Two years ago, I did a review of EILEEN FISHER’s simplified capsule wardrobe, called The System. I reviewed a boxy silk shell, a pair of Audrey-Hepburn-esque crepe pants, and slouchy 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 Slouchy 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, are machine-washable, ARE available in plus-sizes, and are sustainably made.
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 well into fall when we tend to wear real clothes again. I highly recommend them.
6 Ways I’m Wearing EILEEN FISHER’s Slouchy Silk Pants
So now these happy little silk pants are well-tested and real-life-approved, here are six ways I’m styling ’em for the daily.
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 + Linen Top
I will always and forever love my linen tops, and I’ll never shy away from a black-and-brown combo, either, especially when the brown is really a rich tan. The brown is sold out in this top, but there’s a blue-and-white striped that would look really cute with black pants (as well as several other colors). 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 unbuttoned 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 almost sold out, but the v-neck version is marked down at Saks OFF. This 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
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.