Trouser Tale

In my twenties, my first job after college was an administrative assistant. And since I was coming from a closet filled with not so professional college clothes, I had no idea what to wear to a real job. So just like every college grad in the early 2000s, I started a small collection of wide leg or boot cut trousers and all the button down tops to go with them. And that’s what I wore. Every day. For about 2 months. Until I broke and realized that trousers can not be the only way to dress professional. So I started to branch into different styles and pieces. (In later years, still working in an office, I finally discovered pencil skirts = instant life saver.) 
But ever since those early days as a young professional with my fully stocked closet of trouser pants, I’ve never really been drawn to them again. I think that truth be told I ruined them for myself; which now I’m realizing is a shame. I love a cropped trouser or a skinny pant, but wide leg reminds me of the days when I had no idea what I was doing with my style. So when I found these at Loft, I didn’t even think about my fear of trousers because I really loved the color and texture. The office days of yore never even crossed my mind. It helped that I easily paired them with this pretty top and a few others in my closet as soon as I got home and now I feel like an old staple has a new life. 
Welcome back, trousers. Welcome back. 
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  1. Amanda says:

    Such a classy, timeless look – love it!

    04.21.15 · Reply
  2. Natali says:

    Looking so beautiful in this simple and elegant outfit! Your top and bag are such a great pieces.

    http://lartoffashion.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  3. Sarah Shely says:

    Kendi, I was the same way right out of college in my first job! I had every wide leg pant imaginable form The Limited and Ann Taylor. Sadly, I too look at the wide leg the same way. But I do love your pants. I may have to venture out of my comfort zone soon.

    Sarah
    http://www.bluegrassflamingo.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      YES! I remember spending my first paycheck at the limited. And I had all the colors of the button down shirts from express. 2006 was serious business.

      04.21.15 · Reply
  4. Sasa Zoe says:

    Cute pants! Looking great:P

    Shall We Sasa

    04.21.15 · Reply
  5. Caitlin Hummer says:

    Love those trousers! So cute and a fun twist on a traditional pant! That lace top is absolutely perfect!
    xo, Caitlin
    http://thesolcompass.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  6. elza says:

    you look amazing ! i love the top, it’s super nice !

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

    04.21.15 · Reply
  7. Living on Cloud Nine says:

    I feel the same way Kendi. I just bought some wide leg denim type trousers from the Loft and it just feels right. Lol. The top sets them off perfectly and you look incredible!! Happy Tuesday beautiful!!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
    • Glad to know these pants are perfect on multiple people! XO

      04.21.15 · Reply
  8. I love this look Kendi! Your pastel wide leg pants are gorgeous! I’m dying for your purse as well! Thank you for the inspiration!

    XO, Jillian

    http://rhymeandreason-jillian.com/

    04.21.15 · Reply
  9. Grace says:

    Those are SO cute! Great color for the season! And high fives all around for cute lace tops. πŸ™‚

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  10. Jackie says:

    Lace and light jeans is basically a perfect match. The trouser cut is a fun way to modernize the look! Also, aren’t those the best sunglasses EVER??

    Jackie

    Something About That

    04.21.15 · Reply
  11. Ashten says:

    Funny you bring up your admin assistant style story today.. it’s national admin professionals week! πŸ™‚

    04.21.15 · Reply
    • Kendi Lea says:

      is it!? I didn’t even realize. God bless admins! Hardest working professionals ever! πŸ™‚

      04.21.15 · Reply
  12. I think I definitely got trouser burn out! But all the new trouser styles and options are making me reconsider. The color on yours are great!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  13. Liv says:

    What a great pair of trousers. They are so professional yet chic. Thanks for sharing.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

    04.21.15 · Reply
  14. Lindsay says:

    Oh how I can relate to this. I pretty much don’t own a pair of trousers for the exact reason you described. Love me some crop pants, loud color pants, and print pants but put me in bootleg/wide leg trousers and I hate the way I look. However, this post is making me rethink that stance…thanks for always making me laugh and for the inspiration.

    04.21.15 · Reply
  15. Cute outfit. Love the pants!

    http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  16. this outfit is stunning!! I’ve been loving the trousers lately… I’m one who always wears dresses and skirts and I even recently wore trousers of a similar silhouette! So flattering! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

    04.21.15 · Reply
  17. Guest says:

    Seriously had the same conversation with myself this weekend. Love how you wore these!

    04.21.15 · Reply
  18. Becky Allen says:

    Seriously had the same conversation with myself this weekend. Love how you wore these! πŸ™‚

    04.21.15 · Reply
  19. Kristina says:

    Amazing outfit! I like your bag:)

    xx

    mynameiskristina blog // bloglovin

    04.21.15 · Reply
  20. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    love this outfit! perfect top!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  21. Love the trousers and the top!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  22. Aires Nuevos says:

    Love your pants, like very much your look – congrats pretty .
    http://www.normcoregirl.com
    @normcoregirl

    04.21.15 · Reply
  23. Amanda says:

    Such a classy, timeless look – love it!

    04.21.15 · Reply
  24. Natali says:

    Looking so beautiful in this simple and elegant outfit! Your top and bag are such a great pieces.

    http://lartoffashion.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  25. Sarah Shely says:

    Kendi, I was the same way right out of college in my first job! I had every wide leg pant imaginable form The Limited and Ann Taylor. Sadly, I too look at the wide leg the same way. But I do love your pants. I may have to venture out of my comfort zone soon.

    Sarah
    http://www.bluegrassflamingo.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  26. Sasa Zoe says:

    Cute pants! Looking great:P

    Shall We Sasa

    04.21.15 · Reply
  27. Caitlin Hummer says:

    Love those trousers! So cute and a fun twist on a traditional pant! That lace top is absolutely perfect!
    xo, Caitlin
    http://thesolcompass.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  28. elza says:

    you look amazing ! i love the top, it's super nice !

    CLUB AVENUE / http://club-avenue.blogspot.com / instagram

    04.21.15 · Reply
  29. Glad to know these pants are perfect on multiple people! XO

    04.21.15 · Reply
  30. Nicole says:

    Gah! Those are my thoughts exactly about my former closet full of trouser pants! I got so sick of them…when I recent became a SAHM I pitched every single one πŸ™‚ maybe I will slowly bring a pair or two back into my life πŸ˜‰

    04.21.15 · Reply
  31. Those are SO cute! Great color for the season! And high fives all around for cute lace tops. πŸ™‚

    http://sometimesgracefully.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  32. Jackie says:

    Lace and light jeans is basically a perfect match. The trouser cut is a fun way to modernize the look! Also, aren't those the best sunglasses EVER??

    Jackie

    Something About That

    04.21.15 · Reply
  33. The Style Check says:

    Beautiful look, love the cut of the trousers.

    http://www.thestylecheck.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  34. Kendi Lea says:

    YES! I remember spending my first paycheck at the limited. And I had all the colors of the button down shirts from express. 2006 was serious business.

    04.21.15 · Reply
  35. Ashten says:

    Funny you bring up your admin assistant style story today.. it's national admin professionals week! πŸ™‚

    04.21.15 · Reply
  36. Kendi Lea says:

    is it!? I didn't even realize. God bless admins! Hardest working professionals ever! πŸ™‚

    04.21.15 · Reply
  37. Elizabeth Hueber says:

    Love those heels, trousers look great!

    http://www.elizabethamyyy.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  38. Gorgeous pants! The cut and style are just lovely <3

    Glitter Boots & Champagne Flutes

    04.21.15 · Reply
  39. I think I definitely got trouser burn out! But all the new trouser styles and options are making me reconsider. The color on yours are great!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  40. just got a pair of linen trousers i am digging from the gap! πŸ™‚ love this look!

    ladies in navy

    04.21.15 · Reply
  41. Liv says:

    What a great pair of trousers. They are so professional yet chic. Thanks for sharing.

    Liv

    http://www.livforstyle.net

    04.21.15 · Reply
  42. Great pants!

    04.21.15 · Reply
  43. Lindsay says:

    Oh how I can relate to this. I pretty much don't own a pair of trousers for the exact reason you described. Love me some crop pants, loud color pants, and print pants but put me in bootleg/wide leg trousers and I hate the way I look. However, this post is making me rethink that stance…thanks for always making me laugh and for the inspiration.

    04.21.15 · Reply
  44. Kendi Lea says:

    #trouserburnout

    04.21.15 · Reply
  45. Cute outfit. Love the pants!

    http://www.bluelabelsboutique.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  46. this outfit is stunning!! I've been loving the trousers lately… I'm one who always wears dresses and skirts and I even recently wore trousers of a similar silhouette! So flattering! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

    04.21.15 · Reply
  47. Kathleen Harper says:

    I work at Loft and I’ve been eyeing those trousers but I have yet to try them on. They look great on you and I love how you styled them! Now I’ll definitely need to try them on for myself πŸ™‚
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  48. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    love this outfit! perfect top!

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  49. Love the trousers and the top!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  50. Aires Nuevos says:

    Love your pants, like very much your look – congrats pretty .
    http://www.normcoregirl.com
    @normcoregirl

    04.21.15 · Reply
  51. Love the lace top πŸ™‚

    xox,
    pslilyboutique.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  52. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I’m loving these pants! It’s so refreshing to see wide leg pants in this skinny jean world!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  53. Eden Mint says:

    Love your pants, beautiful outfit!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  54. Heidi D. says:

    This is so gorgeous! That crop top pairs perfectly with the pale blue wide leg pants. You look beautiful.

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  55. Nicole says:

    Gah! Those are my thoughts exactly about my former closet full of trouser pants! I got so sick of them…when I recent became a SAHM I pitched every single one πŸ™‚ maybe I will slowly bring a pair or two back into my life πŸ˜‰

    04.21.15 · Reply
  56. The Style Check says:

    Beautiful look, love the cut of the trousers.

    http://www.thestylecheck.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  57. Elizabeth Hueber says:

    Love those heels, trousers look great!

    http://www.elizabethamyyy.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  58. Gorgeous pants! The cut and style are just lovely <3

    Glitter Boots & Champagne Flutes

    04.21.15 · Reply
  59. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    just got a pair of linen trousers i am digging from the gap! πŸ™‚ love this look!

    ladies in navy

    04.21.15 · Reply
  60. Great pants!

    04.21.15 · Reply
  61. lavieenliz says:

    love those trousers

    http://hashtagliz.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  62. Okay, I kind of love how those trousers are chambray. They look like a great option for more professional academic meetings/conferences/whatever without being *too* stuffy if you know what I mean.

    xo Kimi
    twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  63. Kathleen Harper says:

    I work at Loft and I've been eyeing those trousers but I have yet to try them on. They look great on you and I love how you styled them! Now I'll definitely need to try them on for myself πŸ™‚
    <3
    katsfashionfix.blogspot.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  64. Super cute outfit!
    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  65. Love the lace top πŸ™‚

    xox,
    pslilyboutique.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  66. Yes, me too, administrative assistant and have never managed to look at pants since! But these could easily sway me, love the chambray, and you’re absolutely rocking them here. Looking gorgeous, Kendi! xo

    04.21.15 · Reply
  67. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I'm loving these pants! It's so refreshing to see wide leg pants in this skinny jean world!

    Paige

    http://thehappyflammily.com

    04.21.15 · Reply
  68. Eden Mint says:

    Love your pants, beautiful outfit!

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  69. Heidi D. says:

    This is so gorgeous! That crop top pairs perfectly with the pale blue wide leg pants. You look beautiful.

    Heidi
    http://www.wishesandreality.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  70. Kimi says:

    Okay, I kind of love how those trousers are chambray. They look like a great option for more professional academic meetings/conferences/whatever without being *too* stuffy if you know what I mean.

    xo Kimi
    twentysomethingsimple.wordpress.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  71. Super cute outfit!
    || D I A N A ||
    http://www.TheNeonFactor.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  72. Yes, me too, administrative assistant and have never managed to look at pants since! But these could easily sway me, love the chambray, and you're absolutely rocking them here. Looking gorgeous, Kendi! xo

    04.22.15 · Reply
  73. Stella says:

    Pants so not flattering

    04.22.15 · Reply
  74. Mica says:

    It’s funny, I’ve been on a pencil skirt for the office kick in recent years too. They are definitely my favourite office go-to. But it’s cold here and all I want to do is wear pants…and I have none for work as I don’t fit into the ones I wore regularly when I first started office life. I’m on a hunt for more! πŸ™‚ Winter ones though, these are nice but too spring-like for right now.

    Away From The Blue

    04.22.15 · Reply
  75. I love those chambray trousers with the exaggerated lace top- such a pretty spring work look that can easily transfer to happy hour then dinner!

    http://chelseascollection.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  76. Stella says:

    Pants so not flattering

    04.22.15 · Reply
  77. Shannon McCarthy says:

    I too have boycotted trousers because of the same exact reasons! You’ve inspired me to try them again!
    http://www.casualonthecoast.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  78. I love those chambray trousers with the exaggerated lace top- such a pretty spring work look that can easily transfer to happy hour then dinner!

    http://chelseascollection.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  79. Shannon McCarthy says:

    I too have boycotted trousers because of the same exact reasons! You've inspired me to try them again!
    http://www.casualonthecoast.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  80. Laura says:

    You are rocking those trouser pants! I feel the same way about them, but you look so polished that they just work.

    xoxo,

    Laura

    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

    04.22.15 · Reply
  81. Jessa says:

    I laughed out loud while reading your post. I’ve also got an aversion to wide leg trousers for basically the same reasons! This lovely outfit makes me reconsider … Although do you worry that this pair is the gateway pant into more wide leg styles? Only joking! Love the RM purses, that colour was a great choice.

    http://www.citronetlimon.wordpress.com

    04.22.15 · Reply
  82. Laura says:

    You are rocking those trouser pants! I feel the same way about them, but you look so polished that they just work.

    xoxo,

    Laura

    http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/

    04.23.15 · Reply
  83. Jessa says:

    I laughed out loud while reading your post. I've also got an aversion to wide leg trousers for basically the same reasons! This lovely outfit makes me reconsider … Although do you worry that this pair is the gateway pant into more wide leg styles? Only joking! Love the RM purses, that colour was a great choice.

    http://www.citronetlimon.wordpress.com

    04.23.15 · Reply
  84. Stylish outfit! Love the lace top!

    xoxo

    Carpet cleaning London

    04.23.15 · Reply
  85. Nikki says:

    love that top! so pretty!

    xx nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

    04.23.15 · Reply
  86. Nikki says:

    love that top! so pretty!

    xx nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

    04.23.15 · Reply
  87. I actually have a pair of pants that is very similar to these. Except that they are vintage men’s pants! I love them, they don’t get enough wear.

    04.23.15 · Reply
  88. I actually have a pair of pants that is very similar to these. Except that they are vintage men's pants! I love them, they don't get enough wear.

    04.24.15 · Reply
  89. The trousers are not on my taste, but this beige bag is just for men. It is in the perfect size!
    Susan.
    Cleaners Derby

    04.24.15 · Reply
  90. Natasha says:

    Pants get such a bad rep, presumably because we all associate them with ’90s/early 2000s fashions. But the thing is they are (usually) so much classier and so, SO much more comfortable than the go-to denim jean. I’m glad they are gradually making a comeback!

    04.24.15 · Reply
  91. The trousers are not on my taste, but this beige bag is just for men. It is in the perfect size!
    Susan.
    Cleaners Derby

    04.24.15 · Reply
  92. Natasha says:

    Pants get such a bad rep, presumably because we all associate them with '90s/early 2000s fashions. But the thing is they are (usually) so much classier and so, SO much more comfortable than the go-to denim jean. I'm glad they are gradually making a comeback!

    04.24.15 · Reply
  93. Can’t get enough of this look! So good!

    Xx Taylor
    http://www.lightscameracatwalk.com

    04.26.15 · Reply
  94. Can't get enough of this look! So good!

    Xx Taylor
    http://www.lightscameracatwalk.com

    04.26.15 · Reply
  95. Elisabeth Klassen says:

    Your outfit is just gorgeous. I love your outfit. Love love love.

    Diary of Elegance
    http://diaryofelegance.blogspot.ca/

    05.06.15 · Reply