Those pants are really something (in a good way). Like a couch in a 1970s French Revolution era drama
– ilsaengel on Instagram
Another outfits post! Today featuring a new pair of printed pants from the William Morris & Co collaboration with H&M.
I always have a lot of fun playing dress-up on the weekends. I literally just spend an hour or so trying on different outfits to see if I can make some new combos, which I highly recommend as an exercise if you’re feeling in a wardrobe rut. I especially make sure to do this when I have a new item (before taking the tags off!) to make sure it’s versatile. Figured I might as well document some of it, even if it isn’t revolutionary. As usual, my goal is not to get you to go out and buy any of these particular pieces, but to hopefully get your outfit-creating brain center going by seeing examples of one item with a respectable variety of shoes, outerwear, etc.
About the Item
I’d heard of the collection when it was released in fall 2018, but I wasn’t terribly taken by any of the press images of the collection at the time. I mean, I LOVED the editorial photos, give me all the impractical dresses in a bucolic background with sheep and collies and stone walls and rolling hills and laundry lines, but I felt like most of the items would look like I was just wearing a muumuu (billowy floral items + 5’1″ + 32DD = nope). Also H&M quality is on average pretty crap (as reflected by the prices) so I didn’t feel bad about skipping this one, cool prints aside.
I was at H&M last week looking for basic tops (heck if I’m going to pay $55 for a basic ribbed tee at a mid-range store where there’s no transparency on production anyway) and saw that they still had the last remaining dregs of the collection in the sale rack, including a pair of skinny pants that wasn’t in the original October 2018 release. I ended up getting them because I’ve been considering getting new skinny-fit pants since my pleather leggings suffered an untimely death last month anyway, and I’m really excited about how much more variety and life they’ll bring to my wardrobe. Also, I’m still not feeling very advanced on styling prints, so I thought the easy silhouette (I generally feel like the widest variety of shoes go well with skinny pants) + more challenging print would be a good start.
Fit and Sizing
These are the pants. I got mine for $25.99 on sale. I really like that the print is floral, but have a sharp/pointy aesthetic as it creates a rich botanical feel without necessarily being girly. More of an art nouveau vibe.
I think they’re supposed to be mid-rise, but the pants hit me at my navel, and are fitted enough that they don’t require a belt. However, chunkier sweaters can’t be tucked in properly. I had to cuff these by folding them under themselves and then folding that up into a cuff. You can see it came off a bit in some of the picture as I was hopping around changing shoes.
I have a 29″ waist and 39″ hips, and usually wear a US size 8. The size 8 in these fit pretty well.
Construction seems okay enough, and I’m hoping it won’t get all wonky after a wash and that the elastic doesn’t give out too fast.
I really like that the print has a bronze color in it, which makes it look great with warm brown pieces. I think these would also look pretty cool in a casual outfit, but for the sake of showing some slightly more interesting combos, most of these are on the dressy side.
Generally when putting together outfits, I try to incorporate a variety of textures for depth and try to spread small, medium, and large shapes throughout the outfit for balanced visual interest.
This is definitely my favorite one that I came up with. I was wondering when I was considering buying the pants if they would work with this blouse and I’m really happy it worked out. I’m definitely not an expert on print mixing (since I don’t own that many prints to start with – but check out @morphinebebe on Instagram for some print-mixing wizardry) but generally I find that prints that have a similar color palette, but different scales, densities, and distribution (i.e. is it a regular spacing or kinda random) tend to look nicest together.
I did matching accessories to give an extra sense of cohesion to the outfit.
Blouse // H&M
Purse // Vintage Coach (ebay)
Leather t-strap pumps // Børn (ebay)
Sweater + Boots
The obvious combination. I like that here the pants cuff is juuuust over the top of the boots for a sleek look and that the blouson sleeve and lace-up detailing emphasize the romantic aesthetic of the print.
Blouson sleeve cotton sweater // Madewell
Patent leather lace-up boots // Marc Fisher
I love this coat. Throw this thing on top of anything and BAM, instant dramatic outfit. When I wear it with wide-leg trousers I feel like I’m being drowned in fabric, but I think it works well with skinny pants and structured skirts.
Asymmetrical clasp-closure wool-blend coat // Forever 21 (similar/knockoff of All Saints monument coat)
Velvet button-down camisole // Madewell
Flats + Moto Jacket
A bit more on the casual side. I think if I had worn the black version of these flats it might be a tad too busy, but here they’re the same color that the print reads overall so it feels more cohesive.
Faux suede moto jacket // Anthropologie petites
Ribbed long sleeve top // H&M
Strappy pointed-toe flats // Halogen (a Nordstrom brand)
This would be a fun going-out look. I tried the cami fully tucked and untucked, but tucked made me feel too stuffy and thick-waisted and untucked just felt unfinished. So half-tuck it is! I like that the pointed toe shape mirrors the sharp oversized collar on the jacket.
Fleece bomber jacket // Uniqlo U (ebay)
The hats have such a big impact on the vibe of this outfit! They are both very cozy looking, but the first is a little more adventure-y and the second is more of an elevated loungewear look lol.
I think I would have preferred these with a thinner cuffing slightly closer to the boot for a more continuous line.
I usually don’t wear this thin cardigan over sweaters since my rule of thumb is that outer layers should be more substantial than the ones underneath them, but this sweater is also a thin knit so I think it goes.
Felt Panama hat // Treasure and Bond
Pom-pom cable-knit beanie // Amazon
Blouson-sleeve cashmere cardigan // Halogen petites
Slouchy suede ankle boots // Børn
I’m really pleased with how easy it was to come up with a bunch of outfits with these! I don’t think I’ve owned printed pants since elementary school, and my fashion sense has come a long way since then 😛. Do you own any items with a similar vibe? How do you like to style them?
William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was a British textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement. He was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role propagating the early socialist movement in Britain.
Seriously, this guy made some beautiful textiles and wallpapers. This was such a cool collaboration, props to whoever got it going.