Does a pair of suit pants have the power to change your life? No, but they will certainly change your wardrobe. How, you might ask? By the mere principle that certain closet staples just never go out of style. What may be the most underrated item in your closet, a solid trouser is equal parts classic and contemporary. Not only are they underrated, but they’re also surprisingly versatile.
The style first took off in the 1960s with Yves Saint Laurent’s ‘Le Smoking,’ and fashion hasn’t looked back since. Mimic the iconic look with a standard white oxford, or refresh it with a graphic tee—really, it’s hard to go wrong here. The reason suit pants are such a hero is their fit: wide legs and a cinch-able waist provide endless options for top-to-bottom combinations.
I tend to go for brands that are notorious for their sleek separates—The Row, Celine, MaxMara—investing in pieces whose lifespan exceeds the number on the price tag. But, there are a ton of contemporary labels mastering the art of suiting at a more affordable cost. From Acne Studios and Vince to Topshop and & Other Stories, here are our favorite picks of the season.