A bright spring look with lantern pants

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Susan B. wears a pink sweater, bandana, brown lantern pants, metallic flats.

One of my favorite trouser shapes to come down the pike in recent years is a style dubbed “lantern pants.” This silhouette curves outward from the leg, then tapers back in at the ankle. (Other iterations go by “carrot,” “barrel,” or “balloon” leg pants depending on the shape.)

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom. All ideas and opinions are my own.

earrings | bandana | sweater | pants | shoes

I’m wearing size S in the sweater, XS in the pants (had them hemmed about an inch).

How to style lantern pants

I find this interesting shape easier to wear than a straight wide leg pant, especially in this fluid ponte knit fabric. These pants are as comfortable as loungewear, but the shape adds some refinement and structure.

Here, I’ve styled them with a cropped cotton sweater in a bright flamingo pink, and metallic d’Orsay flats. I think lantern pants look best with either a shorter top, or one that can be tucked in with a full or French tuck. The earrings and bandana worn as a neckerchief give the look a bit of a 60’s retro vibe, which I love.

what I am wearing

what I am wearing

These ankle-strap shoes are SO comfortable! I’m a big fan of metallic shoes for their versatility and zhush. A flatform style, wedge, espadrille, or block heel shoe would also work with this pants shape.

Susan B. wears a print bandana, pink sweater, brown Eileen Fisher lantern pants, metallic flats.

Here’s a quick indoor shot to better show the shape of the pants.

Susan B. wears a Madewell bandana, pink French Connection sweater, Eileen Fisher lantern pants, Eileen Fisher metallic d'orsay flats.

These pants are washable, and travel well. (I’ll probably be including this pair in upcoming travel wardrobes.) Here are more lantern pant styles:

Everything I’m wearing above is available at Nordstrom. They carry a wide range of my favorite brands, and often get new styles in before anyone else. Plus, shipping and returns are free, and if you’re in a hurry, many items can be ordered and picked up at your local store.

Have you tried lantern pants, or a similar shape?

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