I’ve received many comments and requests to feature some workday outfits that don’t include jeans. While many workplaces (especially in my part of the world) are just fine with jeans in the office provided they’re not the crazy, heavily distressed variety, there are some office dress codes that preclude them, or women who just aren’t comfortable wearing them. I get that. If I have a meeting on the schedule, or know that I’ll be seeing anyone from Upper Management, I’ll often dial up the formality just a bit and grab a pair of trousers instead.
I’ve been resistant to the “slouchy” pants trend for the office as most (especially with elastic ankles and/or drawstrings) still read as “loungewear” to me. And it may be that my eye just hasn’t adjusted to the silhouette yet, but finding a pair that flatters my shape hasn’t been easy. On a recommendation from a store Sales Associate I tried these J.Crew Curator pants and fell hard for them. Even though they have pleats (yikes!) the fabric is soft and drapey enough that they don’t add bulk where I least want it. A side zipper helps too.
For me, these trousers hit that sweet spot between soft and tailored. Yes, they’re polyester, but are lightweight the quality of the fabric seems quite good. I wash-tested them (cold water, low heat dryer) and they came through brilliantly (photos were taken after washing). The Curator pants would be a fabulous “dress pant” choice for warm weather travel. Also available in Navy.
I’ve tried to balance the soft slouchiness of the outfit with some clean and crisp accessories.
Pumps are another way to move the dial toward the “business” side of Business Casual. They don’t have to be pointy toed or super high-heeled. If your office is one of those with “No Sandals” in the dress code, this year’s d’Orsay and open-back ankle strap styles are a cooler option for summer than a completely closed shoe, and will usually pass dress code muster. Last year when I was reading so many rave reviews about these Sam Edelman “Okala” pumps, I toyed with getting the style in zebra stripe but dithered too long and missed out. The black leather option will be very wearable and they’re just as comfortable as everyone has claimed!
Have you tried any slouchy trousers? Those of you who wear slouchy or cropped pants to the office, how do you style them?
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