Ok so I am not actually wearing any of the bottoms Angie listed in her great ensemble post, but as the weather forecast got warmer and warmer I did progress through each variation in mind ;)
Today it is beautiful and warm so neither long pants nor a fitted pencil felt right. Instead, I pulled out my slim black culottes. Normally I wear these with heels, and while my 3" black pointy pumps were far more conventionally flattering (and that's what I put on first), I was able to accommodate my quirkier mood and wear my black patent loafers instead because my silk-front sweater is cropped which netted me some extra optical leg length to play with. The loafers also better suite my current inclination towards slightly nerdy proportions. And while we here know that navy+black is a fab pairing, I feel like that also plays into the nerdiness aspect today. To combat the slightly tomboyish feel I chose long earrings (though they're spikes, so perhaps not THAT combative) and light pink lipstick.
This almost-cropped top length is my way of participating in the bared midriff trend this season; it sits right on or just below the waistband of my pants. These don't look show skin until I stretch, and behave nicely while sitting down without needing a camisole for coverage. Though I usually do wear a camisole underneath this length of top, today I did not. It is as close to showing some skin here as I'm going to get!
Comments, critiques, thoughts and questions welcome.