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March 31, 2015

The New Pant Trends: Work Right & Oh, So Flattering

The new crop of pant silhouettes out today have really blown the doors open for some amazing office-ready options. If you work in a conservative office, you’ve probably been sticking with a straight leg pant or a bit of a wider leg. And for creative and casual environments, dark skinny jeans, ponte pants, and the occasional athletic inspirations have probably been a big part of your daily work look. So, it’s a pleasure to finally have a lot more options that feel fresh, updated and completely appropriate for the office. As we talked about in Clothes & Conversation this week, higher rises, wider legs, and lengths of all kinds will make getting dressed for work a lot more fun – especially when you see some of the great ones we’ve found.
Let us know what you think in the comments below. Check back tomorrow (Wednesday) for our favorite pant options for a night out, and Thursday for those perfectly casual pants to take you through a casual Friday and the weekend ahead. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://www.clubmonaco.com/product/index.jsp?productId=52606446#
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Club Monaco - Edu Culotte
Edu Culotte
Club Monaco
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Club Monaco has done one of our favorite interpretations on the culotte silhouette, especially for work. It reads like a beautifully tailored high-waisted skirt, but you get all the convenience of pants – if you drop something or are going up the stairs, have no fear. There are even side pockets. The blush color is this season’s new neutral and you can pair it with anything – burgundy, navy, black, grey, any shade of white; or play with pastel, like pale blue for a chic spring color combination. Because they are fitted at the waist and gently easy out toward the leg, you can wear a blazer with it, too – the balance is spot on.
http://www.shopbop.com/olivia-wide-waistband-pant-alice/vp/v=1/845524441843631.htm Alice + Olivia - Olivia Wide Waistband Pants
Alice + Olivia - Olivia Wide Waistband Pants
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Alice + Olivia - Olivia Wide Waistband Pants
Olivia Wide Waistband Pants
Alice + Olivia
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As we mentioned in Clothes & Conversation this week, Alice + Olivia’s has some of the best pants – the contemporary line started with just pants, and they’ve perfected it. This one, like many of the pants – and we’ll be talking about a few more throughout the week – have their signature wider waistband that literally eliminates muffin top. And no detail goes unnoticed. In white pants, sometimes the pocket is visible through the pants, so what have they done? They’ve made the front pockets faux – so you still get the style of pockets, which is very flattering along the hip line, without the bulk of the actual pocket. The fabric has a nice weight to it, with a touch of stretch. And the flare leg looks great on simply everyone. There’s nothing these won’t go with – they’ll be a staple of your work wardrobe.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Lafayette-148-New-York-Bleecker-Cropped-Ankle-Pants-lafayette-148-new-york/prod178490633___/p.prod Lafayette 148 New York - Bleecker Cropped Ankle Pants
Lafayette 148 New York - Bleecker Cropped Ankle Pants
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Lafayette 148 New York - Bleecker Cropped Ankle Pants
Bleecker Cropped Ankle Pants
Lafayette 148 New York
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Lafayette 148 New York’s modern fit and timeless style is a perfect pairing to this fresh, spring color. These side zip slim pants come is dark khaki and white, too, but this gorgeous aquarium color will update any of the neutral tops and blazers you already have in your closet. The 9” rise sits comfortably just at/below the waist, creating a simple lean line. And these cotton pants have just a touch of stretch to them, so they’re comfortable for a long day, but don’t cling. For more colors, like mint, navy and white, Lafayette has a similar fit with a slightly higher rise.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Skinny/PRDOVR~B7854/B7854.jsp J.Crew - Ryder Pant
J.Crew - Ryder Pant
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J.Crew - Ryder Pant
Ryder Pant
J.Crew
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J.Crew has updated some of their core basic pants, and we love what they’ve done. With a slightly higher rise than past versions, they are updated without being too high – so flattering. And in J.Crew’s modern fit 000-16, Petite to Tall, they are made for every woman. The seasonless stretch fabric and style go with everything from a blazer to a blouse or lightweight sweater. These are a great-go to have in your closet. This one, the Ryder, has subtle menswear details in its slant pockets and tab waist closure – yet, the slim lines and slightly cropped leg are so feminine. Every color is a basic…and a must-have.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Skinny/PRDOVR~B8521/B8521.jsp J.Crew - Martie Pant
J.Crew - Martie Pant
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J.Crew - Martie Pant
Martie Pant
J.Crew
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If you have a bit more of a pear shape (smaller waist and feminine hips) J.Crew’s Martie pants serves the exact same function as the Ryder (left), in the same fabric, but with a side zip and more of an hourglass silhouette. In addition to the core colors, the pop colors like this blue, are great additions to your spring wardrobe – especially at J.Crew’s reasonable prices.
http://www.anntaylor.com/curvy-seersucker-crop-pants/367786 Ann Taylor - Curvy Seersucker Crop Pants
Ann Taylor - Curvy Seersucker Crop Pants
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Ann Taylor - Curvy Seersucker Crop Pants
Curvy Seersucker Crop Pants
Ann Taylor
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There is nothing more timeless and representative of warm weather than a great seersucker. Ann Taylor’s classic blue and white has an updated feel with its slimmer cropped leg. And the wide waistband is very flattering, in size 00 or 18. While a simple tee and metallic sandals are great for a casual outdoor dinner, for work, we like to pair these pants with a simple white shell or button down and a navy blazer in cotton or linen. Nude pumps finish the look effortlessly.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/theory-thaniel-linen-blend-crop-pants/3935031 Theory - Thaniel Linen Blend Crop Pants
Theory - Thaniel Linen Blend Crop Pants
We have been waiting for these Theory linen blend pants to be available – and they’re finally here. They come in a traditional tan linen, but this deep blue steals the show, with its nod towards denim inspiration that is so appropriate for the office. Pair them with a simple white button down and pumps in a great pop color. Rag & Bone’s chambray blazer looks so smart with them, too. It's clear that Theory's redirection, back to their roots of elevated classic clothes with a modern twist, is really working.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446785463 Theory - Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
Theory - Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
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Theory - Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
Sprinza Cropped Wide-Leg Pants
Theory
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We’ve highlighted these Theory pants in black (which can also be purchased through the ‘shop it’ button) and blush - and it’s such a perfect work pant, we had to pick the white, as well. The fabric has great weight to them, so they are not at all see-through – so luxe looking…worth every penny, and then some. The waist is updated with a higher rise, but not too “fashion high” and they have a stylish flare - not a wide billowy leg, so they are both polished and elongating. The leg is cropped but not a culotte – they hit a couple inches above ankle (Petite ladies, any local tailor can help with that, and you won’t loose the shape of the leg.) The overall combination is updated without being too trendy. There is nothing they won’t go with, and you’ll want to wear them with everything. We love them with heels, but if you are more comfortable in flats, that works, too.
http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/clothes-pants/4123335850257.jsp#/ Cartonnier - Verso Wide-Leg Trousers
Cartonnier - Verso Wide-Leg Trousers
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Cartonnier - Verso Wide-Leg Trousers
Verso Wide-Leg Trousers
Cartonnier
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These high-waisted pleated trousers were clearly inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s style, and we are delighted. The waist is slim, but the overall fit is modern, with the wider legs that look great on ladies that are pear-shaped (small waist, fuller hips). Play up the look with a blue and white striped button down shirt in long-sleeved (the shorter length will tuck in to the higher waist without extra fabric bunching up) or sleeveless and a smart pair of grey oxfords.
 

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