Happy Thursday! This is a funny time of year because a lot of us will have summer temperatures all the way to October, but the yearning for fall temperatures and color palettes are top of mind. So today I have a transitional outfit incorporating chino pants in an ensemble that helps bridge the summer-to-fall gap – call it a pre-fall look. It's How to Dress Up Wide Leg Chinos for Fall.
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Kelly shares a pre-fall outfit that is versatile and of-the-moment
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Plus, find another way to wear the wide-leg chinos at the end of the post
I finally decided to pull the trigger on J.Crew’s Petite Sailor Heritage Chino Pant. This distressed fatigue color is so versatile, especially for going from summer to fall. The relaxed fit works dressed up or down. Even though these are sized for petites, I added a roll to the cuff so the width of the legs doesn’t overwhelm my frame. Since we are headed out to dinner, I am dressing up these wide-leg chinos simply by changing up my accessories.
As an aside, I loved the Keratin treatment I had for my hair last April so much, that I just had it done again. What I loved most about it was that it completely changed my hair routine. With the treatment I can let my hair air dry without it becoming frizzy; the texture stays smooth and relaxed. I also haven't needed to use my flat iron after I blow dry! Which I really like because the flat iron can be harsh and damaging to my hair after a blowout. So if your hair is coarse or brittle, if it goes bananas in the humidity, I highly recommend a Keratin treatment!
The FormKnit Shell Tank Top has ruched sides and tucks in easily. It’s a simple, neutral, easy top to pair with these pants. Its fitted silhouette works to balance the wide-leg, relaxed fit of the pants. When adding a third layer, be sure to keep it fitted to maintain the balance between the looser pants and the fitted top. Go for something like a Lady Jacket or a slim-fit blazer.
To dress up the chinos and my simple tank, I went with gold block heels and a metallic gold bag. This one from Frances Valentine is sold out, but there are other options: Similar Platino Handbag and Similar Embossed Platino Shoulder Bag. You could easily go with silver metallic, or patent leather would add a chic shine to the ensemble.
is our 40s+ fashion & food contributor. She posts a Daily Look on Tuesdays, writes about Fashion on Thursdays, joins Beth for Fridays with Oscar and shares a new recipe Sunday evenings.
She’s 46, 5’0, and a petite 0/XS.
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