Wardrobe Staples – Flattering Black Pants (& Link Up)

March 1, 2018

I’m continuing my wardrobe staples series with another must-have piece, flattering black pants!

wardrobe staples, flattering black pants

My wardrobe staples suggestions are a special 2018 series where I  highlight a piece of clothing that I consider a wardrobe basic,  something versatile and something I wear myself ALL THE TIME.  In case you missed it, my first installment of the series was the LBD.  I just added a tab at the top of the blog for this series, so you can always find what’s been covered so far.

Now, for the flattering black pants … they have to fit just right and be comfortable.  I have several pairs that I really wear a lot, but my new favorites are these Brigette So Slimming Ankle Pants from Chico’s (c/o).  I actually reached out and asked Chicos to send me these. I have the same pant in the cropped length and I knew the ankle length would be more versatile and seasonless.

Black pants are a great basic for every age and every figure, but for a pear-shaped women like me, they’re even more vital.  Find a style that fits and flatters you. I always do better with a pant with a bit of stretch, but if you like a tailored trouser better, that’s a great basic too.

Black pants can be worn to work with blouse and a blazer, on the weekend with a denim jacket and sneakers, with a trendy top and booties for lunch and shopping with the girls, and with a blingy top for an evening on the town!

Chico's So Slimming pants review

slimming black pants

using basics to build a wardrobe and an outfit

From last week’s link up ….

Jennie from A Pocketful of Polka Dots is wearing an outfit full of fabulous basics starting with black pants and then a chambray shirt, leopard cardigan, and leather riding boots.  Looking fab, Jennie.


Do you have a favorite pair of black pants? Feel free to share suggestions for different body types in the comments below!  And of course link up, Dolls!

Fun & Fashion,

Dawn Lucy


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  • Reply jacqui March 1, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Wonderful to find the best trousers, yours are definitely winners. I love your coat too, that’s a real statement piece. Looks fabulous on you. Jacqui

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:08 am

      Thanks so much, Jacqui!

  • Reply Gina March 1, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, I could easily wear my black jeans five days a week! I might be singing a different tune in the summer, but this time of year they’re just so chic and flattering. Love how you styled yours!
    Gina || On the Daily Express

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:09 am

      I agree! Thanks Gina!

  • Reply Mica March 1, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    They look like a great wardrobe classic! I find pants so hard to buy, being petite, so I only have one pair of pants in my wardrobe, haha!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope you are having a great week so far! First day of autumn here in Brisbane, although the weather is still very summer-like, ha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:10 am

      Autumn is my favorite season! Thanks for stopping by, Mica!

  • Reply Mutton Style March 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    I’m partial to black pants too. Those are very flattering. Love then with the coat. Perfect.


    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Thanks so much! Have a fab weekend! 🙂

  • Reply Andrea Nine March 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Red AND Leopard, oh yes!!!! You always look like a movie star, I think that is why you are a good fit for Cali….Super Star!! 🙂

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:18 am

      Aww, you always mange to make my day, Chick! 😀

  • Reply Kellyann March 1, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Love this classic and beautiful look. Those black pants are fabulous and are a major wardrobe staple! Those red shoes are to die for!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Aww thanks so much, Kellyann! I bought these red shoes for a special event several years ago and I’ve been surprised how often I wear them!

  • Reply Lisa Richardson March 1, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    I was just talking to a friend about black pants earlier this week. Can you ever have too many? I love the pop of red and the leopard❤️. I wouldn’t have thought you were pear shaped. I feel ya’ on that! XO

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Aww thanks Lisa! Yeah, I’m a full size larger on the bottom than the top. You too? I need to do a post all about it one of these days!

  • Reply Cheryl Tucker March 1, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I agree black pants are a wardrobe staple. I had mine out wearing them several times this winter. I don’t think there is anything more flattering! Thanks for the link up!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:16 am

      Agreed, Cheryl!! L)

  • Reply jodie filogomo March 1, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Chicos has the best fitting pants like these Dawn. In fact, both mom and Nancy have a pair too, and love them!!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Aren’t they wonderful? And flattering?!!

  • Reply Jamie March 1, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    I love the black pants with the pop of red!! Gorgeous look. <3 Jamie

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Thanks, Jamie! 🙂

  • Reply Rena March 1, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Fabulous pants. Modern and flattering is a “can’t be beat” combination.


    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:15 am

      I totally agree with you Rena! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole at High Latitude Style March 1, 2018 at 9:56 pm

    The coat and red pumps are so cool. I need a new pair of red pumps!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Red in my fav color!

  • Reply Nancy Baten March 1, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    I always love cropped pants better then longer ones! And with that coat it makes an impressive outfit!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

      I think that’s because cropped pants show off our cute shoes! 😀

  • Reply Pam Greer March 2, 2018 at 3:10 am

    I agree, a pair of great black pants is always in my wardrobe!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:22 am

      I agree Pam! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kathrine Eldridge March 2, 2018 at 3:30 am

    These black pants are an amazing fit and loving the leopard coat with them!


    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Thanks so much, Kathrine!

  • Reply Vale March 2, 2018 at 3:45 am

    Love those black pants, such a timeless piece, you look so pretty! Love the touch of leopard and the red shoes 🙂 thanks for the linkup. Kisses

    Fashion and Cookies – fashion and beauty blog

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Thanks for much for joining us, Vale! 🙂

  • Reply Katherine March 2, 2018 at 4:03 am

    Those pants are darling!! Love your whole look here!

    Katherine | http://www.oneswainkycouple.com

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:24 am

      Thanks so much! 🙂

  • Reply Robin LaMonte March 2, 2018 at 4:52 am


    I agree that my favorite staple in my closet is black pants.
    Black pants are a timeless classic but it’s how you have accessorized them that makes them chic and trendy.
    Love the red heels and leopard jacket friend!

    Have a great weekend!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:26 am

      Thanks so much for the nice compliment, Robin! 🙂

  • Reply amy March 2, 2018 at 5:05 am

    Those pants look fabulous on you! I love the coat too!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:27 am

      Thanks, Amy!

  • Reply Nina March 2, 2018 at 5:06 am

    I really need a good pair of more formal black pants. The ones I do have are more casual.


    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:29 am

      It’s a good staple to have!

  • Reply Chrissy March 2, 2018 at 6:01 am

    This look great! I love the coat with the classic black pants and red pumps. Btw, I never realized how difficult it is to find a great pair of red shoes until I started hunting for my own pair!!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:33 am

      It’s hard to find just the right shade of red that you have in mind, right?!

  • Reply Jennie March 2, 2018 at 6:47 am

    These look like a perfect pair of black pants. I just love that you added a pop of red and the gorgeous leopard jacket! Thank you very much for the shout out!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Of course! You are always shout-out worthy! 😀

  • Reply Rosemary Davi March 2, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Red pumps and that coat = Amazing!

    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply Ada March 2, 2018 at 11:06 am

    I agree, some nice black pants are a must! Yours are perfect on you and I love that you styled them with other great basic pieces like a fitted turtleneck sweater, a leopard coat and some bright-colored pumps. You look fantastic Dawn Lucy and I really love this series!

    Welcome by my blog too and join this week’s very special celebration linkup of Thursday Moda (below). Also, I am starting a monthly Sunday linkup and the first one goes live this week on March 4th! Welcome!!


    • Reply Dawn Lucy March 2, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Thanks so much, Ada! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  • Reply Monika Faulkner March 2, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Would you believe that I don’t own a single pair of black trousers, dearest Dawn?! Black jeans?? Yes!! Black skirts and leggings and tees and sweaters?? Yes, yes, yes and yes!! But I’ve yet to invest in “basic” black pants…which just goes to show you that not everyone’s go-to pieces are going to be the same!! You, on the other hand, are rockin’ these super-sleek ankle-length trousers like nobody’s business; and those lipstick-red pumps are beyond divine!! XOXO


  • Reply Ruth March 2, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    That leopard print coat is really a classic. It totally makes the outfit pop!


  • Reply CHERIE March 3, 2018 at 6:47 am

    One of my must have wardrobe essentials. I love yours, they remind me of MaryTyler Moore on the Dick Van Dyke show and Audrey Hepburn, both had adorable cropped pants like yours. Classic and fabulous look Dawn!


  • Reply Joi @INMYJOI March 3, 2018 at 8:40 am

    I’m totally smitten by the genius pop of red!

  • Reply Cheryl Shops March 4, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    I love your leopard coat, especially with those red shoes!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Reply Nailil March 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Those pants are really nice, plus love the leopard print with the pop of red on the shoes.
    Xx, Nailil

  • Reply Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies March 5, 2018 at 12:26 am

    These trousers look so flattering! They show off your fabulous figure beautifully x

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