A pair of gorgeous black trousers made my list of practical and fabulous party separatesAlice & Olivia’s Boot Cut Pants with Wide Waistband are one option, either in grey or black. Their drape is sublime, the pocket positioning flattering, and the wide waistband pretty girdling. I love that they are flared, but not overwhelming. I sized up for a fluid fit because, to my eye, the roominess is extra chic.  

I’ve had these in black for a couple of years, and they’re right up there with my favourite Theory trousers. They feel magical when I wear them because they’re luxurious and fit well. I reach for these trousers over and over again when I’m after a dressier trouser look that keeps me warm and comfortable. I’ve shown them in outfits with a tucked shirt, voluminous lace layers, and with an oversized drape front blouse. I also like them matched with a trendy cropped chunky knit pullover, or swingy pullover. They are versatile and never let me down. 

The good news for tall gals who want to wear them with heels is that the inseams are very long. The bad news is that they only go up to a size 10, which is a great pity. I wish they were also available in larger sizes.

Alice + Olivia Boot Cut Pants with Wide WaistbandAlice + Olivia Wide Waistband Pants