Ask CF: How do I Break Away from Jeans without Giving up Pants?
Written by Jessica – UCLA
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I don’t like wearing skirts or dresses very often. I only wear them for special occasions. Many bloggers tend to feature skirts and dresses on their blogs. What options are there for pants-wearers, especially for daytime without resorting to the old standby of wearing jeans?
Let me just start out by saying that I can totally relate to your question. Not that I don’t like wearing dresses and skirts, but I definitely tend towards pants — specifically jeans.
It has recently become one of my goals to try out some new combinations with different kinds of pants. So far I’ve only bought a pair of velvet burgundy skinnies, but because of how much I have loved playing with them in my wardrobe I am excited to some new kinds of pants for myself.
In short, coming from someone who wears jeans very often, switching it up once in a while is a great way to give your look an extra oomph. And it’s a lot of fun! I have created a few looks below that will hopefully inspire you to try this look out on your own. Good luck and have fun!
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A great way to break away from standard blue jeans is to try a pair of colored pants. Colored pants are very on-trend right now so it’s not difficult to find your favorite color. For this outfit I chose a pair of light orange chinos, and paired them with a floral print blouse and an ever-classic navy blazer. Finish off the look with an adorable coral bag, pretty post earrings, and some polka dot flats.
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Another option to break away from denim is to try a pair of printed pants. For this look I chose a pair of leopard print pants. Add on a textured black top and a structured faux-leather moto-jacket. Accessorize with a long necklace, some black trainers, and a bag.
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If you want to try something far from the usual routine of jeans, try a pair of high-waisted slacks. These black ones pair perfectly with a hot-pink button up. I love adding a statement necklace to any look, and I especially love this one. If you’ve read our article on how to match colors flawlessly, you already know that green is a complementary color to pink, which is where this bag comes in. Complete the look with some trendy leopard print loafers and a classic watch.
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Another alternative is to try a pair of textured pants — in this case I chose a bootcut corduroy pair. I love the look of this striped sweater with a hint of the popular spring color, mint, in the stripes. Add on a chunky necklace to draw attention up to your face and an oversized sweater for an extremely comfy, relaxed look. Finish the ensemble with some oxfords and a pretty ring that picks up on the mint color in the sweater.
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Do you prefer wearing pants to skirts and dresses? Have you been wanting to try to change up your jean routine, too? Do you have a favorite outfit? Which one is it? Do you have any advice to add to the discussion? Please leave us a response below to let us know what you think!Posted on on February 26, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: advice, Ask CF, Colored Jeans, Corduroy, Flats, Hight-waisted Pants, leopard print, Mint, Pants, Printed Pants
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