Fashion & Beauty

Fashion Friday: Casual Pants to Love

We all know how to dress for work, a meeting, or lunch with our most fashionable friends. The question, however, is what to wear when you’re running errands, popping out for breakfast, or just waiting to see what the weekend brings. Fortunately, we are living in a time when women on the go don’t need to look like women whose sense of style is long gone.

Here are some alternatives to what used to be called slacks—a downer of a name if there ever was one. A pair of any of these will make you look forward to walking out the door.


Cuff Ankle Pants‘Uovo’ Tie Front Cuff Ankle Pants, by Weekend Max Mara

Precise tailoring shapes this wool pair, finished with front pleats and a self-tie belt.

  • Self-tie belt with belt loop
  • Zip fly
  • Front pleats
  • Side slash pockets
  • Cuffed leg
  • Back button welt pockets


VF-P1980-BLACKThe Jersey Slouchy, by Eileen Fisher

This slouchy pant has a tapered leg. According to Eileen Fisher, it’s “too chic to be this comfortable.”

  • Front pleats, 1 1/2-inch waist with elastic in back, dropped angle pockets
  • Light and lustrous, with just the right amount of stretch
  • Approximately 27 1/2″ inseam
  • Washable



73910L7733L_P3H_lg_v1_m56577569835320681Flying Monkey Jeans, by Buckle

Don’t let the model scare you away. These jeans work on mature women. They are truly high-waisted, they stretch, and they fit.

  • High rise
  • Zip fly
  • Stretch jean
  • Slimming through hip and thigh



crop pantsBeaded Cropped Pant, by J. Crew

J. Crew says about these pants, “. . . it’s the trim—hand-beaded in an angular pattern from the pockets to the side seams—that makes them so bewitching. They say the devil is in the details, after all.”

  • Sits above hip
  • Fitted through hip and thigh, with a slim, ankle-length leg
  • Wool
  • Off-seam pockets, back welt pockets
  • Dry clean


crosby derekCashmere Sweats, by 10 Crosby Derek Lam

Yes, these are investment pants, but in midnight blue cashmere you won’t see yourself coming and going, and you will have them forever.

  • —Elastic drawstring waistband
  • —Two pockets
  • —Ribbed cuffs. In midnight blue
  • —100% cashmere

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  • Casual Plus February 10, 2015 at 5:21 am

    I agree with you all that these casual pants are indeed very comfortable and easy to wear.

  • Diane Dettmann September 19, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    Leaning toward the Flying Monkey Jeans for “monkeying around” on a Saturday. Lots of pockets and easy to dress them up or down with a variety of tops and warm winter jackets. Plus the legs tuck easily into winter boots. 🙂

  • hillsmom September 19, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Some nice offerings above. However, for me, the enticement is are the pockets functional…? I’ve rejected so many slacks (what’s wrong with that name?) due to short pockets. Just my two cents here. 😎