If you’re ever feeling bad about your body, just head over to Already Pretty. The blog is an instant image booster. Sally McGraw is like a nurturing sister, showing you her sense of style—and helping you discover your own. Here, she creates six outfits using a pair of ankle-length cigarette pants. My favorite is #2. The leather waist belt shows off her curves and the scarf provides a pop of color.
Here’s what Already Pretty had to say about the outfits she created…
When Sydne asked me to contribute to this feature, I was SO flattered… but also stymied. Which item of clothing should I remix? Some of my favorite wardrobe staples had already been done and I was simply at a loss. We bounced some ideas around and when Sydne suggested I try my ankle-length cigarette pants, a lightbulb went off. I’m a skirt girl at heart, but I do so adore these pants … despite the fact that they are EXTREMELY challenging for someone with my figure. Or, really, any figure! Ankle-length pants are tough to pull off without looking short and stumpy, and tightly-fitting ones present a whole other set of obstacles to the curve-conscious. But I think I’ve concocted a few choice ensembles around these trousers that work for me, and might even work for you if you’re willing to brave this persnickety pant!
1. Pants this slim-fitting can almost pass for leggings, and look sleek and refined with a floaty tunic. High-vamp shoes help minimize the stumpification.
2. I just adore the retro feel of this outfit. The scarf evokes a bit of French-chic, the belt creates a flatteringly cinched waistline, and the high-vamp shoes help elongate the line of the pant.
3. This is my nod to Audrey Hepburn, the woman who springs to mind when you see a pair of ankle-length black pants on ANYONE. A stripy sweater casts a slightly European air, and these low-heeled shoes are as close to ballet flats as I’ll ever come!
4. This chunky belt adds a dash of punk, and also continues in the waist-cinching vein. I definitely play up my curviness when I wear these cigarette pants. There’s no chance of hiding ’em, so might as well flaunt ’em.
5. Another retro-influenced look! A plain white tee and jean jacket paired with a chunky houndstooth scarf make me feel fabulously fifties. The bright heels contribute a dash of modernity to the ensemble.
6. The proportions of this outfit shouldn’t work … and I suppose they’re not my best. But I just love the blocks of color created by the cropped jacket, long tank, and dark pants. A little bit 80s, but in a good way!
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