December 9, 2013

Holiday Style: Five Ways To Rock Black Pants



Whether they're skinny or flare, denim or wool, I'm willing to bet that you have a pair of black pants in your closet.  And while [yawn], they may not be [snore] the most exciting [zzzzzzz] sartorial choice…just you wait.  


1. Obviously, A Flashy Top

Black pants with a nice, silk top look OK.  Black pants with an insane, over-the-top, sequin top look awesome.  


I can't be the only magpie in this bunch, right?  


But here's the thing:  if you are going to do the black pants + festive top party uniform, you've got to really commit to the look, you know?  That festive top needs to be something crazy-fabulous.  Otherwise, the end result is often…meh.  



top: Anthropologie

pants: J Brand

bracelets: stella&dot, similar one, similar two, similar three

boots: old, Nine West…similar Via Spiga (40% off at Nordstrom)

wig: Henry Margu



2. Mix Your Metals, Then Add Faux-Fur



Shimmery tops are great with black pants:  silver, gold, whatever.  The color matters not – treat it like a neutral.  Add in a glittery or embellished bag and bold jewelry in mixed metals.  

THEN….faux fur.  Fur makes everything sofreakingcool.  And now I feel the need to admit that my fur is, uh, real.  Augh!  I KNOW.  But you guys?  It was my mom's.  She wore it to her prom, I kid you not.  So yeah – I'm gonna wear it and love it.



top: Need Supply

pants: would you believe mine are 10 years old?  Similar slim or bootcut

wrap: similar faux fur stole at ASOS

bracelets: stella&dotsimilar onesimilar twosimilar three

shoes: old…similar

bag:  vintage, but love this blush metallic envelope clutch

wig: Edge Savvy by Forever Young in 6 



Saturday I was all set for date night with Mike, wearing this exact outfit.  Except…a fur wrap isn't all that warm and it was freezing and then I remembered that we are not actually this fancy.

So I tweaked it.



See?  Mixed metals!  Faux fur!  Black pants!  (And wool.)

One little trick I like when wearing wool on date night (and trust me, in this regard I am an expert), is to layer the arm candy over the wool.


Someday I'll share all of my turtleneck-datenight strategies.  I KNOW!  It will be exciting.


sweater: similar

top: Need Supply

pants: J Brand

bag: similar

faux-fur jacket: similar

bracelets: stella&dotsimilar onesimilar twosimilar three

wig: Henry Margu



3. Spoof A Tux




A guy's bow tie, plaid shirt, and a statement necklace.  Tomboy holiday style, right?  Mike was slightly confused, but I loved it.  I think he got on board eventually.  (These things take time.)

But this outfit was tricky:  just a bow tie and I felt like a stripper, just a statement necklace…well I already did that one last year.  But both!  Both I like!

One other option – leave the tie and shirt open – all sexy, post-wedding-man inspired.  (Does that even make sense?)  In any case, I think Mike liked this styling better.



shirt: similar

bow tie: J.Crew

necklace: similar  (oooo…on sale for $44)

wig: Henry Margu



4. Bright Colors, Patterns And Bling

Sometimes, when an outfit is boring, I just throw on a bunch of patterns, texture and mismatched color.

And that blonde wig.



But that's the thing about black pants – the supersaturated color can take it.  Go crazy with patterns, add a glitter bag, don some brights.  Black is an anchor.

Of course, if you can add one more pop of black somewhere – besides the pants – it'll tie the whole thing together.  (Someone once said that this trick works with living rooms, too.)



sweater: Anthropologie

pants: c/o i-Ella The List

necklace: c/o Bauble Bar – similar

bag:  old, but am DYING for this furry one 

shoes: old, Aerosoles…similar

wig: Rebel Chick by Forever Young in candy


5. When Aren't Stripes The Answer?


I mean really.  Stripes, bling, black pants, happiness.  It's all there.  



Happy, happy, happy, Mamas.




  • Erica
    December 10, 2013

    Wait, wait…where can I find the turquoise bracelets?

  • belinda
    December 10, 2013

    awesome outfits! man I wish I had your talent for style..and your closet! Thank you

  • N
    December 10, 2013

    my obsession with blue and white striped Ts continues. What is the one you have on? I just bought myself the Madewell skargorn #61 T and love it but its short sleeve. Good for summer but yours looks dressier….

  • Maggie
    December 10, 2013

    Right?!? Love the rocker chic vibe of the first, the vintage glam of the second and the naughty vibe of the undone tie. And, S, if you were Batman in yesterday’s hat you must be Wonder Woman in today’s turquoise bracelets- love those!!!

  • Adrienne
    December 10, 2013

    As surprised as I am to pick this one… I like the “post wedding man” look. Something about being so masculine just makes it sexy!

  • Patricia
    December 10, 2013

    I just love the last look (stripes, bling and black pants), thank you!
    Any news from the Brandamant competition?
    Wishing you all the best, greetings from Oporto (Portugal)

  • belinda
    December 10, 2013

    Is your sequined tee navy? It looks purple?..

  • Leslie
    December 10, 2013

    You are so stunning! Thanks for the ideas, I needed them. Hugs Leslie

  • Cams
    December 11, 2013

    dying of love for all of this. wowwwwwww.

  • Ali Stevens
    December 11, 2013

    Shana, I was behind. I just read your last 5 posts and I was like, WHAT? I am lolling. Keep it up, Lady.

  • Jenn
    December 14, 2013

    I am so incredibly jealous of your wardrobe… However I would need your skills to be able to put it all together with as much style as you. Love it! Love you! You are my inspiration!!

  • FranticButFab
    December 16, 2013

    “When aren’t stripes the answer?” Truth!

  • Vera
    December 21, 2013

    You are every kind of amazing. Every.

  • antonio
    December 29, 2013

    my name is Antonio and I’m Italian
    You are so sweety and beautiful
    I hope you like PLAID / TARTAN / GINGHAM shirts.
    I have a great passion for plaid shirts since I was little .
    Just like some collect stamps or coins I like to collect pictures of people in plaid shirts .
    I have a private collection of WOMEN and people in PLAID SHIRTS on this website http://www.FLICKR.COM I also leave you the link if you want to browse .. ok ?
    Will be fine also photos with friends, family, etc.
    The importance it’s wearing PLAIDS .. ok?
    PICTURES will never be published except for your ASKING
    That’s the link below in wich you could see some photos related of my passion of PLAID: @ N00 /
    ANY way , thanks
    I hope that I have not caused any discomfort or inconvenience
    thank you very much
    Antonio ;=)

  • Kim
    January 2, 2014

    Truly one of the best blogs ever for useful applicable posts that are fun also. Seriously spook a tux? Brilliant. And Ideas that us “mature moms” aka over 35- ok over 40- can still wear without looking clownish or trying too hard to be way younger than we are. Thx! And God bless

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