Pattern on Bottom

There are two things that I rarely ever wear in public: sweatpants and
printed bottoms. Why? Well, I always feel sloppy if I go out in pants
that I sleep in (even in college I felt this way), and printed bottoms
never seem to appear flattering on me – probably because I don’t want to
emphasize my hips and thighs anymore than I need to.

pants: Old Navy (exact) | white tee: Target (exact) | denim jacket: Sonoma @ Kohl’s (exact)
floral statement necklace: Apt. 9, old (similar) | sandals: Old Navy (exact

Well, clearly I’m breaking both my rules with these pants – hello
comfortable-but-still-appropriate-for-public-wear pants. These pants are
so lightweight, which will make them a great transitional piece into
summer whether they are worn more casually, like I did for this post, or
a tad dressier with a flowy, chiffon tank and wedges. I even could see
myself throwing these on over my bathing suit with an over-sized white
button-down – the options are limitless!

I also have to
give props to the pattern, especially for the fact that it’s in black
and white – the black minimizes anything unflattering that I don’t want
to show, but the white floral print keeps the pants from appearing
boring or too much like a pair of black sweatpants.

On a final note, today’s post is bidding farewell to my long hair! After weeks of speculation and all your great feedback from last week’s favorites post, the ever-popular lob cut is in my near future (Thursday). I can’t wait to share the new look with you!

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  1. 6.2.15
    Courtney said:

    AMAZING look! Denim jackets are my fave for spring!!!

    XO Courtney

  2. 5.25.15

    Oh goodness, thank you! You are too sweet. I think finding the right pattern and colors is key – this look was a bit outside my comfort zone, too!

  3. 5.25.15

    Thanks, Tori! Old Navy really has stepped up their game this year – it's a miracle I don't have packages arriving at my doorstep on a weekly basis!

  4. 5.25.15

    You are TOO sweet, thanks friend! You need those pants in your life – I'm sure they would be perfect for a mommy-on-the-go like you!

  5. 5.22.15
    Kari said:

    I really want some patterned pants but I'm so short it always looks weird! You on the other hand look gorgeous!!

  6. 5.20.15
    Tori said:

    I just can't get enough of Old Navy–they are knocking it out of the park for me this year 🙂 These pants look just fabulous on you–love the print and the wide leg!! Ps. can't wait to see your new hair!!



  7. 5.20.15

    Karly you are so gorgeous! I am seriously running to Old Navy this week to look for those pants. I'm in love!

  8. 5.19.15

    Thanks, Erin!

  9. 5.19.15

    Thanks, lady!!

  10. 5.19.15

    Thanks, girl! Haircut is Thursday, and it can't come soon enough – looking at these photos, I'm second-guessing my decision, but I keep telling myself it's time for a change. 🙂

  11. 5.19.15

    Thanks, girl! Old Navy seriously has been killing it lately – it's amazing that my husband hasn't shunned me from the amount of boxes that have arrived at our doorstep recently. 🙂

  12. 5.19.15

    They are ridiculously comfortable!

  13. 5.19.15

    I've been on the fence about picking up a tapered pair of soft pants, so thanks for the boost of confidence. 🙂 I'll ease my way into it! Looking forward to your outfit with the pants that you got.

  14. 5.19.15

    You're so sweet, thank you! They are surprisingly a lot easier to wear than I thought they would be – you should pick up a pair!

  15. 5.19.15

    Thanks, girlfriend!

  16. 5.19.15

    You are so sweet, thank you friend! Girl, you totally need these pants – I LOVE wearing sweatpants at home, and these seriously feel like I'm cheating and wearing sweatpants in public. I can't get enough!

  17. 5.19.15

    Thanks, Jana! You definitely should pick up a pair – I imagine they would be perfect and comfortable for a mommy like you. 🙂

  18. 5.19.15

    Thank you! I'm so nervous, but I know it's time for a change. Thursday can't get here fast enough!

  19. 5.19.15

    Thanks, lady!

  20. 5.19.15

    You totally could dress them up for work!

  21. 5.19.15

    Thanks, girl!

  22. 5.19.15

    Go for it, girl! These pants are totally out of my comfort zone, too, but I'm so glad that I got them. I bet they would look fantastic on you!

  23. 5.19.15

    I'm with you! You really never can go wrong with black and white – I'll have to see what else I can pair with it. And, thanks girl! I'm kind of nervous for the cut, but I know it's time for a change.

  24. 5.19.15

    Thanks, mom!

  25. 5.19.15

    Aren't they so great?! I can't get enough. No, I haven't tried the soft shorts, but now I'm intrigued …

  26. 5.19.15
    Jenna said:

    I have the exact same pants and I LOVE them! They are so perfect for summer! Lightweight and appropriate for the public too! Have you tried any of Old Navy's soft shorts?

  27. 5.19.15
    Debra Stachelski said:

    This is such an adorable outfit! Looking forward to the new hair reveal this week!

  28. 5.19.15
    Nadia said:

    Ohhh I can't wait to see your new hair cut! These pants look so breezy and comfy, perfect for summer weekends! I love that the pattern is still neutral so I bet they would pair with just about anything.

  29. 5.19.15
    Anne said:

    So cute! I just got a similar pair of pants from J.Crew factory because I love the idea of the easy, breezy look with patterned flowy pants (and denim jackets!) for summer, but I'm still kinda scared of them because the silhouette is so out of my norm… your fabulous look is inspiring me to go for it and branch out 🙂 Love the idea of re-styling them for the beach too.

  30. 5.19.15
    Shauna said:

    Beautiful look!! Can't wait to see the new hair! -xx


  31. 5.19.15
    Mia- MakeMeUpMia said:

    I love those pants, they would be perfect for work! I don't have any but you've made me want some 🙂

  32. 5.19.15
    Ashley T said:

    I love me some printed pants and these are adorable!

  33. 5.19.15

    Love these pants – so cute! And I'm super excited to see your new cut, can't wait!

  34. 5.19.15

    You look awesome! I really want to get a pair of flowy, patterned pants like this for summer. I'm looking forward to seeing your new haircut, too! 🙂

  35. 5.19.15
    Christina Sotherden said:

    I. Love. This. Look!! You nailed it, lady! And you look fabulous in the photos too 🙂 Totally agree on the sweatpants in public but I love being in them and am feeling like maybe I need to check out these pants!

  36. 5.19.15
    Biana Perez said:

    Pattern's always overwhelm me, but you rock it girl!! I can't wait to see how your hair comes out!! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  37. 5.19.15

    So cute! I've seen those pants everywhere but have been nervous to get some. They look great on you!

  38. 5.19.15

    So funny I bought a pair of printed soft pants at work yesterday!! 🙂 I'll share an outfit picture soon. I agree that the outfit options are endless too. I think that you would look nice in a pair that are more tapered too. This outfit is super cute though and can't wait to see your new hairdo!! 🙂

  39. 5.19.15

    Cute pattern, and they look so comfortable too!

  40. 5.19.15

    Cute outfit! Loving those pants on you. Isn't Old Navy the best?!

  41. 5.19.15
    Jenn said:

    Those pants look really good on you! I've been of the same mindset about sweatpants etc in public but those looks great!
    Good luck with the haircut today! Can't wait to see how it turns out!!!

  42. 5.19.15
    Pamela said:

    Those pants look amazing on you! I love the pattern and they're so cute with the jean jacket!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  43. 5.19.15

    I love those patterned pants on you! They look great!!

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