Happy holidays/New Year's, everybody! Since the year is coming to an end, I thought I'd share one of my favorite things that I bought this year. I've been (and still am) firmly in the leggings are not pants camp. HOWEVER (now is when I eat my words), I normally stick to skirts and dresses out of personal preference, but sometimes you just need to wear pants. I'm completely over jeans at this point--they're never comfortable, they never fit me correctly, and they just aren't really my style. In search of non-legging, non-jean pants, I stumbled across these J. Crew Pixie Pants, which are incidentally the exact same as the J. Crew Factory Ponte Pants (which are a good $30 cheaper on sale right now). The only differences between the two are that the Pixie pants have a zipper in the back, whereas the Ponte zipper is on the side, and the Pixie pants come in grey, black, and navy, whereas the Ponte pants only come in navy and black. I picked up a pair of the Ponte pants a few months ago, and I have been wearing them ALL THE TIME.
The Ponte pants are a rayon/nylon/spandex blend, which basically feels like a thick stretch jersey. One of the things that I hate about leggings-as-pants as that they are so thin--they don't hide underwear lines (or even underwear color often!), and they stretch out and sag. The Ponte pants are thicker, so they hide everything, and they don't stretch out at all. They have a thick high waistband, which doesn't cut into my stomach, and a zipper on the side. At J. Crew I'm often between a 4 and a 6 in bottoms, and since these have stretch I went for the 4, which fits perfectly.
I like to wear these with my Frye Jane boots (they would also be cute with flats, but that's not really my cup of tea) and either a sweater or a cute top. What I really love about these, aside from the fact that they're super comfortable, is that they're so basic I can wear them with just about anything. You can style them preppy, like in the photo above, or you can throw on boots, a tee, and a leather jacket and take them in a more edgy direction.
I really recommend these! I was a little skeptical at first, but I've ended up wearing them multiple times a week ever since I got them. They've held up really well, and I might even get a second pair in the navy! I wish they made these in more fun colors--I could totally go for a burgundy or a hunter green.