Power Pants: The Edit
They may not be starring in your Zoom calls, but your lower half still deserves a little love. These styles will complete your casual-cool look this season.
With Zoom still in the driver’s seat for 2021 dressing, your wardrobe vibes are evolving for function and comfort. Pairing blouses with pajama bottoms and crisp work shirts with slouchy sweats may have been where this trend began, but moving into the new year, the athleisure look is getting a fresh edge.
This season, it all starts with pants, which are having a major comeback. At a time when bottom-half dressing is for your eyes only, the most important factor with pants is that they are truly, unapologetically you. Coming in hot with big, bold moods, directional designs, functional fabrics and strong colors, this comfort-centric lineup is a must for any closet.
Big on Energy
A welcome antidote to skinny jeans, leggings and other form-fitting options, this season’s pants serve up a loose, lounge-y and laid-back look. Think blown-out silhouettes, larger proportions and fluid fabrics. On the widest side of the spectrum, these woven pants cut a billowing shape. But with their handy drawstring hems, you can tailor them to the width you want. Meanwhile, for a low-key fit and tapered cuff, these forest green woven pants are a strong choice. For more options, head to the slim fit but major energy zone via the Classics Vector Track Pants in white or blue. And if you live in pants 24/7, there’s nothing better than these comfy joggers in black with electric pink pockets—a perfect mix of functional, slouchy and sleek.
Hot For Hygge
Get your downtime duds on point in soft, cozy fabrics that are perfect for snuggling up on the sofa or easing you through a day of couch meetings. Fleece pants, cut from a cotton-blend fabric and designed with a relaxed fit, are the obvious choice during the colder months. Whether in heather grey or city-ready black, these are your new BFFs. Less about the fleece and all about the French terry cotton feels, Reebok’s Identity Pants are still firmly in the comfort-lane but with a touch of sporty-cool to them, while the sleek lines of these meteor grey pants offer the ultimate minimalist look, using dye from natural earth pigments and minerals for a truly grounded take.
Channeling the energy and high-octane mood of your fitness goals for the year, this season’s crop of leggings hit all the right spots. Think bold prints courtesy of the MYT Engineered Leggings and the Lux Bold 2 High Rise or give things an abstract whirl with the Workout Ready Printed Leggings. If blocks of color are more your thing, check out Les Mills High Rise Colorblock Lux Leggings or choose cute pops of pink against navy with the Training Essentials Vector leggings. For streamlined yet playful leggings to love, this Meet You There pair in black with contrast stitching is an optimum choice. And proving that’s there’s something here for everyone, logo lovers will find their happy place with the Training Essential Linear Logo leggings.
With so many pants choices this season, you’ll want to tailor your pieces to suit your attitude—and few capture that fashion-forward feel better than Victoria Beckham. Nailing the mood in hot scarlet, the VB Seamless Tights make a statement with their high-rise waist and logo branding on the back. For all the fierce, add a matching seamless low-impact bra.
If sleek statements are more your speed, get yourself a pair of shiny high-rise leggings in black, or double down on the metallic effects with Classics Leggings in gold or even purple for big impact.
And finally, fashion loves nothing more than monochromatic moods with an elevated edge, so if you’re headed that way, be sure to consider the Studio Mesh Leggings. Cut from a stretchy knit for freedom of movement and designed with sheer panel details for ultra-high-style vibes, this pair sets a strong tone for effortless elegance.
Complete the Look
Your feet may never star on Zoom calls either, but that’s no reason to sacrifice style (or comfort) when it comes to how you dress them. For a hot out-of-the-box statement, consider these limited-edition Kung Fu Panda Zig Kinetica sneakers that pair bright graphics with responsive cushioning, while their subtler cousin partners a white upper with a multicolored sole. For retro style, try the Flashfilm Trainette or the Classic Leather Legacy Pure crafted of recycled materials in nostalgic shapes and hues. And if downtown-chic is your style statement of the moment, look to the VB Dual Court II shoes to carry the easy feel of casual sophistication.
Now more than ever, what you wear is a statement about who you are. Whether that’s utility pants and slides, or high-waisted joggers and stealthy black sneakers, go ahead: Say it loud.