Look of the Week: Lantern Legged Pants

Happy Monday ladies. Today’s Look of The week is by request. I’m sharing how I style lantern legged pants. What’s that you ask? They’re typically a pull on pant with a wide full leg and seam accents below the knee. The hem is narrower than the leg but they’re not harem pants.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing lantern pants

You first saw me wearing them here. A black and white outfit with a red bag and French Kande. Today I’m wearing another black and white outfit with a different red bag and French Kande. I purchased both pairs of lantern pants at boutiques and have no link for them.

Am I repeating my look? You bet! I like to duplicate looks that work for me because there’s no reason to reinvent the wheel. Today’s pants are a different fabric and drape more. I’m wearing boots rather than sandals and velvet rather than cotton.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing lantern pants

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing lantern pants

If you Google lantern pants you’ll find leg variations all the way up to MC Hammer pants! Some are cropped and most are made of a knit fabric.

Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing lantern pants

I got these boots on sale several weeks ago and love them!! They have a low heel in a modern triangle shape.

I’ve seen them worn with tunic tops but it’s not a great look on me. I balance a wide bottom with a slender top and vice versa. Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled life wearing velvet jean jacket from AnthropologieDenim jackets are perfect for this because they give a relaxed vibe which feels right with these casual pants.Jennifer Connolly of A Well Styled Life wearing lantern pants

Artful Home carries several versions, here and here. Eileen Fisher often includes them in her collections. I’m beginning to see linen versions for summer and thinking a colored pair would make a fun addition to my wardrobe.

Have you worn lantern pants?

Do you remember MC Hammer?

Thanks for reading and have a great day!


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  1. Allison
    February 14, 2018 / 12:52 pm

    You look adorable! This look suits you very well. At 5′ and a bit broad of beam I would look like a……lantern!!!! I think this works on a narrower hip and longer leg than I possess. Even a very tiny 5′ would look overwhelmed. I’ll stick to my skinnies and straight leg trousers but variety is the spice of life so keep kick in’ it up!!
    Though I might adopt that upper half look;)

    • February 14, 2018 / 3:49 pm

      I am much narrower on the bottom than top. I think that helps a lot.

  2. Janet
    February 13, 2018 / 1:16 am

    I’m not familiar with this style. I’m not sure I can pull them off since I have the opposite shape to you but I’d try them on anyway. Following your posts has given me the inspiration and motivation to try new things. Thank you!

    • February 13, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Dressing should be fun so I love to experiment. Thanks for reading!

  3. Julie,Melbourne,Australia
    February 12, 2018 / 1:41 pm

    I like the lantern pants on you.They look great with the jacket and some heels.
    I remember loving the MC Hammer pants back in the day as they were so comfy and fun.I’d like to try on some lantern pants and see how they look on me…….nothing ventured nothing gained.Were yours a petite style?

  4. Rita Loehr
    February 12, 2018 / 11:08 am

    Love this look on you! I learned something new today……..lantern pants! Always a good thing to learn something new! Did you have to hem them, were they petite or a perfect fit!

    • February 12, 2018 / 3:17 pm

      I did not hem them. They tend to run short so perfect for me:)

  5. Donna B Oliphint
    February 12, 2018 / 11:06 am

    Hmmmm…not loving these on you, though I’m sure they’re comfortable. Just think they give your petite body an X shape rather than the longer V shape. But then, that’s why there’s chocolate and vanilla ice cream. (As well as strawberry and pistachio!) Love your sense of adventure with clothing!

    • February 12, 2018 / 3:16 pm

      With my broad shoulders I try to balance the v shape. Variety is fun to try. Have a great day Donna

  6. Kathleen O'Brien
    February 12, 2018 / 10:38 am

    Can’t touch this! Love MC Hammer – although I think of his pants as much more baggy.
    I have a few lantern pants, black by Eileen Fisher and a couple of patterned pair by Alembika. I’m with you on wearing a more body conscience top with the fuller bottoms. I think they are fun to wear and wear mine when I feel fun and funky. I often pair them with a platform-y type sandal or shoe.

    • February 12, 2018 / 3:12 pm

      I have an Alembika pair too! Love the idea of a platform with them. Thanks Kathleen

  7. Lea
    February 12, 2018 / 9:35 am

    I’ve been eyeing pants in this style, so now I’ll try them out. So enjoy having different styles to choose from to fit my different moods lol Life is too short to be boring!

  8. Joanna
    February 12, 2018 / 9:06 am

    I think they would be fun in linen. Sometimes out on the boat, the breeze is a little chilly so a light linen pant is perfect. The magic in wearing these pants is keeping the top fitted. You wear this look well, Jennifer.

    Question: Have you ever thought of putting in a delete button so those commenting could erase their comment?

  9. February 12, 2018 / 7:22 am

    I have a pair of these I’ve been meaning to pull out and wear again. Thanks for the inspiration!!

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:43 am

      They’re so fun to wear. I love mine.

  10. pat valentic
    February 12, 2018 / 6:42 am

    This post reminds me that I have Eileen Fisher lantern pants. Now I know how to style them. Thanks. I think you look chic. patval

    • February 12, 2018 / 10:30 am

      Thanks Pat! Have fun.

  11. Kathy
    February 12, 2018 / 6:17 am

    Well, why the heck not! Looks great.

    • February 12, 2018 / 10:29 am

      Fun for a change of pace.

  12. beth byrd
    February 12, 2018 / 6:15 am

    What a great look for you!!!

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:40 am

      Thank you Beth. It’s a tough look to pull off but with the right portion on top I feel very comfy in it.

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:39 am

      They’re not for everyone but some women love this shape. It took me a few passes to realize I like the silhouette too.

  13. February 12, 2018 / 5:46 am

    You styled these pants perfectly! I really like this look! I also always have to balance out a wider pant with a narrower top.

    Have a great week!

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:37 am

      Thanks Andrea. Have a wonderful week too! Xx

  14. Deede
    February 12, 2018 / 5:44 am

    I really like the jacket and top…If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all…smile…

    • February 12, 2018 / 7:37 am

      You’re a class act Deede ;)They’re not for everyone. Have a great day!

      • Deede
        February 12, 2018 / 3:26 pm

        Jennifer, My lack of enthusiasm for the pants was in no way a criticism of you..Those pants IMO just don’t make the female form regardless of size look good…You look wonderful…as you usually do…

      • February 12, 2018 / 7:29 pm

        I know that Deede. That’s why I said you’re a class act all the way! xo

  15. Karen
    February 12, 2018 / 5:05 am

    How are these different from palazzo pants?

    • February 12, 2018 / 10:28 am

      The hem tapers in. Palazzos stay wide all the way down

  16. February 12, 2018 / 4:36 am

    I just do not like this style of pant I would never wear them. Jacket and shirt are nice on you.

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