necklace is still available, and it’s a good one. It’s lightweight and delicate and fills a v-neckline without overpowering the look.

Finally, I carried my off-white saddle bag, which is a few years old. A black bag would work too, but I like how the off-white keeps the look light and summery. If you’re looking to add a white bag to your summer wardrobe, this Frye Harness saddle bag is 50% off right now. For a budget buy, this Steve Madden saddle bag is on sale for $29.

Wondering how to wear pedal pushers this summer? Loving this summer outfit with gingham pedal pushers, a black top, and red espadrille wedges!

gingham pedal pushers // similar black top // red espadrilles // 3-disc necklace // bracelets // ivory shoulder bag option (less $$ option here)

photo credit: Alison Cornell

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!

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