My Favorite Pants That Aren’t Jeans

August 25, 2023

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A few months back, I came across this TikTok that shared a fashion revelation that kind of blew my mind. For years, millennial women have been rocking jeans and a cute top. Ask a millennial friend what she’s wearing out, and chances are she’ll reply, “Jeans and a cute top.” Ask a Gen Z, however, and they’re likely to reply, “Fun pants and a plain top.” My mind was blown. While I love wearing what makes me happiest, I also love keeping up with fashion trends, and currently, there’s def something to this one.

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This realization made me reevaluate my wardrobe. While I will forever love a great pair of denim, I’m entering into my “fun pants” era. If you, too, are going on this journey with me, I wanted to share some pants that aren’t jeans to help all of us out. You can also refer to my Best Classic & Graphic Tees post if you’re looking for something to pair with your new fun pants. Let’s do this!

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Cargos are a great place to start because they’re not only super versatile, but they’re extremely comfy.

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Leather pants were my gateway into fun pants. You can dress them up or down, but no matter what, you’ll feel really cool in them. I’ll admit, sometimes I think of Ross from Friends and his leather pants fiasco, but I promise I’ve never had any problems getting them on or off. 😂 The ones in the photo above are fully lined with very cool, silky fabric making them surprisingly comfortable.

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Tailored pants are no longer exclusive to dressing up. Pair them with a cute sandal and a basic tee, and you’re set for the day.

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I meant what I said about tailored pants. Dress them up AND down. Love this look with the riding boots.

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Wide-leg pants are now your best friend. You mean, I get to wear pants with an elastic waist and still look put together? Yes, please. These are my absolute favorite, wear them at least twice a week.

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Again, cargos are having a moment, and I’m so here for it.

All trends come and go, but I made sure to round up some pant options that are super versatile and classy. So if you’re looking to have some fun with pants and make a few wardrobe changes, I’ve got you.

  1. Canvas Carpenter Pant $29
  2. Half-Elastic Straight Leg Trouser $31
  3. High-Waisted Dress Trousers with Pockets $31
  4. Linen-Blend Ultra Wide-Leg Pant $63
  5. Mid Rise Faux-Leather Loose Pants $71
  6. Dickies High-Waisted Ankle Pant $75
  7. Rita Cargo Pant $78
  8. Chalk-Stripe Pants $89
  9. SoftSuit Trousers $89
  10. A&F Sloane Tailored Pant $90
  11. Relaxed Cargo Pant $90
  12. Agolde Recycled Leather 90’s Pinch Waist $189

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  1. HR says:

    No no. Not for me. Looks cute on you but some of us in the sub 5’2 category always looks stupid trying to look younger bc it reads toddler.

  2. GG says:

    Black pants… how fun.

  3. Aubree says:

    Love this post as I have been looking for non jeans pants option… but what to do with all my cute tops?!

    • Esther says:

      I’ve been moving away from jeans for a little while, but can’t give up my cute tops – I love them with tailored pants or wide leg pants, depending on the silhouette, and also (though not strictly a “pants” option) flared skirts! I bet leather pants would be a good option too, though I don’t own any of those… yet…

  4. Allison says:

    Could you send a link for your hair waver? Thanks!

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