Kim Kardashian headed to lunch in Miami showing off new fashion-forward pants: these Helmut Lang black and white drawstring trousers ($264, originally $378). Up top she wore a black tee and a black shawl-collar blazer, and on bottom her trusty caged Givenchy sandals. Rounding out her black-and-white style were black flat-top Céline sunglasses and diamond stud earrings. Score Kim's exact trousers now to wear with a button-down and pumps at work, then with a tank and leather jacket for a night out.
Among the sea of diaphanous, dreamy frocks, we've pinpointed the most stylish and leggiest silhouettes to emerge from the Spring '12 collections. Of course, not all of us were born with Gisele gams, but these tailored cuts and inseams should flatter just about any form. First up: textural twists on your classic black pant. If you're going to stick to a monochromatic palette, you may as well have a little fun with it. Black's sleek and slimming effect will remain intact as you experiment with different textures. Grab a pair with leather panel detailing, a slick shiny finish, or woven side seams. Click through to see more of Spring's most wearable pant and trouser styles — and find out how they'll work their way into your wardrobe.
From Prabal Gurung's hot-pink flared pants to Yigal Azrouël's cobalt ankle-crop trousers, brights were seen everywhere on the Fall runways. However, we all know models make wearing the trend look a lot easier than it really is, so we asked Fab reader Stefanie to show us how she works her brights for Fall. Needless to say, the cutie, who also has her own cool fashion-meets-DIY blog dubbed The Style Safari, took the challenge with fashion fervor, creating five enviable outfits based on a pair of Zara Yellow Seamed Trousers ($60). After seeing this, we plan on heading to the nearest Zara to grab a pair of bright pants for ourselves. Ready to get inspired? Check out the slideshow to see all of her looks, and why she loves each outfit.
The pants that dominated the Spring runways were a varied lot, from slouchy borrowed-from-the-boys trousers to high-waist '70s styles to the clean, crisp, cropped trouser we saw at Marc by Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney, and DKNY. With our new Spring shoes dying to break free, the cropped trouser wins our vote for best way to show off new shoes and just a hint of skin. Here are our editors' picks for the best cropped pants, ranging from neutral hues to pops of bright color.
Throughout the year, we've kept you in the know and up to speed on what fabulous pieces you should snap up each season, and now it's time to take a look back at which Need Now posts had you guys talking most:
- Check out the super-chic statement jackets we suggested.
- See the colorful crop of shoes we offered up when Spring sprung.
- You kept it cute with these sweet Spring shorts.
- Easy and breezy was the name of the game for these cute little white dresses.
- Once Summer rolled around, these snazzy beach totes were the center of attention.
- We helped you find the ultimate pretty party-girl frock for your Summer wedding festivities.
- As things cooled down, you slipped into cozy-chic tights.
- Fall's classic-cool trousers helped us stay sophisticated.
- When it came to finding Fall-fabulous coats, we had you covered.
- You put your best foot forward in these fun Fall boots.
The memories I have of safety pinning my clothes all involve either a pesky fit issue or an impending wardrobe malfunction. That being said, I wasn't sure what to make of these pieces from Ann-Sofie Back. They are super cute and look amazingly comfy, but I'm on the fence about having a giant safety pin keeping my pants or blouse together. What do you think – would you make a statement with safety pins?
After spotting Vanessa Traina sporting a pair of cropped flared trousers during Fashion Week, we had to try it out for ourselves. At first glance, the silhouette might come off as unflattering, but we have a remedy for that — high heels! Shop two divergent ways to wear this cool pair —we love the leg-lengthening pinstripes — from Diane von Furstenberg ($295), now.
Cozy Equestrian (Left to right): Diane von Furstenberg Cavaro Pinstripe Pant ($295), Erro Shearling and Leather Vest ($795), Richard Chai Funnel Neck Sweater ($298), Phi Skinny Belt ($51, originally $205), Reed Krakoff Boxer Suede Tote ($1,090), Brooks Brothers Burgundy Socks ($18), Alaïa Lace-up Leather Boots ($1,790)
Mixed Prints (Left to right): Diane von Furstenberg Cavaro Pinstripe Pant ($295), APC Leopard Cotton Sweater ($150), Alexander McQueen Purple Skull Ring ($280), Guess Cross Necklace ($28), Rebecca Minkoff Boyfriend Messenger Bag ($295), Isabel Marant Poppy Suede Pumps ($620)
>> With Fall in full swing and chilly air moving in to stay a while, it's time to brush up on your trusty cold weather options. Zara to the rescue — the brand just released their October lookbook, brimming with options. We picked our eight favorite outfits — featured among them are red cropped trousers; the coziest tan sweater dress; and a must-have pleated leather skirt.