Ann Taylor pants

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The perfect pair of black or khaki pants is an office essential. But the two colors can be even better together: These pants feature slimming, tuxedo-like side stripes and fun, contrasting waistbands. Pairing them with a crisp white button-down is a chic no-brainer; try a jewel-toned top for an unexpected twist.

Ann Taylor


Dark side stripes visually slim the hips and legs.

$88; AnnTaylor.com
Cynthia Steffe pants

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Cynthia Steffe
Tux redux: Black pants get a formal-wear-inspired hit of khaki.

$195; 212-556-3002
Club Monaco pants

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Club Monaco
With this dark waistband, there's no need for a belt.

$150; ClubMonaco.com

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