Tailoring A Pair of Pants

Office Appropriate Outfits - Spring

Chicago style blogger, red blouse, black moto vest


Blouse – Express (similar) | Vest – Target (similar) | Pants – The Limited | Shoes – Bandolino (same) | Necklace – NY & Co (similar)

Let me tell you a little story about these pants. I’m pretty sure you’ve never seen them on the blog before. The matching suit jacket? Yes. The pants? No. Why not?

Well, this is one of the suits I bought almost six years ago before I started my current job. And six years ago flared leg pants were still in style. I’m not talking bootcut, I’m talking FLARED. So, these were flared. And then they hung in my closet for the past few years with me debating whether or not to get rid of them.

But I HATE shopping for pants. Hate it. So I decided I’d try these on one last time before deciding if they were going in the donation pile. And they still fit. Which is when I decided I’d ask the tailoring lady at my dry cleaner if she could make them into straight legged pants. Which she said she could for the price of $26.

Chicago style blogger, flared leg to straight leg pants

Now they’re a tad too long but that’s an easy fix. Well, I mean, I’ll still be paying someone to do it since I can’t sew, but at least I don’t have to go pants shopping!

14 replies on “Tailoring A Pair of Pants

  1. Valerie @ The Style Files

    Glad you are going to be able to save those pants! I had SO many of those–luckily my Mom has taken the pant opening in a bit on some that still fit. I remember the flares were so bit– it swallowed your whole foot and shoe!

  2. Bethany @ Accidental Intentions

    Personally, I’m just patiently waiting for flares to come back in style. It’s bound to happen eventually, right?? Haha.

    Speaking of tailoring pants, though, I went to a networking event last week (and had to dress like a real professional…life is hard) and realized my black pants are toooooo long. I have to wear them with heels to wear them at all, and since I’m not all that crazy about heels, I’m thinking that maybe they’d be worth getting tailored. On the other hand, I only wear them once in a blue moon, so I’m not entirely convinced I care enough to get them tailored. Decisions, decisions!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I’d get them hemmed even if you don’t wear them that often. If they’re good quality and will last you a long time it’s worth it to pay the $10 or $15 to have them hemmed so you can wear them with shoes you actually like!

  3. Rachel

    I am tending to wear black pants to work most days at the moment. I need to buy some more pants and know how difficult it is to find the perfect fit.

    Yours certainly fit well now and look great quality

  4. Sarah

    I don’t tailor pants nearly as much as I should (especially since I have passable sewing skills). Instead I either wear them until they’re ruined, or I get rid of them immediately. It’s really not a great system.

  5. kilax

    Isn’t it funny that flare was so in style awhile ago? I have some work pants like that too, and just look at them and go “ewwww!”

  6. Suburban Style Challenge

    I’ve been thinking about doing the same thing to a pair of suit pants! Nice to see someone else was successful with it. I’m in the same boat… a great-fitting suit from about 8 years ago, but the pants are so dated! Thanks for the inspiration to dig it out of the back of my closet and get those pants made chic!

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