Spring Pants and Skirt Trends: Pro/Con

Forget the statement tops for a second, because it’s time to add some color and ruffles below the belt now! More is always more!

Colored Jeans

Pro: A comfy way dress up jeans a little, you could probably fool some people at work if jeans are usually considered too casual (above from Banana)

Con: I love standard denim because it goes with almost everything, but adding color narrows those options

Verdict: I’m thinking something in a mint

Embroidered Jeans

Pro: A fresh take on denim with a retro vibe (above from Nordstrom)

Con: Definitely a statement that might look dated in five minutes

Verdict: Hard pass

Tie Waist Pants or Shorts

Pro: Makes a shorts and a tee shirt look more of a thoughtful outfit since the shorts are more interesting (above from Loft)

Con: You have to be ok with drawing attention to your waist, and you might have to tuck in your shirt to make it work (or at least a half tuck)

Verdict: Not sold, but never say never

Accordion Pleat Midi Skirt

Pro: A breezy, feminine option that is comfortable and forgiving (above from Nordstrom)

Con: This is going to be the focal point of your outfit, so you have to plan everything else around it. It’s not like throwing on a pair of skinny jeans

Verdict: This skews a little too girly for me, but I won’t rule it out

Wrap/Ruffle Skirt

Pro: A nice flirty twist on the classic skirt silhouettes (above from Loft)

Con: Depending on the style, if you’re pear shaped this might throw proportions in the wrong direction for you

Verdict: I’ve seen some pencil skirt versions with a front diagonal ruffle that would be great with a very simple shirt for work

What trends are you trying this Spring?

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Fall Shopping: Blazers!

I definitely wear blazers more frequently in the Fall and Winter, so I usually get a couple new options every Fall. I try to look for options that are either neutral and very versatile or statement pieces that turn a plain dress into an outfit. So I basically look for all kinds. It terms of structure, I think one button, zip front, or open styles look best on me, but the styles this season are bringing some new options to the table. The first hyperlink is usually the blazer in the picture and the other hyperlinks in each paragraph are more options.

Double Breasted Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

Talk about a throw back. Whenever I see a man in a double breasted suit, I assume it’s at least 20 years old. I did recently see Isaac Mizrahi saying that the double breasted jacket was actually quite slimming for women though. Whether or not that’s true, I think it’s an interesting variation on the classic silhouette this season.

Belted Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

This look is basically a shrunken coat. I think it’s best for slimmer figure with a long torso. While defining a waist is usually flattering, for my body type, I think it would just add too much extra stuff and attention where I don’t want it. At the end of the day I think it’s really body type dependent.

Popped or Notched Collar Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

I think this is a really sleek, cool option. It’s professional for the office, but still very modern. I think this a great option to get in a neutral color or no-pattern pattern (if you will). It will be a workhorse for years, and it’s great to pair with jeans if you need to look polished and preppy on the weekend.

Collarless Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

At first I wasn’t considering this a real trend this season, because I think this look is relatively consistent, but I’m seeing it everywhere right now. It’s happening in two distinct ways: tweed and single breasted button up. It will look great with a collared shirt, a crew neck, or a turtleneck, but I’ve found it can conflict a little with deeper scoop or v-neck neckline.

Drape Front Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

This look is somewhere between the drapey cardigan and the moto jacket. I love that it adds some texture and interest to a basic outfit, and the open drapey fit is very forgiving if you fluctuate a bit. This is basically a shrunken version of the drapey coat trend that is so hot this year. Since the structure is unique, if you get a neutral colored tweed, it will be a statement piece without being a crazy statement.

Velvet Blazers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Blazers!

Velvet– so hot right now! If you get the right color, this would be great for work and classy weekend affairs like if you need to be festive/dressy for a dinner on the town or a classy holiday get together. Velvet is a seasonal fabric, but it is super seasonal right now. You need a velvet dress, velvet slacks, and of course, a velvet blazer– stat!

More Fall options coming soon!

Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Every Fall we see very similar trends with pants and skirts when it comes to colors and fabrics. The jewel tones, tweeds, plaid, and herringbone always signify the season. I’m willing to embrace more trends for shirts (especially when there’s a good sale), but pants and skirts are all about fit for me, so I want to invest in something timeless. That said, there are some consistent looks this season that will flatter and won’t immediately date themselves.

Wide Leg Trousers

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

This trend has been brewing for the last couple years. It almost doesn’t qualify as a trend, but wide leg trousers are just everywhere right now. A high rise wide leg trouser can be a very flattering and timeless look, which makes it a great option. I would rate this trend as very accessible. This is an easy choice for work with a tie neck blouse and cardigan or cropped blazer.

Pink Pants

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Along with all the standard fall colors: burgundy, navy, and grey, every store seems to have at least one or two pairs of pink pants this Fall. The plus here is that pink will easily work year ’round, as long as you’re willing to make the pink statement. I think the pale blush pink is a nice feminine spin on khaki. It doesn’t hurt that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Cropped Pants

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Ankle pants have been very popular for the last few years, but the hem seems to be getting higher. Cropped pants come in a variety of silhouettes this year from slim to wide leg. The cropped pant is not my best look because it often ends right at the widest part of my calf. It seems like they’re better for a lanky leg, unless you swing the other direction and go wide leg to almost mimic the look of a long skirt. It would definitely be a more fashion forward choice.

Pleated Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Tops!

Pleated skirts are showing up in every length this year from mini to midi to long. It’s also done in so many different fabrications, colors and patterns. I think this is a great look for work or a more civilized affair on the weekend. Definitely more weekend friendly than the pencil skirt, in my opinion. This is another one, if you get a good neutral, you’ll definitely get to wear it all year because it’s great with tights or bare legs!

Front Slit Pencil Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

Every pencil skirt this year ends slightly below the knee and has a slit either in front of the left knee or right in the middle. I really like this look as long as the slit isn’t too crazy. I’ll probably add a couple of these to my repertoire this year because it seems perfect for work paired with a simple blouse and heels.

Wrap Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

There are a lot of variations on the wrap and faux wrap skirt this year. This is always a staple in dresses, but it’s really strong in the skirt area right now. Some of the options out there are real wrap skirts, some are faux with ruffles down the front, and some basically skirt origami. There are definitely work  and weekend options out there. It’s a really versatile look that has a million interpretations.

Front button A-line Skirts

Sadie Dishes: Fall Shopping: Pants and Skirts!

This is a more casual look, perhaps for weekend wear. It screams fall because most of the examples I’ve seen are either corduroy, suede, or denim, and very retro. Because of the detail in the front, I think it would be perfect with a plain turtleneck, tights, and some boots. No sweat.

Next up we’ll do dresses or blazers or accessories! Stay tuned!