Genie pants are fun to wear in the Summer because they’re breezy, comfortable, forgiving and look interesting. They’re sufficiently avant-garde to transcend the trends, giving them a high longevity factor. They can be printed, solid, knitted, woven, full-length or cropped. The amount of volume in the silhouette will vary, and so will the fabric. But generally, genie pants are drapey and soft. They can look quite elegant when there is structure and a little dressiness in the rest of the outfit.
Choose any colour palette. Here are the components of the ensemble:
Genie Pants: Without the right bottoms, the outfit formula falls flat so no substitutes. I’m using “genie” to describe all sorts of soft pants, including harem and jogger styles. Note that the crotch point does NOT need to be low and exaggerated. Regular, relaxed rise lengths are fine. But the waistband has to be fitted and the hems need to be tapered with darts, cuffs, elastic or ruching to get a blouson effect on the leg.
Top: Tops are tricky to get right with these types of bottoms because you need to add the right amount of structure. Your best bet is a boxy cropped top that is no longer than hip bone length, a fitted style like a classic wrap or knitted top, or a fluid tank with curved hems. A fluid high-low top that is sufficiently short in front can work, as can a short welted top with a little volume in the torso.
Sandals: Flat gladiators are fab, as are most styles of flat or low-heeled sandal. Flat mules can work too. Choose them in a colour that complements the outfit.
Accessories: Finish off the look with a bag that works with the outfit, like a casual tote or small crossbody. Add jewellery, eyewear, headgear and watch as desired.