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5 Black Pants Like Victoria Beckham’s That Are Perfect For Formal-Leaning Events

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On Tues. evening, celebs and royalty alike flocked to the National Portrait Gallery in London to attend the museum's annual gala. Everyone from Kate Middleton to Alexa Chung glided around the gallery floors in gowns that seriously wowed. But although most guests showed up wearing luxe dresses, there was one attendee who took a different, albeit equally chic, route. That's right, Victoria Beckham's black pants proved to be the perfect alternative to floor-grazing frocks — and it's a piece you'll want to work into your own cocktail attire, too.

On March 12, Beckham was photographed arriving at the National Portrait Gallery Gala alongside her husband, David. Both looked incredibly elegant in subtly coordinating looks. The retired soccer player showed up in a classic black tuxedo (complete with sleek satin lapels) and a bow tie.

Beckham, who has made exquisitely tailored pants a signature in her style, attended the formal event in black trousers that were equal parts chic and practical, deeming them a great alternative to dresses. The designer's wool-crepe pants were plucked straight from her Fall/Winter 2019 collection and feature a high-waisted silhouette, sharply pressed creases, and tapered hems perfect for showing off an eye-catching pair of pumps.

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Beckham teamed her pleated trousers with a billowy blouse, also from her eponymous label, and quite possibly the boldest shoes she's ever worn: highlighter pink satin heels designed with a soft almond-toe front.

The fashion powerhouse pulled her hair back into a loose, low ponytail, rocked her signature smoky eye and nude, glossy pout, and accessorized with a black satin clutch and glitzy, emerald-green earrings for an ensemble that was simply stunning.

Though traditional cocktail party dress codes typically call for midi or maxi-length frocks, the designer's gala getup proves the right pair of pants can look just as chic. Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the best black pants to wear to your next formal-leaning event à la Beckham.

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Satin Flared Pants

$695

Galvan

Satin pants will always look elegant, and the good thing about this pair is that they can easily be dressed down, too. Pick a flowy satin blouse à la Beckham for a formal-leaning event, or a band tee and sneakers for a casual day out.

Lingerie Sateen Track Pant

$695

Jonathan Simkhai

Nothing beats a pair of pants that are super comfy and elegant, too. That's why these Jonathan Simkhai bottoms are so covetable. The elastic waistband promises all-day comfort, while the satin fabric looks so luxe.

Slit Front Flared Trousers

$282

Taylor

Beckham has been playing favorites with slit-front trousers, too — another design element that's ideal for showing off a great pair of shoes. Wear these Taylor trousers with a white button-down and bright-pink pumps.

Slim Fit Satin Pants

$129

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These classic satin trousers are given a serious upgrade with a zippered hem that can be worn open as a slit or closed. Plus, ringing in at $129, they're far less expensive than a formal gown.

Satin-Trimmed Cady Slim-Leg Pants

$1,170

David Koma

These are the pants you can (and should) wear day and night. The split cuff adds an unexpected flair to a traditional pair of trousers, as does the thick satin waistband.