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.
We haven’t talked about wool trousers for years, so I thought we’d discuss winter weight wool pants. Have you bought any lately? Which brands do you love best (for warmth and fit)? Do you prefer pants with linings, or do you often wear silk long johns or a full leg shaper (e.g., Spanx) beneath, negating the importance of the lining?
|I like the look of these high-waisted flannel trousers from J.Crew (which today is offering 25% off plus free shipping on any order with code STYLE25) – were $158, marked to $89, with the code they come down to $67.49. Hutton trouser in wool flannel|
|When we last did this round-up, a number of readers noted that they had been desperately searching for brown wool pants, so I had to include these wool flannel pants from Lafayette 148 New York. They were $278, but are currently marked down to $89.40 at Last Call. Lafayette 148 New York Astor Straight-Leg Pants, Espresso|
|Again, more intel from our previous roundup: readers generally prefer the Jackson pant to the others in Banana Republic’s line-up — so I am including these despite my hatred of cuffs. These are fully lined in polyester, and available in shorts, regular and longs in sizes 00-16 for $110. Jackson fit black flannel wide leg|
|I am intrigued by these Lorenza pants by Elie Tahari — not only does the Elie Tahari website call them a “customer favorite” and “possibly our chicest pant for Fall,” the pant seems to come in a number of different colors and fabrics (many of them marked to lower prices than the original $248). Dillards, Elie Tahari, Bergdorf Goodman all have the pants in navy ($118-$148); Elie Tahari also has them in a gorgeous, deep dark pink for $118, and Bloomingdale’s has them in red “Grenadine” for $248. Elie Tahari Lorenza Straight-Leg Pants|
|Personally I’ve got some old wool pants from Brooks Brothers that I still adore — these look like the current incarnation. They’re available in olive (yay, olive pants!) and dark grey, both for $228. Flannel Pants|
|These grey stretch flannel pants look really luxurious, and I can’t put my finger on why — the sheen? The drape? The price reflects that — they were $495 — but fortunately they’re marked down to $294 today. St. John Collection Straight Leg Stretch Flannel Pants|
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