Since our Spring Break trip to Seattle, Victoria, and Vancouver, I’ve been feeling very drawn to the coastal aesthetic. Throw in working along the other coast here in Virginia this summer and I feel like my summer wardrobe has gone full nautical (at least on the weekends when I’m not in the office 😉 ). So today I wanted to share a fun summer sailor-inspired look that is still modern and chic enough to wear out to brunch or errands on the weekends.
I talked a little about it here, but I’ve been experimenting with my personal style and wardrobe colors a bit this spring and summer. Specifically I’ve been trying to find pieces which successfully skirt the line between casual and professional. (Meaning they give the allusion that I’m much more dressed up and put-together than I actually am…what I like to call an “adult” wardrobe.)
At any rate, one of the silhouettes I’ve been playing with is the wide-leg pant. I wouldn’t consider myself to have a minimalist asthetic. (You know the one I’m talking about…the very neutral, rough material, big billowy silhouetted wardrobe.) Don’t get me wrong…there is absolutely nothing wrong with having that look. In fact, I love it on other people! It just doesn’t feel completely me. However, I have found there are a few simple styles from the minimalist asthetic that I believe could fit seamlessly into my current closet and give my wardrobe a more “grown up” feel. One of those styles I love happens to be wide-leg pants (thanks to Lee who is the queen of styling Kamm Pants and Julia who can style anything feminine to perfection). And so I’ve been trying it out here and there when I can.
In today’s look, I’ve styled these wide-leg pants for a more casual weekend setting that still feels polished and put-together.
P.S. – I found these white pants on sale at Club Monaco. I seem to find the best quality pieces like this on their site, but wait until they go on major sale since they tend to be on the pricier side.
I kept the look within the neutral color palatte by pairing my white pants with a basic gray striped tee. A subtle splash of color was added with a blush scarf tied around my neck and a pale pink purse around my shoulder. I can’t quite place what makes this look feel nautical…perhaps it’s the stripes on the tee or the scarf around the neck, but I’m not complaining! It’s a fun way to feel a little coastal no matter where you are in the country.
I’ve always admired the neck scarf look on Jess. She always seems to make it feel fresh, modern, and super chic–with Parisian girl ease. So when I tried the style during my Spring 10×10 here and loved how it looked on me, I knew I would be styling a neck scarf again and again. It’s a great way to add a splash of color to an outfit or just keep a repeat outfit from feeling to blah and mundane. Have you tried it yet?
I love how the look turned out! It’s something a little different than what I’m used to, but sometimes that’s the most fun part of fashion! Experimenting with personal style and finding new ways to style pieces you already have. Incorporating new aesthetics into your own wardrobe to find the perfect balance that makes up your personal style. Because at the end of the day, no one aesthetic can truly define your own unique look. YOU are what brings a look to life. And your unique take (how you put different pieces together into a single look) doesn’t have to be defined by only one genre. Mix and match to make your own style! That’s my take on it at least. 🙂
P.S. – Be on the lookout later this summer for how I style these pants for work in a professional setting!
What about you? How would you style wide-leg pants in the summer?
You might also like…How To Style Wide-Leg Chambray Pants and Another Casual Weekend Look.
Photos by Noah Berg
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Top: Target (similar) | Pants: Club Monaco (similar) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (identical; last seen here and here) | Bandana: J. Crew (similar) | Purse: Old Navy | Bracelet: J. Crew Factory | Sunglasses: Target