2 Fun Things: Wide Leg Pants and Beautycounter
Hi! It’s been a wild month so far, and it’s not over yet. I’ve had about 20 balls in the air (or at least it’s felt like it), and this post just fits right in with that scenario. This is a bit like two short posts in one.
First topic: How the heck do we wear wide leg pants? Everything old is new again – as many of us who have been around a while have seen over the years in the fashion world.
And second: I just have to throw in a little bit about my new and exciting project: Consultant for Beautycounter.
How to Wear Wide Leg Pants
We are seeing a resurgence of the wide leg pants style this spring. It can be a very flattering look as long as a few styling “rules” are followed.
- First, a good fit is essential. Your wide leg pants should be very fitted at the waist and around your hips and derriere. The pants should then flow gracefully over the thighs, widening throughout the length of the pants.
- The general rule of thumb if you are wearing loose filling pants or pants with a lot of fabric is that your top should be somewhat fitted or tucked in. (I have seen fabulous outfits worn by women with a loose, flowy top paired with wide, loose pants, and it can be a really elegant look, but it’s not the easiest thing to pull off.)
- Belt it! Adding a belt really defines the waist and creates interest and adds a figure-flattering feature to the look.
- Super important: The hem of your wide leg pants needs to barely skim the floor and cover most of your shoe for a slimming, elongated, and striking silhouette.
- Wearing heels with wide leg pants really elongates the leg. This can be a really elegant look. A flat shoe style can also create a very chic look with a very casual style wide pant.
I have a pair of sailor inspired wide leg pants (I’m sorry that I didn’t style them for this post) that I’ve had for some years. I really like them, but with the skinny pant styles we’ve been wearing for so long, they’ve spent more time in the closet than out. Also, they need ironing and the clothes I reach for most often are wash and wear, which works best for my life. Because of this, they don’t make it into the outfit rotation. Since the look is back, however, and also because they are white and it’s the perfect season to break them out, I’m going to wear them this coming week. I’ll do a photo to post.
I’ve shared in the past my “go to” reference when I’m wondering about a certain style or look: Google it! It’s a great way to see how women who have style or who have stylists (as in celebrities) put together a look. Check out the search result for “how to wear wide leg pants.” Notice that in most of the looks, the top is fitted or tucked in, or the pants are belted.
A variation that’s very “in” this season is the cropped wide leg pant style. I’ve seen them styled in really fun ways. But in my opinion it’s a hard look to pull off, especially for us midlife fashionistas. If it’s not styled perfectly, it can just look awkward and I don’t think it’s a very slimming silhouette. I plan to stay far away from the look.
I’ve curated a few wide leg pant styles below from some of my favorite retailers.
Have you heard of it yet? If you haven’t, you are now, and I will bet you’ll be hearing a lot more about Beautycounter going forward.
Here are three things that I love about Beautycounter and why I’m excited to become involved with this company:
- Skin care and beauty products have always been some of my favorite grown up “play things.” It’s just fun for me. I like discovering new products, trying them, and sharing with my friends the ones that I love. So becoming a part of the Beautycounter team makes sense.
- I love Beautycounter’s mission to “get safer products into the hands of everyone.” Our skin is our largest organ. Anything we put on our skin is absorbed into our system: lotions, cosmetics, hair products, cleansers and soaps, sunscreen. I, like many people, am focusing more on making sure my products are safer. The other side of this mission is that often safer products = more expensive. Beautycounter’s products are not over priced, making them accessible to more people. And they are working at the legislative level advocating for safer regulations for skin care and cosmetic products.
- Beautycounter is a fairly young company – only six years. I love the idea of becoming involved at the beginning of this movement and being in a position of introducing Beautycounter’s line to people. It’s exciting!
I could add more, like how beautiful the products are (even the packaging), and how transparent the company is. And the return policy (anything you don’t love can be returned within 60 days). Oh, yeah, and how I truly am seeing a difference in my skin since I’ve been using the products. But then I’d be telling you more than three things I love! So . . . I won’t go on (although I could!).
Check out the two short videos below if you’re interested in learning more about Beautycounter – they are worth the few minutes you will spend.
I think those who know me personally have experienced that when I share a product or tip, it’s because I believe in it and have tried it. I encourage you to explore the line via my consultant site: beautycounter.com/karentarver. There’s skin care for women, men and children AND makeup, that I’m just beginning to try (I love the Touchup Skin Concealer Pen and Illuminating Cream Highlighter. And I can’t wait to try the Dew Skin Moisturizing Coverage.
Oh, and one more thing about that Never List card in the photo above. Here’s what it is: The Never List™ is made up of more than 1,500 questionable or harmful chemicals that Beautycounter never use as ingredients in products. This includes the over 1,400 chemicals banned or restricted in personal care products by the European Union, plus additional chemicals screened by Beautycounter and found to be of concern. It’s skin care and fun makeup, but it’s also a movement . . . in the right direction.
Interested in trying out Beautycounter? RIGHT NOW there’s a Friends and Family sale! 15% off until April 15. It’s a perfect time to try some of my faves or what looks fun to you. Also, I’m happy to send you a few samples of some of my favorites (a few are pictured here). Or if you have a particular product you are curious about or a concern you’d like to target, let me know. Just send me an email (email@example.com) with your mailing address.