Tis the season: Black sateen party pants and silk paisley


7 For All Mankind black sateen skinny pants c/o (sz 24, hemmed), J.Crew dress, Nordies Rack faux pearls, Ann Taylor heels c/o, Chanel wallet on chain

‘Tis the season of holiday parties, for which I love experimenting with festive fabrics and textures. As an alternative to all the skirts and dresses I’ve been showing on here, today’s look covers up the legs but still has plenty of holiday spirit. These pants feature the skinny jean cut and fit that I can rely on from 7FAM, but with the twist of being in smooth black sateen. I paired it with a flared top and cropped swing jacket, as I like balancing skinny silhouettes with pieces that have a little structure.


Depending on what type of venue you’re at, you can throw on a faux-fur shrug for a little extra warmth and glamor. These photos were taken a while back to show an outfit I’d wear indoors – I’m getting shivers thinking about being outside now without another layer!


Banana Republic jacket (old), H&M faux fur shrug

From now through 12/22, 7FAM is giving away 1 $500 gift card each week on Instagram. To enter, follow @7fam and post a photo of your holiday party-inspired pants look with hashtags #7PartyPants and #FromWhereIStand. Good luck to those who enter!


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  1. JessP wrote:

    Hi Jean, I'm new to your blog but I love your outfits! Just ordered these satin jeans on your recommendation, so wanted to say thanks!

    Posted 1.25.14 Reply
  2. Do they still sell your top/dress? I love it!! Or would you happen to know the name of it?

    Posted 1.12.14 Reply
  3. Sarah wrote:

    Hi Jean! Great blog. I'm trying to find these sateen skinny pants online. Since I can't see the top of your pants in the photos, I'm having a hard time knowing if I'm looking at the right pants. Do they have a typical denim closure with belt loops, rivets, and five pockets? Yours seem to have a much better fit and look better than these ones.


    Not sure if that long link will work, but it's the Lux Sateen Skinny Jeans on the Saks website. Thank you!

    Posted 12.7.13 Reply
  4. Jean wrote:

    Hi Michelle! Velvet flares sound so fabulous for the holidays. Lucky you're the perfect height for hemming-free jeans : )

    Posted 12.5.13 Reply
  5. Jean wrote:

    Oh no! I love this dress and would never snip it : ) I shortened it temporarily with double sided fashion tape.

    Posted 12.5.13 Reply
  6. Jean wrote:

    Hi Elaine, I used double sided fashion tape here and Elle of FF&FF; has a tutorial here using safety pins http://www.fastfoodandfastfashion.com/2013/04/how-to-convert-dress-into-top.html

    Posted 12.5.13 Reply
  7. Jean wrote:

    Hi Alison! Thank you for your kind words : ) And yay, so glad you found yourself a pair and at such a steal! Were they comfortable for you? I had to wear them for a breaking-in period which was a bummer (bought one of my friends a pair and she reported the same) – I wish shoes would just be comfortable right off the rack.

    Posted 12.5.13 Reply
  8. Jean wrote:

    Oh no! This dress is one of my favorites which will never see scissors : ) I actually hope BR will come out with these again, they've lasted years and are made with quality you don't see to much of these days : /

    Posted 12.5.13 Reply
  9. I LOVE the 7 The Skinny cut. I am 5'3 and do not need to hem them in a 25. The sateen looks gorgeous! I love this look on you. I can always count on your blog to show very lovely sophisticated but still fun pairings. I must look into these pants for the holidays. I have a velvet pair from last season (maybe J Brand?) in a flare leg…also a fun shape for festive occasions.

    Posted 12.4.13 Reply
  10. Very classy lady ready for the holidays!!!




    Posted 12.4.13 Reply
  11. Love that you were able to convert the dress as a peplum top! This print is gorgeous.


    Posted 12.4.13 Reply
  12. love your pants and clutch!


    Posted 12.4.13 Reply
  13. Suzie Q wrote:

    I bought a multi-strand pearl necklace that I absolutely love on Etsy actually! It's pretty good quality with a nice weight to it, available in different colors, and reasonably priced. (http://www.etsy.com/listing/76303750/champagne-chunky-pearl-4-strand-twisted?ref=shop_home_active) I got the champagne color, which is a really pretty off-white. (I also wore it in an outfit post recently if you wanted to see it as an example)

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    did you hem the dress and turn it into a shirt? iirc you had it for a dress for awhile, right? i hope it isn't permanent because i remembered you looked really cute in the dress haha.

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  15. Suzie Q wrote:

    Oooh I absolutely love the pants! I've been yearning for something alternative to black skinny jeans and typical black leggings, but didn't know what else would exist in between. Who would have thought sateen skinny pants as an option! Love this!

    Suzie Q

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks Jean!I was shocked thinking you cut the dress!!what a great idea :)I have been eyeing the mod cloth one but I would prefer another color. I'm hoping h and m would come out with their cute swing jackets again 😀


    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  17. Elaine wrote:

    How did you manage to tuck the dress like that? Is it pinned up underneath?

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  18. Gorgeous outfit! Love your top!!!!
    And the whole outfit!!!
    You are beautiful!!!

    xoxo from Dubai

    Jul du monde des petites

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Hi Jean,

    I've been eyeing the PLV Mai wedges ever since you blogged about them. This past weekend, I got lucky and scored a brand new pair in my size for $35 including taxes and shipping. So excited to share my score – sorry it is unrelated to the post above!

    You look lovely as always and are such an inspiration to me, style and otherwise 😉 Love your blog and happy holidays!


    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  20. Jean wrote:

    Ah..unfortunately this is a year or two old, but the quality wasn't great anyways as it fell apart quickly and I re-strung the beads back together. However the j.crew factory has a similar faux-pearl multi-strand necklace (http://factory.jcrew.com/womens-clothing/jewelry/necklaces/PRDOVR~27531/27531.jsp) if that's the one i saw in-person, it's shorter in length like the one I'm wearing. You can also search double strand or multi strand pearls on ebay – lots of affordable options!

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    She said Nordstrom Rack in her description under the photos. The even more pressing question for jean is… Was this a recent purchase and is this cute necklace still avail at Nordies Rack?! Please share!

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  22. The top is spectacular!
    About women and not only Blog

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Where did you get your necklace?

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  24. I would love to wear such a wonderful outfit for Christmas, thanks a lot for your inspiration!

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena


    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  25. María wrote:

    You look lovely! I was thinking to wear a similar outfit for this holiday season and you have managed to convinced me 🙂


    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  26. Beautiful top!

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  27. Jean wrote:

    The only cropped swing jacket I've found online recently is this one http://www.modcloth.com/shop/jackets/that-swing-you-do-jacket? (I think it'd look better unbuttoned) I haven't seen it in-person but it has good reviews online.

    I used my trusty double-sided fashion tape to convert this into a top without affecting the silk. Lovely Elle of FF&FF; has a tutorial here using safety pins http://www.fastfoodandfastfashion.com/2013/04/how-to-convert-dress-into-top.html – I never thought this would be practical for me, but it was an accident of sorts (dress got stuck in my pants) where I happened to like the resulting look : )

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    Lovely!!! I'm looking for a cropped swing jacket.. Any recommendations? How did you make this dress a top?

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  29. I love that paisley top on you! gorgeous : )


    Posted 12.3.13 Reply
  30. Looking really great!

    Posted 12.3.13 Reply

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