2.26.12d{Blouse: Bloom | Sweater: Old Navy | Jeans: Target – Magenta | Purse: c/o Ellington | Shoes: Modcloth}
Two things: 1. I am obsessed with colored pants. (Exhibit 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) Is this something we should be worried about?
2. I will never stop layering. Why does it always feel like when you layer on pieces your outfit looks more complete? 
The end. (I wasn’t lying when I said I only had to say two things…)

(PS — On sizing questions with this pair of jeans: they are TINY baby pants, my friends. I had to size up 3 sizes because I thought I was going to break a hip trying to get into my normal size. All that to say, don’t be afraid to size up until they fit. I also bought the smallest size for my future unborn baby, because they were seriously that tiny.)

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  1. Outfits like this one have been my uniform lately. I agree with you about feeling like a layered outfit is a more complete one. It just looks more put together, imo.

  2. So glad I am not the only one obsessed with colored pants!!! I go to the store and “OOOHHHH” and “AAAWWW”. I might just have to give all my plain ole blue jeans to goodwill!

  3. Q:  Did you get your pants hemmed? I have the exact same pair and they are hella long on me!  But yours are perfect length … hmmm … maybe my legs are really short (pout).

    1. No hemming — just long ol’ legs. But no pouting! Usually it’s hard for me to find pants because they are way to short. 🙂

  4. Ok for $23 I’m officially buying these in every color.  Love them!  Love your layers too, that blouse from Bloom is GORGEOUS.  If I wasn’t on a shopping moratorium I’d be buying it.  Wait, I guess that means i’m not buying the colorful pants?!  Maybe it’ll start tomorrow…

  5. Love this!! I’m all about bright colored skinny jeans this season. Adoring the way your paired brights with neutrals.

  6. This is completely adorable.  I also love colored pants (though my red jeans are kind of egregiously short… that’s ok, I rock them anyway).  And layers.  Kind of a “more is more” situation.

    Related question (prompted by looking at some of your linked-up colored pants posts):  could you do a tutorial on how you cuff your wider-legged pants?  I have a few pairs but my cuffing never looks as neat as yours.


  7. How are the sizing on those pants? True to size according to the size chart or would you order size up?

      1. I’m SO glad to hear you say that Kendi! I’m normally about a 7 in juniors at Target too and was pretty discouraged when I tried these on and could barely pull them up over my bootay. I was just looking at this post thinking to myself that you must have a supermodel/teenage body to fit in them. So thank you for being REAL! 🙂

  8. I am loving this look! and I, too, have a slight obsession with colored pants…


  9. I love this outfit! man, I wish I looked as good in coloured pants as you! I’m a sucker for bright colours, but pants..not so much.

  10. i just tried the colored jeans on from target yesterday and they had the weirdest fit ever and i could not wear them 🙁  kudos to you for being able to rock them…any other affordable ones out there that you know of?

  11. I am obsessed with this outfit! Love it. I need to copy. And I understand the colored pants thing. It’s kind of ridiculous when you look in your closet and say, “When in the world did I buy 7 of the same pants in different colors? Heaven help me.”

  12. Love this outfit!  I have been seeing lots of floral print pants, and while they are super trendy I’m not sure I want to spend the money on something like that.  I’d much rather have your pretty floral blouse that will still be in style after everyone tires of crazy patterned pants 🙂

  13. Oh my goodness your pants are amazing!! I have not seen a color like that yet. Love it 🙂


  14. Aww Kendi I’m so sad 🙁 Every time you wear those shoes I drool in envy. So finally, today, I said I’m going to buy them and they’re gone!!! Ugh. You look cute enough in them for the both of us, I guess 🙁 lol.

  15. the color of the sweater doesn’t match with the  pants ….but I’ve to admit tha the resul it’s quite pleasant 

    ciao ave

  16. I’m loving the color of the pants. 🙂 

    Laura http://lauraisthriftingthroughlife.blogspot.com/ 

  17. These pants- with their brilliant spectrum of colors and so very affordable pricing- have been taunting me with every Target trip. But alas they are pure weirdness on me. The sizing is a real self esteem killer for sure (had to size up twice), and even then it’s just inconsistent. The strangest part about the fit of these pants was how thin the material is and how tightly they fit around my kneecaps. You could see every little movement in my kneecaps when I would walk. It was almost violating… and yet mesmerizing… to watch. I wonder if they make Spanx for knees…

    1. Don’t you know I am offending a lot of people with each stride — you can see every part of my leg moving. Does that stop me? Never. 

      And I too had to size up infinite sizes to get these girls to fit. Even then I was huffing and puffing in the dressing room. But nothing will keep me from purple jeans. Nothing. 

      1. I tried these on AGAIN the other day just to make super duper sure they couldn’t possibly just maaaybe work… It was like “Puppetry of the Patellas” up in that dressing room. Sigh.

  18. Love this so much! Everything is just perfectly put together! Please and thankyou for not stopping to  layering, your outfits just wouldn’t be the same!!

  19. no, you don’t have to worry about your obsession with colored pants at all! I’m too a big fan of colored pants, but so far, unfortunately, I don’t have as many as I would like to have. well, I need to work about this this spring and summer! 
    and I’ll never stop layering too, but well at the moment it’s less because my outfit feels complete than because everything else would be too cold… 
    xxx Anita

  20. Love this outfit! I just brought two colored pants (one in a rose color and one in a mint color) and I can’t wait to get them in the mail! You’ve definitely just given me so amazing inspiration, as you always do!

  21. I can totally sympathize with number one! Although I don’t know if that makes it acceptable. More than likely it just means there should be some type of Addicts Anonymous group, and I should be a part of it. Every time I think I have enough I find another color I need! Mint green, yellow, lavender, coral . . . now magenta! This is getting out of hand.


  22. Those shoes are darling…I love the twist on the loafer trend!  And that floral shirt has the most beautiful colours, wish I lived close enough to come shop in the Bloom store!

    <3 Cambria

  23. this is so cute! i’ve been lusting over the teal pair of colored skinnies from target, but these magenta ones are equally beautiful!

  24. We adore the color palette of your layered outfit!  What a perfect way to transition into spring 🙂


  25. love the pants! I agreee. I love doing something with a cardigan or sweater over it! so great

  26. Two
    things (as Kendi says)

    pants are not rolled up. I am 5’2”

    blouse is not quite that patterned and my sweater is white because it matches
    the shirt…


    still, nice to know someone thinks the pants are cute!

    Kendi know how awesome she is cause she is wearing the same pants as me!

  27. that should be Kendi’s pants are the perfect length. 
    i am being sad because i am all dressed in beatiful colored pants, print blouse, and sweater, but nobody at work thinks i am cool.
    guess no one here is fashionable…..sigh

  28. ooh i think i would become obsessed with colored pants if i ever bought a pair! and i really really want to buy a pair soon!!!! your outfit is so pretty. i do think the pants a tad too tight for my taste, but i still love the color!!

    p.s. have i ever mentioned that you are seriously one of my top fashion icons?!?! yes yes you are!! xo

  29. Ha! I too have these jeans in red and when I bought them I couldnt believe how small they are. Thank goodness someone warned me first or I might have climbed to the roof! JK


  30. I am so glad you added that PS! I tried these on in turquoise and gave up after trying on 3 sizes up!  It was totally depressing…but it made me motivated to eat better….LOL

  31. THANK you for saying that you need to size up so much…I bought a pair without trying them on and wanted to go into a dark depression.  I will suck it up and size up more!! 

  32. glad that you feel the same way.  tried on a pair and felt like they were spandex and couldn’t get them off fast enough.  they look great on you! and I LOVE that color!

  33. Those pants are excellent. I was so sure my collection was complete with bright red and mint green pants, but you have shown me the error of my ways.

    Layering makes everything better. It’s one of those basic truths.

    Your outfit is fabulous.

  34. I love the little floral peeking out! So pretty!
    xo Heatherhttp://ahopelessnotebook.blogspot.com/ 

  35. I love those pants. They are so cheerful. And I love how you paired the pants with a colorful blouse as opposed to a basic neutral colored shirt. 
    And yes, layering does make everything look better. Definitely.

  36. This is amazing! The layering is stunning and I envy you for putting colours and prints together so perfectly and unexpectedly. And you are hilarious!

  37. I’m glad you mentioned the sizing up thing…. I usually wear a 6 (J Crew, Loft, etc). I tried on size 12 at Target, and I just couldn’t do it mentally 🙂 hahaha.  Needless to say, I didn’t get the pants! But they look great on you!

  38. I completely agree on the sizing, Targets jeans are bizarre. I usually wear an 8 and ended up with this pair in red in a size 13. I mean, seriously? That’s insane. Who can even fit into a 0 or 2? I can’t even imagine someone fitting in something that small.

  39. This outfit is amazing…seriously one of my favs thus far 🙂 Ohhh and I totally feel you on Target sizing. Sometimes I forget that I am actually a women and not a 14 year old teenager who can easily fit into junior sizes haha

  40. I love layering!!! I love the look that it gives~ Your pants have such a lovely color!! Great outfit! Very bright and spring-y. (:


  41. I love your outfit!

    Also- this obsession with colored pants is something I have too. Three different pairs and I can only wear them on the weekend due to where I work. ANd now you got me thinking “ah, magenta pants!” 

  42. I tried on the Target baby pants! They DO run SO small! I felt like such a fatty sizing up several time but after reading your post I realize the issue was the pants and not me : ) *whew* Did you pic up any of the other colors? My eyes are on the kelly green pair.



  43. I love how you put stuff together! I have those pants in coral and had to go up 3 sizes too. What were they thinking!?! 

  44. Cute outfit! I too am completely obsessed with colored pants! I hoping the trend doesn't end for a looooong time because I've developed quite a collection!

  45. haha. for your future unborn baby…why do they make them that small? Does a number on a girl’s self-esteem…and right before swimsuit season too. But they are still adorable. Love the floral shirt underneath too.

  46. THANK YOU for that comment about sizing on those pants – I bought them in my usual size and could barely get my calves in.

  47. Hi Kendi, i adore your style! I check your blog everyday(I haven’t missed since January) for new inspirations. I’m from the Philippines and the time difference drives me crazy. Here one can’t really wear anything they like coz you’ll definitely receive loOong stares from everyone, sucks right?

  48. Ah fuschia pants are heavenly! I have been looking for a pair and just may have found them! Love them with the printed blouse. Also, why the heck are jeggings sized so that when you try to put on your normal size you risk peeling the skin off your legs??

  49. love love love all this outfit..and grrrrl…I am so glad you said that about the pants! I’m no skinny minnie, and was PETRIFIED when I couldn’t squeeze myself into a size 13…geesh! 

  50. Thanks for sharing that you sized up. I was having the same issues with the target colored jeans. Normally a size 5 (yeah right) I could shove on a 9 with a little shimmy 🙂

  51. Love love love this outfit! I just may have to copy it 😉 It was so nice to meet you at your store the other day! Can’t wait to come back when I have more time!

    Allie (Jill of All Trades)

  52. Thank you for addressing the sizing on these pants! I tried on the next size up, got frustrated because they didn’t fit and quit. I’m going back and trying on more now!

  53. I love your style and blog! Just recently found it and love it. Your so darn cute. Thanks for all of your outfit inspiration. I just just bought a pair of colored pants, coral, which is a little outside of my usual box. I like your layering I will have to try that with them. 

  54. Okay, so sort of kind of funny story (we’ll see how funny it turns out when I get done though).

    So, I went to Blissdom a week ago, and this ridiculous cute and funky girl who had on the turquoise version of these pants was in the bathroom with me at a certain point. So, of course, I complimented her on her style, and she told me she got her pants at Target but that she’d had to buy a size 16…when she was usually a…wait for it…4.

    Anyway, I didn’t recognize your pants from how they looked but rather from your description of their baby tinyness.  What were they thinking??!

  55. love love love your colored pants- I, too, am obsessed but unfortunately don’t have the funds to be buying many pairs! lol so it’s nice to vicariously live through you in all your colored denim glory! I love layers- they are a life saver in this cold, ridiculous weather!
    xo, elle from Living in Color.

  56. lol you are funny! Thanks for featuring these pants though…I’ve been looking for more colored pants! Obsessed!!

  57. I tried on those same pants at Target and I went up 2 sizes and they still didn’t fit so I just put them back and was grumpy. I feel better now knowing that it wasn’t that I’ve actually gone up that many sizes! Cute outfit! I love the shirt!

  58. Haha I had the same issue with these pants! I tried on a bunch but couldn’t find any big enough (hmph) so I gave up and left. Damn juniors sizing!

  59. i bought the same pants in blue and almost cried when i couldn’t even get my LEG in one!  i also sized up two, but they fit great!  thank god i don’t have to give up cinnamon rolls . . . 

  60. hahahaha!  i love your comment about the sizing, i bought a pair in coral – and was horrified, i thought my diet/exercise plan must have gone horribly awry without me knowing.  i could barely get them up my legs, let alone my waist.   also, this color is awesome..andddd now i want a pair.  i think colored paints are addictive.

  61. i’m relieved you had that problem with the pants too, i didn’t end up buying them because i was so distraught my calves couldnt even fit in 3 sizes up!

  62. One of my favorites 🙂 I just bought dark green cropped skinny jeans and will try something similar with a cozy sweater and colorful shirt peeking out! 


  63. I love layering items and you did this so well! Those are awesome purple pants and the shoes are to die for(: You mixed vintage with bright colors! totally what I’m looking for this spring

  64. ok seriously, i love your obsession with colored pants. because they look so great on you. and also, you rock the layers so please dont stop layering. now, off to target to swallow my dignity and up the three sizes and get these pants! they are fab. 


  65. I love your blog! Amazing style with a great mix of pieces! I’ve never EVER bought pants without trying them on and I saw this and just went for it. Thanks to your sizing advice they fit and look great. THANK YOU!

  66. Love your style. I have the same pair of pants and had to go up 3 sizes too. Glad I wasn’t the only one.

  67. Yikes. 3 sizes up! If I try on a pair on pants one size up and they don’t fit, I just leave and think about going to the gym. It might be worth the psychological trauma for some cute colored pants, though.

  68. hi kendi!
    1. love your blog
    2. this post inspired me to try on colored jeans from target… i had to go up 4 sizes 🙁 big question is: DO THEY SHRINK IN THE WASH?? if they get any smaller i may lose circulation in my legs. …

    thanks!! 🙂

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