The 20 Best Tailored Trousers a Fashion Editor Swears By

They’re a wardrobe staple for fashion month and beyond.

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The best tailored trousers take seconds to pull on, but they instantly feel more elevated than any other pants. Whether I’m racing to get dressed for runway show with other editors or I’m hurrying to meet friends for an overdue night out, I know that trousers stitched to perfection will make me feel put-together (and look the opposite of rushed). Even when I wear them with the most basic top—like a white T-shirt or a button-down—a well-cut pair of tailored trousers conveys fashion expertise. No wonder they’re a staple in street style each and every fashion week.

Single- and double-pleat trousers in neutral tones may look like something off a quiet luxury mood board, but their appeal will outlast the trend. As Bloomingdale’s women's ready-to-wear fashion director Janelle Lloyd says, “Tailored trousers offer a polished approach to dressing with comfort.” Often made from blends of fabrics like cotton, wool, and linen, the best tailored trousers never have a constricting fit, but they always look sharp.

Most trousers' wide-leg silhouettes are also nice and breezy, making them an essential for warmer months. For spring, Lloyd recommends pairing trousers with ballet flats, light cardigans, and gold jewelry; by fall, they’re easily combined with everything from heeled ankle boots to academic loafers and a healthy dose of knitwear. 

The right pair is ultimately a wardrobe hero—whether you’re racing through fashion month like me or just commuting to work with your best laptop bag in tow. Ahead, shop the 20 best tailored trousers I trust for an instant outfit enhancement.

What to Look For in Tailored Trousers

Finding the best tailored trousers starts with taking stock of your current wardrobe. If you want to invest in a pair of trousers that you can wear consistently, opt for versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched with a variety of other garments. In this case, neutral shades and single- or double-pleat silhouettes are your best bet. 

Next, you’ll want to make sure your trousers are cut from a durable cloth. Fabrics such as cotton, wool, linen, and even satin, are preferable to polyester blends.

Lastly, while comfort is subjective, you'll probably find the most pleasant fit in a pair of high-rise or mid-rise trousers that sit right above your waist. As for construction, trousers featuring a straight-leg or wide-leg shape will provide more room for movement.

The Best Tailored Trousers

Meet the Expert

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Janelle Lloyd

You may know Janelle Lloyd from her social media presence as style authority and influencer of @waityouneedthis. Lloyd joins Bloomingdale’s with a diverse background of roles and experiences, including buying, brand management, interior design, sales, and fashion. In fact, she started her career at Bloomingdale’s as an assistant buyer. With an MBA from NYU and experience working at Google, she brings a variety of expertise to the team.

Lauren Tappan
Fashion Editor

Lauren is the Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, where she writes trend reports, shopping pieces, and celebrity news stories. Prior to Marie Claire, Lauren worked for Harper’s Bazaar and ELLE as a freelance editor with a specific focus on seasonal styles and coveted products. She also worked for Town & Country, where she developed a robust portfolio of fashion roundups and designer profiles.

Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in journalism. While attending Penn, Lauren contributed to the university's fashion magazine, The Walk, while also interning for Philadelphia Style Magazine and EveryStylishGirl.

When she’s not exploring the world of fashion, you can find Lauren sharpening her skills as DJ, discovering new restaurants in New York City (she’s a foodie), and spending quality time with friends and family. Follow her along at @laurenktappan.