While I’m a long-time fan of tried + true staples (ahem…skinny jeans), today I’m going to play a fun game to see if high rise cropped wide leg pants can earn a spot in my wardrobe.
Most of you know, I keep a pretty slim closet and have become a fan of an everyday uniform. For summer, track pants and a tank top. For winter, skinny jeans and a crewneck sweater. While I have a general rule to avoid trends, every once and awhile a fresh silhouette emerges that could add just the right touch of variety to my wardrobe.
Could high rise cropped wide leg pants combine with what I already own to make a slew of new (practical) outfits?
I haven’t worn a wide leg for at least six or seven years, and even when I did it was a lower rise khaki pant I wore to work. Before the goal was to cover almost your entire shoe with fabric. This is new territory. When Everlane kindly offered to send me a pair to try out, I figured there was nothing to lose! So, here we go…
To get started I pinned several styling ideas and pulled a bunch of pieces from my closet. There were a few surprising duds. My black ankle boots didn’t quite work with the cropped length. A knotted shirt was a tad too bulky, although it did have a certain retro hourglass look to it.
Then I settled on this outfit, which totally won me over. The slim tee in a microstripe cotton emphasizes the wide leg and the narrowest part of my waist. I prefer a good bit of ankle showing with these pants, so my black leather sandals were a definite winner. In the summer, tucking in a racerback tank top would make another easy go-to look.
Next I tried something really casual to wear running around with my kids. The fabric of these pants – brushed cotton twill – is extra soft and broken in, with a bit of stretch. So, they’re ideal for looking put together but still feeling comfy. The boxy tee from Everlane was one of my very first purchases, and it has held up super well. The little half tuck is crucial with this pant, because losing your waist adds 15 pounds all over. I added my trusty Tretorns and favorite tote, and I could definitely head to the library, zoo, or any playground with ease.
Finally, I wanted to see if the pants could go a little more dressy. For the season of life, I really like to have a balance in my wardrobe of 2/3 casual, and 1/3 dressy. I ordered the pants in washed black. It isn’t a super fancy or high maintenance fabric, but paired with cashmere, heels, and a muted black palette this feels chic and interesting to me. The black belt with a brass buckle, emphasizes my waist even more. In warmer weather, switching the cashmere crew to a black silk tank would work too!
So, what do you guys think? I was pretty skeptical when Everlane emailed me. Having tried them on and discovered some outfits I love with things I already own, I’m breaking out of my rut and planning to wear them a lot this spring.
A few sizing notes: I originally ordered a 4, but sized down to a 2 after trying them on and having some gaping around my waist. The 2 is perfect, fits snugly, and shows a tad more of my ankle. For reference, I wear a 26 in Madewell denim, and wear a 4 at J.Crew. I’m 5’4″, so not as much of my ankle shows as it does on the Everlane models. This was my first pair of Everlane pants, and the quality for the price point is excellent. These feel so durable and well-made.
Do you have a favorite of the 3 outfits? I think the second one might be mine.
PS. You might also like my giant Everlane review if you’re doing some shopping.