Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.
Wool trousers are a basic if you live in a cold climate — but sometimes it seems like it’s next to impossible to find a pair that is flattering in the stores. I’ve rounded up a few of my favorites — I tend to prefer flat-fronted pants without cuffs, as you’ll notice. Readers, which are your favorite wool trousers? How many seasons, in general, do you find that they last?
|Right out of the gate, Talbots wins the prize for having the most sizes still available, in the most colors, for the lowest price: these pants are available in ivory (pictured), black, gray, brown, and camel — and they come in regulars, talls, petites, women’s, and women’s petites sizes. The pants were $109, now $54.50 on sale. Heritage Fit Bi-stretch bootcut pants|
|These only come in one color (gray stripe), but I like the look of these wool pants from Banana Republic. They’re available in regular, short, and tall sizes, and you can take an additional 25% off with code BRWINTER25. Regularly marked $98. Banana Republic Jackson fit lightweight wool grey stripe pant|
|Love these basic stretch wool pants from Nordstrom — no pockets on the side makes for cleaner lines, and the pants are still available in charcoal (pictured), black, and a dark brown “pony” in sizes 0-16. They’re $168. Classiques Entier ‘New Stretch Wool’ Tab Pants|
|Many women consider these pants to be THE classic: the Theory Max C pant. They’re flat-fronted, with pockets (which you can sew closed if they don’t flatter you) and have a generally classic shape. My small-boned, petite friends consider the 00 size a “cult item” because they run extra small. The pants are $245 at Bloomingdale’s (and many other retailers!) Theory “Max C” Pants|
|These are pricy, but wool pants from Ralph Lauren’s Black Label should be an investment piece. Great tailored look, and I love the slight flare to the leg. They’re $598 at RalphLauren.com. Chrissy Bi-Stretch Wool Pant|
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