The Quest for the Perfect Black Summer Trousers

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.

Daughters of the Liberation Coxswain Crop Pants, $88, at Anthropologie. Photo courtesy of

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.

Daughters of the Liberation Coxwain Crop pants, back view. Photo courtesy of

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.

Gap's slim crop pant, $49.50, courtesy of Gap.

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.”

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