15 pairs of trousers for dressing up or down
I am always looking for cool alternatives to my criminally over-utilized jeans, and I like trousers because they project a kind of togetherness I’m not always feeling on the inside. There are a couple of reasonably-priced options here, but not as many as I typically like to include, because this is a tough category for that. Cheap pants, unfortunately, look cheap. And a good pair of pants always wins the day in the cost-per-wear valuation. I like pants from The Great, and these skinny armies especially: they are so, so flattering on a person with hips, and are as comfortable as leggings (they have a ton of stretch, but happily don’t look as though they do). Here are their also-good slouchy armies.
I’m also a big fan of Nili Lotan’s Tel Aviv pant: just the right amount of slouch, and such a good washed-out black (it comes in other colors too).
I’m including these, from Helmut Lang, because they are wool, and it is very nearly impossible to find good wool pants.
Loft has just started offering extended sizes, and they’ve got some good stuff, like these skinny black pants.
These are from Theory and they’re a wool blend, so you can wear them straight into spring.
I think these pants are cute and reasonably well-priced, but I’m also including this because I noticed J. Crew has been using this not-scary-skinny model and I think it’s cool.
I am intrigued by this whole wide leg cropped pants look, but don’t want to spend a lot on it, which is why this $68 option is appealing. It also comes in quite a few good colors, and a version with regular slit pockets if you’re looking for something more streamlined.
I make a habit of not pointing out when one of the items featured here is for extended sizes, because that annoyed some of you. But you can’t tell from the model’s body here that that is necessarily the case, so I’m going ahead and saying it. These come in a huge range of colors, and are pretty well-cut.
Everlane calls this their work pant, but I can see wearing it on the weekend with a big sweater.
Nili Lotan’s super-slouchy Paris pants in a brilliant tomato red.
I like the front seam on these, from Vince.
A jaunty cropped pair fabricated of crepe.
A navy blue pant is so chic and French.
These silk trousers are just divine, and seriously evening-worthy.