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The Pants That Go With Everything

June 30, 2017 | Filed in: Your Closet

We believe in building a wardrobe with price-per-wear in mind, and when you find a great-fitting pair of pants in a wear-with-anything color, they prove their worth very quickly. By that measure, the Oshima pant in russet are a sartorial goldmine. The sister pant of our bestselling Foster, the Oshima has a slightly cropped hem (perfect for showing off an elegant summer sandal) and a high waist (muffin tops, begone). If the word “cropped” makes you think of flood pants, know that the subtle flare at the ankle creates a chic proportion (more Audrey Hepburn, less clamdigger).

For summer, think of the Oshima pant as a building block: Their silhouette is streamlined and simple, while the russet color (our answer to traditional khaki) goes with almost every color imaginable. Read on to see how MM merchandising coordinator Becka wears hers.

Look 1: Tailored and Streamlined

Becka wears the April top in navy with the Oshima pant in russet.

Becka wears the April top with the Oshima pant in russet.

Why it works: With angled seams and a slight flare at the hem, the April top is the shirt equivalent of an A-line dress. When paired with the Oshima pant, the silhouette on top mirrors the silhouette on bottom, making for beautifully balanced proportions. The soft and stretchy April offers sweatshirt-level comfort, while the crisp Oshima pant makes the outfit office-appropriate.

Look 2: Blousey and Minimalist

Becka wears the Rowling top in true olive with the Oshima pant in russet.

Becka wears the Rowling top in true olive with the Oshima pant in russet.

Why it works: This look mixes business casual and comfort, and the combination of true olive and russet feels fresh. With a draped neckline and a clean hem that skims the hips, the Rowling elevates the Oshima pant without feeling overly formal. 

Look 3: Relaxed and Flexible

Becka wears the Jackie top with the Oshima pant in russet.

Becka wears the Jackie top with the Oshima pant in russet.

Why it works: The tunic silhouette of the Jackie top contrasts nicely with the fitted Oshima pant, and the additional coverage makes this look as comfortable as it is elegant. Don’t be nervous about pairing a long top with a cropped pant: The differences in length actually complement each other, creating an elongating effect.

Photographs by Yan Ruan.


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Alexandra Johnson is the brand manager at MM.LaFleur, where she started out as a summer intern. Her happy place is the room housing Monet's Water Lilies at MoMA. Read more of Alexandra's posts.


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