How I wear ponte pants to work

Fall work style with ponte pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell oversized flannel shirt fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
J.Crew ponte pants fall work outfit with flannel shirt — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Madewell flannel shirt fall work outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
How to wear ponte pants to work — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

When I bought my first pair of ponte pants (the since-discontinued J.Crew Pixie pants) a few years ago, I don’t think I realized just how much I would end up wearing them. They were a solid part of my uniform in grad school, so I figured they would work seamlessly into my work wardrobe.

Well, I became acutely aware of how they may be perceived at work because they look pretty similar to leggings, even though they’re just as snug on me as skinny jeans. I maintained that they’re fine to wear to work since there’s a seam down the leg and they’re not thin like leggings, but I didn’t want to get in trouble for wearing something “inappropriate” at work. (I wasn’t told a specific dress code when I was hired. We are just expected to use our discretion and dress appropriately. My office leans on the casual side of business casual, and I still wear the vast majority of my wardrobe except for shorts, mini skirts, and dresses that hit above my knees.)

I decided to only wear my ponte pants with tops and sweaters (or short dresses) that are long enough to cover my crotch and butt as seen here. Because of that, I wear them so much less than I used to, sadly…but I feel much better about this decision! I recently added this new-to-me Madewell flannel shirt to my closet via Poshmark, and in a size up, it’s the perfect length for my ponte pants! I originally purchased it in my usual Madewell size XS, but decided to buy a size up for length, longer sleeves, and more room in the shoulders. I plan to relist the XS on my Poshmark soon if you’re at all interested!


Madewell shirt / exact
J.Crew pants / old; new version
Earth boots c/o / exact (also available from Nordstrom or Zappos) (last seen here)
Madewell earrings / old; similar by Banana Republic
Le Specs sunglasses / exact style
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact

Everlane reviews: Soft cotton square crew, cashmere rib round crew, wide leg crop pant

With the holidays coming up in a few short weeks, I wanted to share my thoughts on most of my recent Everlane purchases. I’m a sucker for their sweaters, so I picked up the highly-rated soft cotton square crew and their recently-released ribbed cashmere. (I got one of their waffle knit cashmere sweaters last year and it’s one of my favorites!) I also had my eyes on a pair of their wide leg cropped pants and finally purchased myself a pair when the “short” lengths were released. If you're new to the brand and sign up for an account with my referral link, I'll earn a credit when you place your first purchase and be forever grateful for your support!

For sizing reference, I am typically a size XS/0 at J.Crew, Madewell, LOFT, Anthropologie, Gap, and Banana Republic. I wear a size 4-6 in H&M and its sister stores (depending on the item). For stores that use juniors sizing, such as Forever 21 and ModCloth, I am usually a size small. My Uniqlo size is either XS or small (again, depending on the item). Everlane includes garment measurements for each item, which I find incredibly helpful when it comes to determining the right size to buy. I previously reviewed my Everlane tees, silk and sweatshirt, my older sweaters and cardigan, my linen tees, cotton poplin skirt, and box-cut tee dress, more cashmere sweaters and skinny jeans, and a sweatshirt and even more pairs of jeans. You can browse all of my clothing reviews here (mostly Everlane and Grana).

Everlane The Soft Cotton Square Crew in heather grey — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Soft Cotton Square Crew (heather grey, size XS)

I ordered this sweater right around the time Everlane released The Cotton Long-Sleeve Crew, which is less expensive than this sweater but looks almost exactly the same. I believe the long-sleeve crew is lighter and thinner but cannot confirm since I don’t own it. :) The cotton square crew that I own has a nice weight to it. I love the boxy, oversized style with the subtle high-low hem that works well with high-rise jeans and pants. I’m not a huge fan of the dropped shoulders, but they do lend a more casual vibe. The cotton stretches out slightly with wear which was to be expected (see around my elbows). I adore this sweater and have already worn it so much since I got it! It’s an easy through-on-and-go garment.

How I wore it: with Hunter boots and socks

Everlane The Cashmere Rib Round Crew in loden — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Cashmere Rib Round Crew (loden, size XS)

I was definitely not planning on ordering another cashmere sweater this season…until Everlane released the ribbed cashmere—and in this beautiful dark, slightly heather green color called loden. I loved it when I first saw it in the $100 cashmere crew, but I already own three of those sweaters so I decided to hold off. I’m glad I did because then this sweater was released and I ordered it right away! The fit is oversized in my usual XS, which is just how I like it. I appreciate that the sleeves are long enough on my long arms. It’s not super noticeable in these photos, but you’ll see in outfit photos that the sweater is banded at the hem and it tends to billow out, and I personally love that! I don’t think this sweater is quite as soft as my waffle knit cashmere crew but it’s still quite soft. It’s another cashmere winner in my book! :)

How I wore it: with black denim and with boyfriend jeans and cognac

Everlane The Wide Leg Crop Pant in ochre — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

The Wide Leg Crop Pant (ochre, size 0 short)

Even though I’m short and not terribly fond of the wide-leg trend, I couldn’t help but want to try a pair of their famous wide leg crop pants…especially when they released the “short” lengths! I purchased the ochre color in size 0. The short length is the perfect length on me and hits a couple of inches above my ankle bone (I’m 5’4” for reference). The high-rise is surprisingly comfortable, and even though a lot of reviewers said they went down a size, I stuck with my true size and think it was the right choice. It’s not constricting around my hips or butt but still fits in the waist (and I didn’t find them to stretch out much after wearing them all day). The ochre color is a beautiful dark tan that looks good with pretty much anything, which is exactly what I was hoping for!

How I wore it: with cropped cashmere and with stripes and a leather jacket

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More Everlane reviews:

Authentic stretch denim vs. the original denim
Slim classic French terry crew, kick crop jeans, modern boyfriend jeans
Cashmere crew, waffle knit cashmere square crew, midrise skinny jeans (ankle)
Linen tees, cotton poplin skirt, cotton box-cut tee dress
Box-cut tee, cotton v-neck tee, silk pocket, crew sweatshirt
Seed stitch u-neck, cashmere cropped crew, cashmere crew, chunky knit cardigan


Fall outfit with black sweater, wide leg pants, burgundy ankle boots — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Black cropped cashmere fall outfit — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Everlane wide leg cropped pants in ochre — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with black cashmere sweater and tan pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair
Fall outfit with Everlane wide leg crop pants — Cotton Cashmere Cat Hair

I was searching my blog to make sure I didn’t already use this post title, and I realized a couple of funny things: 1) when I write about this black cashmere sweater, I always mention how voluminous it is (see exhibits A, B, C) and 2) apparently I wrote in this post from two years ago that “I’m not really into voluminous pant legs and voluminous sleeves” (with regards to bohemian-style outfits). I guess I am, in fact, a fan of voluminous pant legs and voluminous sleeves…when done like they are done here. ;) Ha!

This look came together as I was deciding what to wear with my new “dark cabernet”-colored ankle boots from Madewell. They ended up being the only thing I kept from my birthday order at the end of September. I love how the different colors came together in this look, and to my surprise, I’m a huge fan of the swingy, loose sweater paired with the wide leg pants. Typically, I’d wear a more slim-fitting top to offset the wide leg silhouette, but I don’t mind this (voluminous!) sweater here. This look was cozy while sitting feeling more put-together for work. It even worked well for post-work drinks and eats at a local cider company (while listening to a science talk by my undergrad advisor!).


Grana sweater / similar by Everlane
Everlane pants / exact (last seen here)
Madewell boots / exact (also available from Nordstrom)
Moorea Seal sunglasses / old; similar by Le Specs
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in rosé / exact