Wear to Work: Textured Ankle Pant

Key Piece: Textured Pants

Key Piece: Ann Taylor Crosshatch Tweed Pants, $109

Casual Office Day: L.L Bean Vintage Cable Turtleneck, $59.99; Louise et Cie ‘Abriel’ Loafer, $110.95; Skagen ‘Mikkeline’ Leather Satchel, $295; Kerrine Crystal Earrings, $60; Nordstrom Hammered Bangles, $28

Client Meetings: Ann Taylor Crosshatch Tweed Peplum Jacket, $169; Ivanka Trump ‘Lysa’ Pointy Toe Pump, $99; Classiques Entier Ruffle Front Silk Shell, $112; Kate Spade ‘rise and shine’ Lever Back Earrings, $48; Kate Spade ‘orchard street – dillon’ Tassel Leather Satchel, $428

We frequently talk about incorporating texture into your look rather than a pattern to kick up the sophistication level. It’s so easy and makes a huge impact. These tweed pants, that just skim the ankle, are a lovely and seasonally appropriate way to elevate your look.

Casual Office Day:  A casual dress code doesn’t mean going to work looking like a slob. By mixing tailored staples with more casual pieces, you can look pulled together without looking too fussy. I love this soft, cozy ivory turtleneck sweater. It’s slim fitting but not skin tight, and its cable knit adds additional interest.

Instead of a heel  I went with loafers. Loafers started to show up last fall and are more popular than ever. Every blogger and their mother are snapping Instagram pictures of themselves wearing $500 Gucci loafers. Ever feel like everyone is independently wealthy but you? Just me? Rather then spend a fortune, I went with these more reasonable loafers. If you walk to work or prefer a flat, you may consider these in your rotation.

For jewelry, these crystal earrings are lovely. They are a great piece to buy now and wear throughout the fall and holiday season. Because the turtleneck will sit up under your chin, I like how these will gently float just below your ear. You don’t need much else. These slim hammered bangles are subtle but bring the metal into the look with more purpose.

Finally, can we talk about this bag for a minute? I first discovered Skagen back when I was a buyer, and they only made watches. They were minimal, stylish and well crafted. This bag is all of that, and everything a city girl looks for in a bag, including a shoulder strap and the always elusive zipper top.

Client Meeting:  My biggest wardrobe challenge is having enough appropriate pieces for all of my different needs. One week I can go from working from home in yoga pants to a stylish dress for business meetings, to requiring a full suit for corporate work. So, when I buy items, I try to create several different outfits out of a few core pieces. These pants are just the kind of thing I look for because there is a coordinating jacket. This jacket is fresh and stylish. I love the three-quarter sleeves (especially since with my arms everything is three-quarter anyway). The peplum in the back is elegant, and because it has deep box pleats, it will just sit where it’s supposed to instead of sticking out.

Classiques Entier (Nordstrom private label brand) is a staple in my closet. I just bought this shell and have several versions of it from past seasons. They wear and wash well, pack great and fit perfectly under all of my suit jackets. I especially like this option because of its long layered front.  A little more expensive, but worth the price.

For the rest of the look, minimal is the way to go. These pointed toe pumps with a half moon heel (think half of a block heel) will give incredible support while still elongating your leg. A ladylike structured bag plays up the feminine details of the jacket. Finally, simple black earrings add a bit of movement and daytime sparkle.

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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.

    1. It just an option, Claudia, it might not be for you. I wear it frequently as do many of our clients. Ankle pants became popular in the 1950s, some still call them “cigarette” pants, though the shape of the leg has evolved. They are significant and considered a classic style thanks, in part, to style icons like Audrey Hepburn and Jackie O.

  1. I love those pants. Will you wear them once the real winter gets here? I find that I usually want to wear boots of some sort in the winter. Or at least I can’t do a slimmer, shorter pant with a flat/pump and all that exposed skin on my ankle etc. Maybe I just have to get used to that?

    1. Hi Joan! On the east coast I start to wear this style towards the very end of August, through October. Once it gets cold I’m with you, I want a boot. I’ll pull them out as the winter turns to spring as well and wear them until it’s just too hot. I get a little more wear out of this style because of how much work I do in California, it’s the perfect length pant out there just about any time of year.

  2. Just a few thoughts to share while relaxing on my long weekend. Even though I normally wear skirts and dresses about 90% of the time, ankle pants have been a great choice for work as they blend well with my waist length blazers while also sporting pumps. While being 5′-8″ and a size 4, this fashion choice really compliments my figure; however, if the pant hemline is not set properly when wearing heels or flats, the look is tacky. In my opinion, it pays dividends to employ a skilled seamstress or tailor for a truly professional appearance. Don’t just settle for the “out of box” look. Buy the way, Nordstrom sells a selection of Vince Camuto ankle pants and the tailoring has been complimentary – I love it!

    1. Totally agree! I would add, regardless of what pant you are buying, bring the heels or flats you plan on wearing when you get your alterations so you have a perfect fit. Thanks Ashley!

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