Denim shirt – Marc by Marc Jacobs, scarf – Hermès,
blazer – Allsaints, black loafers – Brooks Brothers, zigzag scarf – Missoni,
grey sweater – VPL, ankle boots – Opening Ceremony
black cardigan – L.L.Bean, tee
shirt – Proenza Schouler,
opaque tights – Armani Exchange, pumps –
Stuart Weitzman, red stud earrings – Kate Spade,
sweatshirt – L’Agence,
loafers – Marc by Marc Jacobs
shirt – Reiss, Black capris – Emilio Pucci, moonstone earrings – Andrea Fohrman,
white cardigan – Rag & Bone, ballet flats – See by Chloe, bracelets –
tunic – M Missoni, sandals – Salvatore Ferragamo
shirt – Dorothy Perkins, sandals – J.C. Penney, tee
shirt – Acne, flower earrings – toosis,
– Ray Ban, sandals – Marais
watch – Bulova,
vest – Mulberry,
pumps – Stuart Weitzman, sweater – Levi’s Made & Crafted,
plaid shirt – Madewell,
opaque tights – Armani Exchange, black flats – Thierry Rabotin
necklace – unearthen,
cardigan – Zadig
& Voltaire, grey boots – Camper, earrings – Dolce & Gabbana,
black cashmere cardigan – L.L.Bean, blouse – Alice & Olivia, boots
Black pants are a central wardrobe staple to me… one of the most essential pieces I can own. I adore the Allsaints black loafers in the top photograph!
Nice combinations, but for some reason I always think of ankle pants as warm weather clothing. However, paired like in April and October I could change my mind.
I've found that they're GREAT with boots – sometimes they're just short enough that they don't get mucky/slushy in the wintery weather. And I saw a lot of women in Paris weather them with opaque tights and flats; I've done that since we got back, and found that it felt really youthful and sort of peppy. I was surprised…
Your blog is a great education. I live in Arkansas and need all the help I can get. :)
hostess of the humble bungalow says
These pants are my uniform! February looks so cozy yet pulled together…
Kelly Gasner says
I bought a pair of black ankle pants last summer and have been surprised by how flattering and versatile they are. As a boot-cut gal all the way I was way out of my comfort zone when I bought them, but since then I've worn them to business meetings, on date nights, to parties, and for errands and outings around town. They are truly a dress up/ dress down item and the abbreviated length opens up a lot of shoe possibilities. Love your combos!
Thanks for the idea of wearing them with flats and tights. I wore mine the other day because the weather was mild and was about to put them away for the winter. Wearing them with tights will lengthen out the time I can use them. Great idea!
I love black pants in this length! But I too have never thought of wearing them with opaque tights and flats… thank you for this tip, it sounds very interesting – and so french. :-)
Related to this length, I'd like to mention that, in my opinion, 'uncovered' ankle bones and/or wrists or a bit of the lower arm is a very subtle way to show a little bit of skin. Do you agree?
BTW, I just found the description 'bracelet sleeve' instead of 'three-quarter sleeve', it's so charming!
Greetings from cold Germany,
Love the tights/flats idea. What other little tricks did you see in Paris?
Russian Chic says
Janice, what fabric should seasonless black pants be made of?
is this length acceptable for petite?
How should peite lady style slim pants in flattering leg line lenthening way?
Karen Albert says
Great look! I am petite and love a very fine wool.
Art by Karena
Vivienne, I would love to see you design a wardrobe or a "What to wear with a scarf" post aound Hermes Astrologie Nouvelle (AW 2012) in the turquoise/ cobalt/ocher cw. It's my first Hermes, and I adore it, but am finding it more difficult to wear than I expected. I should note that I wear and am flattered by cool "winter" colors; turquoise and cobalt are colors I wear, but I wouldn't wear ocher (at least near my face). Thanks for considering it. I love your blog, especially the "Common Wardrobe" series. Marian
Love the look of cropped black trousers. Reminds me of Audrey Hepburn.
Doesn't this chambray shirt/cropped trousers outfit look great?