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Dress Pants

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Just like the perfect pair of jeans that can make you feel sexy, every woman needs at least one figure-flattering pair of slacks. The pair you’ll wear over and over won’t just be good quality, but they’ll be versatile enough to take you anywhere – they’ll be the perfect combo, sophisticated and sexy pants!

Fabric and Fit

The type of fabric that works best for you will depend on the seasons. Dress pants are often made from fine wool, cotton twill, tweeds, flannel, but linen pants are common for warmer temperatures. Nylon pants are sturdy, sleek and are appropriate for all seasons.

For fit, you have to think about your body type. Next to womens skirts, wide leg trousers are thought to be the most flattering for the most body types, because they slim out larger thighs, balance wider shoulders and can also make your legs look longer.

After choosing a fabric and style that appeal to you and which will meet your needs, hit the dressing room. Even the nicest pair of dress pants will look sloppy or unflattering if they are not the right size. If you’re ordering online, check out the site’s sizing charts and take your own measurements at home. This will help you choose more accurately, but make sure the site has a good return policy, just in case.

How to Measure

Ideally, dress pants should be measured and fit in three areas: the rise (distance between the crotch and the waist), the inseam (length of the inside of your leg just below the crotch to the ankle) and the waist.

Generic sizes will not fit everyone perfectly, so you may need to take your pants to a tailor. If you can get close to a perfect fit, it’s easy for a tailor to take in the waist or hem the pants for shorter legs.

Even if it takes some effort, once armed with a great pair of black pants, tan dress pants or whatever pair of hot slacks sends your heart racing, you can hit everything from the office to a party or dinner with your pals without having to change!

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Slacks

  • A good pair of slacks will be durable and flatter your body so you look your best in any situation, but often the type of trousers that best suit your needs will depend on your lifestyle. More about Slacks

Slacks

A good pair of slacks will be durable and flatter your body so you look your best in any situation, but often the type of trousers that best suit your needs will depend on your lifestyle. Leather trousers are great if you’re jumping on a motorcycle, but most of us lead somewhat quieter lives that require professionalism in our pant choices.

Knit slacks are business-oriented, but wrinkle easily and can get hot in warm weather. They’re also very rigid, which can be uncomfortable. Look for stretch slacks to move better with your body and flatter your shape, or if you’re able to go more casual, a pair of cargo trousers could give you the comfort you need.

In terms of shape for women’s slacks, slim fit trousers work well on women who have narrow hips, while wide leg trousers are better on pear-shaped women because they create a clean, straight line all the way down the leg.

Corduroy Pants

  • Corduroys are versatile and appropriate in any season, depending on how the fabric is used. Corduroy fabric can vary in thickness, as can the spacing and size of the cords. More about Corduroy Pants

Corduroy Pants

Corduroys are versatile and appropriate in any season, depending on how the fabric is used. Corduroy fabric can vary in thickness, as can the spacing and size of the cords. Thick cords (the ribs on the pants) are more casual, while narrower cords are definitely more formal.

Often, the thickness of cords varies for the season. In spring, thinner cord pants are most appropriate because they tend to feel lighter. For hot summer months, try a corduroy skirt to keep the corduroy look without the heaviness.

For fall, dress up any outfit with a fitted light corduroy blazer. These are so classic – they’re professional yet also very stylish, especially when you look for saturated colors or detailing like metal buttons or embroidered collars.

Winter is the season most of us associate with corduroys trousers because they are so warm. Corduroy pants can be dressed up or dressed down, so it’s great to invest in more than one pair in a variety of colors.

Gaucho Pants

  • Gaucho pants, the long wide leg trousers that first became popular in the 1960s, have regained their popularity in the last few years and have quickly become a regular fashion staple. More about Gaucho Pants

Gaucho Pants

Gaucho pants, the long wide leg trousers that first became popular in the 1960s, have regained their popularity in the last few years and have quickly become a regular fashion staple.

These wide leg slacks generally reach a woman’s calf and are made to fit quite large so the extra fabric gathers and flows around the legs. They could be compared to wide leg capris, while cuts in the same style that reach the ankles are called palazzo pants.

Tweed and wool gauchos are entirely appropriate for dressy situations, and cotton or jersey-knit gaucho pants are great for casual outings or day-time dates.

Remember, tight, form-fitting pants aren’t the only way to be sexy. Wide leg pants like palazzo pants and their shorter cousins, gauchos, are chic and can be dressed up more easily than capris. Plus, they are more flattering for anyone with hips – which is just about all of us!