There is no better blank canvas from which to start an outfit than the LBP–that’s the little black pant. Pants and trousers ruled the spring runways, and the new black pants are anything but ordinary. While this workhorse is great at the office, it also transitions seamlessly from day to night. Shedding a blazer and adding some statement shoes will ensure you don’t look like you’ve been tied to your desk all day.
Here are some great LBPs to build around–and we’ll tell you why:
Crop It: These cropped beauties from Elizabeth and James are the perfect day to night bottom and thoroughly modern. Tuck in a colorful silk blouse and pair it with flats or classic heels for work, then switch to a sequined t-shirt and chunky sandals for the evening.
That ’70s show: Absolutely elegant, these silk trousers from 3.1 Phillip Lim are spot on with the ’70s trend that swept the spring runways yet amazingly timeless. A tank and a pile of necklaces will move your attitude from day to night.
Slim down: These MICHAEL Michael Kors slim ankle length pants, with a smooth finish and wide waistband, are seriously channeling Audrey Hepburn and theyr’e going to make you look super sleek and gamine thin. Perfect for tucked in look with a silk button down blouse, or go casual with a looser tunic top.
Classic: Sometimes you want something a bit more classic, and this Elie Tahari for Nordstrom style is perfect. Keep the jacket on this time, but make it a white tux jacket and add some bright red lipstick.
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