Black Magic: Leaning Into The Black Pant Trend
Photo: Lauren Santo Domingo by Phil Oh (Vogue)
12 of the Best Ways to Style Black Pants This Season
There is something so classic and chic about a perfectly tailored pair of black pants. No matter what the trends are, black pants will always be in style. While it used to be strictly thought of as office attire or for more formal occasions, it's now on heavy rotation for casual, everyday wear. And a pair of black pants can be the central focus of your wardrobe if you have the right tools to style them in different ways. We believe in creating a capsule wardrobe and black pants can be one of the main, versatile foundations. And the good news for trouser-lovers everywhere is that these days, any leg shape goes. Wide-leg? Definitely. Pleated? Sure. Straight? Of course. Whichever fit reflects your own personal style and fits best is fair game.
From casual to dressy, there are so many different styles to choose and versatile ways to wear them. Here is some inspiration to style your whole look and, as always, see where you can shop for some of the best black pant styles this season:
Straight Black Pants with Denim Jacket and Sneakers
If you want to create an easy, casual outfit, pair your black pants with a trucker jacket and a pair of sneakers. I love the adidas sambas and the addition of a baseball cap and chic Celine bag. It's the perfect high/ low mix.
Shop the Look: Cristophe Pant, Nili Lotan
Chanel Jacket with Cropped Black Pants and Ballet Flats
A pair of black dress pants paired with a Chanel jacket, bag and ballet flats hits all the right notes. (You can also find some great Chanel-like jackets at Nili Lotan, J. Crew and _) Layer a simple t-shirt or light weight sweater underneath and it's perfect for slightly warmer or slightly cooler days.
Shop the Look: Kick Cropped Stretch-Cotton Pants, High Sport
Bomber Jacket with High-Waisted Pleated Trousers
For a great daytime look, pair high-waisted pleated black trousers with a simple white t-shirt and sneakers. A bomber is a great proportion to top it off and maintain the cool, casual vibe.
Shop the Look: Favorite Black Pants, Favorite Daughter
Oversized Black Blazer and Sneakers with Black Leggings
One of my favorite styling tricks it to throw an oversized blazer over an athleisure look. (whether it's your own blazer or one you took right out of your husband's closet). This look works if you are actually heading to the gym or even better, if you are simply out and about to run some errands. It's also an amazing look for traveling too when the combo of comfy & chic are the ultimate goal! Add high socks, running shoes and a large tote to finish off the look and get you through your day.
Shop the Look: Scuba Stretch Jersey Leggings, Wolford
Blazer over White Tee with Pleated Cropped Pants
This look can go from the office to a lunch meeting and everywhere in between. The white tee takes the edge off the seriousness of the blazer and pleated suit trousers. And the pants cropped length pairs back perfectly to the height of the ankle boots as well. This look is great for fall when layering becomes an art and you can fit light weight tees to chunkier sweaters under your blazer.
Shop the Look: Pleated Cotton-Twill Wide Leg Pants, Toteme
Photo: Emtrai Lers
Black Knit Set with Wide-Leg Pants
Of all the outfit ideas, this one is definitely the coziest. (I could live in this through the winter months!) It's also super easy to style this all black outfit with shoes and bags for any occasion. We love how she dressed it down with white sneakers, but you could easily dress it up with heels as well. This also seems like the perfect outfit for travel, when you want to look put together but also as comfortable as possible!
Black leather Jacket with Black T-Shirt and Cargo Pants
These black cargo pants are the highlight of this look. High-waisted and wide-legged, they pair easily back to a slim black tee and leather jacket. Try it with an oversized jacket like this style or a cropped length that shows the top edge of the pants. Black shoes like these chunky boots finish the look, especially for cold weather. It would also be super chic styled with high heels for warmer months.
Shop the Look: Hailey Denim Cargo Pants, The Frankie Shop
Turtleneck and Blazer with Black Straight Jeans
What could be chicer and more versatile than a pair of black jeans and a houndstooth blazer? And with a sleek, black turtleneck layered underneath, this look can easily transform from day to night throughout the season. I love the ultra-feminine slingbacks to offset the more masculine styling of this outfit.
Shop the Look: Stovepipe Straight-Leg Organic Jeans, Agolde
Cropped White Shirt with High-Waisted Black Trousers
There's something so easy and classic about this outfit. Simple black dress pants like these can be styled over and over again with tees, shirts, and sweaters. The proportion of this white cropped shirt with the higher rise of the pants is a great way to take a classic pairing and give it a bit of a modern twist. She looks especially chic in her ballet flats, which are the It shoes this season.
Shop the Look: Coleman Gabardine Slim-Leg Pants, Joseph
Feminine White Blouse with Black Wide-Leg Jeans
I always love the pairing of a super feminine top with a more masculine piece and these black jeans strike just the right balance. The looser fit and the faded wash of these jeans ups the cool factor and sexiness of the whole look. Just add a pair of heels and you're ready for date nights or a night out with the girls.
Shop the Look: The Edgar Pleated Wide-Leg Jeans, Goldsign
Trench Coat over Black Shirt and Slim Black Pants
Sometimes an all black look is the answer. Pairing a black blouse with a slim black pair of pants allows for you to add on any shoes and accessories. This is such a great professional look for fall and spring when a trench is the perfect topper for almost any outfit. (In the winter season when the temperature dips, swap the trench for a wool long overcoat.)
Shop the Look: Koa twill straight-leg pants, Staud
A black suit is one of the sleekest looks there is. Paired with a t-shirt, a cami, a button-down, or nothing at all can take a black suit to almost any occasion. The possibilities for a suit are endless and pairs well with any shoe, even your favorite running sneaks. Plus you can wear your suit pants separately to style like any of the looks above. Go a step further and create an even more elegant look by swapping a black suit for a tuxedo.
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