31 Oct 2018

The Perfect Black Pants: Sit On These

Black pants; how many are too many?

I would say there could never be too many little black dresses or black pants.

Black pants and I get on famously and we are together all the time. They are my very best friend when I travel and if I have relaxed the rules and gained the kilos they are my number one saviour.

Black pants, whatever style and there are many, simply work.

I get crushes on a certain shape and length.

Last year I was all skinny; this year I’m wearing them slightly fuller and higher in the waist. This has something to do with my love of sneakers and cosy sweaters right now. The balance looks right.

And then there is velvet.

It is true; I adore everything velvet and velvet trousers are my latest love.

They are fabulous. I wear these with silk, with cashmere and with the chunky knits and still my trainers. If I want to smarten myself up I will wear the velvet pants, silk blouse and a mule style of shoe or short bootie.

One tip.

Don’t buy velvet trousers too tight. They look better if they fall loosely through the legs and the velvet lasts longer and stays plusher. I wear mine quite baggy and usually go up one size to ensure they fall well. Elasticised waists are the easiest and most wearable style in velvet.

Wear them with a velvet blazer and mix the shades.

The black velvet pants look so wonderful with the emerald green or burgundy blazer; try you will add it to your what-to-wear-when-I-have-nothing-to-wear list. Think velvet jacket in jewel shades, fitted cashmere or cotton tee, velvet pants and your latest multicolour trainers. This might be my go-to outfit nearly every day. Then I can simply sway my comfortable feet for a dressier pair and continue on into the evening.

A new way to wear my black pants; I’m happy with that. xv

The Perfect Addition

eileen fisher velvet ankle pants  ||  lafayette 148 velvet pants

image, zara 

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As I’ve never worn velvet pants, your tips are appreciated. I’ll keep them in mind!


Oh, VELVET….you’ve got my attention! OK Vicki, you have inspired me once again to go find a pair. With winter coming, these will keep me warm. Velvet is a great insulator! Lovely in black….


I would love to see a photo because I just can’t picture a velvet outfit looking good with what I would call “running shoes” in the US. Are trainers something different than athletic shoes?


No.. one and the same.
It’s very much fashion now to mix the athleisure style with the more formal… While comfort is king, I am “running” with it ;)


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