27 Nov 2019

Who Wears Fancy Pants?

Fancy Pants on vickiarcher.com

If you call velvet, “fancy” then I do.

Velvet pants are an easy switch-up when the classic black trousers or the jeans feel dull. We all get bored with our wardrobes even when we have them just right. There is nothing wrong with feeling, not-this-again. Variety is everything; it’s about finding the switch as good as the original.

Velvet pants work.

There are velvets and velvets.

Velvet pants come in all styles from the tailored to a wider-leg to the jogger. I like the tailored styles and the wider legs – I haven’t tried a jogger but instinct tells me I prefer cashmere for a jogger pant.

Velvet looks the part worn as a suit but I also like the addition of a simple cashmere sweater or a pretty lace blouse. Finish with a pair of trainers, for a “walk out the door” look. Swap up the shoes if a more dressed up look is needed.

Which style is for me?

If casual and comfort are the criteria, don’t hesitate on these or these beauties in grey.

Something more tailored then these are super flattering and can be worn with top tucked in or out.

Tall and slim; then look no further.

Somewhere in the middle and a waist is your friend.

Velvets prove themselves time and again and as I write I realise I have been wearing velvet trousers on and off for 30 years. It is somewhat shocking to face the truth when I “see” it like this but it’s a good one. xv

The Best “Fancy” Pants

eileen fisher pull on straight leg   ||  johnny was in grey  ||  ted baker tailored emerald

vince cropped in blue  ||  dolce & gabbana high waisted  ||  alice + olivia straight leg  ||  alexa chung satin trim

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Oh, I DO I DO TOO! Bring them on. They are warm and refined and it’s time for them as the season approaches. We are in the middle of an epic snow storm! Love that emerald green!

FrenchGardenHouse Antiques

I adore velvet pants too. I have a favorite pair of slim black tailored velvet pants, that i wear with oversized cashmere sweaters, and a pair of wide leg velvet pants to wear with tunics, blouses and jackets. The velvet pants can go casual, but always feel festive. Now with the sales, some of the ones you shared are tempting!

Michelle à Détroit

I do love velvet pants. I have slim fitting velvet jeans in navy and black, and a wonderful pair of Natori wide leg, flowing black velvet pants. I love and wear them all regularly. Nothing could be more perfect with a white tee, or a white or jewel toned shirt. BTW, I wonder when “boot cut “ became “ straight leg” The Alice + Olivia pants are clearly boot cut.


Since I was in my early 20’s, I’ve always had several pairs of velvet jeans or trousers. I prefer ones that sit on my waist, are straight leg and hit my ankles. Widelegged velvet pants, especially those that are cropped, look dowdy for some reason on me. PS: I just bought the Alice & Olivia/Net-a-Porter from your site so thank you Vicki!! xoxox, B


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