From Skinnies to Wide-Leg Trousers: The Best Black Pants in Stores Right Now

Finding the perfect pair of black pants can be quite the adventure. (So many brands! So many silhouettes!) Here, we identify the top three pairs for every fit—skinny leg, wide-leg crop, high-waisted, wide leg, and straight leg—inspired by chic celebrities at every age. But first things first, here a few rules of thumb:

1. Accept the fact that you may need to have your black pants tailored, which will ensure a custom look.

2. Try on a few different sizes to identify the best fit. Pants are the furthest thing from “one size fits all,” so if you’re a 4, try on a size 2 and 6 as well.

3. Stay true to the brands you love. You love them for a reason.

4. Don’t be afraid to drop some extra cash. These are wardrobe power players that can be re-worn and restyled time and time again.

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Skinny Leg (above)

What you’re looking for: A style that will show off your killer frame.

The perks: No matter what size you may be, a skinny leg is ultra flattering, as it masks any unwanted weight by pulling everything in.

How to wear it: Make sure your skinnies aren’t too tight, both for comfort and because you don’t want to create unwanted muffin tops!


Shop it (from left): J.Crew, $90; Kut from the Kloth, $69; Vince, $265;

Wide-Leg Crop

Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung ; Danny Martindale/WireImage, Ben A. Pruchnie/Getty Images

What you’re looking for: A streamlined (and less intimidating) take on culottes.

The perks: The wide leg crop is trending for spring.

How to wear it: The perfect pair will strike a balance between structured and relaxed. Opt for a pant with a detailed waistline, like figure-flattering seams that will flatten the tummy.


Shop it (from left): Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet, $265; Banana Republic, $90; Rachel Zoe, $325;

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Jessica Alba, Kristen Stewart ; David Livingston/Getty Images, Araya Diaz/WireImage

What you’re looking for: A flattering silo with a dressed-up vibe.

The perks: The shape accentuates your waist and shows off your backside.

How to wear it: Try a pair with a little room—you want the eye to flow from the waist to the hem. Wear it with your favorite crop top to show a sliver of skin or tuck in a button-front blouse for an office-ready look.


Shop it (from left): Alexander Wang, $695; Vince Camuto, $67; Halston Heritage, $325;

Straight Leg

Sofia Coppola, Amy Poehler ; Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images, Steve Granitz/WireImage

What you’re looking for: An everyday pant that will stun at work and on the weekends.

The perks: The tapered leg pairs well with any type of shoe—from pumps and sandals to sneakers and flats.

How to wear it: This silhouette is not to be confused with your skinnies. You want a pair with a close fit, but not too tight. The hem should hit slightly above or below the ankle.


Shop it (from left): Ann Taylor, $100; NYDJ, $120; White House Black Market, $50;

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Wide Leg

Jennifer Aniston, Kendall Jenner ; Mark Davis/Getty Images, Steve Granitz/WireImage

What you’re looking for: A trendy yet timeless look. This style is in tune with the ’70s trend headlining for spring 2015.

The perks: This cut will show off your shape by elongating your legs and accentuating your waist.

How to wear it: Tailoring is key; and heels are a must. Find a pair that just grazes the ground with a heel on.


Shop it (from left): Ralph Lauren Black Label, $850; Diane von Furstenberg, $420; Theory, $295;

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