Windowpane Pants

Greetings on this dreary Monday morning! Even on gloomy days like today, I can’t help but love a Monday. I know we’re supposed to hate Mondays, but I love the feeling of a fresh start and a whole week ahead. Since I work from home, I can ease into my Mondays… I try to keep my calendar open so I can have a 2nd cup of coffee okay, so maybe a 3rd cup of coffee, and I usually stay in my pajamas a little bit longer before I go for my run and get myself ready for the day.

Today is Day 8 of 25 Days of Fall Fashion, and I have another work wear look. I’m more happy with this one, although I know it needs a completer piece to pull it together and give it a focal point. But I do like the fit of the sweater and the pants and the overall balance and proportion of the outfit, so that’s progress!

I used to wear pants like this with a simple sweater on top to church all the time, but my current church is much more casual so I’ve taken to wearing jeans more often than not. I kind of miss having a reason to dress up.

These are the Ryan straight fit pants from Banana Republic, but they’re longer than my black ones for some reason. I find this full-length style to be much more elongating and slimming, but it does require heels (or hemming) so that’s something to consider.

Subtle plaids and houndstooth patterns are trending this fall, and I love how these pants are both classic and trendy. They’re also on sale today!

For size reference, I’m wearing a size 6, so I’d say they run true to size. While they definitely fit in the waist and hips, they’re a straight cut so they’re pretty wide through the legs. I think they’re nice for work wear and other conservative venues, but I can see how a slimmer cut would be more flattering.

I paired these pants with a simple v-neck sweater. This is a tried-and-true outfit formula for me. I know it’s basic, but it works. Being an hourglass shape (#shortwaistedcurvy for those AYW grads), I need something more fitted on top to offset the volume in the pants, and a v-neck is always my most flattering neckline.

This sweater is a silk/cashmere blend so it’s lightweight and very soft against the skin. The varsity-inspired wide-knit collar is a subtle detail that takes it up a notch, and I appreciate the traditional shoulder seams; they’re so much more flattering than a drop shoulder.

For size reference, I’m wearing a small, and this sweater is on sale for $47, which is a really good price for the quality. It also comes in a TON of colors to choose from.

I wish I’d brought a necklace for this outfit — it really needs something. It’s hard to think of everything when I’m packing up 5 or 6 outfits at once to take to a photo shoot; invariably I forget accessories for at least one of them.

And I’m sure a completer piece such as a blazer or moto jacket would be nice to finish off the look, but personally I would be more comfortable just like this. I used to do temp work so I worked in a variety of offices, and I would have taken off any layering pieces for the work day, but I suppose that depends on how formal your dress code is.

Finally, I’m wearing black leather pumps, but I think a grey suede pump would be so much nicer with this. I was debating ordering these from Ann Taylor, but I’ve never worn her shoes. Does anyone have any experience with them they can share?

varsity v-neck sweater // windowpane pants // pumps // bag // similar earrings

photo credit: Alison Cornell

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

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