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THE SOFTER PANT
Trousers get accommodating, thanks to a slightly slouchier silhouette.

At last—bottoms that give the hips and thighs a break. They exude the edgy style Shopbop.com has been known for since its debut in 2000, yet they're fantastic for all ages—from the subtly looser pair on Martha Michelson, cofounder of Shopbop.com, top left (overseeing orders at the loading dock), to jersey harem pants, center, and silk crops with ribbed cotton trim, right (all, Elizabeth & James, from $265). Add a heel and jacket, and they get professional; switch to boots and a funky vest for time off. One caveat: Don't go oversized all over. "Wear these pants with a more structured piece or you'll look like a droop," Michelson says.

Jacket (on Michelson), Rag & Bone, $1,495. Tank, Vince, $85. Center: Blazer, Vince, $395. Shirt, Elizabeth and James, $245. Right: Vest, Rag & Bone, $300. Tank, Enza Costa (available in March). Ankle boots, Modern Vintage, $147. All, Shopbop.com

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