If You're Not a Party-Dress Girl, These Fancy Pants Are Editor-Approved

Up until about four years ago, I never wore trousers, but looking back, I honestly don't know how I lived without them. While I still wear dresses or skirts the majority of the time, nothing makes me feel chicer than slipping into a pair of tailored trews.

My affinity for them started when I was hellbent on wearing a suit to a friend's wedding. It was the summer I had several weddings to attend (they all come at once, don't they?), and the frock fatigue was real. Granted, it took me longer to find a two-piece that worked for my curvy, 5'4" frame than it would have took me to find a cute dress, but in the end, it was worth it. I was the only woman who wore trousers for the big day, and although it was a couple years back, people still comment on how much they loved my outfit.

Perhaps the compliments went to my head, but over the festive period, I fully intend on embracing fancy pants in lieu of dresses once again. With another wedding, nights out, a baby shower and New Year's Eve party all on the agenda over the next few weeks, I'll certainly be glad of the change-up, and I think you will be, too. From satin and sequins to velvet and jacquard pants, I guarantee you'll find a trouser style to suit you. Keep scrolling to see how fashion girls wear theirs and then shop my edit of the best party trousers around.

Clash your trousers with contrasting coloured shoes for maximum impact. 

A tuxedo jacket is a perfect accompaniment to standout trousers. 

Give fancy trousers a casual spin with a white tee and plain courts or loafers. 

Prints prove to be just as fancy as sequins or velvet. 

If in doubt, sequins will always serve you well. 

VELVET

With the power to make any garment look luxe, velvet is the ultimate after-dark fabric. When it comes to trousers, keep them wide-leg, high-waisted and to the floor. Style with a T-shirt or fancy blouse up top.

JACQUARD

If you can't get enough of prints, then jacquard finishes are for you. Try pairing Giambattista Valli's floral trousers with a camel jumper for a classic twist, or, for full-on impact, wear H&M's black-and-gold trousers with the matching blazer.

FEATHER

Miuccia Prada kick-started our obsession with feather trims way back in the summer of 2017, but the trend is still going strong this party season. Topshop's polka-dot strides are high on our wish list, but if you live in jeans, it doesn't get better than this Prada pair.

SEQUINS

If there's a time to wear sequins, it's now, so don't let the opportunity pass you buy. Milly's black trousers will go with just about everything you own whilst Marques'Almeda's striped style will help elongate petite frames thanks to the vertical stripes.

LUREX

Lurex always makes a quite comeback come party season. We're big fans, too—mainly because the knitted fabric means it's super comfy to wear. Try pairing them with a cream blouse and Mary Jane heels.

SATIN

If 2018 could be summed up in a fabric, it'd have to be satin. Having taken over blouses, dresses and skirts, it's no surprise the trend has transitioned to trousers. Printed or ruffled, anything goes, though cropped lengths appear to be the order of the day.