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When it comes to women’s pants and slacks, there is a wide variety of options available. This guide will walk you through the various styles, fits, and fabrics, helping you find the perfect pair for any occasion.
Jeans are the cornerstone of any modern woman’s wardrobe, regardless of age, owing to their robustness, adaptability in fit, and low-maintenance care. They require no ironing or steaming, can be washed in either hot or cold water, and can even be air-dried without the worry of wrinkles. They are typically crafted from durable denim, often blended with a touch of elastane to provide additional stretch and comfort. Women’s jeans, much like their male counterparts, typically feature both front and rear pockets as a standard design element.
In addition to their classic design, jeans can feature a variety of embellishments. These may include embroidery or rhinestones adorning the rear pockets and sides, buttons accentuating the front pocket area or pant sides, lace trims at the hems, and multi-toned patterns. Furthermore, jeans can also showcase distressed patterns, typically around the knees, upper thighs, or pocket areas, adding an edgy touch to the overall look
Other options to consider are the waist heights. Low-waist jeans offer a relaxed, boyfriend-style look, mid-waist jeans pair well with a cropped shirt for a hint of midriff, and high-waist jeans create an illusion of elongated legs.
Women’s casual slacks are designed for comfort and practicality, featuring a relaxed fit and front pockets for everyday convenience. Ideal for casual office settings or daily errands, they are typically crafted from soft, breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. For everyday activities, these slacks often sport a wide leg or boot-cut design, subtly flaring at the bottom for a touch of style. They usually have a zipper or drawstring closure, worn beltless, and are available in a diverse range of vibrant colors.
For a casual office setting, slacks are usually designed with a straight leg cut and can be optionally paired with a belt. They are available in solid, professional hues like black, blue, gray, and brown, or in sophisticated patterns such as houndstooth
Women’s leggings are a versatile and comfortable piece of clothing, typically made from a blend of materials such as cotton, polyester, and spandex for a stretchy, form-fitting feel. These leggings are a popular choice for casual outings, fitness sessions, or relaxed moments at home, thanks to their supreme comfort and adaptability. In chillier climates, they serve as a warm underlayer beneath skirts or dresses, enhancing both style and warmth.
4. Slacks (office, formal)
Formal office slacks for women are typically designed with a more structured and tailored fit compared to casual slacks. They are often made from high-quality materials such as wool, polyester, or a blend of both, providing a polished and professional look. These slacks usually come in neutral colors like black, navy, gray, or beige, and are often paired with a matching blazer for a complete suit look. They may feature a straight or slightly tapered leg, and often include details such as pleats, creases, or cuffs. These slacks are typically worn with a belt and are fastened with a zipper and button. They may also have front and back pockets.
Women’s capris slacks end above the ankle and below the knee – mid-calf, offering a stylish and casual look. They are often made from materials such as cotton, denim, or linen, providing comfort and breathability. Capris slacks are suitable for warm weather or indoor environments.
Cargo pants are typically made from durable materials like cotton or synthetic blends and are characterized by multiple large pockets traditionally placed on the thighs and sometimes on the sides or back. These pants are often loose-fitting for comfort and ease of movement, making them a practical choice for activities that require a lot of mobility. They come in a variety of colors, but the most common are khaki, black, and darker shades of green.
Activewear pants are designed for physical activities like running, yoga, or gym workouts. They are typically made from breathable, stretchy fabrics like spandex, nylon, or polyester that allow for a wide range of motion. These pants often feature moisture-wicking technology to keep the wearer dry and comfortable during intense workouts. They may also have features like a wide waistband for comfort, pockets for convenience, and reflective elements for safety during outdoor workouts.
Culottes pants are a style of trousers that hang like a skirt. They are typically knee-length or mid-calf and are designed with a wide leg to give the appearance of a skirt. The design of culottes can vary, with some having pleats or folds to enhance the skirt-like appearance. They are versatile and can be worn for both casual and formal occasions. The fabric used can range from lightweight materials like cotton and linen for summer wear, to heavier fabrics like wool for cooler weather.
Chinos pants are a type of trousers made from chino cloth, a twill fabric originally developed for the military, and have a tailored and streamlike look with fewer seams. They are known for their lightweight, comfortable fit and casual yet polished look. Chinos can be found in a variety of colors, but are most commonly seen in khaki, black, navy, and white. They typically have a straight-leg cut, but can also come in slim or wide-leg styles. Chinos are versatile and can be dressed up or down, making them a popular choice for both office wear and casual outings.
Denim is a sturdy and durable fabric that is typically made from cotton twill. It is best known for its distinctive blue color, which is achieved through a process called indigo dyeing, but may come in any color. Denim is often used in jeans that are versatile and can be worn in both casual and semi-formal settings. The fabric is appreciated for its ability to withstand wear and tear, making it a practical choice for everyday wear.
Denim requires specific care to maintain its quality and longevity:
Hand wash: Hand washing is ideal.
Machine wash: Turn the denim inside out and use cold water with a mild detergent.
Air dry: Air-dried to prevent shrinkage and fading.
Cotton is a popular fabric choice due to its breathability and comfort. It is a natural fiber that is soft to the touch, making it ideal for long hours of wear. Cotton slacks often have a smooth, clean finish that lends itself well to both casual and formal settings.
The fabric is known for its durability and ease of care:
Machine wash: Can be machine washed.
Machine dry: Can be machine dried.
Ironing: This may require ironing to maintain a crisp, professional appearance.
Wool is a high-quality, warm, and durable fabric. It’s often used in more formal or winter slacks due to its ability to provide warmth. Wool slacks usually have a smooth, soft texture and a slightly heavier feel compared to cotton or synthetic materials, and are known for their ability to resist wrinkling.
Wool slacks require careful maintenance and can shrink or become out of shape if not handled properly. Before washing, check the label.
Hand wash: Use cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners as they can damage the wool fibers.
Machine wash: Use a gentle cycle and cold water. Turn the pants inside out to protect the outer surface.
Air dry: Avoid using a dryer as the heat can cause wool to shrink. Lay the pants flat on a clean towel and reshape them. Allow them to air dry away from direct sunlight or heat.
Ironing: If needed, iron wool pants inside out on a low setting to avoid scorching the fabric.
Storage: Store wool pants in a cool, dry place. Use a breathable garment bag to protect them from moths.
Linen is a popular fabric used in women’s slacks due to its lightweight and breathable nature. It’s made from the fibers of the flax plant, which gives it a unique texture and slight sheen. Linen slacks are ideal for warm weather as they help keep the body cool and dry. They are known for their casual yet sophisticated look.
It’s recommended to either hand wash linen slacks or use a gentle machine wash cycle to maintain the fabric’s quality.
Hand wash: Use cold water and a mild detergent. Avoid using bleach as it can damage the linen fibers.
Machine wash: Use a gentle cycle and cold water.
Machine dry: Use a low or gentle cycle to prevent shrinkage.
Air dry: It’s also advisable to hang linen slacks to dry to maintain their shape.
Ironing: Linen can wrinkle easily, so it’s best to iron them while they’re still damp.
Corduroy is known for its unique ‘cord’ or ‘wale’ texture and its durability. Corduroy slacks are typically thicker and warmer than those made from other materials, making them a popular choice for fall and winter wear.
Caring for corduroy slacks involves a few specific steps to maintain their texture and color.
Machine wash: Use cold water on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent. Turn the slacks inside out before washing to prevent the cords from becoming flattened.
Air dry: Hang dry the slacks or lay them flat to maintain the shape and prevent shrinkage.
Ironing: Ironing corduroy can be tricky. Use a steam setting or a cloth between the iron and the pants to avoid crushing the cords.
Silk is a luxurious and elegant fabric. It’s known for its smooth texture, natural sheen, and excellent drape. Silk slacks can be worn for formal occasions or for a sophisticated everyday look.
Silk requires careful handling and cleaning to maintain its delicate fibers and lustrous appearance:
Dry clean: Dry clean silk items, as water can sometimes cause the fabric to lose its sheen and
Machine wash: Hand wash in cold water with a gentle detergent. Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric, as this can damage its fibers.
Hand dry: Gently squeeze out excess water and lay the item flat on a towel to dry
Ironing: Ironing should be done on a low setting while the fabric is still slightly damp.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Satin is a glossy, smooth fabric for a more formal or elegant look. It drapes beautifully and has a shiny surface that reflects light, adding a touch of glamor to the outfit.
Caring for satin slacks requires a delicate touch due to the fabric’s sensitive nature.
Dry clean: It’s generally recommended to dry clean satin slacks to maintain their glossy finish and prevent damage.
Hand wash: Use cold water and a gentle cycle. Avoid using harsh detergents or bleach, and do not wring or twist the fabric as it can cause damage.
Hand dry: Gently squeeze out excess water and hang them to dry.
Ironing: Should be done on the reverse side of the garment at a low temperature to avoid scorching the fabric.
Crêpe is a type of woven or knitted fabric that has a distinct crinkled, puckered surface. Crêpe is often used to create a textured, sophisticated look. It’s lightweight and drapes well, making it a popular choice for both casual and formal pants.
Caring for Crêpe slacks involves a gentle approach due to the fabric’s unique texture. Check the label:
Dry clean: This may require dry cleaning.
Hand wash: It’s generally recommended to hand wash in cold water with a mild detergent. Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric as it can damage the texture.
Hand dry: Gently squeeze out excess water and lay flat to dry.
Ironing: This should be done on a low setting, and it’s often best to iron the slacks while they are slightly damp to avoid damaging the fabric.
Polyester is a synthetic fabric that is often used due to its durability and versatility. It’s known for its ability to resist wrinkles and hold its shape well, making it a popular choice for everyday wear or work attire. Polyester slacks can come in a variety of colors and styles, and they are often more affordable than slacks made from natural fibers.
Caring for polyester slacks is relatively easy due to the fabric’s durability. Check the label:
Machine wash: Wash in warm water with like colors. It’s best to use a mild detergent and avoid using bleach.
Machine dry: Can be tumble-dried on a low setting, but removing them from the dryer promptly can help prevent wrinkles.
Ironing: This should be done on a low heat setting.
Fleece is a soft and warm fabric often worn in colder climates or for loungewear. It’s known for its insulating properties and its ability to resist moisture, making it a popular choice for comfort and practicality. Fleece slacks are typically casual and are favored for their coziness and ease of care.
Caring for fleece slacks requires a bit of attention to maintain their softness and warmth:
Machine wash: Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle to prevent pilling. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach as these can damage the fabric.
Machine dry: Tumble dry on a low setting to maintain the fabric’s texture and prevent shrinkage.
Air dry: Air dry the slacks and regular brushing can also help to keep the fleece fluffy and soft.
Velvet refers to a type of woven fabric that is known for its unique soft feel and high-end appearance. Velvet slacks are often chosen for their luxurious texture and rich, deep colors. They can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any outfit. However, they are
typically more delicate and may not be as suitable for everyday wear as slacks made from more durable materials like cotton or polyester.
Caring for velvet slacks can be a bit more delicate. Check the label.
Dry clean: It’s recommended to dry clean velvet to maintain its unique texture and prevent
Machine wash: Turn the slacks inside out and use a gentle cycle with cold water.
Hand dry: Avoid wringing or twisting the fabric, as this can damage the pile. Instead, gently squeeze out excess water and lay flat to dry.
Ironing: This should be done on the reverse side at a low temperature.
Spandex refers to a synthetic fabric known for its exceptional elasticity. It’s often used in the production of women’s slacks to provide a comfortable, form-fitting style. Spandex slacks are popular for their ability to stretch and recover, accommodating a range of body types and movements. They are often used in activewear, but also in more formal or casual styles due to their versatility.
Caring for spandex slacks involves a few specific steps to maintain their elasticity and appearance:
Machine wash: Wash in cold water on a gentle cycle, and avoid using bleach or fabric softener.
Air dry: High heat can damage the spandex fibers, so it’s best to air dry.
Machine dry: Use a low heat setting if you must use a dryer.
Ironing: Not recommended as it can also damage the fabric.
Nylon refers to a synthetic fabric that is known for its strength and elasticity. It’s lightweight, resistant to moisture, and easy to care for, making it a popular choice for slacks that are designed for comfort and durability. Nylon slacks often have a smooth and shiny appearance, and they can be found in a wide range of colors and styles.
Caring for nylon slacks is relatively straightforward:
Machine wash: Wash in warm water with like colors. It’s best to avoid using bleach as it can
damage the fabric.
Machine dry: Tumble dry on low heat or hang them to dry to prevent shrinkage or damage to the fabric.
Ironing: This should be done in a low heat setting, if necessary. However, nylon is known for its wrinkle resistance, so ironing may not be needed.
14. Stretched Fabric
Stretched fabric refers to materials that have elasticity, often due to the inclusion of fibers like elastane or spandex. This feature allows the slacks to fit more comfortably and adapt to the wearer’s movements. It’s particularly popular in fitted or skinny styles of slacks, as it helps maintain the shape of the garment while providing flexibility and comfort.
Caring for stretched fabric slacks, such as those made from spandex or elastane, requires some special attention. Check the label:
Machine wash: Wash in cold water with a gentle cycle. High temperatures can break down the elastic fibers and cause the fabric to lose its stretch. The agitation of a regular cycle can be too harsh for stretch fabrics. Avoid bleach and fabric softeners, as these can break down the elastic fibers over time.
Air dry: Reshape the slacks and lay them flat to dry, as heat can damage the fibers.
Ironing: High heat can also damage the elastic fibers. If you must remove wrinkles, use a steamer or the cool setting on your iron.
1. Low-waisted (or low-rise)
Low-waisted slacks sit lower on the hips, typically about three inches below the navel, rather than at the natural waistline. This style can create a longer torso appearance and is often paired with shorter tops or crop tops to balance the proportions.
2. Mid waisted (or mid-rise)
Mid-waisted slacks sit at the natural waistline, which is typically around the navel or slightly below. This style is often considered comfortable and flattering as it can help to create a balanced silhouette. Mid-waisted slacks are versatile and can be worn in both casual and formal settings.
3. High waisted (or high-rise)
High-waisted slacks sit above the natural waistline, often at or just above the navel. This style can elongate the appearance of the legs and provide a slimming effect on the waist. They are often paired with tucked-in blouses to highlight the high waistline.
Tight fit refers to the way the pants conform closely to the butt. This style is designed to hug the wearer’s hips and butt, providing a sleek and streamlined silhouette. They can be worn in both casual and formal settings, depending on the design and material of the slacks.
Loose fit refers to a style of pants that are designed to not conform closely to the butt and hips. They offer a relaxed and comfortable fit, providing more room around the waist and hips. This style is often preferred for casual or relaxed settings.
Boyfriend fit refers to a style that is typically looser and more relaxed. This fit is inspired by the idea of wearing a boyfriend’s oversized pants, hence the name. They are designed to sit lower on the hips and may be slightly baggy in the butt. This style offers a balance between comfort and fashion, and is often associated with a casual, laid-back aesthetic.
Straight legs refer to a style where the pants are the same width from the thigh all the way down to the ankle. This creates a uniform, straight line from the hip to the hem, hence the name. It’s a classic style that can be flattering on many body types, as it doesn’t emphasize any particular area of the lower body.
Wide legs refer to a style where the pants widen out from the waist to the hem, creating a spacious and comfortable fit around the legs. This style can vary in terms of how wide the legs are, but they are generally much wider than straight leg or skinny styles. Wide leg pants can be flattering on many body types as they can balance out the silhouette and create a long, lean line.
Tapered legs refer to a style where the pants gradually narrow towards the ankle. This creates a silhouette that is wider at the hips and thighs and slimmer at the ankles. It’s a popular style for both casual and formal pants and can be flattering on a variety of body types.
Skinny legs refer to a style where the pants are very tight or close-fitting from the waist down to the ankles. This style is designed to contour closely to the shape of the wearer’s legs, creating a sleek, streamlined look.
Flared bottoms refer to a style where the pants are fitted at the waist and thighs, but widen out from the knee down to the hem. This creates a bell-like shape at the bottom, hence the term “flared”. This style was particularly popular in the 1960s and 1970s, and has seen a resurgence in recent years. It’s often associated with a retro or bohemian aesthetic.