The Secrets to Finding Flattering (and Comfortable!) Pants

There’s more to life than basic black trousers, says The Power of Style author and Today show style editor, Bobbie Thomas. Steal her tips for finding the right ones for the season.


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Wide-Leg Pants

wide-leg pants

Photo by Paul Westlake

Photo by Paul Westlake

Swap tailored trousers for wide-leg pants.

For a laid-back but still sophisticated look, pair with a button-down and sneakers. Just check that the hem hits right at the laces—otherwise you’ll be sweeping the floors. And consider breaking out of the black rut—navy looks just as polished and pairs nicely with most colors. Tip: On a voluminous style like this, piping down the side of the leg helps frame your figure so you don’t get swallowed up by the pants.

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Faux Leather Leggings

faux leather pants

Photo by Paul Westlake

Photo by Paul Westlake

Swap cotton leggings for faux leather.

Your cotton leggings are comfy but not particularly polished-looking. Leather leggings make you look chic instantly. Soften the hard-edged look with an earth-tone chunky knit sweater over a long blouse. Tip: A pair of real leather leggings can set you back a grand or more(!). For about a quarter of the price, we think this faux version looks just as good.

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Cropped Flares

cropped flares

Photo by Paul Westlake

Photo by Paul Westlake

Swap skinny jeans for cropped flares.

Unlike the long and wide ’70s-style disco jean, the modern flare is micro, with a shorter hem, letting you put your footwear on full display. Tip: If you hate breaking in boots, you’ll love this season’s “it” shoe, the sock bootie. With a glove-like fit that hugs your ankle, these boots won’t rub you the wrong way. 

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