Class to Night Out: Cigarette Pants

With proper styling, cigarette pants can make an average outfit look ultra classy and refined.
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With proper styling, cigarette pants can make an average outfit look ultra classy and refined.
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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. This column will focus on one piece per week, and teach you how to take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

What's one piece that can instantly add a touch of classic glamor to your closet? The cigarette pant, of course. Popularized in the 1950s by many Hollywood stars, but immortalized by Audrey Hepburn in the '60s, these skinny black pants are a necessity for any wannabe style icon.

Cigarette pants can go with absolutely everything, but they can also be a bit tricky to style at first because of their cropped length. Since they usually end above the ankle, college girls may be a little wary of incorporating them into their wardrobes. Never fear - with the proper styling, cigarette pants can make an average outfit look classy and refined.

This week, I'll be showing you how to wear a pair of cigarette pants to class and for a night out, creating two super chic looks.

Cigarette Pants: Class

cigarette pants look for day with plaid shirt brown oxdfords brown belt bike ring and brown and white bag

Pants, Shirt, Bag, Belt, Shoes, Ring

For class, pair your cigarette pants with a colorful plaid shirt for a twist on the classic plain oxford shirt. Mix neutrals by belting your shirt at the waist with a brown belt. You can also try wearing playful jewelry like this awesome bike-shaped ring from Modcloth to capture the youthful feel of the cigarette pant. Add more brown tones with a pair of girly brogue shoes and a classic two-toned bag to complete the look.

Cigarette Pants: Night Out

cigarette pants outfit for night with feather print top coral bag coral earrings black pumps black bangles

Pants, Top, Bag, Pumps, Bangles, Earrings

To modernize your look for night, wear a long, drapey top with a cool print (how awesome is this feather-inspired one from Dorothy Perkins?) to emphasize the length of the pants. Accessorize with black platform pumps and fun black bangles. Add a pop of color, like this gorgeous tangerine/coral hue, with a fringed cross-body bag and matching earrings.

What do you think?

Do you own a pair of cigarette pants? What do you wear with them? Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the outfits, I'd love to hear your thoughts!