Must-Have Pants: Nice Leggings

There are the leggings you wear when you get home from work, and then there are the leggings you can actually wear in public. If you’re averse to being seen in such a body-conscious look, follow Anne Hathaway‘s lead and opt for legging jeans, which have a bit more structure. Pair them with tall boots and a knee-grazing coat and you’ll be comfy without showing off every inch of your shape.


Rugged Pants (Fit for a Lady)

Having a pair of cords, khakis or cargos in your wardrobe will prove useful when you want to go for more of a rustic vibe with your look. But that doesn’t mean you can wear them only in the wilderness. As Charlize Theron proves, sometimes they’re great for making sleek city blazers, boots and shades look a little more down-to-earth.


Pants in a Bold or Bright Color

Choose the silhouette and material that suit your personal style and a color that complements your skin tone, and break these babies out when you really want to make a fashion statement. That said, they don’t necessarily need to be worn as boldly as Rachel Bilson does here. A white button-down and a pair of black pumps are just fine too.


 Cocktail-Party Pants

Silk or crepe de chine pants that are cocktail-party-appropriate will also serve you well on evenings when it’s too cold to wear a skirt, when you’re in conservative company or when you just feel like mixing it up a bit. We love Blake Lively‘s daring high-waist pair, but feel free to play around with a silhouette to suit your dressy-top lineup and high-heel options.

Boyfriend Jeans

Do we have to convince you that having a pair of loose, comfortable jeans in your wardrobe is a good idea? Just looking at this picture of Jennifer Aniston makes us want to change into something, well, slouchier. We’re pretty sure we’re not the only ones. Two words for those gals still looking for this must-have: vintage Levi’s.