So what are you going to wear with a wardrobe of t-shirts and tank tops? Pants, of course, and no color is more flattering, functional or chic than black.* While white can be impractical and khaki can, if not worn properly, be boring, black is faultless. The right pair of black pants depends on your lifestyle, but in general, I recommend two pairs for every woman:
1. A pair of black ponte knit pants for casual wear. These can be skinnies, if you choose, or a shape that is most flattering to your body type. (See below!)
2. A pair of black dress pants in a seasonless crepe fabric, in a shape that is flattering to your body type.
Don’t know your body type? Click here to read more about them, or make it official with a body type and color analysis, done by me. The black pants shown here are only a sampling of the styles featured in my regularly updated Essentials Catalog. so bookmark it and check back often for the best essential finds for your wardrobe.
*If black isn’t your fave, or isn’t flattering to your coloring, navy, chocolate brown and charcoal work equally well.
These truly suit every body type. The trick is to choose a top that hits at a flattering spot on your body. You don’t want to draw a line across your hips if you’re trying to downplay them, for example.
Style Dial #1: The Bootcut
This proportional body type looks best in bootcut or skinny pants, like the ones shown here.
Style Dial #2: The Straight Leg
Skinnies work for all body types, including the curvy-hipped Style Dial #2, but the best shape for a dress pant is a straight leg.
Style Dial #3: The Graduated Flare
If your body lacks definition in the waist, and your hips and shoulders are proportional, then look for a graduated flare (best) or a bootcut. A skinny will also work (on all body types), provided the other details are flattering.