Given free rein, I’d probably wear jeans every day. But there are days at the office and the occasional social event that require a bit more formality, and in those instances, black pants have become my go-to outfit starting point. Every woman has her wardrobe essentials, and black pants have become one of mine.
I have three pair in my wardrobe that have me covered for just about any occasion.
The dressiest of the three are these Vince “Strapping” Trousers. They’re a very lightweight wool, and nicely tailored. There’s a band of fabric along the outside seam that adds a bit of structure and (I think) makes the pants drape well. I frequently wear these to the office on “meetings” days, but they also dress up with a velvet jacket or something sparkly on top for more festive occasions.
Next on the formality hierarchy are these Eileen Fisher Ponte Knit “Rock Star” pants. Yes, they have 5-pocket styling, but I tend to wear longer tops over them, so they present as a slim black pant rather than a jean. These are the “dressy pants” option I travel with, as they are comfortable, non-bulky and washable (hand wash, line dry). I will say these are cut smaller than other Eileen Fisher styles, so you may want to size up. I’m so glad Eileen Fisher brings these back every year. My first pair held up well for a couple of years, and I’ve just replaced them.
These black denim jeans (Frame Denim “le skinny crop”) are the most casual of the three, but with the right shoes and other outfit components, they can look surprisingly polished. These have a decent amount of stretch, but can be worn all day without bagging, and run true to size. The mid-rise hits right below the navel.
Do you have any old-faithful black pants? How do you dress them up?
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