It’s no secret that my Sloan ankle pants are closet staples, so when Banana Republic asked me to style one pair two ways, I was more than happy to! I decided to do two business casual pairings in a fairly monochromatic color scheme, with different textures mixed in for interest (p.s. everything in these looks are on sale right now!). Outside of work, I love Sloans for everyday wear and travel, since they have a good amount of stretch for comfort but do not “stretch out” (no dreaded baggy knees after prolonged sitting!).
Look 1 – Layered Navy
When I first saw this fringe gingham tweed shell, I thought it’d be a great little piece to wear either alone (imagine it with a cute brooch!) or layered over plain button-ups. Some of you asked for “camouflaging” work outfit ideas for the earlier stages of pregnancy – my shirt underneath is actually a tunic, so you can also wear it untucked as a longer layer to help conceal a small bump (or a belly band holding up un-zipped pants)!
As I’ve mentioned before with Sloan pants, every color and material can run a little differently. For example, this pair in olive (“flight jacket”) felt wonderfully fitted on me, more so than prior year versions. The navy pair in today’s blog post is made of a thicker textured fabric (labeled machine washable – yay!) and felt a little looser. I popped them into the wash and dried on high heat to make them more fitted.
Look 2 – Silky and SLEEK
I went simple with this second pairing in a slinky blouse that drapes and feels similar to silk, but is made of machine-washable poly (Note this blouse needed a steaming out of the package). Also, the neck tie is removable to make it more versatile. I would top this with either a long cardigan / blazer in a neutral shade like soft cream or a similar gray, or go bold with a fun pop of color or print!
Thank you to Banana Republic for partnering on this post. Which of these two looks is your favorite?