Wear to Work: Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging

Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging - The Well Dressed Life

By now we all know that we shouldn’t wear leggings as pants. But what if we found a pant that was a legging and a pant? Because I just discovered these Liverpool Ponte Knit Leggings (plus size here) and they are the best of both worlds. They showed up a few (days before Christmas in my Stitch Fix delivery. (Yes, I started that up again.
More to come in a later post.) I almost sent them back without trying them on.  “I don’t need another pair of black pants,” I thought. Thank goodness I changed my mind at the last minute because they are fantastic.

Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging

Pant: Missy, $68 and Plus, $89 (Sizes 18 – 24!)

There is a lot to love. The fabric is soft and comfortable but doesn’t look like athletic wear. The waistband sits high (hallelujah!), has a proper waistband and back pockets. These details help make these less legging and more pant. I would still wear them with a top on the long side, but you don’t have to cover all of your bottom if you don’t want to.

I pretty much lived in these since the holidays and found that tops that hit at around my hipbone worked best for my proportions. Of course, you could wear something longer. If you do go longer, look for something with a bit of swing that cuts away from your body. Below is two ways you could wear these to a casual and creative office.

 

Day in the Office 

Liverpool Ponte Knit Legging

Outfit one: Blazer, $298  |  Shell, $40  |  Bag, $378  |  Scarf, $35  |  Boot, $83

Navy and black is a chic and sophisticated combination. This navy blazer by Ralph Lauren is the stuff of dreams. It hits around the hipbone giving you the length we’re after but fitted to show your shape.  I love a gold button but if you’d like something more traditional and in a variety of sizes, including petite and plus, check out this Talbots optionFor a less expensive look, this Lush blazer is on sale for under $30.  You could pair any of these blazers with a black or white tank. I prefer white as it adds a crispness to the look. Both colors are available in the Ann Taylor tank.

One of the reasons I love these pants so much is because you can layer a boot over them seamlessly. I have these Nine West boots, and they are the best shoe I’ve bought all year. The heel is reasonable (ish), they are comfortable, and the price is right. To bring the look together I used this navy and black scarf. You can loop it around your neck or tie it to your handbag. Don’t get stressed about it, the messier you tie your scarf the better. I kept everything else simple in this look. Add your daily jewelry, grab your work bag, and off you go.

 

After work Dinner and Drinks

Liverpool Ponte Knit LeggingOutfit two: Sweater, $80  |  Necklace, $50  |  Bracelet, $48  |  Clutch, $128  |  Pump, $119

For the second outfit, we still kept it simple, but bold color, a statement necklace, and patterned pumps make it look so much more complicated. I’m pretending we are closer to spring than we really are and using a poppy, hot pink cashmere sweater. I reads red online but it’s a bright pink. C by Bloomingdales makes high-quality, reasonably-priced cashmere. This comes in a ton of gorgeous colors, but the pink feels fresh and preppy. Need plus size?  Look at Sejour, a private label at Nordstorm, for high quality basic sweaters.

A simple tip to make any outfit look and feel cohesive is to repeat the main color (black in this case) three or five times. Here, I included a black crystal statement necklace and animal print pumps, in addition to the pants. A few things make this impactful. First, three is a key number because it creates a pattern. Second, the placement of the pieces is essential. If you were to divide your body into thirds, the main color is in each section. This creates balance and harmony. Cool, right?

I rounded out the look with a black and gold bangle; you can wear one or stack them up your arm. I included this clutch because you can slide it into your work bag and grab it for dinner and drinks. Also, I just really like it.

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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.

8 Comments
  1. Megan, do you have any recommendations for cashmere sweaters for petites? I purchased one from Nordstrom (Halogen) and was disappointed in the quality this year. Thank you!

  2. Were these the pants you were wearing on New Years? I remember thinking how well they fit and how they looked so comfortable too.

  3. Any tips for how to prevent pilling with cashemere? I also bought a few Halogen sweaters that looked great at first but so disappointing after a few wears. Thanks!

  4. Megan, I have 2 questions.
    1. How do these ponte pants run? Are they true to size?
    2, I know you give alot of suggestions for cashmere and wool sweaters. I unfortunately cannot wear anything at all with wool, which includes cashmere. Any suggestions of a good source for buying non- wool sweaters without really turning to H & M?

    1. Heidi, I am eagerly awaiting Megan’s reply, as I am in the same boat and also wondering on fit but in the meantime – I too am allergic to wool which rules out cashmere as well. I find Ann Taylor and LOFT both carry cotton/silk blend sweaters fairly regularly in the spring/fall, so I stock up then. I “run hot” so I don’t worry as much about keeping warm, so these layers are generally fine for me. I have also used Stitch Fix and requested no wool or cashmere and found they send me great casual options. I ordered the pants in two sizes — love Nordstrom returns!!

    2. Hey Heidi! So sorry I missed this comment!
      The pants run true, but if you’re in between sizes go down because they stretch. I wear a 6 or 8 depending on the cut/brand. Stitch Fix sent the 8, they fit well over the holidays because I indulged big time, but now that I’m back to my normal, the 6 would be better.

      For non wool/cashmere sweaters, I always keep my eye out for them because I know so many people have allergies. I haven’t found anything I can recommend so far, but when I do I promise I’ll post about it. With spring around the corner, there will be more cotton/silk knit options available. 🙂

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