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How to Style Our Best-Selling Pants in Every Color

Elevated, Power Casual, and cozy pairing recommendations for 7 different shades of the Foster pants.

By Madeleine Kim

Have you ever bought a pair of pants in an unexpected but stunning color, only to be totally confused about what to wear with them? You throw them in your closet and they rarely—if ever—see the light of day. It’s sort of like when you buy a nice bottle of wine and wait for the perfect meal or reason to celebrate to open it up. Never again. Pants should be fun (and good wine goes with everything). That’s why, when picking out shades for our beloved Foster pant, we thought long and hard about what to pair with them, because we wanted to make it as easy as possible for you. 

Below, perfect pairings for 7 of our favorite shades of the Foster pant.

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This one almost feels like a trick question, because there isn’t much you can’t wear with a pair of sleek, black cigarette pants. But for brevity’s sake, we’ve narrowed it down to three of our favorite combos.

Elevated: A classic black-and-white pairing never goes out of style, and for good reason. The Darcy top in pearl puts an elegant spin on the timeless combo thanks to its not-quite-white shade and subtle sheen. Plus, the tie at the neck does most of the styling work for you. Just add in a pair of gold hoops and the Rowan flats and you’re, well, good as gold.

Power Casual: A black, monochromatic outfit is both incredibly chic and unbelievably easy to put together. Pair your Foster pants with the pima cotton Paige tank for a sleek-in-seconds ensemble. The statement-making Beebe belt takes your look to the next level. Add the Porter jacket in navy to complete your Power Casual outfit (we never could resist a black-and-navy pairing).

Cozy: When in doubt, pair patterned or textured pieces with solid colors that appear in the pattern. An easy example: the Foster pant in black paired with the Barbara sweater in black and white. Use this outfit as a blank canvas for bold jewelry and shoes, or go minimalist and embrace the elegance of a clean, black-and-white look.

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These bone-colored beauties are as stretchy as they are spring-ready, and like the Foster pant in black, they look great with most pieces. Here are some pairings that really make them shine.

Elevated: Lean into the spring palette with a color that emulates the season: blossom. Pair your Fosters with the Antoinette top for a look that’s simultaneously sophisticated and playful. Add simple Bezel earrings and some leopard loafers for an elegant touch.

Power Casual: A black silk cami is usually a good bet. Wear the Foster in bone with the machine-washable Lisey cami for an easy look that could take you from a work-from-home morning to an afternoon dog walk to an early happy hour. Don’t forget to slip on your O’Hara blazer and Rowan flats before you head out the door.

Cozy: The ultra-soft Marcia T-shirt has a close fit, making it ideal for layering. Our unusual pebble color complements bone to create a palette that’s springy without being flashy. Complete this look with a crisp pair of white sneakers.

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Despite being a neutral, gray can be deceptively difficult to pair. A good rule of thumb: stick with other neutrals, as well as colors from the cool end of the spectrum, like blue and purple.

Elevated: Speaking of neutrals, the Mia top in pale gray is a match made in heaven. It’s light enough to create some contrast with monsoon, but it still lives in the same color family. The Claressa earrings provide a little metallic accent up top, while the Rowan flats add some pattern.

Power Casual: Monsoon + dusty indigo = a moody combo we don’t want to stop wearing. Try the eco-conscious Emmy top for an easy look you could take anywhere. The Hyo jacket elevates the outfit, and the Koio sneakers add a fresh pop of white.

Cozy: You really can’t go wrong with black—or with our polished but practical Tyler sweatshirt, for that matter. Bonus points: add silver jewelry and black shoes to complete your monochromatic masterpiece.

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Dark Navy

Navy tends to get a bad rap as a runner-up to black. But we’d argue that it has some special qualities of its own.

Elevated: Let’s put that pattern-pairing trick from earlier to work again. The Mila top has navy stripes, so navy pants are an automatic yes. Understated hoops and comfortable gray flats finish the outfit.

Power Casual: Navy is the ideal neutral to pair with bold, burnt orange pieces like the Leslie T-shirt. Try a half-tuck for some extra polish, and add some two-toned earrings if you want to drive home the warm-and-cool color palette. The Merritt jardigan in navy brings this Power Casual outfit to life.

Cozy: For a tonal look with a bit of contrast, pair the Fosters with the Jo sweater in dusty indigo. This will both emphasize the navy color of the pants and pepper in some intrigue. Add even more blue to the look with the Rowan flats in ultramarine.

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Dark Olive

Dark olive is one of those not-quite-neutral colors that just magically never goes out of style. Here’s how to make the most of it.

Elevated: Honeycomb paired with dark olive is kind of like a caesar salad: It sounds like a weird combination, but once you try it, you’ll never go back. Try the silk jersey Leo pullover for a comfortable and sophisticated look. Gold jewelry will complement the warm tones in your outfit.

Power Casual: The Annika has the relaxed vibe of a classic tee, but washable silk makes it much more elevated. Dress the look up with heeled sandals and a statement necklace.

Cozy: Is it just us, or is there something about a monochromatic outfit that feels extra cozy? The pima cotton Ellie pullover is super snuggly, but also polished enough to wear on Zoom. If you want to elevate the outfit, just add a contrasting blazer and some pointy-toed flats.

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If you’re a fan of warm tones, saddle is the neutral for you. Pair it with everything from pastels to jewel tones.

Elevated: We’ve got to hand it to our design team—the Monica top is something special. Made from magical silk jersey, it features draping at the neckline and a fitted waist designed to make tucking easy. Try it with pink shoes to fully embrace the color palette.

Power Casual: The easy, breezy Annette top is an ideal complement to balance out the form-fitting Foster pants. Try the Ella sandals in wheat and the Mardy earrings to create a head-to-toe tonal look.

Cozy: Remember what we said about monochromatic looks feeling extra cozy? The effect is doubled when you throw cashmere into the mix. The McKenzie sweater in flax plays beautifully with the slightly darker Foster pants in saddle. Add the snakeskin Rowan flats to give the outfit some texture.

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Deep Sea

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you already own something in deep sea—our most popular jewel tone of the past two years. Let’s dive in.

Elevated: Deep sea isn’t quite navy (it’s more of a blue-green, like…the deep part of the sea)—but when you pair it with black, you end up with the same effortlessly stylish vibe as you’d get from a black-and-navy pairing. Try the machine-washable Nora top, which looks great under a jardigan.

Power Casual: In (literal) contrast, white is also an excellent pairing for deep sea. Try the Alina, which has a muscle-tee cut that makes it a bit more interesting than a typical T-shirt. The stretchy Porter jacket and comfortable Rowan flats bring the look from laid-back to Power Casual.

Cozy: What’s better than deep sea? More deep sea. You can wear the Rory cardigan as a shirt if you’re feeling slightly risque, or for more coverage, you can layer it over the Carlin tank in deep sea—whatever floats your boat.

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Madeleine Kim

Madeleine Kim is the Senior Brand Manager at M.M.LaFleur, where she started out as a stylist. She loves developing styling-focused content and creating newsletters that bring the M.M. community together.

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