Party Pants

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Holiday parties can be the worst to try to dress for, especially if the invite is vague. I had a customer in the store just the other day who couldn’t figure out what ‘holiday attire’ meant for a party she was attending. In her desperation, she turned to google. 

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“It was from cocktail dresses to ugly sweaters. Google left me with nothing.” Her party, we determined, was going to be cocktail attire so a sparkly one-shoulder number would be just fine. But it was a close one. No one wants to show up to an ugly sweater party looking pretty. 

Let’s get something straight: I have never been invited to a cocktail dress appropriate holiday party.  (However, there is always hope for next year that we meet friends fancy enough to throw a fancy christmas party.) The holiday parties I attend are usually casual to the point of not even being allowed to be called parties, but that doesn’t mean I can’t dress the part, even if it’s not a cocktail dress. When I saw these pants at Old Navy, I knew I was on to something. I mean, tuxedo pants? That kind of sounds fancy. I think I shall pour myself a cocktail and get this party started. 

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top: J.Crew / similar

sweater: β„… Old Navy

pants: β„… Old Navy

shoes: Madewell

clutch: Kelly Wynne

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  1. Christina Storm says:

    Love those pants and the layering is perfect!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  2. Love these pants and the festive tree in the background!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  3. So cute! I'm with ya girl…I've gotta find those fancy friends that apparently everyone else has around the holidays! πŸ˜‰

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  4. Heidi says:

    Love those pants and that Kelly Wynne clutch is phenomenal! Love that it's made in the USA.

    http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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  5. Absolutely loving these pants! Would never have guessed they were from Old Navy. Lookin good!

    xo Jessica
    My Style VIta

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  6. Chloe says:

    Absolutely love this look! Beautiful photos!
    xx Chloe
    http://topknotsandpolkadots.wordpress.com

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  7. Christa says:

    Love your outfit! We've been having a friend pot luck party for years where we make everyone get super fancy just because! It's this weekend and I'm still finalizing my outfit!

    http://www.gardeniasandmint.wordpress.com

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  8. kendall says:

    love the pop of plaid! x

    dipped in yellow

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  9. Sarah H. says:

    I do love a chance to dress up, but I kind of love this semi-casual but still festive party look too! It's the best of both worlds.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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  10. Lena says:

    love your blouse, it's a real eye-catcher under this white sweater!

    http://gregoryxgregory.blogspot.de

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  11. Allison Buthray says:

    I love that blouse and I'm so sad I missed out on it. However, those pants are perfect! I've been on the hunt for the perfect trouser pants!

    http://www.confessionsoftheglitterati.com/

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  12. Lovely. I just blogged an oufit I wish I could wear to some party. But no invites. Maybe next year for me as well. You always make Old Navy look so good. You always find the coolest pieces.
    k at http://www.beautystyleandgrowth.blogspot.com

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  14. Happinessatmidlife says:

    All the parties we attend are always super casual and festive is optional. I would say most just wear their everyday stuff and nothing festive at all. Those are some great tuxedo pants. I have been wanting a contrasting pair but not sure I am bold enough for them yet. Love this look paired with the plaid peaking out.

    Alice
    http://www.happinessatmidlife.com

    P.S. I am hosting a Kensie giveaway and would love for you to enter.

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  15. Love it πŸ™‚ That plaid is gorgeous.

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  17. Androbel says:

    The pants are awesome, they add a cool vibe to the outfit. I love the plaid button down with the cute, feminine sweater. your lip color is great too!

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  18. Dana says:

    super cute! love those pants

    http://www.thecasualclassic.com

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  19. Carelia says:

    Aww!! this is an adorable look. I really like your shoes and gold clutch.
    xo
    Carelia

    "Suede biker jacket and patent pumps" New post on:
    MySmallWardrobe.com

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  20. Bri says:

    i'd definitely rather be over dressed in these cute pants than show up way under dressed! props to old navy! i haven't shopped there in forever. maybe it's time to go back.

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  21. mariana says:

    The pants look amazing ! Loved the new layout of your blog
    mariana
    http://snappingbeautiful.blogspot.com

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  22. Anna D Kart says:

    I'm in the same boat! I wish I had more places to go to wear all my glitzy holiday glam! Hope you enjoy your party!

    http://happymedley.blogspot.com/

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  23. fashionablecollections says:

    Loving those pants! I've actually had my eye on them as well.

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  24. Mica says:

    Really like the layering with the shirt and embellished top! πŸ™‚ Your gold clutch is cute too! πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue

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  25. Jenny says:

    What lip color are you wearing? I love it!

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  26. Hope Howland says:

    Those are really great… and who doesn't love a cocktail party for one?
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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  27. Jennifer says:

    I have never been invited to a "cocktail attire" party but I would love to soon haha

    xo Jennifer

    http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

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  28. Jen says:

    Love love love the plaid!

    http://www.glitterarygirl.blogspot.com

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  29. Jess_Dynarski says:

    I love this outfit! It's so cute and would totally be appropriate for the types of holiday parties I go to! But my favorite part of your whole outfit is your heels. I'm in love-they're near perfection!

    -Jess
    http://www.jessicaswonderland.com

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  30. Oh I know I'm supposed to be looking at those pants, and believe me I did…but I couldn't take my eyes off that AMAZING clutch! THat is so beautiful and would work with anything. Gorg!

    xoxo
    Kelly
    http://www.dreaminlace.com

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  31. Elle says:

    Kendi,

    I absolutely adore your outfit!! The pants, with the pop of color with the plaid blouse. It's holiday style perfection πŸ™‚ I'm styling an old navy plaid top on my blog as well …with a sequin skirt!!

    xo, elle | Living in Color Style.

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  32. traycisperring says:

    Beautiful and pretty outfit. The pants are fabulous.

    X x

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  33. FREED MODE says:

    She is stunning you look, pics
    really love your style.

    http://freedmode.blogspot.fr/
    do not hesitate to come see my post of the day
    on my blog, good day and very soon.

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  34. Supal says:

    That purse is darling! I'm loving the trousers so much. Kendi, I'll invite you and B to our family's annual holiday party. It's a little too glamorous for my liking but LOTS of spiked christmas punch πŸ™‚ x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com

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  35. pinned this look yesterday, I love it so much!!

    The Style Scribe

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  38. Bridget says:

    kendi, absolutely love this look. i want those pants!

    i featured this look on my Style Watch Friday series on my blog today

    http://delightfulbybridget.blogspot.com/2013/12/style-watch-friday-holiday.html

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  39. nikki says:

    those pants are awesome! and i love that plaid

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

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  40. Hi! I just purchased these pants but was between sizes. Have you found they stretch at all after a few wears? Thanks!

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