They’re coming….and sooner than you think. The Holidays! And what are the Holidays without a party? Or a festive get-together with friends and family? Or a night out to a fancy restaurant?
Before you know it, there will be a tree in many of our homes! Or a Menorah!
It’s the one time of year when we kind of enjoy dressing up. A bit of glitz. Some bling. It’s all good.
We’l be dressing up and having a good ol’ time!
And this is also the time when we may be somewhat stumped on what to wear.
Hmmmm…what to wear? What. To. Wear?
An office-to-after-work Holiday celebration? A New Year’s Eve Party? A pre-Christmas Dinner?
You don’t want to overdress but you don’t want to look like you just stepped in from running weekend errands.
Excuse me–but I was running errands before coming to the party and I hadn’t any idea of what to wear!!
The solution? Fancy Pants! Shiny Pants! Velvet Pants! Fun Pants!
Call me a Charlatan but I love me some fancy pants!
As I’ve aged, the pants have been my friend—especially when it comes time to dressing up. I’m just more comfortable in them. With pants you don’t have to shave your legs. You save money on fake tanning. You can sit whichever way you want. If you have too much to drink at a party (and at one time or another in our lives—who hasn’t had a bit too much of the holiday cheer?), and you lose your footing and fall, you don’t have to worry about falling and the bottom of your dress or skirt riding up over your bum!
That’s right–momma loves her fancy, shiny pants! I feel like a girl version of Freddie Mercury!
Let me show you some looks—and trust me, these are looks that are incredibly “Mature woman” friendly! And YES!! You CAN wear shiny, glittery, blingy pants at a mature age–it’s what you wear with them that’ll make ’em look timeless and elegant!
Let’s take a look!
The Shiny Houndstooth pants. OMG. I ordered these from Old Navy. I fell in love with them the second I saw them on the website. And—being that I know my exact sizes from ON, I felt confident the pants would fit the moment clicked the order button. Currently $35 on the Old Navy website, I believe I got them for $29.99. Old Navy has sales every day so my best advice is to keep checking out their website!
Photos don’t do justice to showcase how beautiful these pants truly are. The blue is so sparky and shiny. I couldn’t wait for the holidays. I had to wear these to work last Friday and received a ton of compliments. Everyone loved them!
Paired with a black Tippi sweater from J. Crew and simple black pumps, this is a great office-to-office party look. The pants are the main attraction so you don’t need much more.
These pants by ON are a perfect fit and have just the right amount of stretch. And the brand knows how to do holiday pants right. The length is gorgeous. A true ankle pant. And given that money will be spent on gifts and food and entertaining, it feels good to save a bit and not have to spend a fortune on holiday dressing.
Black velvet is next–also from Old Navy. I paid less than $30 on these pants. They are actually Rockstar Super Skinny Jeans. But the velvet adds such a luxe holiday feel to them. And they are versatile as all get out!
Got a house party to go to? Or going out for a fancier dinner? These black velvet jeans go so well with this rosy pink/nude sweater. I picked the sweater up at Primark last year for eight bucks and have stil to wear it. I paired it with Badgley Mischka kitten heels for an elegantly casual look…
The bling is in the shoes. To keep it on an elegant vibe, keep it to one blingy element. Here it’s the shoes…
And I love the detailing in this sweater. It’s a tunic length and the sleeves have a bit of an edge with the slit!
It’s a ladylike but fun look–and who doesn’t love velvet? Got a velvet blazer? Turn it into a fancier version of suiting!
And look at this great shoe look–suede shoes with velvet pants! These shoes have been with me since 2011 when my niece was married. I haven’t worn them much since but they always get worn around Christmas!
These are shoes you don’t drink in–unless you are in your home. They are too high. One too many and the heels will teeter over!
The next look is, hands down, my favorite holiday pants look. If you recall, I purchased these gold and black brocade pants last year at Old Navy. The pants were $19.99! And I wore them all holiday season! I was afraid they might not fit when I took them out of storage due to a ten-pound weight gain. (Don’t judge–I’ve been stressed) But they fit beautifully!
These pants! How I love them! And look–the same shoes and sweater that I wore with the blue houndstooth pants. For me, casual elegance works–but a silk shirt would also work with this look!
Honestly, when you have pants this fancy and shiny, less is more with the other items of clothing. A solid sweater works very wel with this. And the pointy shoes. And the money saved by using what you have!
The cut of these pants is also flattering to all body types. There are no side pockets to stick out if you have curves. The pockets are in front and you can barely notice them. There are also no pleats which means no added bulk. They fit like a charm!
It’s also about dressing comfortably. I don’t know about you, but if I’m overdressed, I just never feel comfortable. Fussy dressing just isn’t for me. I’m not about over-accessorizing–I like to keep it simple!
Are you a Ms. Fancy Pants too?
If you would like to see more styling options, I filmed a YouTube video on these three looks and more. Here’s the video! Let me know what you think.
How do you like to fancy it up for the holidays? Let’s talk about this!