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August 5, 2014

Menswear Inspired Trousers for Work? But, Of Course!

Sure, trousers inspired by menswear for work is a no-brainer. As we edge closer to fall (we know, it’s still the height of summer, but in the world of fashion, we are deep into fall already!), we see menswear inspiration not only in shape, but also in the fabrication of our trousers. From higher waist with pleats, to tab closures, cuffed hems, or wider legs, the options are strong and sophisticated. Pairing blouses and shirts, blazers, or sweaters are easy, and you’ll see, still have a very feminine feel.
Check back tomorrow for our after 5 picks, and Thursday for our favorite casual options. And let us know what you think in the comments below. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lafayette-148-new-york-glen-plaid-skinny-ankle-pants/3811979
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Lafayette 148 New York - Glen Plaid Skinny Ankle Pants
Glen Plaid Skinny Ankle Pants
Lafayette 148 New York
Sold by: Nordstrom

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Lafayette 148 New York has done a beautiful job of taking traditionally menswear fabrication, glen plaid, and giving it a feminine feel in a slim silhouette. They are wool, but with some stretch, and fully lined – perfect for a full day at the office. One of our favorite things is when a pattern is grounded in black, like this one is, making it so easy to tie back to a black sweater, blazer or blouse. If Nordstrom is out of your size, try Lafayette 148 New York’s site.


http://www.shopbop.com/big-sur-pant-knot-sisters/vp/v=1/1541710986.htm Knot Sisters - Big Sur Pants
Knot Sisters - Big Sur Pants
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Knot Sisters - Big Sur Pants
Big Sur Pants
Knot Sisters
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Love, love, love the suspenders. It’s such a statement, without being anything but stylishly subtle. Note, these pants don’t have stretch to them. They are a contemporary fit, and run true-to size. These sold out in a flash when these were initially released, so don’t hesitate if your size is still available (It’s hard to resist so much classic style packed into an amazing price). A sexy pair of heels will compliment these pants, as easily as a great pair of oxfords, in whiskey.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Theory-Item-Cropped-Tweed-Pants-tweed/prod169820029___/p.prod Theory - Item Cropped Tweed Pants
Theory - Item Cropped Tweed Pants
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Theory - Item Cropped Tweed Pants
Item Cropped Tweed Pants
Theory
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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If you’re looking for something wear now to get you through the next couple of months, Theory’s pants in a crisp navy and white tweed are just the thing for some menswear polish. They are effortless with a sleeveless white blouse. Change that up to a long-sleeve button down shirt with a navy blazer for a cooler day.
http://www.vince.com/pants+leggings/tab-detail-trouser/invt/vnv216420907 Vince - Tab Detail Trouser
Vince - Tab Detail Trouser
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Vince - Tab Detail Trouser
Tab Detail Trouser
Vince
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It’s really all about the great fit when it comes to these contemporary Vince pants. Sure, they have the inspiration of menswear that we’re looking for this week, in their tab front detail, and unique center front seams. But the perfectly relaxed slouchy fit in the waist, paired with the slim cropped leg (perfect for all heights) in a seasonless weight won our hearts. They’ll win yours, too.
http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306418061&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446707237 Elie Tahari - Jillian Pants
Elie Tahari - Jillian Pants
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Elie Tahari - Jillian Pants
Jillian Pants
Elie Tahari
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Tahari does a modern take on a tuxedo pant with a contrasting black waistband and diminishing side stripe on these navy trousers. The color combination is sophisticated and chic, and makes it easy to pair with a black blazer, if you don’t want to just go with an easy blouse for work. They look great with a black peep toe pump or slingback.


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/boss-hugo-boss-tulia-stretch-wool-trousers/3764975 BOSS Hugo Boss - Tulia Stretch Wool Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss - Tulia Stretch Wool Trousers
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BOSS Hugo Boss - Tulia Stretch Wool Trousers
Tulia Stretch Wool Trousers
BOSS Hugo Boss
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Hugo Boss certainly knows menswear, proven by their hugely successful and widely coveted mens line. So, it’s not surprise that they can take inspiration from that and turn it into something us ladies can covet, as well. These are a great fitting, classic pair of work pants that you will have – and want to wear – for years. While these look grey in the picture, they are actually a very tight black and white mix. They work with heels, as easily as they do flats, just make sure you know how you will most often be wearing them if you get the length altered.
http://www.shopbop.com/eric-front-pleat-wide-leg/vp/v=1/845524441891315.htm Alice + Olivia - Eric Wide Leg Pants
Alice + Olivia - Eric Wide Leg Pants
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Alice + Olivia - Eric Wide Leg Pants
Eric Wide Leg Pants
Alice + Olivia
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(Note: These come in black stretch wool, which is our favorite, and an amazing new charcoal – we're showing pale grey, also fabulous, so you can really see the details.) When it comes to contemporary pants, we often sing the praises of Alice + Olivia – the line started with pants, and the fit is unparalleled. This style, aptly named Eric for it’s masculine inspiration in it pleating and wool fabrication, has an exaggerated wide leg, but with a slimming wide waistband that balances it perfectly. Seriously. Some petite women in the office own these and love them. Obviously, tailoring is key here. They should just skim the floor. We suggest wearing them with a tucked in blouse, fitted sweater (play into the menswear feel with this playful one), or shorter blazer to balance the fabulous fluidity of these charmers.
http://www.shopbop.com/tweed-wide-leg-trouser-free/vp/v=1/1566953814.htm Free People - Tweed Wide Leg Trousers
Free People - Tweed Wide Leg Trousers
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Free People - Tweed Wide Leg Trousers
Tweed Wide Leg Trousers
Free People
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The wide leg, stylish cuffed hem, and great herringbone fabric speak to the menswear inspiration...and the final result is what speaks to us. This easy fitting pair of pants from Free People is the perfect office option. These will go with a lot of things in you closet. If you choose to pair them with a blouse or button-down shirt, tuck it in to give some waist definition against the wide leg. A slim blazer, or fitted sweater will also nicely accentuate the leg and give it balance. (Sizes are selling out fast, so if Shopbop is out, try here.)


http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/alice-olivia-hart-herringbone-pants/3785462 Alice + Olivia - Hart Herringbone Pants
Alice + Olivia - Hart Herringbone Pants
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Alice + Olivia - Hart Herringbone Pants
Hart Herringbone Pants
Alice + Olivia
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Alice + Olivia does it again, this time with a tight black and white herringbone that we are drooling over. This wide leg style has a unique feature of a zip-fly and back welt pockets -  like any goods men’s style - but no waist band, an inherently feminine look. That makes it easy to wear a simple banded bottom sweater that you don’t need to tuck in. These shoes are such an elegant way to complete your look – the dot pattern would work with the herringbone perfectly…not to mention a million other things in your wardrobe.
http://www.eileenfisher.com/EileenFisher/collection/Features/unlock_the_season/PRD_F4BTW-P1980M/Slouchy+Ankle+Pant+in+Organic+Cotton+and+Wool+Bias+Twist.jsp Eileen Fisher - Slouchy Ankle Pants
Eileen Fisher - Slouchy Ankle Pants
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Eileen Fisher - Slouchy Ankle Pants
Slouchy Ankle Pants
Eileen Fisher
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Another mens-inspired textured fabric and pleat waist detail. This one, from Eileen Fisher, has a higher rise meant to be worn lower for a relaxed, slouchy look. Great with your favorite flats or lace-up booties and an easy sweater for a casual workday.


http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Eileen-Fisher-Eco-Tropical-Suiting-Wide-Leg-Trousers/prod170120122_cat12110756__/p.prod Eileen Fisher - Eco Tropical Suiting Wide-Leg Trousers
Eileen Fisher - Eco Tropical Suiting Wide-Leg Trousers
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Eileen Fisher - Eco Tropical Suiting Wide-Leg Trousers
Eco Tropical Suiting Wide-Leg Trousers
Eileen Fisher
Sold by: Neiman Marcus

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Looking for that relaxed fit, but still want that mens style we’re talking about? You can thank Eileen Fisher for just that perfect marriage in these pants. The wider waistband and slimmer fit through the hip that works into a straight, fluid leg gives you the versatility to wear a looser, longer top or something slimmer. Complete the look with these amazing oxfords.

 

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