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Nina's Relaxed, High-Waisted Black Pants

Hey summer, black is back.

Black pants have been my most reliable closet staple for years (I’m guilty of buying pairs I like in multiples). But the trick to keeping the look fresh is finding new cuts that are tailored to the season.

In my quest to find a pair that could transition me from this brutal New York winter into spring and eventually the warmer summer months, I stumbled upon this pair from Vince Camuto while browsing Nordstrom online.

The high waistline and cropped ankle make them an ideal pair for the season's crop tops, sandals and mules (it doesn't hurt that they make legs look long and lean). Another bonus: The lightweight cotton fabric will keep me cool in my black uniform during warm weather. They’ve got a more relaxed fit and the fabric has a nice stretch (not too much), promising all-day comfort -- they can even transition from the office to a night out with a pair of heels.

Vince Camuto Crop Stretch Cotton High Waist Pants, $89, available at

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