Well, it’s officially fall. And though the weather in Northern Cal is still summer, the light is changing and giving us a feeling of fall even if the temps aren’t. Transitioning our outfits from summer to fall offers an opportunity to have some fun and be creative with mixing summer and fall pieces. These skinny pants with a leopard side strip are perfect for transitioning to fall. The subtle bit of leopard print in the side stripe satisfies those of us who gravitate to animal print and, at the same time, it’s a perfect way to try out a little walk on the wild side for those who haven’t completely embraced the look but are intrigued to step a bit outside of usual. Here are a few suggestions on how to wear side stripe pants.
Side Stripe Pants
Pants with side stripes have been around for a long time. We used to call a stripe down the leg of pants a tuxedo stripe or the pants style, tuxedo pants. Then fashion got hold of that fancy side stripe and began adding it to casual women’s pants and jeans. And here we are.
What color or style top to wear with these simple pants with a peek of leopard print? Even the woman at the dry cleaners asked me what kind sort of top I was planning to wear. Hmmm. I didn’t really know.
So I decided to experiment. I thought trying a few different styles and colors with this combo of taupe and leopard side stripe would be interesting. We could together figure out a color and style that works for this pant color and style.
Let’s take a look.
Black is a safe choice for a taupe and/or leopard pairing. Black is neutral and always works well with leopard print. The button shirt with these pants creates a classic look.
Cranberry and Leopard
This cranberry color blouse seemed like something that would work. Red tones and shades work well with leopard print, and I wanted to try an untucked style. It creates a very different mood from the black shirt pairing – a bit more casual. The blouse is from a Stitch Fix styling from a couple of years ago. I really like the details but don’t wear it very much. What do you think of this pairing?
Pair with a Sweater
Pairing this icy blue sweater was an experiment. It works, but I’m not sure it creates the most pulled together look. I don’t think it will be a “go-to” for these pants.
Classic White Blouse Topper
I like the look of this white blouse with the pants. The standard rule of pairing volume with a close fit works here. I think the skinny pants work better with a top that has a bit of volume.
This white shirt is the same style as the black one above – Banana Republic Dillon Classic Fit. I really love the way the shirt fits and how soft and kind of flowy the fabric is. It’s definitely a classic – never out of style, and it can be dressed up and down. I’ve worn it with jeans and it looks great. I wear the white with a cami underneath as it is a bit sheer. (I’m wearing a nude cami in these photos, but it’s fun to wear a contrast color underneath for a different look.) My favorite camisoles are Uniqlo Airism Camisole – only $14.90 and very lightweight.
Side Stripe Pants – The Good
The simple detail of a vertical stripe in a contrasting color, print, or fabric down the leg creates a sort of optical illusion of elongating and slimming. This look works on pretty much every shape. It’s a simple add that delivers impact.
I always advocate flexibility when it comes to fashion. Be open to trying something new. A pair of pants with a simple side stripe is a subtle style statement that can be a really fun surprise element.
A Bit About Shoes
I tried two different shoe styles just to have an idea of what works best with these pants – a flat and a shoe with a bit of height. I’m showing a sandal style since summer to fall transition outfits typically need to straddle warm or warm-ish weather with fall season. A bootie would look really great with these pants, although it can be a bit tricky to find the perfect bootie with this type of leg opening as the hem can get hung up on a bootie if it isn’t the right style (for example, if the opening of the bootie is too narrow or comes up too high). I can imagine these pants with a tall boot as well.
In these pictures I’m wearing Rothy’s The Point flats and a budget friendly wedge sandal by Style & Co from Macys (check out the browsing widget below for links). I am a huge Rothy’s fan, as you may know if you’ve followed Dez & Dot for a while. I have several pairs of flats and sneakers. The wedge sandals shown are so inexpensive that I have them in three colors – they are perfect to pair with a spring or summer outfit for occasions (although not designed for a lot of walking).
We know that a little heel height presents a slimmer silhouette, and I found this to be true with the higher heel and these pants.
Browse Some of the Styles from the Post
Check out a few styles featured in this post, including side stripe pants styles, the Dillon Classic Fit shirt, wedge sandals by Style & Co, and Rothy’s The Point.