I Found the Perfect Spring Pants—Here's How I'm Wearing Them

who what wear fashion editor

I’m going to try something crazy here. If anyone knows me, they know I love my jeans. Name a top, and I can tell you which jeans I would style it with. But one of my resolutions this year was to expand my wardrobe horizon, and I’m starting with finding alternatives for my favorite jeans. Like I said, crazy! Thankfully, my go-to (and I’m sure your go-to) source for denim, Levi’s, has launched pants that have helped convince me that there is a world outside of jean outfits. The newest style, the Balloon pants, is slightly cropped, pleated at the waist, and the perfect combination of polished and effortless. The exaggerated curve at the hip takes these pants from feeling like a basic to a true fashion style that adds an extra element of cool to your look. I put together five different looks that I’m planning on trying this season, and shockingly, I’ve forgotten about jeans (for now). See them here.

Look 1: White Out

white pants for spring

Name something chicer than crisp white pants… I’m still waiting. For spring, I’m swapping out white jeans for something more elevated and cleaned up (just like this pair). I especially love that these are kind of cropped, which makes them the perfect pants to wear with statement flats.

Look 2: Desk to Drinks

mini bags

Though it’s getting warmer out, it’s still negative-something degrees in the office because we apparently love air-conditioning. For work, I’m styling black Balloon pants with a knit polo and ankle-strap shoes in a nude shade that can easily take me to drinks after work with my co-workers.

Look 3: Mom Duty, But Make It Fashion

baseball caps and khaki slacks

Did I mention I’m a mom to an 11-month-old? My daughter is at the point in her life where she won’t stop moving, so I need a weekend outfit that not only is super chic (I can never compromise style) but is also something I can move around in. I’m not typically a sneaker girl but will always say yes to a pair of high-top sneakers, which obviously looks perfect with the khaki version of the Levi’s Balloon pants. 

Look 4: Casual Friday

padded headbands

Okay, I’m going to take a leap of faith here: Thong sandals for work can totally happen. Hear me out! If worn with these pants, which are timeless and very office appropriate, adding in a touch of trendy elements like said thong sandals, a padded headband, and a croissant shoulder bag kind of actually works. If it fails, you can report me to HR.

Look 5: The Ultimate Classic

gold jewelry

If you take one look at my saved folder on IG, it’s filled—and I mean FILLED—with fashion girls in their very best black, off-white, and touch-of-gold outfits. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a classic look, and nothing is more classic to me than a pair of black pants with a statement-sleeve blouse and a chunky gold necklace. In this very special case, you can match your bag to your shoes, and I promise I won’t judge.