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3 Chic and Easy Olive Green Pants Outfits

Over the last few seasons, many of us have been trying to rebuild much of our wardrobes after being either stuck at home or in a weird state of limbo.

It takes more time than we realize.

Maybe you spent the past couple of seasons figuring out what you need and building back your basics.

And now you need the next level, the pieces that still operate as basics while providing more variety.

So today, we’re featuring a jean alternative and discussing how to wear olive green pants.

An olive-toned bottom is a fantastic addition to any classic wardrobe because it helps provide some options while still working as a basic and neutral. 

So let’s create three chic and easy outfits featuring olive green pants with some reader favorites you might already have and a few new finds.

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How to Wear Olive Green Pants

J. Crew Vintage Slim-Straight Stretch Chino Pant, $99

Our featured pants are the J. Crew Vintage Slim-Straight Stretch Chino Pant, perfect for spring.

Available in Classic and Tall in sizes 23 – 37.

Alternatively, the Old Navy Chino in green, are an under $40 option that work too.

These have a relaxed leg and are slightly cropped.

Available in sizes XS – 4X in regular, tall and petite. 

3 Chic and Easy Ways to Wear Olive Green Pants

Featured Key Piece: J. Crew Vintage Slim-Straight Stretch Chino Pant, $99 Outfit 1: Breton Top, $40 | Denim Jacket, $118 | Sneakers, $90 |Hoops, $15 | Bag, $20 Outfit 2: Tank, $15| H Sandal, $155 | Pearl Earring, $15 | Straw Clutch, $18 Outfit 3: Tank, $15 | Blazer, $128 | Crossbody Bag, $55 | Sandals, $99 | Hoops, $15

Cute, right?

Let’s make some outfits.

With a Sneaker

Breton Top, $40 | Denim Jacket, $118 | Sneakers, $90 |Hoops, $15 |

We’re starting off strong and casual, with a classic Breton Top.

The navy stripe Breton from Boden is a long-time WDL Reader Favortie.

I stock up on these and wear them all year, with tailored pants and dark wash jeans in the winter and distressed shorts in the summer. 

Another option for less with a more inclusive size range is this classic stripe boatneck from J.Crew on sale for under $50. We featured this a few weeks ago, so you may already have it 🙂

Then, as a layer, a denim jacket.

And this one, also from J.Crew is a favorite, especially now that it comes in your choice of either silver or gold buttons.

I can’t tell you how delighted that makes me, for the longest time silver-tone was the standard, but if you wear a lot of gold jewelry or have accessories with gold-tone hardware, this makes a huge difference.

The wash and fit are just right. Available in sizes XXS – 3X. 

If you don’t already have one, consider picking this up while there is inventory

You can see how it cohesive the look becomes with the gold of the buttons working with the gold detail of the crossbody.

We’re using this ivory one with a tassel and chain detail from Amazon for $20.

Originally shared here.

For sneakers, you don’t want anything too chunky, instead, look for a low-profile white sneaker, like these tennis sneakers from Cole Haan at DSW for $90.

Finally, a simple hoop.

This pair is another reader pick, with over, wait for it, over 40,000 FIVE STAR reviews.

They are absolutely worth the hype.

With a Print

Tank: $15| H Sandal, $155 | Pearl Earring, $15 | Straw Clutch, $18

Next, I really wanted to show this with a print so I was thrilled to find this inexpensive summer top at Old Navy.

Available in sizes XXS – 4X for only $15, it mixes blues and greens with a little neutral. I don’t usually love prints but this is very pretty.

And if you don’t want to wear it on its on, throw on the denim jacket above, the white blazer below or a neutral lightweight cardigan.

To keep with the beachy feel, I found this sweet straw clutch trimmed in pearl for under $20 on Amazon (so cute), and added these popular pearl drop earrings, also from Amazon.

Every time I wear these earrings I get stopped and asked where I found them.

Finally, to ground the look and give it a little bit of sophistication, we’re using these best-selling H sandals from Tuckernuck. I bought these last year, lived in them all summer and they still look new.

With a Blazer

Tank, $15 | Blazer, $128 | Crossbody Bag, $55 | Sandals, $99 | Hoops, $15

Finally, a look that mixes tailored and casual elements.

Starting with this J.Crew Factory White Blazer.

They have a one and two button option but I went with the one button because it’s a more flattering fit.

What’s nice here is that the button on the blazer is casual. And that might sound like a silly detail but it makes a huge difference.

For example, if the button was a more formal gold-tone the outfit could feel disjointed.

It’s also helpful that the blazer is a linen/cotton blend, allowing it to work well with the chino bottom.

Under the blazer I added this tank cotton tank, available in XXS – 3X for $15. It’s a FANTASTIC find.

Working with the button I’m pulling out the tan and brown with these block heel cognac suede sandals from Aerosoles. I like the styling and addition of a suede textural element.

And to wrap it up, this top handle crossbody bag is one of my personal favorite finds this year and these chunky gold hoop earrings, both from Amazon.

3 Chic and Easy Olive Green Pants Outfits

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 17th of March 2023

I love these pants. I wish they came in petite, but I might give them a try in regular because the inseam is shorter.


Friday 17th of March 2023

Look forward to the outfit formulas, and I have several of the pieces you showcased today, EXCEPT for the Breton top. I decided it was a must have, so I ordered it, and much to my surprise, it was 25% off, so I snagged it for $14.99 plus $5.00 shipping. Code is Y9U6 until Sunday!! As always, thanks for the inspirations and your hard work behind the scenes!


Friday 17th of March 2023

The reviews for the pearl earrings say they hurt? Have you not found that to be the case? Thank you!

Megan Kristel

Friday 17th of March 2023

Hi! No, not at ALL, I find them very comfortable.


Monday 14th of March 2022

Megan, I'm not sure HOW I found your website, but somehow I did last week and I just had to come leave a comment to say THANK YOU for what you do. I am 42 and in many ways have always felt like I don't know how to get dressed, apart from either jeans/t shirts, simple dresses, or workout clothes. After basically 2 years of living in my athleisure wear due to the pandemic, now I'm really in need of some help. I've started gathering items based on some of your recent outfit formulas, Sunday Sales, and other random posts, and it's felt SO GOOD to shop for things that I know will work together. I managed to put together a new outfit today with things I recently purchased from J Crew (prior to discovering your site but using guidance from the posts I've been reading) and felt really good about myself; it was so nice. Anyways, thank you again. You've really brought some fun and confidence back into my life that was desperately needed. <3, Rebecca

Megan Kristel

Monday 14th of March 2022

Rebecca! Thank you so much!! Welcome to the community! I am so thrilled you are finding the true value of our site. If you haven't yet, please join our private Facebook Group - I think you will love meeting all the wonderful women there and we can chat more :)


Thursday 3rd of March 2022

I'm pulling out my olive pants that never get worn and try these out! Could we substitute the resort shirt from BR here? And does the necklace go over the collar or is it inside the collar?


Monday 14th of March 2022

@Tia, I have the same question about the BR resort shirt!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

I wore outfit #1 yesterday! I felt so put together and the denim jacket tied everything together. I’m excited to try the other options, thanks Megan!

Megan Kristel

Friday 4th of March 2022

Love this!

Julie Berry

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Just saw your post and I am wearing outfit 1 today! Great minds… my pants are cotton jogger style from cabi and my stripe top is from Gap. Denim jacket from old navy and white sneakers from naturalized. Love this comfy look

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Sounds perfect!!


Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

I bought great olive skinney jeans at Talbots but then was stumped about styling them. Thank you.. I have all the things I need but needed help in putting the outfits together. My daughter-in-law will be so proud of me!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Yay! That's awesome!

Barbara Rayburn

Tuesday 5th of February 2019

I am 73 years old and have always been very particular about how I look . I found out I am in the early stages of cll about a year ago I am still doing good . Lately I have been thinking why try anymore and then I came across your blog and got so inspired . Just wanted to say thank you so much !!!!!

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

Barbara! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment - it made my day. It's always worth making a little effort especially when we realize how good it makes us feel. Sending you good thoughts and wishes for better health. xxx

Sharon Eggstein

Friday 27th of April 2018

I spent the same small fortune on the same Joie olive pants last year! I still really like wearing them, usually with denim, chambray, white or blush so the price per wear is starting to make more sense. As always, thanks for the tips, Megan!

Megan Kristel

Friday 27th of April 2018

That's great! I bought them because they fit SO well, but thought I was really crazy for spending so much money on casual pants. Glad we're both getting wear out of them! xx

Tracy B

Friday 27th of April 2018

Love this look! I have a pair of olive 'cargo style' skinny pants from Target. If they still fit I may have to pull one of these outfits together!

Megan Kristel

Friday 27th of April 2018

Thanks Tracy!


Friday 27th of April 2018

So glad you posted this! I just bought a pair of olive of pants yesterday, and was looking for ideas. Thanks! I purchased the Ryan pants from Banana Republic, which are a good fit for me (Petite and regular sizes).

Megan Kristel

Friday 27th of April 2018

I always forget about Banana! Those are great pants.


Friday 27th of April 2018

Love these wit and wisdom pants- got them last year when you showed them and they are indeed super versatile.

Megan Kristel

Friday 27th of April 2018

I'm really happy I found them, they fit well and the price is right.