One of the surest ways to start the day off in a good mood—other than a strong cup of coffee, obviously—is picking an outfit that can stand up to your commute. If you've ever teetered your way down subway stairs in a pair of too-high heels or struggled to power walk in a pencil skirt, you know what I mean. Fortunately, there's a solution: gaucho pants. Styling the cropped, wide-leg pants with sneakers makes them thoroughly subway-friendly, while swapping those out for some high heels makes them suitable for the office.
Either way, they look polished and not overdone—and better yet, they're super comfy. Gauchos also happen to be an excellent all-weather style, despite what you might think considering the length. Wear them with ankle-hugging booties (which happen to be trending this fall) to show off your footwear during the colder months. Read on to see four tips for styling the trend, and shop 13 pairs to wear for your commute and beyond.
Tip #1: Play With Juxtaposition
A blazer and button-down don't have to look corporate—just add sneakers and loose-fitting, low-waist pants.
Tip #2: Make It Monochrome
This all-white outfit looks cool, not clinical, with the addition of some cherry-red pumps.
Tip # 3: Streamline Your Silhouette
This billowing wide-leg style is balanced out by ladylike slingbacks and a fitted tee.
Tip #4: Coordination Is Key
A pajama-style set looks put-together with a structured handbag and walkable mules.
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