I follow a blogger who decided to give up jeans! That’s right. She swore
off jeans for an entire year. She forced herself to create outfits that didn’t include jeans.
I’m not sure I could do it. I love jeans! I love the way they look and the way they feel and how they simplify my life. Most days...at Anthropologie, in a client’s home, out to lunch, on a date…I’m wearing a pair of jeans.
However, her post did inspire me to consider some non-denim options for pants. So, let’s take denim off the table and explore great pants you can wear while you give your jeans a well-deserved rest.
Building a pants wardrobe beyond denim...
Khakis- A pair of pants in classic khaki will work wonders in your wardrobe. This wardrobe workhouse will coordinate with all of the items already in your closet. Almost anything you wear with your jeans, you can put with khakis. Black, red, pale pink, navy, stripes, plaid, floral…one pair of khaki pants can open up countless outfitting possibilities!
Chinos– I list these separately, because although traditional chinos
are often khaki colored, they can be found in a huge array of hues.
I recently purchased a pair of Pilcro Chinos from Anthropologie…they
are dark green and navy plaid! Coolest pants ever.
Corduroys– Once reserved for the preppy crowd, corduroy pants have been given an update. They’re a super choice for fall and winter because they are warm and comfortable. While corduroy pants are available in many different styles, I’d opt for a classic, 5-pocket jean cut with either a boot-cut or skinny leg. Again, the color options are limitless. Maybe try
two …one in a basic shade (navy, black, tan, military green) and a second in a fun color (bright red, mustard yellow, rust or forest green).
Wool trousers- I love a beautiful pair of trousers. Think long and fluid. Menswear inspired, but cut for a woman. This shape is often found in traditional men’s suiting fabrics…tweeds, gabardines, checks and plaids. Classic charcoal grey is always in style. Katherine Hepburn understood
how to look elegant and feminine in pants.
Cigarette– These are the pants made famous by Audrey Hepburn.
They're still just as chic today. Timeless. Slim and straight, this style stops just above the ankle. Black is the only real choice. I actually feel more stylish just typing about this iconic silhouette.
Cargo Pants- The cargo pant has been around a long time. In the fashion world, it’s been a bit overdone…but it is possible to find a pair of cargo-style pants that look modern and sharp. Opt for classic colors in a fabric that drapes well. This pant can be dressed up or down. I own a pair made of rayon and they hang beautifully on the body, but are comfortable enough to wear on a long flight.
Palazzo- These are long trousers with a loose, wide leg. The shape is mostly seen in the summer and on tropical vacations because Palazzo pants are usually made of lightweight, flowing fabrics that are breathable in hot weather. They can also be made from slightly heavier, crepe fabrics that allow this style to translate into holiday wear.
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Are you like me, preferring jeans above all others? Do you experiment
with different types of pants? Are some of these styles already in your wardrobe? I'd love to hear about the pants you love best.
Thanks for reading.
Hello, I'm Kristen.
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