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Finding the perfect pair of trousers is a tricky–but not impossible–task. And this spring, the quest has never been in more demand. Just recently at Paris Fashion Week, we reported that the street style set was favoring a sleek and strong suit pant over a frilly skirt or dainty day dress. The result? A spring outfit that was equally polished and put together. It also goes without saying that the stylistic opportunities of the best trousers for women are endless, whether you choose to dress them up with a simple heeled sandal or down with a casual sneaker. Like any other closet classic, an unfussy pair of pants make almost any outfit look and feel effortless; and for that tailored-to-perfection look, a slate gray, classic khaki, or a pinstriped pick goes with absolutely anything and everything.
Vogue’s Spring Trouser Wish List:
- The Best Black Trousers: The Row Marcellita pleated wide-leg pants, $1,620
- The Classic Khaki Trousers: Theory Admiral straight-leg pants, $345
- The Bright White Trousers: Staud Luisa wide-leg pants, $275
- The Edgy, Yet Elegant Leather Pants: Mother Tunnel Vision faux leather pants, $260
- The Pinstriped Pants: Nili Lotan Corette pinstriped pants, $595
- The Slate Gray Trousers: The Frankie Shop Layton pleated wide-leg pants, $250
- The Chic Cargo Pants: Toteme cargo pants, $480
- The Plaid Pants: Everlane The Tencel Way-High Taper Pants, $128
- The Two-Toned Trousers: Reformation Stevie pants, $198
- The Trouser-Esque Leggings: Cos zip-hem leggings, $99
If you’ve been following along with all of our spring shopping guides, then you’re aware that sometimes going back to basics is best—and in this case, we’re going black-to-basics with pairs of black trousers that are perennially chic. Should you choose Mango’s slim-leg style, The Row’s pleated pair, or Toteme’s tapered pants, a black trouser is a fabulous fashion foundation regardless of the season. Similarly classic is a khaki pair. Bridging the gap between another top trend this spring—utility—is Cos’s wide-leg pair. Play with proportions and style with a tight-fitting top or a tucked-in button-up.
Milan Fashion Week also paved the way for pant-forward looks, with the stars being slate gray styles from The Frankie Shop, Beare Park, and Victoria Beckham. To match, style with a gray blazer—a spring outerwear trend we’re shopping this season. For those that tend to err on the edgier side, a leather trouser from Mother, Anine Bing, or Agolde feels right on theme. Meanwhile, plaid picks from Gucci and Everlane are perfect for those preppier parts of you. With the wearability of a black pant, there are even trouser-esque leggings that are just as good for lounging as they are for formal workwear.
This spring, the best trousers for women are the ultimate style staple. Shop our edit, below.
If there’s one pair of trousers you invest in this spring, make it a foundational black pair. Like a white tee or even a worn-in denim delight, the range of stylistic opportunities knows no bounds. Should you choose Mango’s slim-leg style, play with proportions and pair it with a skin-tight tank or go with The Row’s pleated pants and style with an oversized button-up.
The Row Marcellita pleated wide-leg pants
CO pleated trousers
Wardrobe.NYC x Hailey Bieber cocoon trousers
Mango wide-leg pleated pants
Toteme wool-crepe straight-leg pants
H&M silk-blend pants
Like the black trouser, a khaki pant is equally classic and, most importantly, chic. Toteme’s pair feels especially old-school, while By Malene Birger’s Cymbaria trouser is fabulously fresh. And when it comes to a statement straight-leg, Theory’s Admiral pants are a style staple for a reason.
By Malene Birger Cymbaria trousers
Everlane The Way-High Drape Pants
Theory Admiral straight-leg pants
Reformation Mason wide-leg pants
Cos pleated wide-leg utility pants
Toteme pleated wide-leg pants
If there’s one way to usher in the spring season, it’s with a bright white trouser—see them as a blank canvas for all of your other spring wardrobe staples to shine. Go the classic route with Staud’s pleated pair, or instead, try on Loulou Studio’s daring boucle pair. Meanwhile, Alex Mill’s linen pants feel especially festive for the spring-to-summer transition.
The Row Bufus pleated straight-leg pants
Frame Le High flare trousers
Loulou Studio boucle wide-leg pants
Câllas Milano Alex pleated pants
Alex Mill pleated linen tapered pants
Staud Luisa wide-leg pants
Whether it’s a leather jacket, midi skirt, or in this case, a tailored trouser, nothing is as luxe in a spring wardrobe as a soft-to-the-touch piece of leather. And while styles from Nili Lotan and Citizens of Humanity are significant in their splendor, options from Mother and Agolde are just as high-quality without the price tag.
Mother Tunnel Vision pleated pants
The Frankie Shop Pernille pleated faux-leather trousers
Agolde leather-blend straight-leg pants
Anine Bing Koa faux-leather wide-leg pants
Citizens of Humanity Annina patent leather pants
Frame Le High ’N’ Tight leather-blend straight leg pants
A pinstriped pant is a style staple that is best borrowed from the boys. Go the classic route with navy and white pairs from Nili Lotan and Max Mara or with gray and white picks from H&M and Favorite Daughter. Meanwhile, off-white styles from Zara and Loulou Studio feel especially fitting for spring.
Nili Lotan Corette pinstriped straight-leg pants
Max Mara Xavier pinstriped wide-leg pants
Favorite Daughter The Favorite pinstriped pants
H&M dressy wool-blend pants
Loulou Studio Nata pinstriped wide-leg pants
Zara pinstriped pants
Call it the Miuccia-effect, but during Milan Fashion Week a slate gray trouser was the It item to style (and to shop!). Get the street-style approved look with pairs from Cos and Beare Park to Victoria Beckham and The Row.
Beare Park wool straight-leg pants
The Row Pietrina straight-leg pants
Victoria Beckham pleated wide-leg trousers
Cos high-waisted tailored pants
The Frankie Shop Layton pleated wide-leg pants
The Garment Windsor wide-leg pants
While a utility pant doesn’t traditionally scream whimsical wardrobe essential, chic cargos from Reformation, Toteme, and Wardrobe.NYC make a strong case. Not to mention that utility was a top trend we saw take off on the spring runways (and now in our shopping carts.)
The Frankie Shop Maesa pleated cargo pants
Reformation Jackson straight-leg cargo pants
Wardrobe.NYC cargo trousers
Mango pocket cargo pants
Paris Georgia Herb trousers
Toteme cargo pants
Checks & Plaids
To flatter the preppier part of you, a plaid pant is the perfect pick. Prince of Wales checked trousers from Gucci and Alessandra Rich are classic, yet chic, while styles from Everlane and Cos are bold and beautiful. Atop, keep it simple and wear your new preppy pants with a plain white tee.
Anine Bing Carrie high-rise plaid pants
Isabel Marant Étoile Olympe checked straight-leg pants
Gucci Prince of Wales wool pants
Alessandra Rich Prince of Wales checked pants
Everlane The Tencel Way-High Taper Pants
Cos wide-leg checked pants
On the trendier side of things are two-toned trousers from The Row and Reformation to Zara and Victoria Beckham. The exposed waistbands are unexpected details that will be very welcome in your spring capsule wardrobes.
Reformation Stevie pants
Victoria Beckham straight-leg tuxedo pants
Zara menswear-style pants
Acne Studios contrast trousers
The Row Milla two-tone pleated pants
Frame Le Mix trousers
Little is as crucial to a closet as a pair of basic black leggings. This season, styles from Mango to Toteme have the same versatility as a black or khaki pant with even less effort required. In our opinion, trouser-esque leggings are even elevated enough to wear on elegant evenings out. Just add in a sleek sandal and a dazzling pair of jewels.
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