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April 2, 2015

The New Pant Trends: Modern Picks to Update Your Casual Look

Ladies, it’s time to start thinking beyond our skinny jeans and our athletic-inspired pants (you know, the ones we’ve convinced ourselves are so much nicer than plain ‘ole sweatpants). No need to put them away for spring and summer - we still love them, and there are some new ones we can’t resist - but the new flared legs and higher rise boyfriend styles are flattering and beautiful updates to incorporate into your wardrobes, too. With ‘70’s inspiration coming on strong, they feel modern and fresh – and there are plenty of ways to incorporate these looks into your wardrobes that won’t feel too trendy. And with that has also come the trend of longer, Bermuda shorts – a true classic that works on every women, no matter her thoughts on her legs. We’re actually delighted to see these fashions coming back…they are generally very wearable, super flattering, and very comfortable. And for a casual day, who doesn’t like that?
Let us know what you think in the comments below. If you missed our top picks for work (Tuesday) or after 5 (Wednesday) check them out in our Fashion Finds. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered. See you next week.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Drapey/PRDOVR~C1023/C1023.jsp
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/pants/Drapey/PRDOVR~C1023/C1023.jsp
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J.Crew - Slouchy Boardwalk Pant
Slouchy Boardwalk Pant
J.Crew
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We love everything easy about these J.Crew pants. The elastic waist cleverly finishes with a tab closure, giving them an updated feel that is not overly casual. You may have noticed that there have been several elastic waists throughout this week's pants focus. An elastic waist used to give off that “less than” feeling, but that is no longer the case. It’s stylish and often done with additional details and wider bands, like these modern fitting pants that is very flattering. The lyocell and linen fabric is a beautiful quality, and has a textured finish that is just right. This olive color is our favorite, but the navy is great, too (Be aware that the paler colors can be a bit sheer, so we suggest sticking with the darker ones.) Pair them with a simple tee or tank and your favorite comfortable sandals or sneakers for a day around town.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-wylie-five-pocket-colored-stretch-trousers/3688341 NYDJ - Wylie Five-Pocket Colored Stretch Trousers
NYDJ - Wylie Five-Pocket Colored Stretch Trousers
Another lyocell/linen fabric – it’s truly a great combination for the drapey pant silhouettes this season – but this time in a beautifully updated wide leg with a higher rise that sits at the waist. This NYDJ style is a wonderful blend of jeans and trousers, with its 5-pocket jeans details (that includes their iconic lift-tuck® technology) and fluid leg. This rich blue is our top pick, as it shows off the fabric best, but there are other easy neutrals to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button, as well. Wear these like you would any favorite pair of weekend jeans or cotton trousers – with a tee, tank, polo…you name it. Ditto on the shoes – sandals or sneakers look great, as does a stylish wedge when you want to dress these pants up for brunch.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/free-people-high-rise-jacquard-print-culottes/3978584 Free People - High Rise Jacquard Print Culottes
Free People - High Rise Jacquard Print Culottes
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Free People - High Rise Jacquard Print Culottes
High Rise Jacquard Print Culottes
Free People
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Throughout the week, we’ve selectively chosen some culottes that have the modern aesthetic we seek – not too trendy, but updated and current. And we’re going to wrap up our options with this Free People leaf print pick. The fabric is a rayon jacquard so the pattern is given some pretty texture in the easy, drapey material, creating a fluid feel of a skirt with the ease of a really comfortable pair of pants. The elastic waist is stylishly concealed with a wide sash that also creates pretty waist definition. While this comes in light color combination, too, we love this dark print with a simple black tee or tank and black slides for a warm day of running errands, when you just don’t feel like wearing shorts.
http://www.shopbop.com/relaxed-skinny-jeans-7-all/vp/v=1/1530920787.htm 7 For All Mankind - Relaxed Skinny Jeans
7 For All Mankind - Relaxed Skinny Jeans
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7 For All Mankind - Relaxed Skinny Jeans
Relaxed Skinny Jeans
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This fatigue color is a great summer staple – it pairs so easily with brights like orange, to pastels like blush, and any neutral. But finding the right shade in a pair of jeans isn’t always easy – until now. These 7 For All Mankind relaxed skinnys have a touch of stretch and a higher rise (it will sit just at or above your belly button) that is just right, and one of our favorite ways to do this color. In jeans, it feels so fresh and can easily dress up for a casual night when you roll the cuffs and add a pair of nude strappy sandals or gold wedges. The fit is typical to the brand’s contemporary fit, so go with your normal size for a nice slouch and slim leg.
http://www.shopbop.com/marrakesh-flare-jeans-mih/vp/v=1/845524441883757.htm MiH - Marrakesh Flare Jeans
MiH - Marrakesh Flare Jeans
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MiH - Marrakesh Flare Jeans
Marrakesh Flare Jeans
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‘70’s inspiration brought back the flared leg in a big way, and they feel so fresh again. A flared leg is a good friend to curvy ladies, giving balance to the hips, and to ladies with straighter figures, providing some added shape. So what’s not to like about that? These MiH contemporary fitting jeans are one of the best of the season. The front welt pockets on the higher rise (just below or at the belly button) help to create a slimming effect, which is a great way for women that don’t have flat stomachs to work this style. The sleek black color and stretchy fabric really seal the deal. We love them with a casual wedge espadrille and your favorite tee. You can even add a blazer for a casual day at the office.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-clarissa-colored-stretch-skinny-ankle-jeans-regular-petite/3843737 NYDJ - Clarissa Colored Stretch Skinny Ankle Jeans
NYDJ - Clarissa Colored Stretch Skinny Ankle Jeans
Playing with color in our pants can be tricky if this is an area you want to conceal, but NYDJ gives you a safe way to do it – incorporating their lift-tuck® technology to smooth and lift the tummy/hip/behind area so you can show off your favorite spring colors with confidence. There are many colors to choose from, and this lemon yellow is our top pick for its unique shade that looks great with a chambray button down or your favorite tee. As with most NYDJ styles, if you’ve haven’t worn this modern fit before, we suggest sizing down. We love that it’s offered in petite too (also 0-16), so everyone can get that perfectly cropped length.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Eileen-Fisher-Denim-Slouchy-Pants-Black-Eileen-Fisher-Women-s-Apparel/prod179370222___/p.prod Eileen Fisher - Denim Slouchy Pants
Eileen Fisher - Denim Slouchy Pants
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Eileen Fisher - Denim Slouchy Pants
Denim Slouchy Pants
Eileen Fisher
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Eileen Fisher’s relaxed fit pairs beautifully with these stylish slouchy drawstring pants. We love how the chambray fabric gives a relaxed look to the black color – mixing white threads into the fabric for an ideal light denim weight and softer look for the warm weather months. The white drawstring and cropped, slimmer leg provide fashionable details – proving you can be comfortable and still look entirely pulled together, even on your most casual of days. Wear a ¾ sleeve linen tee in any color (even simple white looks great); or, go with a simple popover short-sleeve top or easy button-down for a little more polish.
http://www.shopbop.com/military-pants-blank-denim/vp/v=1/1552067225.htm Blank NYC - Military Pants
Blank NYC - Military Pants
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Blank NYC - Military Pants
Military Pants
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Another fatigue option, we love the look of these Blank NYC utilitarian pants – its the adorable self belt and patched stitch work that make them so special…and the price is going to keep that smile on your face. While the line is contemporary, these pants have a very relaxed fit - we suggest sizing down if you are between sizes. The waist is meant to "paper bag" once you cinch the belt, which is really flattering with a simple tank tucked in. The fabric has a nice weight to it, so the belt really holds up. The pants finish with a channel stitch hem, so you don't need to cuff them - they look great as is with any flat sandals or wedges. Cute, white sneakers and a lightweight sweater partially tucked in look great too, on a cooler day.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/vince-boyfriend-trousers/4040018 Vince - Boyfriend Trousers
Vince - Boyfriend Trousers
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Vince - Boyfriend Trousers
Boyfriend Trousers
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For a casual day at the office, or any easy day, these Vince cotton trousers will be your new best friend – in fact, you’ll want to buy more than one (check out all the colors through the ‘shop it’ button). They have the updated, slightly higher rise and slim leg that perfectly offsets the slouchy boyfriend style that makes them so incredibly comfortable. The cotton has a bit of stretch and a nice broken-in wash – creating the modern fit and easy aesthetic that Vince is known for. Whether you go for a button down and blazer or a simple tee and sandals, you will find every opportunity to slip these on.
http://www.shopbop.com/chino-shorts-tory-burch/vp/v=1/1594477305.htm Tory Burch - Chino Shorts
Tory Burch - Chino Shorts
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Tory Burch - Chino Shorts
Chino Shorts
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We can’t talk about pants all week without mentioning their most casual counterparts – shorts. Tory Burch’s modern fit creates a relaxed fit for these cheery mint shorts. They sit just shy of your waist, with a longer inseam that looks great on everyone and is very modern. And it’s that color that we sooo love. Any easy top will work – try a preppy look by pairing them with a simple white Lacoste polo and tan leather espadrilles.
https://www.jcrew.com/womens_category/shorts/solid/PRDOVR~48774/48774.jsp J.Crew - Lightweight Bermuda Short
J.Crew - Lightweight Bermuda Short
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J.Crew - Lightweight Bermuda Short
Really, you can never go wrong with a pair of J.Crew shorts. The price for the quality can’t be beat, and the styles are modern yet classic. With the return of the popular Bermuda short, J.Crew has created a version in lovely lightweight stretchy cotton that works with the longer length – allowing it to skim the body so they are not over-sized and sloppy, but not tight, either. The classic tan is our favorite, and the navy (also through the ‘shop it’ button) is worth adding to your summer wardrobe, too. They also have a similar pair, with a slightly shorter inseam – ideal if you are more petite – and want the Bermuda shorts look.
 

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