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.
So it turns out that if you’re looking for a pair of lightweight, charcoal gray pants (not heather gray, not tweed) — then you have extremely limited options.
|Gap’s new line of pants (with lots of different fits) all come in a lovely charcoal gray. We like the modern boot for $59.50 — available in regular, tall, and petite, with varying inseams as well. They’re $59.50 at Gap.com. Gap Modern boot pants|
|The “Gap” family tree seems to be up on their grays, because we also like the tiny houndstooth check on these new “Logan” pants — it’s a stretch wool blend that comes in both short and regular. They’re $79.50 at Banana Republic. Banana Republic Petite Logan fit wide-leg puppytooth pant|
|This nice-looking pair from Anthropologie is machine washable, and we like that the pockets aren’t on a diagonal. The waistband detailing is interesting, also — we could see it being great for women who have small waists. The pants are $118 at Anthropologie. Falling Folds Pants|
|These flared trousers from Max Studio have a nice herringbone texture, and promise to offer “maximum tush-flattery.” The fact that they’re on sale is a nice bonus, as well — they were $198, now $148 at MaxStudio.com. FLARED TROUSERS-6-BLACK|
|We know, we know — these Theory “Max C – Tailor” pants are classics. We think the “front slant pockets” are pretty flattering, and we like the slightly flared legs. They’re $245 at Nordstrom. Theory ‘Max C – Tailor’ Pants|
|We can’t put our finger exactly on what it is about these Michael Kors pants, but they really do seem to be a bit more “money” than the rest. Is it the rise? The precise color of “charcoal sapphire” wool? Whatever it is, we like ’em. They’re $750 at Bergdorf Goodman. Jaryn Wide-Leg Pants|
Readers, what are your go-to spots for nice-fitting trousers? Have you found any great charcoal trousers lately? (And: why are all pant pictures on the Internet so hideous?)