Sorry Dresses, But I'm Team Party Pants—These 6 Outfits Prove Why

Whether wearing dresses have gotten a little repetitive for events or you simply just want to switch things up, sporting pants for your next party will be your next favorite thing. Don't get us wrong, we love a good floor-length gown or a sparkly mini, but sometimes we just want to give them a break and wear something that'll allow us to move a bit more freely than usual. 

If you thought that pants weren’t quite fancy enough to wear for those dressier events, the looks below will change your mind. Now, more than ever, pants are making the rounds as the cool-girl favorite for occasions everywhere. Below, we found the best outfits from the fashion set that may fit any fancy occasion you might have on the calendar. Let them inspire your next ensembles, and then shop the looks to make them your own.


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We love a good pantsuit for a formal occasion as much as anything. Play around with textures by opting for a velvet blazer and feather-trimmed pants.

Even during the summer, velvet will instantly dress up any look, taking it to a whole new level. Let your robe jacket be the focus of your look and wear simple black trousers.



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For an outfit that can take you from happy hour to an evening out, a pair of high-waisted trousers with a dressy blouse will be the perfect combination. Switch out your loafers for a pair of pumps to make it more formal.


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Nothing says ready to party like a statement-making set. Let the matching pieces be the hero of your ensemble and style it with minimal accessories.



An all-black outfit with a feathery top and relaxed trousers is fun outfit that'll garner many compliments. Keep it polished with black and gold accessories.


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A coordinating pantsuit will always look good, and the velvet touch will instantly dress up any look. Add sparkly heels and a fun choker for a look that everyone will always remember. 


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If the sparkly accessories aren't enough for your liking, take the glittery feel to your entire ensemble.

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Associate Fashion Editor
Yusra Siddiqui is an editor who resides in New Jersey but bounces between the suburbs and NYC. (She's a Jersey girl at heart.) After interning at Who What Wear in 2019, she found her way to the team after graduating from LIM College in 2022 with a fashion media degree. She's also spent time writing and working for publications such as Fashionista, Coveteur, and Nylon, but she always knew that Who What Wear was where she was meant to be. When she's on the job, she's perusing runway shows, analyzing the latest thing fellow Gen Zers are up to on the internet, and sharing what she can about the modest-fashion market. You can also catch her dabbling in entertainment, talking about the costume choices of the latest Netflix series or diving deeper into how the plotline affects the viewers in a myriad of ways. Lastly, she likes to create content for Who What Wear's TikTok. Her personal time is spent doing similar but also different things—deep diving into almost every new TV show (Bridgerton, Gilmore Girls, and Stranger Things are favorites), planning her next local getaway (whenever that may be), and reading the latest Emily Henry or Sally Rooney novel in one sitting.