I don’t wear pants very often, simply because I find skirts and dresses more forgiving, but when I do, I like a wide leg trouser. No skinny, pinching, straight leg pants for me. These black trousers are incredibly forgiving, and if you want to make your legs look longer, wear them with a pair of point-toe flats/pumps/wedges.
If you want to wear pants, you need to wear a nice blouse. I greatly prefer it to a cami and cardi combo. A long silk blouse or a wrap sweater would be nice, but here, I’ve chosen a short-sleeved lace number. As long as the shirt has a sleeve, you don’t need a cover up.
Because the blouse is so intricate, you can skip the necklace and wear a set of bangles instead. These mixed media bracelets give you a little bit of color and some nice texture. Add a simple, gold drop earring or stud to complete the look.
Business casual lesson number three: If you’re going to skip the cardigan or jacket, choose a structured blouse in a dressy fabric.