I’ve been waiting to bust out these royal blue wide-leg pants since last spring, and this week I found the perfect destination for their inaugural jaunt: my son’s school. Since my professional background is in education, I offered to volunteer at the school in a capacity that will allow me to utilize my experience. I am attending weekly meetings with the school administration to discuss methods of retaining and recruiting families at the school (a priority for any school, public or private, in this culture of hyper-choice for parents); I’ll also be working with potential students and their families to introduce them to the school. Not only do I love being in a school again, but also I love the excuse to don wardrobe items normally reserved for the work world. A prime way to instantly appear more stylish without feeling like you’re trying too hard is to mix a pant in a modern cut with basics you own already. Flares and wide-leg pants are hot, hot, hot right now, and work-appropriate options abound. Normally, as a petite girl, I opt for more fitted and tailored pieces, but I like the interesting shape and flow of looser pieces in a fine silk fabric. For an easy and elegant look, I paired my Misha Nonoos with a loose Vince top I’ve owned for years and glossy Tod’s loafers. The structured flat shoe gives the outfit more polish and still allows me to be comfortable if I find myself walking halls and classrooms.
If you’d like to get in on the wide-legged pant action, here are a few options in fresh colors for fall: