Fundamentally Fabulous ~ The dress pant

20 September 2013

While it can be tempting to live in our denims and take them from day to night and back to day, even amazing jeans lack the polish and sophistication of a gorgeous pair of dress pants.
A must for every woman's wardrobe, you only have to cast your eyes back to the runways showcasing this seasons trends to see the dress pant breaking some of the traditional 'style' rules. 
They have become a style staple that extends far beyond the boardroom, and into many a social gathering.

Like all your fundamental pieces, look for a timeless and versatile quality in dress pants and when building this part of your wardrobe, try to include 2-3 different styles that flatter and fit well in both dark and light neutrals, (for example, black, cream, white and Navy), with clean lines and minimal detail.

Quality and cut are on the priority list and when shopping or editing your wardrobe for pants, and to ensure a great fit, make sure that you have access to a tailor who can make any necessary adjustments. 
Often retailers will have someone that they use and recommend, and in some instances will even offer basic alterations as part of their service.

Pants come in all shapes and sizes and whether at work or play, the styling options are endless.
At the moment the loose, slouchy fit in fluid fabrics, which have a relaxed yet sophisticated feel are a style I adore, however, if you are yet to own a pair, start with a classic straight leg cut with a flat front and where possible, avoid side pockets to achieve a more stream line, sleek effect. 
An important point about hemlines...the hemline on your classic pant should sit approximately 1/2 inch from the ground when wearing your heels. Pants need to be hemmed for the shoes you will be wearing them with, so don't try and pair your flats with the same pant that you wear your favourite stiletto with. 

Retailers such as Country RoadWitcheryPerri Cutten, and Saba usually offer a classic cut, and are a good starting point.
Once you have your basics covered, brands like Camilla and Marc and Alice and Olivia are worth a look for something more on trend if you are looking to 'play up the pant', however you may also discover styles that fall under the classic category.
And of course, on line, check out sites such as Net-a-porterShopbop and Shopstyle

Pants offer a chic alternative and while they will always hold a key position amongst your  fundamental pieces, they have emerged as a style staple in their own right, so don't be afraid to break them out of the office routine.


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