Black Pants

Wednesday, 21 May 2008 | Tags:

Versatile pieces are the key to making the most out of your wardrobe. Black pants are one wardrobe stable you can wear from the office to a night on the town. We try out a variety of black pants to see if one suits us better than the rest.

The Basics

  • When it comes to black pants, you have a diverse range of fabrics, styles, brands, and price points to choose from.

  • Tips for finding the right style for your body:

    • Fuller figured women should look for a wider leg pant. Fit it to the widest part of your leg, and then look for a seam that falls from that point straight to the floor for the most slimming effect. Don’t go wider or flowy, however, or it will have the opposite effect.

    • If you have long legs, you can wear a cuff. If you have short legs, avoid cuffs because they will make your legs look even shorter.

    • If you want to camouflage your hips, a high waistband helps to give you a long, smooth line.

  • When it comes to fabric, you can find black pants in just about anything.

    • Cotton tends to be more casual, depending on the style, and the colour tends to fade quickly, and be prone to wrinkles.

    • Cotton-poly blends will hold the colour longer.

    • Polyester and rayon are synthetics that will hold their shape and colour well, and also resist wrinkling. However, they don’t breathe very well so are not good for hot summer days.

    • Wool tends to be used for dressier pant styles and is a breathable natural fibre that is somewhat wrinkle-resistant. Depending on how the fabric was finished however, you may want to look for a pair that is lined to avoid any wool-induced itch.

Other Considerations

  • To keep your black pants at their blackest, wash them as infrequently as possible, always in cold water, and turn them inside out. And unless the tag says dry clean only, don’t do it. Dry cleaning is harsh on fabrics, especially black.


We tested these six pairs of black pants, from bargain to a high-end designer brand for fit, stretch, wrinkle-proneness, breathability, and overall comfort:

  • Wal-Mart (57% polyester, 40% wool, 3% Lycra): $25
  • Teenflo (96% wool, 4% Spandex): $240
  • GAP (92% cotton, 8% Lycra): $78
  • Olsen (97% cotton, 3% Elasten): $169
  • Jessica (Sears) (92% polyester, 8% Spandex): $50
  • Cambio (90% polyester, 10% Elasten): $230

Lint Test

Since black garments show every little piece of lint, fluff and hair, we had some furry feline friends help us test each pair:

  • The synthetics (Wal-Mart, Jessica, Cambio) were the most forgiving with the cat fur and wiped off really easily.

  • The cotton and wool blends (Teenflo, GAP, Olsen) were really difficult to de-hair.

Comfort and Style Test

  • Anna’s favourite were the Cambio. Because they’re synthetic, they didn’t wrinkle, bag or fade. An all-round winner.

  • Kristina opted for the Teenflo pant. She liked the drape of the wool. Teenflo was Anna’s second choice.

  • As for the inexpensive brands, they were all well-designed and had flattering cuts, so it came down more to the quality of the fabric.


The Cambio and Teenflo pants made our must-have list. We feel that investing in better quality fabric is well worth it for this wardrobe staple.



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