Jeans have been my go-to for my entire adult life. I enjoy all the different styles — from skinny ankle jeans to wide-legged flared. But I must admit that after several months of working from home wearing more relaxed bottoms, I’m not in the mood to wear the usual skinny jeans. So, I set about looking through my closet for pants I can wear to run errands and visit my daughter and her family — other than jeans (or sweatpants!).
I found many favorites, including my olive green Cotelac paperbag waist pants, pull on faux leather pants, and wide leg linen pants. Comfortable, chic, and different.
I’m sure you have pants other than jeans hanging in your closet. Why not pull them out and put together some creative outfits that are classy, comfy, and carefree?
Here are some more pant styles to consider. I’ve purposely looked for pants made by sustainable companies (including H&M, who is being surprisingly sustainable), as I’ve been exploring ways to become a more responsible consumer. Some of these links are affiliate which means, at no additional cost to you, the companies pay a small commission for sales.
ANKLE LENGTH PANTS
Let your ankles show! It’s sexy and trip-proof 😉 This pant length also lends itself to different shoe styles, such as ballet flats, loafer, oxfords, pumps, sneakers, and booties. So many choices.
Eileen Fisher Flex Ponte Pant A lantern shape gives this ankle pant a modern look. Designed to live like you do in our soft and versatile stretch ponte. Designed with a longer rise for an easy, slouchy fit; tapers at the ankle. A sophisticated doubleknit with just the right amount of structure–and just the right amount of stretch. A perfect blend of comfort and polish.
Eileen Fisher Corduroy Wide Leg Ankle Pant
The wide-leg pant, a favorite silhouette now in soft cotton corduroy–with just the right amount of stretch. With flattering back patch pockets and an ankle-baring length. Designed with a fit that’s slimmer through the hips, wider through the leg. Plush with velvety softness. Our corduroy has an elevated feel that comes from blending cotton with Tencel™ Lyocell for a luxurious feel. Washed for texture.
Karen Kane Brooklyn Cropped Pant Polish your look with these soft, supple faux suede pants featuring a modern wide-leg silhouette, elastic waistband and clean cropped length. It also features an easy pull-on waistband. Polyester / Spandex, machine wash.
H&M Ankle Length Slacks
These slacks in woven stretch fabric look so comfy and easy. Regular waist, elastication at back of waistband, and mock welt pocket at back. Slim, ankle-length legs with creases. 61% Cotton, 36% Polyester, 3% Elastane.
Karen Kane Piper Pant Cigarette Length The versatile pull on piper pant is designed for a clean, smooth fit with double stretch for exceptional comfort and shape-retention. Cigarette length. Plus sizes 14W – 22W.
WIDE LEG PANT
Eileen Fisher Wide Leg Pant with Slits
A wide-leg pant with natural movement thanks to dramatic side slits. In our sleek and sustainable Fine Jersey. Designed with a fit that’s slimmer through the hips, wider through the leg. A body-skimming jersey that goes from day into night. Polish that’s right for any occasion.
Reformation Whitney Pant
These are a subtle wide leg pant, as they’re slim fitting through hip and backside. Elastic band. Pairs well with button down shirt, sweaters. Fabric: Sweater Rib is a medium weight, stretchy sweater ribbed knit with a soft handfeel – 95% TENCEL™ Modal, 5% Spandex.
H&M Wide Cut Pant
Pants in thick jersey with a high waist, pleats at top, and zip fly with hook-and-eye fastener. Diagonal side pockets and straight, wide legs.
If you haven’t tried a paperbag tie waist pant yet, this is your season! They’re loose fitting, yet cinched at the waist, so best of all worlds. You do have to wear a short top or tuck in your top or sweater.
Vero Moda Londyn Corduroy Paperbag Pant (not sustainably made as far as I know) Textured in soft corduroy, these high-waist paperbag pants feature a drapey waist tie and flowy cropped legs.
H&M Paperbag Pant I have pants similar to these. And I love them! Ankle-length pants in airy, woven viscose fabric with a high paper-bag waist. Elastic at back of waistband, pleats at top, and a removable tie belt. Diagonal side pockets and gently tapered legs with creases. Try different colors!
I do love my faux leather pants! I prefer a looser fit leather, but if you love skinny jeans you’ll love a more fitted faux leather pant. They’re sexy and that extra bit of shine adds more interest to an outfit. I just feel special when wearing my leather pants.
H&M Faux Leather Pants
5-pocket pants in faux leather. High waist, zip fly with button, and slim, ankle-length legs.
Ankle-length pants in faux leather. High waist, pleats at top, and zip fly with hook-and-eye fastener. Diagonal side pockets, mock back pockets, and tapered legs with creases.
You’ve already seen some corduroy pants in the above styles, and you’ll see corduroy everywhere this season! If you’re like me, you used to wear a lot of cords — in the 70s — and then forgot about them. It’s time to check back into the Corduroy Casita! They look fabulous with a crisp white blouse.
H&M Corduroy Pants Soft corduroy. High waist with pleats at front and zip fly with button. Front pockets, back pockets, and tapered legs. (Shown in powder beige, available in different colors)