Fashion The Pants Option By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on August 19, 2011 @ 10:32AM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Time Inc Digital Studio The Pants Option 01 of 09 WHY WE LOVE IT Imaxtree Having seen the benefit of offering skirts at every length, designers now release all women from taking the same pant shape in stride. Choices abound: superwide flared legs, cropped with a mini bell, double-inverted pleats, and high waists with side closings. There are pants in optic textures, dense tweeds, and two-toned fabrics. It is sportswear at its best-with versatility for day and pragmatic elegance for night. HOW TO WEAR ITSince they're not all cut the same, why wear them the same way? Flared and mannish legs need heels (save the brogues for good-girl dresses). Cropped pants crave the grounding of a solid stacked heel. If the rise is high and wide, come in tight on the waist. Pants pop out under everything (even dresses), but if you choose a pair with a distinctive cut-or in an unusual color or fabric-make it the outfit's star. Heading to work? Try giving your Gucci jeans the week off. Photos: (left to right) Chanel, Emilio Pucci, Gucci, Giorgio Armani 02 of 09 Anya Hindmarch Heels Time Inc Digital Studio Satin sandals with metallic fringe, Anya Hindmarch, $695; anyahindmarch.com. Find the hottest pieces and unlock exclusive styling tips with Shopkick! 03 of 09 Bebe Black Pants Time Inc Digital Studio Tweed, Bebe Black, $149; bebe.com. 04 of 09 Alexandre Birman Pumps Time Inc Digital Studio Suede pumps with metal, Alexandre Birman, $695; alexandrebirman.com for stores. Find the hottest pieces and unlock exclusive styling tips with Shopkick! 05 of 09 3.1 Phillip Lim Pants Time Inc Digital Studio Viscose-wool, 3.1 Phillip Lim, $425; 212-334-1160. 06 of 09 Raoul Laceup Heels Time Inc Digital Studio Leather and suede laceups, Raoul, $435; raoul.com. Find the hottest pieces and unlock exclusive styling tips with Shopkick! 07 of 09 H&M Pants Time Inc Digital Studio Polyester, H&M, $60; hm.com for stores. 08 of 09 Jessica Simpson Heels Time Inc Digital Studio Leather heels, Jessica Simpson Collection, $110; jessicasimpsoncollection.com. 09 of 09 Anne Klein New York Pants Time Inc Digital Studio Wool-viscose, Anne Klein New York, $235; anneklein.com.