People are always shocked when I tell them we have a color-based dress code at Sephora. The rules dictate that we dress “in concept,” even at the corporate offices, which in Sephora-speak means we are to wear black, gray, red, and/or white Mondays through Thursdays in the office. The limitation is actually a real test of my fashion creativity. It forces me to play with textures and details. It also means I have about a half-dozen pairs of black slacks of varying lengths and fabrications in rotation in my closet.
I’ve been on a mad mission the past couple weeks to find a new pair of black summer slacks. The two criteria: dressy enough to wear to the office and comfy enough for the weekends. For the warmer months, I’ve updated my wardrobe with this nautical-inspired, super-soft twill pair by one of my favorite sustainable fashion brands, Daughters of the Liberation.
Its tapered leg is perfectly cute worn as a full-length skinny, and the ankle-diameter is ideal for cuffing for that casual summery look. Get this pair at Anthropologie for $88.
For a great lower-cost, more minimalist alternative, there’s also Gap’s “Black Magic” skinny crop pant ($49.50) in cotton spandex. Though the fit is body conscious, the bit of stretch is flattering and the fabric is hefty enough to camouflage any—in the memorable words of Bridget Jones—“wobbly bits.”