How to wear lantern pants for spring - une femme d'un certain âge

A bright spring look with lantern pants

Susan B. wears a pink sweater, bandana, brown lantern pants, metallic flats.

One of my favorite trouser shapes to come down the pike in recent years is a style dubbed “lantern pants.” This silhouette curves outward from the leg, then tapers back in at the ankle. (Other iterations go by “carrot,” “barrel,” or “balloon” leg pants depending on the shape.)

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All ideas and opinions are my own.

earrings | bandana | sweater | pants | shoes

I’m wearing size S in the sweater, XS in the pants (had them hemmed about an inch).

How to style lantern pants

I find this interesting shape easier to wear than a straight wide leg pant, especially in this fluid ponte knit fabric. These pants are as comfortable as loungewear, but the shape adds some refinement and structure.

Here, I’ve styled them with a cropped cotton sweater in a bright flamingo pink, and metallic d’Orsay flats. I think lantern pants look best with either a shorter top, or one that can be tucked in with a full or French tuck. The earrings and bandana worn as a neckerchief give the look a bit of a 60’s retro vibe, which I love.

what I am wearing

earrings | bandana | sweater | lipstick (color “Sunrise)

 

what I am wearing

These ankle-strap shoes are SO comfortable! I’m a big fan of metallic shoes for their versatility and zhush. A flatform style, wedge, espadrille, or block heel shoe would also work with this pants shape.

Susan B. wears a print bandana, pink sweater, brown Eileen Fisher lantern pants, metallic flats.

Here’s a quick indoor shot to better show the shape of the pants.

Susan B. wears a Madewell bandana, pink French Connection sweater, Eileen Fisher lantern pants, Eileen Fisher metallic d'orsay flats.

These pants are washable, and travel well. (I’ll probably be including this pair in upcoming travel wardrobes.) Here are more lantern pant styles:

Everything I’m wearing above is available at Nordstrom. They carry a wide range of my favorite brands, and often get new styles in before anyone else. Plus, shipping and returns are free, and if you’re in a hurry, many items can be ordered and picked up at your local store.

Have you tried lantern pants, or a similar shape?

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79 Comments

  1. noreen kelly
    March 14, 2022 / 1:24 am

    sorry but think they are an incredibly unflattering shape

    • Susan M
      March 14, 2022 / 1:51 am

      I wonder if we are so used to skinny/slim leg jeans and trousers that when we see loose straight leg styles the difference is too much to appreciate at first?

      • Julia
        March 14, 2022 / 7:16 am

        I agree with Noreen . But if you are small, slim and dainty like Susan, almost everything looks good!

      • Sally
        April 18, 2022 / 2:55 pm

        I just found this to be true for me when I put on a pair of (very comfortable!) Eileen Fisher jeans and wondered…..’are these too big’??? I just am not used to seeing this fit after so many years of skinny!

    • Florida Lyn
      March 14, 2022 / 9:47 am

      Add me to the “do not like” camp. If Susan can’t make them look good to me, no one could.

  2. Ann Smith
    March 14, 2022 / 3:13 am

    I think the lantern pants look fabulous. So much smarter than denim. Paired with that lovely jumper a winning outfit. Ann

  3. Debra
    March 14, 2022 / 5:01 am

    Gosh, I love that pink and brown combo! This is the second neon-ish sweater I’ve seen you in (that green!) and you look great in both; the brown really ‘grounds’ the bright color. By the way, I am a big fan of carrot pants – I have a Theory pair that I love for work and COS makes some nice ones, too (got my eye on some ‘barrel’ chinos for summer). I’ve always thought that only tall ladies like me could wear that cut but you’ve shown here that with a little tailoring, it works for petite figures, too.

    The scarf is a nice, jaunty little French touch. Très jolie!

    This outfit is modern and classy and SoCal – you look happy and confident in this and that’s what we should all get from our clothes, right?

  4. Ellen
    March 14, 2022 / 5:02 am

    My legs are the slimmist part of my body; I see no reason to disguise that with all the volume of lantern pants.

  5. Kathy Simms
    March 14, 2022 / 5:12 am

    I think these are the most flattering pants you have worn recently. Really nice shape on you.

  6. June
    March 14, 2022 / 5:27 am

    Susan, could you tell us what sizes you took in the sweater and pants. I’m about your size so that would be helpful. Also, are the pants cropped or did you have to shorten them? I love the whole look!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      March 14, 2022 / 7:19 am

      Hi June, thanks! I’m wearing a Small in the sweater, and X-Small in the pants.

  7. Margaret
    March 14, 2022 / 5:36 am

    This pant looks wonderful on you! I like the extra bit of movement in a lantern pant, and find they are a welcome change from skinny/slim-cut jeans. Thank you for helping us embrace variety in our clothing!

  8. Sarah
    March 14, 2022 / 5:41 am

    I like the lantern pant also, but alas, you offer short-hemmed pants for petites. 27 inch inseams look absurd and plain awful on a tall or medium tall person. The shoes I adore, tho high priced, per usual. I think that is one of your drawbacks – your consistently higher prices. I appreciate all your links, but I do not always have your clothes budget. That and how you do not dress up or get fashionable on your travels. You are. so stylish when you are home, and your shoes are adorable. – why do you never wear these clothes, shoes and jackets when you travel? Are none of your cute shoes actually comfortable? Are none of your cute clothes good for travel? This is disturbing, I am a traveller. And I find your inconsistency baffling and frustrating. Your trip to Milan was the biggest so-called fashion disappointment of all. There was zero stylish about you. . Then you come home and look good again. I have loved following you for so long, and have wanted to tell you about these things. I do not wish to insult you at all. But really, these inconsistencies are glaring! Perhaps it is too much to ask of you to show clothes for a medium or tall person , since you ar petite. I understand. But stop calling yourself someone to influence or help us with travel wardrobes!! You are a beginner at that part. I was traveling when you put out your recent survey or I would have informed you then. I would either change what I look like when I travel, or stop calling myself a travel wardrobe person to watch. There is alot more to being stylish than packing a teeny suitcase. I will continue to follow you, and I am enjoying your journey, but I would prefer that you could inspire or help me as a traveller, so I hope IMPROVING TRAVEL LOOKS AND OUTFITS VS JUST TAKING STUFF THAT MATCHES,, is coming up in the bright future. . Thankyou overmuch for your blog.

    • Debra
      March 14, 2022 / 7:09 am

      Why not just stop reading, rather than insult someone who works hard to produce these posts and shares her labor with us free of charge? It’s scary to put yourself out there on the internet because of comments like yours, Sarah. And the sad truth is, while Susan receives many, many positive comments, negative ones like yours are likely to be what she remembers (as a professor who is reviewed by her students every semester I know this to be true).

      Why be mean when you can be kind? You know that old saying, “If you can’t say something nice…”

      • Nancy
        March 14, 2022 / 8:45 am

        Ditto to this Debra!

      • Carolyn
        March 14, 2022 / 12:03 pm

        Truth

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      March 14, 2022 / 7:14 am

      Hi Sarah, thanks for the feedback. My needs when I travel are a little different than at home. I need to be able to manage my luggage (getting on and off trains, etc, and going up and down stairs) so I try not to pack more than I can lift and shlep on my own. We’re often on our feet all day, so shoes that are supportive and comfortable for hours (as opposed to comfortable for running errands or walking a few blocks) are essential. Over the years I’ve found that a neutral wardrobe with accents of color works best to balance having options for all occasions while keeping luggage manageable.

      Not everyone has the same priorities when they travel, and that’s OK too. We all have to find what works for us.

      • SJ
        March 14, 2022 / 9:02 am

        Susan—

        I am always so impressed with how gracious and articulate you are in response to aggressive and mean-spirited comments. It is admirable and I learn from your example whenever I see it.

        I also love your style and all the tips you give. I am inspired even when I cannot afford your specific items. Thanks for sharing your content and your life with this community!

        I also want to commend you on the community you have built. In the age of youtube, instagram, tiktok, etc, very few blogs continue to get the number of comments you do, and the response you get. I hope you are proud of your work!

        SJ

      • Sally
        April 18, 2022 / 3:03 pm

        Susan I completely agree with you. while I do like being stylish when traveling I feel like I need to take clothes that can take a certain amount of ‘stress’. Comfortable shoes are always a must when one is out and about all day traveling–I save my ‘daintier’ shoes for dinner out etc. I love your style whether home or abroad and find your packing tips and travel wardrobe tips so helpful. The lantern pants I love. I have two pair now and find them a welcome change from the skinny look we’ve seen for so many years. Thank you for all that you do!

    • Julia
      March 14, 2022 / 7:24 am

      I am a little surprised by this but well, chacun a son goût!
      I thought Susan’s outfits in Italy were superb, and very chic, just take a look at the navy blazer outfit in the Galleria Vittorio Emmanuele in Milan. She certainly knows how to fit in and not look like a tourist in Europe! Actually if you took a look at most American tourists in Europe, you would probably be dismayed by their backwards baseball caps, camouflage t-shirts , black socks and baggy Bermuda shorts…..and that’s just the men!!!

    • Téa
      March 14, 2022 / 7:25 am

      Inside voice, PLEASE!!

    • Carla
      March 14, 2022 / 7:47 am

      wow how disparging can one get. first off I love the blog and if I want something expensive I save up. I love the travel outfits plans that Susan does and copy them in my colors and style. I am 5’7 and love lantern pants, they are comfortable and the Eileen Fisher brand is great. when I travel I also keep things simple and coordinating. I think perhaps Sarah should not read the blog and find somewhere/ someone else.

    • Nancy F
      March 14, 2022 / 9:12 am

      I’m not going to add negativity to negativity. Instead, I’ll just say that I’m 5’8″ and love wearing 27″ inseams. Chacun à son goût—in clothing, in travel strategies, and in reading choices.

    • Alanna
      March 14, 2022 / 1:55 pm

      Wow, this is not the type of post I’m used to reading on this blog. So unkind and unnecessary.

      If you don’t like or can’t relate to Susan’s blog then it’s time to move on elsewhere. I’m really not sure what you hoped to achieve by such negativity.

      I have several pairs of lantern pants in an Australian brand that have become my go to pants. They’re slightly more tapered at the ankle, but look great with flats or even a small heel. I love your shoes and the pink / brown colour combination. This is one of those outfits that will inspire me to try a new look.

    • Susan M
      March 14, 2022 / 10:11 pm

      Sarah (in her favour) did point out she didn’t mean to insult Susan, but not everyone has the same level of tact or sensitivity when writing comments. In my experience (having worked in foreign countries with a very multi cultural staff) Sarah’s comments would not be considered rude, direct yes, but not impolite by some nationalities. Are we assuming Sarah is of similar cultural background as the bulk of Susan’s followers and therefore should be aware of the nuances when it comes to posting comments? Maybe I am wide of the mark and am defending the indefensible. But, Susan’s response was incredibly graceful irrespective of how rather brutal some of Sarah’s comments were.

  9. Diane B
    March 14, 2022 / 6:08 am

    Perhaps this is none of my busness, but Sarah, it is Susan’s blog, about her style journey, and if she is not representing your figure type or style, then perhaps you should follow someone who is more your style. There are lots out there. It really is not necessary to belittle Susan for her fabulous style choices if it is not your taste and there are many who follow her who love her choices.

    • Jane
      March 14, 2022 / 6:16 am

      I agree with Diane.

      • Lisa B
        March 14, 2022 / 6:36 am

        Me too! If Sarah is tall or “medium” size and does not appreciate Susan’s travel style she may be happier and more fulfilled following another blog. No reason to waste time following someone’s style who doesn’t match your own. Why be consistently disappointed….

      • Char
        March 14, 2022 / 8:34 am

        Agree too! Plenty of blogs out there and oh by the way there
        are plenty of price points to get similar looks. Love this blog
        and I don’t wear a lot of color but get so many looks that
        fit my style. Also a bit snarky not necessary.

    • NDTeacher
      March 14, 2022 / 6:21 am

      Agree wholeheartedly with you, Diane! Please, Sarah, don’t rain on Susan and the many of us who enjoy her blog. I may not look like Susan, but I greatly appreciate her joie de vivre and ideas.

    • Jane2
      March 14, 2022 / 6:31 am

      Agree. Even when Susan features something “spendy”, I can be inspired by the look or feel even if it’s out of my price range.

      And as a traveller, I’ve been inspired by Susan’s choices and have lasted for three weeks from an 18″ carryon as a result. Your view may differ, but I am happy to not be lugging suitcases over train gaps or up and down stairs. Your view may vary – you do you.

      • Jane2
        March 14, 2022 / 6:32 am

        Awkward phrasing – the “you’ is Sarah!

    • Victoria D.
      March 14, 2022 / 6:57 am

      I agree wholeheartedly with Diane. Love your blog, Susan! xxxooo

  10. Anne
    March 14, 2022 / 6:14 am

    I will just speak to one of several points in Sarah’s response with which I disagree: high prices. I nearly alway agree with which pieces Susan chooses to splurge on. I also think there is a good balance of price ranges. This blog reinforces my belief that you have to have some impactful, quality pieces in your wardrobe — especially the workhorses. Susan usually spends on items that are very true to her personal style and will therefore last a very long time.

  11. Nadya
    March 14, 2022 / 6:42 am

    I just bought these exact same pants so I love this outfit. One can get them in plus sizes directly from EF since Nordstrom doesn’t have them. I never would have thought of pairing with a vibrant pink. Thank you!

    Last fall I purchased the same pants in espresso as well. I’ve been washing and line drying them and they looked a bit worn out pretty quickly. Any tips on how to wash them to keep them nice?

    • Joan
      March 14, 2022 / 1:59 pm

      I’m a seamstress and have handled fabric my whole life. Aside from hand washing (which I detest), this is the best you can do for ponte fabrics: wash INSIDE OUT, on cool to very mildly warm, use less detergent + 1/3 cup white vinegar (color retention), a light load with similar items, short, delicate wash, lighter spin. Hang dry, or dry on delicate/coolest temp for 15 minutes max then re-shape and hang to dry. Drying is the worst thing for fibers and colors. That is the best you can do, short of hand washing or dry cleaning. I dislike the wear and tear of my clothing, even though I am very gentle, but some fabrics AND weaves are inherently better quality, some are born DELICATE (alpaca, mohair), but increasingly, fabric quality in mass market goods is declining because of our rapid cycle of fashion and disposal of garments for the next thing.

      • Nadya
        March 14, 2022 / 9:54 pm

        Thank you, Joan! I will take your advice with this pair. I’d been wondering about whether turning them inside out would help, good to know it makes a difference.

  12. Marilyn
    March 14, 2022 / 6:56 am

    There are several reasons I enjoy following Susan’s blog so much. First is that the relaxed vibe of her clothing choices matches the level of informality found in the area where I live. Second is that, like me, she is petite. Third, although her clothing choices are in the price range I’m comfortable with, by doing a bit of research online I’ve been able to purchase several items on sale (most recently the Madewell sweater jacket she took to London). Susan, you’re my favorite fashion blogger by far!

  13. Bette
    March 14, 2022 / 6:58 am

    Wow. To each her own! I’m tall and can’t wear most of what Susan wears. It doesn’t matter — I love her style, use of color, and delightful personality. And now to the lantern pants, which look hideous on me but gorgeous on Susan! I’m jealous. I want to look like Susan, LOL.

  14. Pat Coll
    March 14, 2022 / 7:01 am

    I follow a few blogs and find one in particular helps me more although it is not my favorite. It is more helpful because her body type is most like mine, an inverted V. I think it would be hard for Susan or any blogger to be helpful to people of different body types. She is sharing what works for her and what is new.

  15. Katie
    March 14, 2022 / 7:21 am

    I ADORE lantern pants (and I am a medium sized and height person). I think they are effortlessly stylish. I have purchased multiple Eileen Fisher lantern pants because they are well made and will hold up for years. As I get older, I want more better quality items and I know you’ll help me explore those options. The pink and brown color combo is super cute too. A+

  16. Téa
    March 14, 2022 / 7:23 am

    LOVE the lantern pants, Susan! It’s definitely a reminder of “back in the day” silhouette when a very origami-like fold was used to “peg” wide-legged pants, a la MC Hammer. So happy to see the SPRING colors flourishing!

    • Carol
      March 14, 2022 / 12:00 pm

      Yes, definitely a throwback to the MC Hammer days. Susan looks good and her lantern pants are more understated than MC’s look.

  17. Shybiker
    March 14, 2022 / 7:26 am

    I haven’t heard of this style of pants. They look good on you.

  18. Linda
    March 14, 2022 / 7:41 am

    I just bought the same pants in a dark grey (Ash) on sale at Dillard’s for $62. I’m wearing them right now! I agree they are so soft and comfortable. I think I’m going to get the blue linen lantern pants, as I’m a summer. I personally think you look great when you travel. My travel wardrobe is about the same although I only take one purse and two pairs of shoes. We’re finally traveling again this summer and are going to spend 6 weeks in Scandinavia and 3 weeks in the south of France. This time I have to pack for cooler weather in Scandinavia and hot weather in July and August in France. We always take only a carry on and cabin bag. We do stay in AIRBNB’s where we can do laundry, however there’s lots of lugging luggage up many flight of stairs and on and off trains. Traveling light is essential. I know you like layers, but to keep my luggage light I’m bringing one sweater and one rain coat. Any tips you have for travel within two climates on one trip would be great!

  19. Karen
    March 14, 2022 / 8:09 am

    I love the sweater and the lantern pants on you! I never thought I would even try on lantern pants but this outfit sold me. The sweater and scarf are great too. I think a splurge on pieces that are timeless and pass the test of time makes sense. Personally when I travel I don’t take jeans. They are heavier and take up more space then the pants I do take and to me they are too casual for the look I am going for. But I always love all of your other combinations for travel. I am leaving for France for a month in May. My wardrobe will be centered around navy pants and a navy and cream striped top similiar to what iI have seen in your travels.

  20. Elizabeth
    March 14, 2022 / 8:25 am

    Another note of thanks to, and vote of confidence in, Susan and her blog. While your higher priced items may be out of my budget, I am a sale stalker and get loads of ideas from your posts. One comment about lantern pants – which look fabulous on Susan- make sure you get the correct size! I bought a soft wool taupe EF pair on sale and realized too late that I should have sized down (but they’re SO comfortable!) as they slightly resemble clown pants on my 5’3” frame. They’ll require tailoring before I wear them again next winter. I still favor a slimmer leg pant…
    PS I think your travel wardrobes are wonderful! I’m off to France for 6 weeks in May with a 21”carryon and will be keeping your strategies in mind.

  21. NancyMK
    March 14, 2022 / 8:46 am

    Susan’s look is good for her and not at all for me who does not live in S. California, while traveling makes room for an elegant outfit and shoes and prefers those made in Italy and France (exception for Jenni Kayne and Amour Vert). The very best is eminently affordable on eBay, Poshmark and The Real Real. This blog is therefore seldom useful for clothes but I do value it for product recommendations. I hate the ads which take up so much room on the ‘phone but accept that Susan finds them necessary. She seems a kind person, a type in short supply.

  22. Mary B Perez
    March 14, 2022 / 8:49 am

    Wow, so much could be said about the critical comments. Yes, go to another style blog that suits your needs. The primary reason I read Susan’s blog 3 times a week is to see her sunny smiling face and be inspired by her positive attitude. Love seeing the travel photos too. Would I choose tan pants and a bright pink sweater? Not in my sea of navy, grey, and black, but I love seeing someone who does. It inspires me to push the envelope a bit and have some fun with my clothes. Packing for travel is challenging, and Susan, you do a fantastic job . After having a checked bag lost for a week when traveling to Italy, which was found only by my refusing to give up, carry on is the only way for me. I hope you just delete that message from your thoughts. You’re the one with the guts to do everything it takes to have a popular style blog…go girl!

  23. Kathy
    March 14, 2022 / 9:08 am

    I love your blog, Susan. Your travel wardrobes and photos are always my favorite feature. I have one pair of lantern pants that are cropped from many years ago. Think I will try on a longer pair. Yours look nicely tailored.

  24. Mary Alice
    March 14, 2022 / 9:23 am

    Hard pass on lantern pants. They make me look like I’m shaped like a turnip.

    • SJ
      March 14, 2022 / 10:28 am

      Mary Alice–you made me laugh out loud with your comment today, so thank you for your sense of humor on this Monday morning 🙂 I have never thought of comparing myself to a turnip, and I have definitely tried on some clothes that probably gave me that look before.

  25. Joan
    March 14, 2022 / 9:23 am

    I loved your outfits for the color workshop in London and they were practical for being in a class all day yet still chic and appropriate for
    outside of class as well. Like others have commented today, your more pricey items give me an idea of what looks timely and fashionable even though I am not yet traveling, they inspire me to make better choices when shopping for myself. Thank you for the beautiful photos of Italy….and London.

  26. SuD
    March 14, 2022 / 9:33 am

    I love your blog and enjoy reading about your style journey even though our style choices sometimes differ.

  27. Kathleen O'Brien
    March 14, 2022 / 10:10 am

    Oh my goodness! Interesting comments – both uplifting and not! I choose to see the uplifting. I’m a plus-sized older woman, decided different than our Susan. A bit taller, much fuller shape, and way different coloring and financial status, all that said, it doesn’t stop me at all from checking out her style and ideas. I really enjoy seeing what others do, what their take on fashion and style is, even if it’s not exactly my cup of tea every time. It gives me clarity on what I might like or won’t like, new ideas on how to combine things, looks to maybe strive for, unexpected color combinations to try. I resonate with Susan, her conversations with us and her “joie de vivre” – so even if I’m not “like” her, I enjoy reading her and style.
    This time the lantern pants, love them – I love EF and have a pair for a couple years ago – navy blue. Again, while I’m on the plus size of the equation, I totally love that style of pant and like seeing new ideas to wear them. It’s a style EF continues to make, in other colors – but now I’m going to try my older pants with these ideas from Susan in mind.

  28. Florida Lyn
    March 14, 2022 / 10:11 am

    As a carryon-only devotee, I disagree with Sarah. A travel wardrobe is, by its nature, different from your day to day. The world’s cutest shoes won’t make the cut if you can’t wear them all day, almost every day for two weeks. There are so many other factors that go into a well-packed bag: Does the item take up too much space in your bag? Is it physically heavy? Can it be layered? Does it wrinkle? Does it mix-and-match with the other things you are packing? Will it dry overnight if you wash it in the sink? I have many clothes that I wear only when I travel; but when I do, they are worth their weight in gold. My favorite posts are Susan’s post-travel wardrobe evaluations.
    I will admit that I dress to blend in when I travel. Well dressed, but not noticeably “stylish.” The less attention I attract, the better. Obviously, this approach would not work for a blogger, but it serves me well as a femme d’un certain age travelling alone.

  29. Jennifer Connolly
    March 14, 2022 / 10:14 am

    Fabulous outfit Susan! I love lantern pants and EF makes my favorites because they’re a bit more streamlined than some other brands. I get the fun silhouette without overpowering my 5’4″ frame. I have one pair that are so wide, people mistake them for a maxi skirt 🙂

  30. Susan Blakey
    Author
    March 14, 2022 / 10:19 am

    Hi friends, thanks so much for your support. While we can disagree with another’s opinion, I’m going to ask that we not pile on with personal attacks on any reader or commenter. There’s a lot going on in the world that may have us on edge. Let’s keep the positive vibes going in this small corner, and agree to disagree. Thank you!

  31. Johanna
    March 14, 2022 / 10:28 am

    I still marvel at the magic of blogs after almost 20 years and appreciate them for the free gift that they are. And I treat blog advice/opinion as I treat real life advice/opinion (on life, parenting, clothes, etc) from friends, acquaintances, and even strangers — I take what works and ignore the rest. Susan’s colors, budget, and ability to travel frequently are not mine, but I look at Susan and her blog as inspirational/aspirational, and I’m delighted that I, and others, have been invited along on Susan’s style adventures. Sharing those adventures so publicly takes a great deal of bravery, even without the comments of those who type first and think later.

  32. Glenda
    March 14, 2022 / 11:02 am

    We differ in size and season Susan, but I find the looks you put together are both polished and well thought out. I appreciate the tremendous effort you put into all your blog posts.

  33. Lauren
    March 14, 2022 / 11:19 am

    I may disagree with a lot of what Sarah said about the travel clothes but I do agree with the pants inseam issue. I would love it if all bloggers (not just Susan) would choose pants that are offered in Tall more often. I like Eileen Fischer’s lantern pants in linen…..but only for Summer because the darned inseam looks ridiculous with anything but sandals or bare feet. I have heard the fashion rumour that capris are out of favour but I am stuck with the current short inseams looking like capris on me LOL
    So Susan could you and everyone else who shortened your pants please mail me the inches you cut off….maybe I can creatively sew them onto the bottom of my pants and have it look like art work at the same time as been long enough 🙂

  34. Claudia
    March 14, 2022 / 11:24 am

    Gorgeous coral/pink sweater on you!
    Two hearty thumbs down on the pants. Very unflattering.

  35. Wendy
    March 14, 2022 / 12:01 pm

    Well, I loved the entire outfit! I ordered the sweater and scarf and tried to get the lantern pants in XS but they’re sold out on both Nordstrom and Eileen Fischer’s websites. You rock, Susan!

  36. Kay
    March 14, 2022 / 12:56 pm

    I have five pairs of lantern pants. I love them! I have worn some while travelling, too. My travel wardrobe is designed to be comfortable and fit in one suitcase. I am there to see the sites–not for the sites to see me. I will never see those people again, and I doubt any of them even noticed I was there.

  37. Judi
    March 14, 2022 / 1:26 pm

    I’m wondering if anyone has had second thoughts on travel to Europe. Covid is still a bit of an issue but now the war. We just cancelled a 2 month trip late this month to Germany. Slovenia, Italy and France. It was a guilt factor mixed with some fear. Plus gas for the rental car?? We had a great trip to Spain for two months late last year…but this war is an issue.
    And as for travel clothing. I just never dress up much and I’ve traveled everywhere. Too much dressing up when I worked.
    Now I take one or two nice outfits. Lots of dresses and tights. The beautiful shoes stay home. Only the walking shoes travel as we tend to walk 8 hours a day.
    I also leave room in the suitcases for purchases 🙂

    • Carol
      March 14, 2022 / 7:07 pm

      I just read that COVID cases are beginning to spike in Europe, particularly in the UK, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy. There is also a concern that with millions of people fleeing the war that COVID numbers will increase. As a COVID survivor, I have no immediate travel plans.

      • Susan M
        March 14, 2022 / 10:16 pm

        I am invited to a wedding in Ireland this May, but friends in the Uk tell me Covid cases and hospitalizations are rising, so travelling is on hold at this stage. Not helped by threat of nuclear war either

  38. Melanie
    March 14, 2022 / 7:14 pm

    Super cute outfit! Is the pink sweater on the cool or warm side of pink? I can’t tell on my tablet. I’ll have to try the pants shape for I’m 5’1 on a good day, the pants look so comfortable.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      March 14, 2022 / 7:20 pm

      Hi Melanie, thanks! The pink is just a little cooler than the Flamingo pink in my spring palette, but warmer than Shocking Pink from the winter palette. So I’m going to go out on a limb and call it neutral. 😉

  39. Jan Whichard
    March 14, 2022 / 7:31 pm

    Since I am not teeny tiny like Susan, I doubt I would wear lantern pants that probably would make me look bigger (but I should try them on!). And for the life of me, I can’t seem to tie or wear a scarf like Susan. And I am a warm brunette who wears her hair longer than Susan’s. And she and I have very different shoe tastes. BUT I don’t read Susan’s blog because I expect to look like her or choose to spend more or less on clothes than she does. I read her blog because of the warmth and joy she conveys, the tidbits I learn, and the fun I have exploring her blog and smiling back at her smile. I read with a broad eye. Thanks for the fun Susan.

  40. Kari
    March 14, 2022 / 8:33 pm

    I’m sympathetic to comments above that are being taken as negative by others. It’s natural to want to see some really great travel looks from a travel blogger with inside access to designer goods and services few can afford themselves.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      March 14, 2022 / 9:37 pm

      Hi Kari, I think you might have me confused with someone else. 😉 I don’t have any “inside access” to designer clothing, and the clothes I travel with are from my own wardrobe, that I’ve purchased for my own use.

  41. Eileen
    March 15, 2022 / 8:17 pm

    I travel with a small wardrobe, Susan’s advice has been really helpful. I would love to see more outerwear choices, raincoats, hats, umbrellas, waterproof boots, packable down, sock, ideas.
    And I would love to know how much is cut off during alterations if possible. I find petite sleeves too long on me ( up to 2″!).
    Thanks!

  42. E E Deere
    March 17, 2022 / 8:41 am

    I thought Susan’s outfit in this post was brilliant. The colors and shapes go so well together. I have bought a pair of lantern pants too, and find them very flattering. Somehow very feminine, and you can really show off neat little ankles and shoes. I wear mine with Rothys pointy toe flats. This look does not come off as contrived, but fresh and still artful. I’d wear it every day! (I especially enjoy seeing what’s out there in the way of pants other than jeans and leggings, but that’ s just a personal preference.) Thanks

  43. No Fear of Fashion
    March 22, 2022 / 9:59 am

    And again a perfect example of how to do a scarf the right way. The trousers are very good with the perfect colour sweater (suits you so well). The shoes elongate the legs as they are the same hue (is that the right word?).
    Greetje

  44. Lana
    March 23, 2022 / 10:02 am

    I purchased this complete outfit (down to the shoes) for an upcoming trip to NYC. This is my attempt to add color to an otherwise black/neutral wardrobe. Now the forecast is highs 37-48, so I’m questioning whether to scrap this idea and stick with black boots and warm clothes, or put a brown boot with this outfit? Getting the right brown could be tricky. I have a J McLaughlin snake bootie that is cream/brown. Would these possibly work?

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      March 23, 2022 / 10:04 am

      Hi Lana, regarding the shoes, if you’ll be doing much walking (a likelihood in NYC), my suggestion would be to go with the most comfortable pair of boots, but the snakeprint you mention should work color-wise. As for the rest of this outfit, I think it will depend on your outerwear. You’ll need another layer to be comfortable in those temperatures.

  45. Gloria
    April 18, 2022 / 3:56 pm

    I was just thinking how much I enjoy this blog. I follow a few fashion bloggers and they all offer a certain niche. And, even though the majority are not my body type, and much taller, I can learn something from all of them. I appreciate the wealth of knowledge that Susan has gleaned over the years, and I am really trying to acquire a much more quality oriented wardrobe. I believe that longer lasting clothes, and taking good care of them, will go a long way to enjoyment.

  46. SusanR
    May 2, 2022 / 4:58 am

    Just a different take on Sarah’s comments. When I read them I thought here’s a person who’s frustrated, not angry. And a bot over the to to make her point. Depending on where you’re traveling and who you’re seeing, being stylish can make you feel like you’re blending in. And confident. Wearing stylish clothes on repeat is a problem…they’re too memorable! Susan’s S. California style is already laid back. If she lived/ worked in NYC she’d have different clothes to bring with her.

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