WIW: 2 saves from the closet edit

During my recent closet edit, I ended up holding on to a couple of pairs of pants that I was on the verge of passing on. Both have languished in the closet for more than a year, for different reasons.

One pair of pants (the black ones below) was too long, even though I had shortened them once already. I didn't know what length to make them, because I couldn't figure out how I wanted to wear them. Aida suggested wearing them with flats, because they are very casual (made of fleece!). That option hadn't occurred to me at all; since they are very wide-legged, I thought I would need to wear heels to avoid looking short and wide in them. I was considering chopping them to make culottes, but I liked Aida's idea of trying them first with flat shoes, like my street sneakers, perhaps. I chopped off the amount needed for flat shoes, and voila!--they are a fun jeans alternative for days off (maybe even for work days, who knows?).

The second pair of pants (charcoal ones below) were awaiting alterations also. I bought them with the idea that I would turn the bootcut trousers into straight legs, for a slouchy menswear vibe. They would also need a little alteration at the hip line to take out some excess fabric under the seat. Since I practically loathe alterations, these pants were a project waiting, and waiting. . . to happen. I figured I might as well pass them on. Aida liked the idea of turning them into straight legs, and we thought perhaps once the legs were straightened, the hip alteration might not be necessary if slouch was the goal. Her enthusiasm propelled me forward, and I did the alternation. (I ended up doing the extra hip adjustment, too.)

I'm happy I saved both of these pants. I wore them last week and really liked them! 

The outfits:
1-3 (worn for a day off): black fleece raw-edged wide-legged pants with faux back pocket flaps (Raw Earth Wild Sky); light blue long sleeved tee (Caslon) under black, brown, blue, and sage boucle cropped raw-edge sweater (Two Dog Island); pewter high top sneakers (Paul Green).

4-7 (worn to work): charcoal straight-legged trousers (Halogen, Taylor); ruby red, blue, gray and ivory floral print chiffon peasant blouse (made by me); ruby red 3/4 sleeved cardigan (Halogen); silver belt; gray shimmer oxfords (Naot, Kedma); navy trench (London Fog); light gray backpack (Rebecca Minkoff).

Thanks for looking! I welcome your thoughts and suggestions.

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  • Elizabeth P replied 3 years ago

    Two great saves!  I esp like the fleece pants... I can just imagine how comfortable they are, and look great.

    I hear you on the alterations.. I love making things from scratch (well, I did, in the days before children when I actually had time to sew) but alter?  Forget it. 

  • replied 3 years ago

    Oh, nice job! Two good saves. I really like the shape of the wide legs.

  • Sterling replied 3 years ago

    Great saves.  You look truly incredible.  

  • Peri replied 3 years ago

    Wow! Outfit number one is my idea of perfection...which is vain because that is practically my uniform. That outfit screams Peri, I think you should give it to me. :)

    Love the colors in the second one!

  • Suz replied 3 years ago

    Well, I would call those excellent saves. I know just what you mean about pants lengths. I've had pants sit in the closet for nearly a year because I couldn't quite figure out the right length -- and then when I did, all of a sudden they became workhorses. I would think the fleece ones might fall into that category for you. I really love that first outfit -- it looks cozy and elegant on you at the same time and your legs go on for miles!! 

    The colours in the second one are gorgeous on you. So rich. 

  • Nebraskim replied 3 years ago

    Those are both spectacular. Aida for the WIN in terms of great style advice. I love the fleece pants in particular. I have a pair that I might chop off the elastic hems of so they are open instead of cinched.

  • Destri replied 3 years ago

    The the outfit with the fleece, wide leg pants is especially fab on you. Very well done.

  • Angie replied 3 years ago

    Great saves and cute looks. I love the cropped top with the wide pants. Well done, Sharan and Aida. 

  • Aida replied 3 years ago

    Ooh they turned out great! Loving the wide fleece pants, really good with the shorter top. Still get nice long proportions but it's sporty and cheeky with the sneaks. Happy that turned out well, it was a bit of a gamble! And the flares-turned-tapered look good too. They definitely have that menswear vibe you're after and I think that was a good call to do the hip alteration with them for a sleeker fit up top. Fun :D

  • CocoLion replied 3 years ago

    Sharan, I feel I didn't have enough time to visit with you on Saturday!  We need to schedule another YLF gathering don't you think?

    These were both excellent rescues.  The slouchy pants look is supposedly trending -- I think it's an "advanced" look so you will enjoy being ahead of the curve with these.

    I love the first pants even more though, you would never know you are wearing flats. I pulled out a pair of wide leg jeans recently and love the look -- it really showcases ones hips (and waist actually) in a flattering way.

  • shedev replied 3 years ago

    Both great looks. Love the second pair of pants.

  • Dee replied 3 years ago

    The wide legs and flats work really well on you. You have incredibly long legs so the proprtions look great. I like the slouchy menswear vibe of the second outfit too.

  • Brooklyn replied 3 years ago

    Great saves! I love the first look with the crop top and the layering. Looks comfy and chic.

  • shevia replied 3 years ago

    Well saved! Love the first ones especially - different in a good way with the sneakers and your legs look very long!

  • Joy replied 3 years ago

    Both pairs turned out winners. I am surprised that my favorite is the wide legged fleece pair. The short boxy top looks perfect with them.
    The floral print blouse that you are wearing in the second outfit is breathtaking. I need to go back to focus on the trousers

  • Runcarla replied 3 years ago

    No need for heels, your legs look miles long in the flowey trousers.

  • kellygirl replied 3 years ago

    Great saves! Both pants are excellent on you. You look fab as always!

  • Firecracker replied 3 years ago

    Gosh, thanks, everyone!
    I cheated a little with the fleece pants outfit--these sneakers have a small hidden wedge, maybe an inch. I think the pants hems are going to roll a bit more, and they will work with my truly flat sneakers when that happens.
    Aida, thanks again for your advice!
    Denise, I agree--would love to catch up with you in person. We need another YLF gathering (and holiday party, as someone suggested on another thread)!
    Nebraskim, what a great idea. I'd steal it if I had any of those sweatpants hanging around.

  • lyn67 replied 3 years ago

    Wow, trousers are great now, and wow for the red floral blouse in nr 2 there are some fab colors in it!

  • unfrumped replied 3 years ago

    Just a quick note to say how # 1 looks very Eileen Fisher casual sporty luxe.

  • Sara L. replied 3 years ago

    The fleece pants are surprisingly flattering!  I would have thought, as you did, that wide-legged and flats wouldn't go together.  These make you look long and lean.  I like the slouchy pair as well.

  • Beth Ann replied 3 years ago

    Love the wide legs, Sharan!  I had a pair of travel-knit ones I wore for ages, including through my pregnancy.  I always wore them with flats, and I think they worked because the fabric was drapey and soft. 

    And brava for making the alterations!  They are never as fun as making something new, but a great fit makes all the difference in an outfit!

  • dakotacheryl replied 3 years ago

    Love the way you styled #1...all day comfort and stylish to boot.

    Perfect alteration on #2 pants...love with those fab shoes. You look wonderful in both outfits!!

  • Susie replied 3 years ago

    Great saves, Sharan! The fleece pants with the cropped top are really flattering, the proportion is perfect.

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