Whether you’ve been “Kondo-ing” your closet, or are rebuilding a wardrobe to accommodate changes in your lifestyle, it’s important to keep wardrobe cohesion in mind. The term “capsule wardrobe” gets thrown around a lot, but to me it just means a foundation of basic pieces that work together.
A Neutral Capsule With Little Black Pants
Left: Earrings | Turtleneck (Plus-similar)| Blazer | Bag (similar) | Boots
Middle: Necklace | Tee | Pants (Misses/Petites/Plus)
Right: Scarf | Jacket | Bag (similar) | Shoes
If the idea of a capsule of wardrobe basics makes you break out in hives because it feels too limiting, just think of it as a starting point. You can always add more variety. And my basics may not necessarily be your basics. I do well with simple styles but you may prefer more complex pieces. The items of clothing that you reach for most often, find easiest to style, and feel most yourself in…those are your basics.
Versatile Black Pants In A Casual Wardrobe
If I’m not wearing jeans, you’ll most often find me in a pair of knit black pants. They’re comfortable, travel-friendly, and a perfect choice for a Polished Casual look.
My hands down favorites are the Eileen Fisher slim ponte knit pants. (Available in Misses, Petites and Plus sizes.) No, they’re not inexpensive, but they hold their shape, have just enough structure, and wear like iron. They dress up or down, the fabric is saturated and matte, and they’re machine washable.
For all but the warmest months, I always include a pair of these pants in my travel wardrobes. And they’ve become my preferred pair to wear on the plane.
Also from Eileen Fisher, I consider this a miracle fabric. It’s lightweight but has some structure, comfortable in a range of temperatures, and machine washable. I most often wear the classic slim ankle pants, (Misses/Petites/Plus) and also just picked up a pair of these cropped slouchy pants which should be great for summer travel (love the pockets!). Many of the stretch crepe pants styles are now offered in other colors too, including Midnight (navy).
I’ll admit, I haven’t worn trousers as often since I left my corporate job almost 3 years ago. But they’re nice to have on hand for a change of pace. Two pairs survived my most recent closet purge. First, these coated trousers from AG that look like leather. They’re comfortable and flattering. I haven’t shown them in an outfit post yet, will need to rectify that!
Second, (and a more budget-friendly option), the J.Crew Cameron trousers. Mine are the cropped style, but they’re also available in a full length style as well. (And both styles offered in other colors besides black, including Navy.)
Black Pants Under $100
Looking for budget-friendly options? Here’s a Baker’s Dozen, all under $100!