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Black work pants are a wardrobe staple, but in the gray days of winter, adding some color to your wardrobe can make mornings when you’re headed to the office a little bit brighter. (We’ll keep telling ourselves that.) Our new favorite way to add color comes courtesy of the A list, where work pants in unexpected shades are cropping up daily.
Sure, wearing bold pants can be a little intimidating at first, but if J.Lo and Kate Middleton can wear the same trend, we’re pretty sure you’ve got this.
Kate MiddletonHello, new winter uniform. Do as Kate Middleton does and pair cropped, jewel-toned work pants with a patterned blazer and your favorite basic tee.
Taraji P. HensonFor an outfit that’s polished as it is comfortable, try satin pajama-style pants with a streamlined statement top. (Those sleeves!)
Kate MiddletonOlive is an obvious match for neutral colors: black, white, khaki, etc. Less-expected? The deep bordeaux Kate Middleton paired with her olive pants here. The outfit is striking—and totally modern. Bonus points if you (or your royal wardrobe stylist) coordinate your bag and shoes with your top.
Jennifer LopezOne of the easiest ways to look pulled together also happens to be very on trend this season: Choose a top and bottom in the same color. Keep things visually interesting with same-color fabrics in different textures. You don’t have to go quite as bright as J.Lo. Try deep plums and evergreens for a more subtle take.
Gigi HadidWe mentioned monochrome is huge right now, right? Here, Gigi Hadid, in work pants and a sheer knit turtleneck, is the patron saint of desk-to-drinks looks. (Top it with a blazer from 9-to-5 if your office is more conservative.)
Gigi HadidOr, take a page from menswear and pair your work pants with a matching blazer—a neutral blouse will break up the color. (I practically slept in this rust-colored linen suit this summer.) On a dressed-down day, wear your wide-legged work pants with a cropped tee and chunky sneakers.