Wearing Black Pants Three Ways for the Holidays

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a pink sweater with black pants and a black coat with fur trim2

Usually, black is not my go-to color, but I’ve embraced it this fall. Black can be too harsh against my skin, so I’ve learned to add a brighter color around my face to brighten my look. These gorgeous outfits from Talbots are ones I can wear for the holidays and later this winter. Today I’m wearing black pants three ways for the holidays.


Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a pink sweater with black pants6

Bright colors make me happy, so I love adding hot pink, vivid red, and vibrant shades of blue to my wardrobe. You can add a pop of color in many ways, like with a scarf, handbag, shoes, or jewelry.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a pink sweater with black pants5

My pop of color is this Festive Pink Cashmere V-Neck Sweater, and you can see how it makes me glow. I would probably add a fun Christmas brooch like the ones below to make this outfit look a little more festive for the holidays. I wasn’t undecided whether to order a medium or a large, but I ended up ordering a large. I would rather something be a tiny bit large on me as too tight. However, I think the medium would work best, so I will order that size and see which one works best.


Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a pink sweater with black pants and a black coat with fur trim3

My husband has a “thing” for sunglasses and watches. My “thing” is puffer coats with fur trim on the hood. I can’t get enough of them, so when I saw this Faux Fur Trim Hooded Alternative Down Parka, I had to order it. I ordered it in black and red to see which one I liked the best. Lol! The coat is super warm and fits great. I’m wearing a medium, and it fits fine even with wearing a sweater underneath.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a pink sweater with black pants and a black coat with fur trim4

I know I’ll get a lot of wear from this coat this winter, and I even like how it looks next to my face.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a red Fairisle sweater with black pants8

Here is another outfit wearing black pants for the holidays. If you’ve followed me for very long, you know I also have a “thing” for Fair Isle sweaters. Fair Isle is a traditional knitting technique used to create patterns with multiple colors, and it became popular after the Prince of Wales wore one in 1925.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a red Fairisle sweater with black pants 7

Red is a traditional color of Christmas, and this Ruby Red Fair Isle Sweater looks holiday ready. I love this festive print that can be worn all winter long, not just around Christmas. This sweater looks great with black, but it will look great with camel, white, or jeans. I’m wearing a medium which fits me great.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a red Fairisle sweater with black pants 9


Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a camel and black striped sweater with black pants12

When creating a festive holiday outfit, black and brown might not be your first thought. This outfit is sure to change your mind with its classic look and just a hint of sparkle.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a camel and black striped sweater with black pants 11

I didn’t have to look far to get my inspiration for this outfit. Lucy Lu looks perfect in her black and brown coat, and we match perfectly. This Mockneck Sweater features a festive, metallic stripe with a tiny bit of sparkle. I’m wearing a medium, and the sweater fits great.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a camel and black striped sweater with black pants 14

Getting a photo of the sparkle is not easy, but you can see a few shiny specks on the sweater. I’ve worn this sweater with the Faux Fur Metallic Vest that I wore with the light coral Fair Isle Sweater earlier, and it looked fabulous.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a brown Fairisle sweater with black pants7.22

All of these festive holiday looks were made with a pair of Black Stretch Corduroy Jeggings. I bought these ankle-length corduroy pants last year in Twig, and I loved them so much that I got a black pair this year. These pants are flattering and stretch enough to feel comfortable even if you are active all day long. I’m wearing my usual size 8, and they fit TTS.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a camel and black striped sweater with black pants 10

I like dressing comfortably, and I also want to look modern and stylish. I love shopping at Talbots, and I am not the only one. Talbots has always been my husband’s favorite retailer. When he traveled out of town, he always brought me back something from Talbots. Talbots carries classic and timeless clothing that always seems to be in style. I find the quality of the clothing excellent, and I can wear them for years.

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  1. Always amazing. I never miss your post. Very helpful & up lifting to know as we get older we can still pull trending styles off.

  2. Karen Ziegler says:

    Hi, I also love Talbots and I’m so glad you model some of their clothing. It gives me an idea of how they will fit.
    Thanks for doing that. Have a wonderful holiday season. K. Ziegler

  3. Black pants always a go to!

  4. Sandra Wigginton says:

    I love the clothes you model! I’m going broke buying what I see!!! Keep on with the classics-I love the look. Have you found any reasonable Ky priced plaid slacks? I want some, and they either cost $150+ or are leggings. Ok hank you for your comments.

  5. Melaine Ott says:

    I like the mock turtleneck…but I REALLY like your Christmas Tree🎄 😊

  6. Tina Archambault says:

    I ordered the red fair isle sweater! I saw one in the store and loved it, but it was way too big for me. Glad to see it featured on your post, so I ordered one online from your link. It’s hard to find a black pair of jeans that don’t collect all the lint and pet hair they come in contact with. Have you found black jeans that are made of a fabric that you don’t have to constantly de-lint?

  7. Melissa Parsons says:

    You’ve given me a whole new wardrobe! I’ve needed a pick me up.

  8. Linda Foltz says:

    Love those black pants!

  9. All of the outfits are a hit! I especially like the corduroy pants.

  10. Linda Laird Staszewski says:

    Thank you, Tania, for your tips! I wear a lot of black – top/pants, as you can SO dress them up with a poncho, cardigan, jacket, along with a fancy scarf and jewelry – you are ready for everything!!

  11. Melissa Waters says:

    I Love your style ideas. I’ve never been fashion savvy as I wear scrubs (aka pajamas as my hubby calls them) to work. I used to wear dress casual to work before Covid and now with it finally getting better I want to take some of your ideas and get another work wardrobe. That red sweater is gorgeous. Thanks

  12. Katy Sims says:

    My staple is black pants. I too add color on top due to a fair complexion.

  13. Mary Phillips says:

    Like you, I’ve felt that black can wash me out. However, it is a wonderful way to set of those bright, beautiful colors. I’m inspired to copy the looks you’ve showcased!

  14. Love the red holiday sweater.

  15. Pink is definitely your color!

  16. Cara MacNinch says:

    I love the Fair Isle sweater. Such a great color!

  17. Love the red sweater for the holidays! 🎄

  18. Loved all the looks & your little Lucy Lu is an adorable accessory!

  19. Karen Hodges says:

    Fun, casual outfits with black pants, incisive the brown striped sweater which I would not have expected to work.

  20. You and Lucy Lu are both stylish and color coordinated! Love that photo of you two.

  21. Love the look of those pants from Talbots.

  22. Barbara L Armacost says:

    Great ideas for the holidays!! I am a puffy coat with fur around the hood junkie too. Something about the fur around the hood makes you feel special. Your husband is such a sweetie to bring you gifts when he is away 🙂

  23. Jackie Young says:

    My personal favorite was the brown and black outfit. You looked beautiful in all of them!

  24. Love these sweaters. Wish it was cold enough to wear sweaters here.

  25. Oh yes, that red sweater is gorgeous! I love fair isle sweaters so much!

  26. Rosalinda Salcedo says:

    Love the black corduroy jeggings! My mother, daughter and I also love Emily in Paris! I can’t wait for the new season starting soon. Have a great Monday!!

  27. Love your looks today. I especially like the red fair isle sweater on you, it really brightens up your face. The beige and black not so much.

  28. Linda Foltz says:

    Love, love, love the red sweater!

  29. Dorothy McCarten says:

    I love a faux fur everything. And I lovel a hot pink everything too!!! And the costume jewelry!!I love costume jewelry!!! This pist made my week!!!

  30. I love the bright pink – it is very festive. I have a Christmas Party Friday night and I think I see a shopping trip tomorrow to find something bright like that to go with my black coated denim pants. Thanks for the inspiration to think outside of the box!!!
    In other news….you just unpacked a suitcase from SEPTEMBER???!!!!! Oh My Tania…I got home last night from Quebec City and before bed, I was unpacked, laundry sorted and started and luggage put away – I would go nuts leaving it.

  31. Tracey Ford says:

    Your blog is an excellent resource for me since you provide so many options with one piece. I also enjoy seeing a complete outfit including jewelry and footwear.

  32. Joanne W. says:

    Tania….you look wonderful in all of the clothing. I really appreciate the way you show multiple looks with one piece. So helpful!

  33. Love the outfits but sadly waaaay out of my price range.

  34. Susan Pettigrew says:

    I love sweaters in the winter, as I’m always cold. Thanks for the festive options!

  35. I have a “thing” for Fair Isle too!

  36. Roxanne Reed says:

    love the v-neck bright pink sweater!

  37. Roberta S says:

    I love the hot pink sweater. It’s a good color on you.

  38. Joyce Wonderly says:

    I have black corduroy stretch leggings so just HAD to get the red fair isle sweater to go with them! Thanks for a great idea!

  39. excellent photos, especially like the hot pink. I’m a bit chesty and short waisted, so often steer away from too much pattern like the fair isle. I usually look for v-neck.
    Talbott looks like a great store but the prices are a bit high as we are in retirement segway.
    would love that metallic gold vest though.
    I’m from Canada btw.

  40. Luisa Peterson says:

    I like the red Fair Isle sweater the best.

  41. Lori Gorenflo says:

    I wear black frequently and I always need new ideas of what to pair with them. Thanks for the great ideas.

  42. I wear black all the time. It is one of my best colors, being a winter on the color wheel! And that pink sweater is a winner on you! you look great as always!!!

  43. Dawn Milburn says:

    Thank you for keeping us “seasoned gals” looking fashionable and classy. I’m 62 and have loved all your outfits. I live in Phoenix so have to modify because of the temps, but you still inspire me and give me great ideas!

  44. Pamela C. says:

    I share your puffer jacket addiction

  45. Skeeter Haas says:

    Love, love, love that third outfit. I need that sweater!

  46. All three outfits look great!

  47. I love those pants and sweater!

  48. Love the hot pink!! Looks great on you.

  49. Joanne Neal says:

    Love all of your outfits. I purchased a fair isle sweater from Talbots last year after seeing you in it. It has quickly become a favorite!

  50. I am packing for a trip to Arkansas to see my daughter and grandkids. I only want to take a carry on since i will be traveling with a service dog. I have started looking at ways to wear clothes like you just shared. A three in one. can you please email some more tips. Thank you

  51. Beverly Hart says:

    I love that you featured black pants. They are so versatile and can be dressed up or down. Every woman should have at least three pairs in her closet! And Talbots is my go to store. Love seeing you in pink🤗

  52. Kim Little says:

    I like the outfit best that Lucy Lu was part of . Of course, she made it look even better! She so cute!

  53. Vicki Crooks says:

    Love your style! Also love that you always have a verse! God Bless you ! Happy Holidays!

  54. You are such an inspiration and a breath of fresh air for all women.
    Your posts and style is simply amazing. Thank you for showing the world “50 is not old”. Nor is 60,70 or even 80.
    Blessing to you and your family.

  55. Great outfits once again! Going to post them in my notes. Sadly I just ordered a 32° jacket before seeing this post.

  56. Love that you styled black pants with colorful tops. This reflects my style of dressing.
    Thank you for your blog and all the work that you put into it.

  57. You look amazing in pink, especially when you add those adorable pink pumps I also had to have after I saw them on you!!

  58. Love all the outfits!!

  59. Lucy is so cute! I usually choose bright colored tops in the reds and pinks too.

  60. Susan Weston says:

    Lovely pink sweater! I’d love that for the holidays!

  61. I heard that Emily in Paris was good from friends . My husband likes it as well ! Who knew? I love to see what she turns up wearing . The characters are are something else.

    I like the fair isle red sweater. Looks festive and cheerful.

  62. Julie Shutt says:

    love all 3 looks!! if I had to pic in order , it would be the Multi then Pink then the Brown.

  63. Angela Yokota says:

    All festive, not over-the-top choices. I wore the off-shoulder black sweater (a best seller) to a get-together last weekend and felt very festive myself! Thanks for all you do <3

  64. I love the pink sweater. It looks great on you. Thank you for shopping for all of us and making it a lot easier.

  65. Debbie Brown says:

    Love all the bright colors!
    Thank you for showing different ways to wear black.
    I’m like you, I like bright colors.

  66. The black corduroy pants look great!

  67. Paulette Weed says:

    I love black, but have bought more bright colored sweaters this year. My favorite is the brown striped sweater. Like a moth I am attracted to pieces that have a little bit of glitter. (Haha!) I definitely think it can be considered a Christmas sweater during the season, but not so much that i couldn’t wear it afterwards.

  68. Linda Zeigler says:

    Love all three looks but my favorite is the pink sweater. I also love Talbots as their fashions are timeless.

  69. Becky Sanchez says:

    Tania – I’ve shied away from bright colors but that pink sweater looks great with black. Maybe my next buy! Becky Sanchez

  70. All 3 outfits look great on you! I would never wear that bright a sweater as the pink one but still like it on you. My pick is definitely the tan sweater. I absolutely love it with those black pants.

  71. Kim Portuesi says:

    I love the contrast with black. it’s a classic. I’m a huge fan of Fair Isle and I have several.

  72. Patti Lou says:

    You look marvelous in everything. I especially love those black Jeggings!

  73. Love Talbots. Heading there today so I’ll definitely take a look at all these items. Thanks Tania for showing items from one of my favorite stores.

  74. Great blog, love black pants (I have those) so always like seeing different ways to wear. And LOVE your tree!!!

  75. Jenniffer Groski says:

    I really love the hot pink!! Great choice outside of the typical red or green.

  76. Linda Johnson says:

    You have turned me on to Fair Isle sweaters. I have never owned one!

  77. LeeAnn Barnard says:

    Aww Lucy Lu is so cute! I love bright colors near my face too. I’m a hot pink gal all the way!

  78. I would wear all these outfits! Thank you for the ideas!

  79. I love all of the outfits but especially the pink sweater. So lovely on you!

  80. Tonni Storey says:

    I am new here to your page and I just love it. You have great style. Happy holidays

  81. I really love all of these outfits, especially that coat! They are a bit out of my price range, but I still love looking at your posts.

  82. Love all three looks!! However, the pink sweater makes you shine!❤️

  83. Vickey Vaughan says:

    I love that all the sweaters can be worn with one pair of black pants and accessorized with scarves, brooches and necklaces.

  84. Thank you for your posts…I have learned a lot from you in making my wardrobe work for my age. I still struggle with getting the right look with the different styles and lengths of pants/jeans and boots. Whether to tuck them in or roll them up?? They just never seem to look just right. I am 62 so I don’t wear the newer style of wide frayed jeans!

  85. Ginger Hiller says:

    All three outfits look great on you, Tania! I really appreciate this post because we will be visiting family for two weeks right after Christmas. Even though we are taking our Ram, I plan on packing a capsule wardrobe. Our time will be split between the two sisters so wearing an outfit multiple times will not be an issue. I have a few sweaters in the brown family that I want to take, along with black pants, so you’ve given me inspiration to pair the two colors together. Thank you!

  86. Erin rezey says:

    Love the ideas with black ! My go to has always been black . Following your posts has given me soo many ideas to do different with choosing clothes . I have gotten more colors in my wardrobe . And I’m loving the sweaters ! Purchased 3 from Talbots’s already ! Love them and I am now wearing browns, greens, navy , and pinks !! Big changes for me but having fun ! Thank you for your ideas and your confidence that you share .

  87. Love the black jeggings…they look great and the pink sweater is my fav! Thank you for your inspiration!

  88. Lynn Cookson says:

    You look so pretty in the pink!

  89. Debbie LaFleur says:

    Love these looks! The pink especially pops against the black!

  90. Debbie LaFleur says:

    Love these looks. You can’t go wrong with black pants!

  91. Loving the outfits, very flattering. I have the pants in green from last year, and love them so really need them in the black as it will go with more sweaters. Have a blessed week.

  92. Delores Sadler Williams says:

    Love fair isle sweaters too! ❤️ Also that jacket is beautiful!

  93. Pat Welker says:

    Love your blog! Like the way you share affordable styles.

  94. janet mercer says:

    Love all the outfits. Talbots is one of my favorite stores. Especially like the coat!

  95. Thanks for the alternative choices for the holiday. I like Talbots, too.

  96. Therese Barry says:

    Love Talbots; their clothes fit me well.

  97. Ann Pavlicek says:

    Love the pink sweater. I also like brighter colors.

  98. Angela C. says:

    The pink sweater does look pretty up against your face! I haven’t work corduroy since I was probably 13. I decided to give them a try and went looking for a grey. I’ve had no luck because my size always seems to sell out fast. Thanks for sharing.

  99. Ordered the Fair Isle sweater! Can’t wait to wear!

  100. Janice Wooldridge says:

    I love the red sweater.

  101. Love these outfits! Hot pink looks very good on you…

  102. Cindy Crouch says:

    I love the hot pink sweater with the black pants and booties. That color is fabulous on you!

  103. Love these Talbots outfits! And your cute little doggie….

  104. Love the black and brown. What size are you wearing? The pink looks great on you but I’m just uncomfortable in bright colors.

  105. Laura Gray says:

    Love Talbots and love your selections today. All are spot on!

  106. Waiting for season 3 of Emily. Soo fun

  107. I really like the tan sweater and you have inspired me to look for a Fair Isle sweater 🙂 Thank you.

  108. Dena Clifford says:

    Thank you for this post! I was just there yesterday and love the pink sweater. You look great.

  109. I pretty much live in black pants this time of year. I haven’t even thought of adding cords to my collection. I love that bright pink sweater too, but it’s already sold out in my size.

  110. You look great in all three sweaters with the black pants. So appreciate seeing the different looks.

  111. Terri Schmitt says:

    Love the black jegginngs because they don’t look tight!!!!

  112. Kathy Dolan says:

    Love Talbots. I discovered them when I needed to upgrade my scrubs for a management job. Have stayed with them ever since. They do not disappoint.

  113. Your outfits are so pretty! I love each one, if I had to pick my favorite it would be the pink sweater, add a festive pin and you’re done! Thanks for the inspiration.

  114. Talbots is my favorite place to shop! I love all of your holiday looks … Perfect outfits for me! Classy and stylish! Thank you for your timely post!

  115. Talents is my favorite place to shop! I love all of your holiday looks … Perfect outfits for me! Classy and stylish! Thank you for your timely post!

  116. Tania,
    I love the red and black sweater and the camel/black stripe sweater! I love black pants and jean. I often shop at Talbots! Thank you so much for sharing these fashion ideas!

  117. Really cute outfits!!! Love these festive holiday looks instead of red and green !
    Love seeing Lucy Lu too!

  118. Jean Kern says:

    These looks are perfect !

  119. Carol McCarthy says:

    Hi Tania

    Just love your posts even though I live in the UK. They give me ideas for style and colours as I unfortunately do not have access to most of the stores you mention. Talbots did have a couple of stores here and I really enjoyed shopping there. I just love the camel sparkly stripped sweater. Such a shame they are no longer here. Carol McCarthy

  120. You look great in all 3 sweaters and the puffer jacket looks warm and stylish.

  121. Linda Goewey says:

    Love, love, love the pink sweater with the black pants. They look fabulous on you! 💕

  122. Trish Smith says:

    Love the pants on you!

  123. Kim Luehmann says:

    Love the bright colors! Who says you can’t be merry and bright?? Thank you!

  124. I love the last sweater. The camel and black combo is a favorite of mine. The black coat looks great on you.

  125. I wear black pants or jeans everyday. I love the three different sweaters styled with one pair of paints.
    Great idea.

  126. Janice Cone says:

    Love the pink sweater, looks fun and festive and it does make you glow. It’s my favorite, I also love the camel striped sweater. Great choices as always’

  127. Bonnie pierce says:

    I too love fairisle sweaters , this red one is so festive! I also love the idea of the stretch corduroy pants , it makes it a little bit dressy but comfortable.