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High-Waisted Trousers Are The Fall Wardrobe Staple That Work With Everything

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If you’re still accustomed to summer's breezy skirts and dresses, tailored pants might still feel a little too buttoned up. Sharp suiting however, is one of the biggest trends to try for fall — and polished trousers anchor the movement, from wide-leg shapes to paperbag waists and cropped silhouettes. High-waisted trousers are an essential part of the tailored movement: They pair well with myriad pieces in your closet from so-soft knits to coordinating blazers and an array of shirts and blouses — even crop tops.

Beyond your basic work slacks, fall’s tailored trouser trend is surprisingly nonchalant, (ideal for those who might consider this pant style too stuffy), per the runways of Givenchy, Acne Studios, and Rejina Pyo. The latest styles come in a range of color and and prints, along with utilitarian shades of white and khaki. Wider cuts are meant to be more fitted up top and break at the ankle, ideal for styling with everything from sneakers to cowboy boots. These fresh takes on trousers aren't so laid-back as to render them inappropriate for work, but relaxed enough to make them feel just as cool for a day spent outside the office as one at your desk.

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As for styling, “I love the idea of playing up a tailored pant with interesting details like a bold side stripe, open slits, and my favorite, an unexpected twist such as a pant-skirt combo like our Drama Skirt Trouser,” says Jodi Arnold, creative director at the plus-size brand, Eloquii. Her suggestion: “I don’t think there’s anything more fun than mixing unexpected prints, particularly with a tailored pant.”

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Whether you go for a suited head-to-toe look or dial it down with a T-shirt and denim jacket, tailored trousers are adaptable between styles and moods.

“I love that you can style this staple to make it work for different occasions,” says Susan Marasco, fashion director at Bloomingdale’s. “For a chic work look, I’d pair trousers back to a classic blazer styled closed with a fitted belt over it,” she says. Cinching a blazer at the waist creates a more streamlined shape for those not into the boxy, oversize ‘90s styles that are back in the spotlight.

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“For a more casual look, you can wear a wide-leg trouser with a shrunken crewneck sweater and sneakers,” Marasco adds. If something a little spiffier feels right, Marasco suggests trousers with a silk camisole, heels, and a clutch to elevate the effect for an evening out with. Pro tip: don’t forget the jewels. Chain-link pieces are a prime pick this season.

Whether you’re for a wide-leg silhouette at work or a high-waist shape to wear with a crop top for date night, ahead, shop 18 pairs of tailored trousers at every price point.

Flowy Palazzo Trousers

Mango

Dusty rose feels fresh in a tonal palette.

Tartan Stella Wide Leg Paperbag Pants With Removeable Belt

Tibi

Not your average plaid, this mixed-print pair is the definition of cool.

Arlene Pant

Mara Hoffman

This houndstooth print in so-now yellow comes with a '70s lean that's right on for fall.

Kady Windowpane Pant

Eloquii

A punchy windowpane check is the easiest way to enliven a Monday through Friday wardrobe.

Checked Wool And Silk-Blend Flared Pants

Acne Studios

For a streetwear look, go for a colored check and chunky sneakers.

Wide-leg Pants

H&M

Classic black trousers read modern with a simple T-shirt and heels.

Riska Checked Virgin-Wool Trousers

Joseph

Try a tapered leg with a cozy knit and colorful heels.

Slim Fit Darted Crepe Trousers

Massimo Dutti

Avoid a saccharine effect with powder pink by going for a super-high paperbag waist. Bonus points for a coordinating top.

Torominala Glen Plaid Ankle Pants

BOSS

This pair has a sporty stripe down the side which loosens up the effect of a classic plaid suit.

Mira Pants

I.AM.GIA

When the mood is sporty, go wide.

High Waisted Plaid Pleated Ankle Pant

Express

Here's proof that a bold color and print can read ultra polished.

Lightweight Neoprene Drawstring Pant

Sally LaPointe

Tuck a fitted top into this paperbag waist to highlight your shape or half-tuck a knit for a cozier look.

Private Pants

Nanushka

Feminine ties give this menswear-inspired trouser a ladylike effect.

Pleated Wide-Leg Crepe Trousers

SEA

A deep forrest green is a cool alternative to basic black.

Martine Straight Cropped Pants

Tory Burch

Give the cowboy boot trend a try by styling a taller pair underneath this cropped silhoeutte.

Wilfred Kari Pant

Aritzia

This ochre-colored trouser is more versatile than you think — try it with warm earthy tones like brown and rust or go bold and experiment with a soft shade of lavender.

Striped Prince of Wales Checked Wool Straight-Leg Pants

CALVIN KLEIN 205W39NYC

Channel your inner street style star and wear this slouchy pair with western boots.

Plus Size Plaid Split Back Relaxed Ankle Trouser

Who What Wear

A traditional check, keep this pant fashion-forward and style with bright colors like orange, lime green, or bright purple.