The Best Trousers to Upgrade Your Fall Wardrobe

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Fall is upon us, which means your legs will be screaming for coverage pretty soon. While it’s easy to shift your focus to the stretchy athleisure wear in your closet, why not dress things up with a new pair, or two, of trousers from some of our favorite fashion brands? Trousers are a classic and easy way to add glamor to a T-shirt or a pair of sneakers, and no wardrobe is complete without a pair of these magically versatile pants. All you need is a single pair to open the door to a whole new world of outfits.

That’s why we’ve scoured the internet for the best pairs of trousers that are ready to be the cherry on top of your fall apparel. Though some are better suited to warmer temperatures and others should be saved for the chillier months, we guarantee that you’ll find at least one pair of pants to do some much needed work in your clothing collection.

The Tapered Cut-Off

Pixie Market

Pixie Market

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Think of the Black Crossover Pants as your entry-level trousers if you’ve never loved the more traditional high-waisted, pleated look of this clothing category. Yes, these are pleated and yes, they rise above the hips, but the asymmetrical belt and large, single button in the front lends these pants a modern look and feel that embodies what a contemporary trouser should be. We also love the cigarette silhouette of these, which makes them feel like a more grown-up version of the skinny jean. 

Pixie Market is a company founded in New York in 2006 that is working towards becoming 100% eco-friendly by 2023 and creating designs that will endure the passage of time—and trends—in your closet. And, along with being sleek and stylish, these trousers feature pockets that add some utility to your look.

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The “Softer with Each Wash”

Mara Hoffman

Mara Hoffman

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The Mara Hoffman Dita Pant is great for wearing throughout the summer, or for the transition from summer to fall. These trousers are crafted from linen and tencel, a lyocell rayon fiber made from dissolved wood pulp that is very light and breathable. The fabric feels cool on the skin at first touch and stays that way throughout the day, regardless of the temperature outside. The more you wear and wash these, the softer they’ll feel. Pair them with your favorite belt and vest, then throw on an oversized blazer to keep warm when the leaves start changing but you’re not ready to let go of your new favorite trousers.

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The One Available in Pink

Reformation

Reformation

$178
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If you’re looking for a bit more drama to adorn the southern region of your body, look to Reformation’s Vesta Pant. Though the design comes in many colors, we love that the brand’s pink option marries a Barbie sensibility with a 90s corporate office vibe. The Vesta trousers are oversized, running the full length of the leg for a more traditional menswear look but are made from 100% linen so that the abundance of fabric doesn’t feel overpowering or overwhelming. We love that the coverage on these makes them an easy decision for a crisp fall day when your ankles are feeling just a little too vulnerable to show themselves to the world.

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The One For Those Very Chilly Days

La Ligne

La Ligne

$395
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Now we’re getting into serious trouser territory. Not only is La Ligne’s Selby Trouser as dramatic as Reformation’s Vesta Pant (if not more), but it’s made mostly from wool, which means that it’s a pair of pants that can comfortably usher you into the colder winter months. The Selby is not as high on the waist as other trousers on this list, for anyone who is averse to that specific design choice, but its loops are a welcome place for a belt and the luxurious pressed crease makes it worth the splurge.

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The Ones Made With Denim

Sezane

Sezane

$160
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Okay, we know these might not technically be trousers, but what kind of pants roundup doesn’t include at least one piece of denim? The Sam Trousers from Sezane are made from organic cotton and – like any other pair of jeans out there – they’re snug in all the right places. True to trouser form, the Sam features front-facing pleats with three buttons holding up the high-waisted panels. If you’re looking for something fancier than low-rise jeans, but don’t want to venture into the 9-to-5 region, the Sam is perfect – and it’s comfortable to wear all day long. 

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We hope this list inspires all the cozy and warm feelings associated with fall, mostly because of how cozy and warm your legs will be feeling once you get them a pair of trousers to break them out of your beloved athleisure habit.

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