WIW Harem Pants and Cropped Top

Here's what I wore to spend a fabulous day with some of the LA ladies of YLF -- Rae, MaryK and Adelfa.

The pants and sweater are from UO.  The top underneath is fairly old, it shrank but is perfect for this seater.  This outfit was very comfortable, I took sneakers along just in case but the Newbury's worked fine.  The second picture shows the outfit with a leather moto but I didn't need that either, the weather was in the 70s.

The picture's a bit blurry and perhaps a different lip shade would have brought more color to my face, but this look is not about conventional figure or color flattery.  I like that I figured out a way to wear a cropped top without baring any skin.  The pants have a  high waist.

Thanks for looking and commenting!

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  • replied 6 years ago

    This feels very Avant Gard to me Denise. I think the proportions work well and I like the layering. Cool.

  • replied 6 years ago

    Oooh I really like those pants! The cropped top is nice too.

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Killer (And I am hard to please with all black outfits). 

    Fashion forward, texture-rich, and fabulous. I love the white horizontal line across the middle of the top. Rock on. xo

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    Thanks Diane, Ceit and Angie!  This outfit came with a high happiness factor.

  • annagybe replied 6 years ago

    I really, really love this on you.

  • Susie replied 6 years ago

    What Anna said! Love this look!

  • Debbie replied 6 years ago

    What everyone else said love this look!

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  • Astrid replied 6 years ago

    This is so cool. You look fantastic!

  • viva replied 6 years ago

    Very cool. Love this outfit!

  • ironkurtin replied 6 years ago

    Edgy and awesome!

  • MsMary replied 6 years ago

    Love, love, love!  And it was even better in person!  :)

  • In My Joi replied 6 years ago

    Bravo!!! Great way to wear a cropped top! I like to not show skin as well!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 6 years ago

    Nicely done CL.  You have a real knack for putting together interesting outfits.

  • Catnip replied 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!  I love the harem pants, and the sweater is really pretty.

  • Lyn D. replied 6 years ago

    This looks like quite a 'daring' outfit to me, and you wear it so well Denise!
    I like the white underneath breaking-up the all-black, and the bare-leg above your boots.

  • carambola replied 6 years ago

    This is so cool! You wear all black amazingly well.

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    This is perfect imo.

  • jenanded replied 6 years ago

    Love it Denise....

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    Very cool outfit, in all senses of the word! I am staring at those bare legs in wonder. At -38 C, that would not be possible. 

  • ManidipaM replied 6 years ago

    You had me at 'harem'! :-)

    So totally cool. Your tonal dressing gets tricksier and better. Am so impressed that you can pull off volume on volume with 2 high-contrast leg breaks! And btw, what are those fab booties, please?

    Like others, loving that little non-cinching line of white! Very bravely done and masterful.

    Speaking of masterpieces, I am also loving that chair and cushion. ::sighs:: you have good taste, you know?

  • CocoLion replied 6 years ago

    ManidipaM, thanks for the kind, kind words.  The boots are Rag & Bone Newbury.  They were a splurge but I've whittled the CPW down by wearing them frequently.

    The chair and cushion (and very neat home) belong to my sister, not me.  I am visiting her at the moment in LA.  A nice home isn't in the cards for me right now, I live in a partially refurbished garage on a ranch, which is being renovated on the boyfriend plan.  Which means cheap but very, very, VERY slow.

  • Marley replied 6 years ago

    Oh, so cool Denise!  I love the harem pants with the cropped top , and if I ever get back home again (to my closet!) I am going to try to copy this!  Hope you Fabbers had fun today!

  • rae replied 6 years ago

    I can attest that it is even cooler in person! Especially with your killer pebbled leather backpack.

    ETA: I went looking for your backpack online (can't find it) and saw this. Pretty darn similar except for the hardware color. More evidence of your great eye for design.


  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    Absolutely love it and would copy it in an instant- hope there are pictures of the get together. 

  • Sveta replied 6 years ago

    I just cannot believe somebody can go with bare legs now when I am frozen solid before I reach my car in the driveway!:-(
    Denise, I think harem pants style was created specially for you: you wear it with such natural grace and panache!
    Love your style!

    ETA:  just read Suz's comment: we Canadians do think alike in winter :-)

  • Neel replied 6 years ago

    I don't know what I love about this outfit the most! The pants, the top, the boots or the way you pull them off together! Love it!

  • Parsley replied 6 years ago

    Denise, you rock those harem pants like no other!
    I'm glad you and the LA gang had a good time.

  • Adelfa replied 6 years ago

    You look great in your pics and twice as good IRL.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    You look great in this outfit! Nicely done layers and proportions with the tee and sweater. I'm taking mental notes and wondering if I can do something similar with my harem pants. Though it will be a while before I'm baring any calves here in Seattle.
    I love the jacket over the outfit, too.

  • Kiwibird replied 6 years ago

    Love the harem pants, love the entire outfit - you look awesome!!!! 

  • AJ replied 6 years ago

    As with all your other stylings, you make this volume on volume outfit look so carefree chic, but never overdone.

    Did anyone post any meet-up photos?

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Very unconventional and I'm loving it! I find it very attractive and love it with the leather jacket too. I'm copying this one! x

  • Inge replied 6 years ago

    All perfect pieces, this is a brilliant look, Denise (and I too love the splash of crisp white, such a great touch). I hope the gals and you had a fabulous day!

  • goldenpig replied 6 years ago

    Super cool! Now this is edgy and avant garde done right!

  • Transcona Shannon replied 6 years ago

    Denise, I've said it before and I'll say it again - you are a ROCK STAR!!!

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