|Chanel Couture, pic from here.|
I've mentioned a few times recently that I've found a "long-over-lean" silhouette to work best for my shape and proportions. Moi meme, this means either a pencil skirt of slim pants on the bottom half.
I did say "slim" and not "skinny." When someone says "skinny" pants, I think of those that look as though they were spray-painted on. I'm not going to say that women over the age of X shouldn't wear these, as it really depends on the woman and her style, but I do think they are hard for most of us to wear well. They make une femme look like a demented elf.
|J Brand skinny jeans|
My preference is for styles that are narrow, but not skin-tight. Stretch is essential too.
|Eileen Fisher Ponte Knit Pant|
These Eileen Fisher ponte knit pants fit close to the leg, but not too snugly. The fabric has some heft and holds its shape (no bagging at knees) and they're machine washable too. (Hang to dry.) I picked up a pair of these in the fall, and reach for them frequently. They're also slim cut enough to wear inside some boots.
|Chico's 5-pocket ponte pants|
Frugal Scholar recommended these Chico's 5-pocket ponte knit pants, and they're also a great choice. Available in Brown, Black and Heather Grey, they're also on sale for $39.00 right now!
|Not Your Daughter's Jeans Straight Leg Ponte Knit Pants|
One of the Sales Associates at Nordstrom recommended these above from NYDJ. I haven't had a chance to try them yet. Based on my experience with NYDJ, my recommendation is to order or try three sizes: the size you think *should* fit, plus one size above and below. I've found their sizing to be inconsistent between styles.
|NYDJ "Skinny Leg" Jeans|
Although these are listed as "skinny leg," they really are more of a straight leg. A nice, versatile jean that hits at the ankle.
I also find that a very narrow bootcut jean can work as part of a long-over-lean silhouette, as long as there's not too much fullness on the "long-over" part of the ensemble. I'm still in love with my 7's.
|7 for All Mankind Mid-Rise Bootcut Jeans|
I'd consider jeggings, but only for wearing inside tall boots. I tried on a pair from NYDJ a few months ago, but they felt sort of rubbery and weren't at all comfortable. I don't have any to recommend at this point, but if you do, please mention in comments.
And I know you all know better, dear readers, but as a Public Service Announcement: Leggings. Are. Not. Pants.
Do you have a favorite slim pant?