Welcome to The Essentials, our weekly series highlighting a must-have classic, key to building a timeless, pulled-together closet.
The wide-leg pant is a classic silhouette that we'll never tire of. Offered in a variety of shape, length, and fabric options, a well-crafted, wide-leg style can be worn for just about any occasion, including, yes, a big meeting, but also date night and a trip to the farmer's market. Whether you're tall or petite, this cut—with its high-waist, pin tuck pleats, and varying hem lengths—can flatter your frame.
These comfy, yet chic knit pants have a high-rise waist that will pair perfectly with slightly cropped cardigans and cable knit sweaters.
These button-adorned checked pants will be your go-to workday trousers. Pair them with a crisp button-down, a sweater vest, and your favorite loafers.
Embrace a bold graphic print with these black-and-white checkered pants. Great for work, these trousers can also serve up an easy weekend look alongside a crewneck sweatshirt and sneakers.
This ivory denim pant sits high on your waist with a tailored, wide-leg silhouette that gives your look that effortless vibe. Style yours with a chunky knit and a heeled boot for an elongating effect.
The exaggerated inverted pleats on these RAEY trousers give the pants their oversized silhouette. Style these with a form fitting top to play with proportion.
Inspired by vintage denim, these Bella Freud jeans are the perfect match for a crisp t-shirt—a simple, yet put-together look.
These leather pants add will add a bit of drama (and edgy sophistication) to your look. Style the them with an oversized blazer for a cool, slightly rocker feel.
Instead of relying on your go-to blue jeans, why not give these fun-loving pink corduroy pants a try? Not only will they add an element of texture to your look, but the rose color will undoubtedly put some pep in your step.
These wide-leg pants are crafted from fine-wale corduroy, making them softer than your run-of-the-mill cords. Pair them with a varsity sweater or a collegiate sweatshirt for all of the fall '70s vibes.
Pintuck pleats and a built in belt make this wide leg trouser super sophisticated for boardrooms and happy hours alike.
These baggy wide-leg pants are accentuated by their adjustable tapered cuff, giving them a cool off-duty vibe. Wear these khaki-colored pants with other earth tones for a monochromatic look.
Try on something a bit out of your comfort zone with these vegan leather trousers. Style them with a smart leather boot or a bold, statement shoe.
These ultra-soft, wide-leg pants are made from a sustainably sourced silky cotton blend. Wear them alongside a hoodie for weekend errands and paired with an oversized turtleneck and ballet flats on weekdays.
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Sara Holzman is the Style Director at Marie Claire, covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to. Over her six years with Marie Claire, Sara has reported on the ever-evolving world of fashion— covering both established and emerging designers within the industry. Sara has held fashion positions at Lucky and SELF Magazine and was a regular contributor to Equinox’s Furthermore website, where she wrote across their style, wellness, and travel verticals. She holds a degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and currently resides in Manhattan. Follow her along at @sarajonewyork.
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