Yes, You Should Wear Party Pants

Whether you’re tired of wearing dresses to all the weddings you have this season or just want to switch it up, sporting formal outfits with pants will be your next favorite thing. Don’t get us wrong—we love a good gown when it comes to black-tie occasions, but sometimes we just want to give them a break and wear something that’ll allow us to move a bit more freely.

If you thought that pants weren’t quite enough to wear for those dressier events, we might just change your mind. Seen on the red carpet as well as weddings, pants are making the rounds as the cool-girl favorite for formal occasions everywhere.

Ready to skip the dress and opt for a two-legged option? We found the coolest outfits from our favorite fashion girls fit for 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.

We love a good pantsuit for a formal occasion as much as anything. Try out this powder blue take on the classic look for summer.

Powder blue has never looked so good.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

You’ll look so chic in these pants.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

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Collage Vintage

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.

Switch it up and go for this robe jacket instead of your typical blazer.

Available in sizes IT 36 to IT 46.

Wear these with any cool top you own.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

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Collage Vintage

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

It’s official: Tiger print is back in.

Available in sizes 1 to 4.

These are so flattering.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

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Sandra Semburg

Nothing says ready to party like a pair of striped statement pants. Let your pants be the hero of your ensemble and style it with a crisp white button-down shirt.

We’ll always say yes to interesting sleeves.

Available in sizes 14 to 20.

We see these at a summer garden party.

Available in sizes 0 to 14.

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Sandra Semburg

A monochromatic outfit featuring a sleek keyhole blouse paired with fitted trousers and a cool blazer is a genius outfit that will always look good. Keep it polished with gold accessories.

This blouse is so flattering.

Available in sizes FR 36 to FR 42.

We love the price of these too.

Available in sizes XS to XXL.

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Collage Vintage

There’s nothing a classic black pantsuit can’t do. Wear a structured blazer with fitted pants for a look that’ll always be one to remember.

Definitely worth the investment.

Available in sizes 16 to 22.

Wear these with anything.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

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Collage Vintage

As summer comes in, you’ll want formal outfits that don’t feel too stuffy. A pair of billowy wide-leg pants styled with a bright white blouse for summer will do just the trick.

These sleeve details are everything.

Available in sizes 0 to 10.

You’ll get so much wear out of these.

Available in sizes 2 to 26.

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Collage Vintage

Get a little creative with how you style your suit pieces. Try wearing a blazer backward for an open-back look.

Truly classic.

Available in sizes 00 to 8.

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Collage Vintage

Who said your pants have to be full length? Culottes can be just as dressy, especially when worn with a cool Victorian-inspired blouse.

Add a pair of heels and you have a cool look for the night.

Available in sizes XS to L.

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Collage Vintage

Green trousers will always be an unexpected but welcome piece in a formal outfit. Wear a polished black blouse to keep the look on the formal side.

Not your standard black blouse.

Available in sizes S to L.

Green is such an unexpected color for dress pants.

Available in sizes IT 38 to IT 44.

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Style du Monde

Of course, you can still wear a dress while wearing pants. Layer your favorite slip dress over a pair of trousers for a cool girl–approved look that’s both formal yet relaxed.

This will definitely get you some major compliments.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Wear these to a formal event or to the office.

Available in sizes 10 to 22.

See? You don’t have to wear a dress for every formal occasion you attend this year.