A year-and-a-half ago, I did a collaboration with EILEEN FISHER on her simplified capsule wardrobe, called The System. I reviewed a boxy silk shell, a pair of Audrey-Heburn-esque crepe pants, and these silk joggers. At the time, my nod went to the crepe pants as ‘the favorite’. But that review came out in December of 2018, and the silk joggers and I had not yet lived through a summer together.
Turns out they summer really, really well.
The Perfect Black Pants: EILEEN FISHER Silk Joggers
Last summer, these silk joggers ended up being the pair I grabbed anytime I needed to look somewhat polished in 90 degree weather. End of school parent-teacher conferences? Silk joggers. A meeting across the city? Silk joggers. Work? Silk joggers. Turns out they are the perfect summer work pants: cool, breezy, polished. They don’t wrinkle, can be machine-washed, ARE available in plus-sizes, and are sustainably made.
Best of all? They’re currently 60% off.
I do realize that the Summer of 2020 is going to look very different than 2019, and that finding ‘the perfect office pants’ is likely not a thing.
When I needed to walk to the doctor’s this week and realized that my only options for the 80-degree day were sweatpants, jeans or denim cut-offs*…I grabbed these silk joggers. And basically haven’t taken them off since. They’re a surprising little wardrobe workhorse, one that easily fits into A Summer of Soft Pants, yet will absolutely, 100%, transition back into real life when this is all over. SOMEDAY. I highly recommend them.
*Never even crossed my mind to wear a dress. Which would’ve worked. Clearly, I’ve been a shut-in too long.
6 Ways I’m Wearing EILEEN FISHER’s Slouchy Silk Pants
To The Doctor’s Office: Silk Pants + Graphic Tee
These pants are perfect for any summertime air-conditioning situation. I especially like them with an oversized graphic tee, knotted at the waist.
To The Grocery Store: Silk Pants + Brown Linen
I will always and forever love a black-and-brown combo, especially when the brown is really a rich tan. I find black hard to pair with color (I prefer my black with either more black or gray), but black + brown is a fresh, sophisticated combo. This linen tank runs a bit snug in the bust, so size up if that’s of concern. (I’m wearing a size 2, but prefer the top button un-buttoned to both prevent gaping and make the top less conservative.)
My Work Uniform Last Summer: Silk Pants + Sneakers
I wore this outfit countless times last summer. It’s just polished enough, and insanely comfy. Like I said above, I do love black + black and this is literally my summer work uniform. (I’d just throw a sweater on over it in the air-conditioning.) The matching silk shell is not on sale, but is another piece where cost-per-wear works in my favor: I’ve worn it a ton.
My Work Uniform Last Summer: Silk Pants + Heels
If I needed to elevate my above work uniform, I swapped out the sneaks for heels and added some sort of structured topper (like this old bomber from Maje) to combat overzealous A/C.
Work From Home: Silk Pants + An Oversized, Boxy Top
OK fine: the heels are just for show (so pretty!!!). But I love the louche elegance of silk joggers with a wildly over-sized, drapey top. This top is from ShopBURU (love Morgan — she’s a seriously great person) and also has matching shorts, if interested.
At Home Date Night: Silk Pants + Silky Cami
I cannot state enough how useful I find these Cami NYC silk camis. I now own two black ones and one navy, simply because they’ve become my everyday summer tank tops. I wash mine in the washing machine on cold, and hang to dry. And tucked into these silk joggers, the look is…almost fancy (yet feels like PJs). Gotta love an elastic waist that works with a full tuck, too.
Have you guys tried any of EILEEN FISHER’s The System? It’s so funny…online it doesn’t look that exciting, but these two pieces have solved many ‘what do I wear’ moments. There’s part of me (the part that’s been quarantining too long) that just wants to rid my closet of anything that’s not a black silk tank top, white tee, or striped shirt and just BE DONE WITH IT, but I’m gonna sleep another night on that idea. Or maybe 12.
These pants, tho. Keepers.