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Gaucho Pants Are the Cool New Trouser for This Season

The "flood pant" is back.

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Melodie Jeng

Cowboy culture has inspired fashion trends that come and go as quickly as tumbleweed, but gaucho pants? They're here for the long haul. First worn by ranchers in the South American lowlands, the wide leg, calf-gracing pants have a distinct style of their very own. Fitted pant loyalists might feel a sense of hesitation about giving the voluminous silhouette a try, but the flattering cinched waist and roomy legs will award a fresh take on existing outfits. They key? Play with proportions. A flood-length pant doesn't have to read Urkel. (Remember Steve?) Try a lightweight gaucho, belted, with a fitted tee for the weekend. Layer a crisp white button-down under a menswear-inspired waistcoat for that interview. It's chic! Bonus: You can showcase your shoes. Pull out your pointed toe flats, the thigh-high boots at the back of your closet, even pop on tights underneath. Whether you lean towards a casual aesthetic or prefer ladylike appeal, there's a gaucho pant for every day of the week.

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1 Linen Blend Gauchos
Jacquemus matchesfashion.com

Pair these bold floral pants with a soft shrunken cardigan to downplay the print. Add a classic sneaker and accessorize the look with your current it-bag. 

2 Faux Leather Pants
DKNY donnakaran.com

Forget sweatpants. These comfy pull-on gauchos will be your go-to pant for travel days ahead.

3 Mid-Rise Wide-Leg Jeans
Khaite modaoperandi.com

With barely any stretch in them, these wide leg pants will mold to your curves. Pair them with a Breton striped shirt and a ballet flat to master the French girl look.

4 Snakeskin Pant
MSGM farfetch.com

Animal prints are fully on trend—just remember to make this snakeskin gaucho the star of the show. Pair them with an understated knit tank and a form-fitted blazer. Opt for wrap sandals or a mule.

5 Belted Trousers
Mango mango.com

Don these belted gauchos with a billowy poet sleeve blouse, your favorite pendant necklace, and a Mary-Jane heel.

6 Sheer Panel Pants
See by Chloé farfetch.com

A black pant is a principal piece in every woman's wardrobe. Chances are you own a few pairs already, so why not invest in one with a little edge? Sheer silk panels hit at the calf to show off a bit of skin, a cool sock, or your favorite boots.

7 Printed Pants
La Double J ladoublej.com

Your first foray into printed pants? A high-waisted, wide leg silhouette will keep it quirky. Pair with a brogue shoe and a ringer tee or a cute crochet top for '70s vintage vibes.

8 Le Culotte
FRAME frame-store.com

A wide-leg silhouette makes these easier to pull off than an unforgiving light skinny jean. Accentuate the high-waist with your favorite statement belt.

9 Pleated Pants
Rosetta Getty shopbop.com

Look effortlessly cool with a vertical striped pant that elongates the legs. Roomy side pockets and an elastic waist are practical for chasing kids around at the backyard barbecue.

10 Printed Pants
ZARA zara.com

Pack these flowy tropical pants for your next warm weather getaway. The silky fabric can sway fancy when paired with heels, stacked bracelets, and a short sleeve button down.

11 Linen Pants
Desigual desigual.com

These linen blend pants will catch the breeze on days when all your summer dresses are with the dry cleaners. Pair with a smocked t-shirt and a pair of hoop earrings that will work for weekends and weekdays alike.

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