In today's blog post I decided to show you the amazing pants every woman should own this year. Even if you're not a self-proclaimed "pants" girl, having these essential styles in your wardrobe will ensure that when you do skip the skirt, you'll be comfortable and look fabulous. Not sure how to wear them? Consult our guide to the shoes every woman should own and you're halfway there. Anyway, it's time to find out how and with what to wear new pants.
Fit-You-to-a-T Dark Jeans
Dark jeans with a uniform wash, like Zoe Saldana's here, are a no-brainer because you can wear them for day or evening and they go with everything in your closet. Instead of buying 50 random pairs, search for one that fits you in all the right places and buy a couple of those guys. Not the most exciting shopping trip, but trust us, you'll be glad you did.
There are the leggings you wear when you get home from work, and then there are the leggings you can actually wear in public. If you're averse to being seen in such a body-conscious look, follow Anne Hathaway's lead and opt for legging jeans, which have a bit more structure. Pair them with tall boots and a knee-grazing coat and you'll be comfy without showing off every inch of your shape.
Don't be afraid to take this short cut-as long as you do it in high heels. Cropped pants are by no means leg lengtheners, but if you add height with your footwear, you’ll get a fresh spin on an old classic. This year we see menswear fabrics, such as tweed, look modern. A retro bag or print blouse adds a ladylike touch.
Rugged Pants (Fit for a Lady)
Having a pair of cords, khakis or cargos in your wardrobe will prove useful when you want to go for more of a rustic vibe with your look. But that doesn't mean you can wear them only in the wilderness. As Charlize Theron proves, sometimes they're great for making sleek city blazers, boots and shades look a little more down-to-earth.
Pants in a Bold or Bright Color
Choose the silhouette and material that suit your personal style and a color that complements your skin tone, and break these babies out when you really want to make a fashion statement. That said, they don't necessarily need to be worn as boldly as Rachel Bilson does here. A white button-down and a pair of black pumps are just fine too.
For a cut so sleek it’s practically aerodynamic, this second-skin fit is second to none. The body-conscious silhouette is almost aggressively sexy, though, so it may not be a match for some conservative workplaces or low-key gatherings. To slim thighs, have a tailor remove pockets. A loose shirt that hits mid-derriere minimizes your rear.
Silk or crepe de chine pants that are cocktail-party-appropriate will also serve you well on evenings when it's too cold to wear a skirt, when you're in conservative company or when you just feel like mixing it up a bit.
Do we have to convince you that having a pair of loose, comfortable jeans in your wardrobe is a good idea?
Never underestimate the power of slim ankle-length pants and a pair of classic pumps. If you work in a traditional office, this is an especially important combo to have on hand. As Cameron Diaz demonstrates, a neutral color and a not-too-tight fit are what keep this must-have looking professional and sophisticated.
We’ve become so conditioned to flat-front pants, that the idea of “pleats” almost seems sacrilegious. But these trousers, worn low on the waist and wide in the legs, say slouchy elegance-not pouchy midsection. Heels make them more feminine. Gloves, chains and a frame bag counter the menswear vibe.
Printed or Patterned Pants
Why should your blouses and dresses have all the fun? Keep a pair of printed or patterned pants on hand to experiment with pattern mixing and give your solid-color tops a bit of instant jazzing up. We love this luxe menswear-inspired pair by J.Crew on Solange Knowles, but more feminine options, like florals and jacquards, also work.
Katie Holmes does have long stems, but those perfectly fitted wide-leg jeans certainly don't hurt if you're looking for a leg-lengthening style. Whether you opt for jeans or trousers is up to you; just make sure they fit like a glove up top and pool over your shoes down below. Break 'em out when you need to feel just a little bit more like a supermodel. Trust us, it works.
Every gal needs to make room in her wardrobe for fun, I-don't-know-why-I-love-them-I-just-do pieces. Leather skinnies (seen here on Emmanuelle Chriqui), sequined leggings and lace pants fall squarely into this category. It's OK to experiment with silhouette and fabric—just make sure your persona-altering pants get at least one thumbs-up from a nearby girlfriend or guy. You know, just to be sure.
Fear not-no one will mistake your outfit for a leftover Aladdin Halloween costume. In general, ballooning silhouettes are most flattering on the tall and thin. However, the wider-hipped should test this cut as the extra fabric provides give. Limit jewelry to one big piece. These were shown in purple on the runway, but black is a safer bet for first-timers.
We first saw rising waistbands in jeans; now they’ve made their way to trousers. In high-waist pants, with cuffs covering heels, legs seem to stretch for miles. The style is ideal for those who are long in the torso, as it breaks up the midsection. Add more texture to tweed with a chunky knit top. Commit to a heel height, and hem accordingly.