Ask Chris Benz: Help Me Find the Perfect Pair of Pants!

Dear Chris, Thanks for answering my letter! Anyways, I love that pants are "back" for fall, but I'm not sure what style to try. Are there any that you're particularly fond of right now? Yours, Currently Pantless Dear Pantless, Pants are a basis for much of our collection, and I love them for many different reasons.... Whether it's a swishy pajama pant, a severe cropped matchstick, or a loud floral trouser, pants can play to so many different figures and tastes.
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Dear Chris, Thanks for answering my letter! Anyways, I love that pants are "back" for fall, but I'm not sure what style to try. Are there any that you're particularly fond of right now? Yours, Currently Pantless Dear Pantless, Pants are a basis for much of our collection, and I love them for many different reasons.... Whether it's a swishy pajama pant, a severe cropped matchstick, or a loud floral trouser, pants can play to so many different figures and tastes.
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Dear Chris,

Thanks for answering my letter! Anyways, I love that pants are "back" for fall, but I'm not sure what style to try. Are there any that you're particularly fond of right now?

Yours, Currently Pantless

Dear Pantless,

Pants are a basis for much of our collection, and I love them for many different reasons.... Whether it's a swishy pajama pant, a severe cropped matchstick, or a loud floral trouser, pants can play to so many different figures and tastes.

It's a relatively new category for womenswear, historically, but one that is very important indeed. The social acceptance of women in pants only really harkens to the 1950s; think of Mary Tyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke Show, vacuuming the living room in her cigarette pants and little slippers, or Lucille Ball in a gingham pedal-pusher in the Connecticut ranch house.

Right now, I am loving the idea of a novelty pant taking the place of a fancy accessory. Why not throw on a simple blouse with a colorful printed pant? This feels new to me, rather than a loud topcoat or novelty handbag. And boys, this goes for you too. A navy blazer and tee-shirt goes a long way with a novelty pant in lieu of jeans.

Interesting waistband details are also important to me: a combination of materials like leather/shantung or wool. Safari waistbands with buckles, rope belts, and cargo pockets all seem like a good direction to go in.

Genetic Denim makes a terrific lean trouser-cut denim that is dazzling, and my girlfriends have been going nuts for. I think as long as you can find something comfortable and chic that makes you feel beautiful, that is trend-enough. xx CB