3 Easy Ways to Wear Olive Green Pants

How to Wear Your Olive Green Pants - The Well Dressed Life

Finding an alternative to our everyday jeans isn’t easy. Leggings seem simple enough, but you can only do so much with them. And black pants, while chic, read too officey at times. A few weeks back we featured a post about how to wear gray jeans, and so many of you told us how much you loved it. So today we’re working with a similar pant that brings so much versatility to your wardrobe: the olive green ankle pant.

A few seasons ago I impulsively spent a small fortune on a pair, and to my surprise and delight, still wear them frequently. But you don’t have to spend a ton. Many affordable versions look and fit well, like these popular Wit and Wisdom pants.


PantsHow to Wear Olive Green Pants, $68 in missy and petite 0 – 18, and plus 18 – 24

For today’s post we’re breaking down how to wear these pants three different ways.


How to Wear Olive Green Pants

Outfit One: Pants, $68  |  Shirt, $98  |  Shoe, $50  |  Bag, $49

Over the last few seasons I’ve amassed quite a few chambray shirts and wear them all the time.  They create an easy and casual outfit.  I like pairing them with black leggings and flats, dark skinny jeans, faux leather leggings, or even a feminine skirt.  So. Many. Options.

Here, I paired a slim, light washed shirt that I would half tuck into the front of the green pants.  Be sure to roll your sleeves for extra style.  Keep your accessories neutral.  I like these sandals with a block heel if you want to dress up the look a bit.  A flat works just as well.  Because this is an everyday outfit, I used my everyday tote.  This Street Level tote from Nordstrom is a great price for the quality and usability.


How to Wear Your Olive Green Pants - Outfit 2Outfit Two: Pants, $68  |  Shirt, $26.50  |  Shoes, $100  |  Bag, $99

We talked last week about the ageless versatility of a classic white button down.  I like the modern twist on this one by J.Crew Factory. The tie front is both chic and easy.  (If you are long waisted this particular shirt will not work because it’s cut to sit at your natural waist.)  Again, roll and zhush your sleeves to keep the shirt from feeling too stuffy.

I used these suede flats that work perfectly with the leopard print bag.  The neutrals ground the outfit, and because the colors all work together, the outfit is cohesive.



How to Wear Your Olive Green Pants - Outfit 3Outfit Three: Pants, $68  |  Jacket, $118  |  Heel, $70  |  Tank, $7  |  Necklace, $110

Finally, I wore a version of this outfit last weekend to a fundraiser at a friends bar. It was perfect for a chilly spring evening that found us moving from inside the bar to the adjacent patio throughout the night.

The pants and denim jacket are a match made in heaven.  I used a simple loose tank similar to this one from H&M.  If you have the Old Navy scoop tank we’ve featured a dozen times, that will work well too. I love a simple outfit that is easily elevated with accessories.  A pump (these by Cole Haan are remarkably comfortable) dress up your look.  I wore this exact pair and lasted in them all night.  And this gorgeous necklace by Kendra Scott pulls all the colors together helping the look make sense.  Again, it creates a cohesive feel with makes your look feel purposeful.

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 Have a piece hanging in your closet and need some inspiration around how to wear it?  Let us know in the comments below and we’ll help you out in future posts.  

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. 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).

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

    1. 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

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