Just because you don't get to wear white trousers everyday doesn't mean you don't need a pair. In fact, white pants score high when it comes to evening functions and special occasions giving your look more panache than the common alternative, black pants! They also make the perfect dressy look for day or evening, just tweak how you style them, and you've got versatility nailed.
In particular, the full length wide-leg variety carries an elegance that goes above and beyond, it's a head turner and hints the wearer is brimming with confidence. This style, whether in black or white makes a statement, but the white has the edge when it comes to flair and stand-out style. Plus, the white transcends seasons when it comes to a dressed up going out ensemble.
Since the ridiculous rule of white after Labor Day has all but dissolved, it's not just white jeans that get to come out and play through the winter months. White trousers can be winterized in the same way. Pair with darker tops, black always looks chic with white, but burgundy, navy and darker shades of green or olive look stunning against white.
Then there's always the monochromatic look. This cleverly creates a winter vibe especially when snuggled with soft cashmere sweaters, cardigans, even wraps in similar complimentary hues, specifically ivory, light beige, ecru.
Ecru is a sort of off-white color which derives from the French word meaning raw. It refers to raw unbleached linen or silk, so originally a taupe or very light beige color. However, the word is used loosely in the fashion industry today, often referring to any color that is off-white. In fact, I do believe the trousers I am wearing in this post were labeled as Ecru!
My preferred style when it comes to the wide leg variety are those with leg creases and no pleats from the waist band. First, I don't need any additional bulk around my middle especially when it emerges over the belly, my belly has its own bulk-making capabilities! Secondly, the leg crease slenderizes and elongates the leg rather than billowing width ways which can widen the silhouette. The slight flare in the leg also creates a longer lean look which works perfectly worn with heels. The crepe fabric is of good weight, they hang effortlessly falling back into place with every move.
These are my posh pants! However, I paired them with my not-so-posh Versace-esque "cheap as chips" blouse from H&M that cost just $14.99. Goes to show how the right pairing can make clothes look so much more expensive, even when worn with a chunky gold rapper necklace!
Things to watch out for with white, even ecru, "posh" pants! Don't wear them too tight for several reasons. Of course, the light color can be more revealing, although most are lined at least around the body. They're not jeans fabric so their finer weave can easily highlight every seam, pocket edge, zipper flap, even knickers, if they are pressed too tight to the body. Plus, white stretched too tight can be unflattering.
This is also a good time of year to buy white. It goes against the grain for many, so light colored items are often on major discount. My favorite posh, white and ecru pants are linked below:
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Karen Serino is a life and style blogger, sharing fashion, fitness and fun for youthful women in their forties, fifties and beyond.
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