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The Suit Pants I Can’t Stop Wearing—Even on the Weekend

Where have these pants been all my life?

By Emma Steinbergs

Head on over to Instagram, and you’ll have a hard time avoiding images of twenty-something influencers in “dad” jeans and “work” pants. Put simply, these styles are trendy right now. But while super-slouchy denim will likely cycle out in the next year or so, I think it’s safe to say that tailored trousers aren’t going anywhere any time soon. Just look at history: Women started sporting them in the early 20th century, and we haven’t stopped since. In other words, it’s worth investing in high-quality, well-fitting trousers.

Looking for a fresh pair? Let me tell you about my latest obsession: the Horton pants. Featuring a high rise and elegant flare, these pants give you legs for days and are insanely chic with anything from a T-shirt and sneakers to a matching jacket and stilettos. At 5’6”, I had mine hemmed a couple of inches, and it was easily the best $30 I’ve ever spent on tailoring. We designed the Hortons with extra hem allowance, so they’re especially tall-friendly, but even if you’re petite and need them significantly hemmed, the gorgeous flare will remain intact. Already own these stunning slacks? Consider stocking up on another color, and ask yourself: Are they living up to their full potential?

I hate to break it to you, but if you’re only wearing them to the office, the answer is no. That’s why I spent part of my winter break documenting the various ways I’ve been wearing my Hortons—so you can start wearing them for work, the weekend, and everything in between. Here are some of my favorite ways to style the Horton pants.

For Running Errands on the Weekend

After two years of spending a lot of time indoors and in loungewear, I made a conscious effort to wear more tailored pieces in 2022—and I won’t be stopping any time soon. We talk a lot about how the line between on-duty and off-duty clothing has blurred, allowing us to style T-shirts and sneakers for the office, but don’t forget that this Power Casual philosophy goes the other way, too. Personally, I’ve come to love wearing my extra-elevated pieces on the weekend. There’s just something about slipping on a pair of sleek trousers that makes me feel less groggy and more ready to hit the farmer’s market. This past weekend, I was feeling especially drowsy but was also eager to take advantage of the unseasonably warm New York weather, so I did just that. I put on my trusty Horton pants and instantly felt more motivated to seize the day. To make sure I still felt somewhat laid back, I paired them with a soft white T-shirt, my beloved Mila button-down, and comfortable sneakers. While I didn’t need a coat this time around, this layered look would be even more chic with outerwear thrown into the mix.

For a Busy Day at the Office

Since our office dress code isn’t business formal, I tend to feel a bit overdressed in a full matching suit—but I’m all about suiting separates. Much like the Horton pants, the O’Hara blazer is a tailored classic that also has a subtle cool-factor. Together, they make quite the handsome pair. Whenever I have a busy day at the office, I find myself reaching for the Hortons and one of my three O’Haras, since they look sophisticated but feel relaxed and comfortable. I have a minimalist-leaning sense of style, so when I wear a pattern, I prefer to stick with coordinating colors for the remainder of my outfit. In this case, I wore my camel and black O’Hara, so I paired it with my camel Horton pants, a black Choe top, and black accessories. This look gets bonus points for coincidentally matching the brownstones that line my walk to the subway.

For a Dinner Date (and Vespa Ride)

As you can probably tell by now, I wear most pieces in my wardrobe in every facet of my life. I don’t reserve work pants for work, nor do I own specific “going out” tops. Instead, my style M.O. is mixing and matching solid-colored knits, well-fitting pants, structured jackets, and fun accessories in various ways, depending on the situation. For instance, for dinner with my boyfriend last weekend, I wore my Horton pants with a fitted turtleneck. To zhuzh up these neutral go-to’s, all I had to do was add some gold hoops, as well as a pop of color via vibrant flats and matching red lipstick. I’d like to think a chic Italian woman would approve of this outfit—with or without the Vespa. (My Vespa’s name is Luigi, in case you’re wondering.)

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Emma Steinbergs

Emma is M.M.LaFleur's Brand Manager. She previously worked as an M.M. stylist and still loves thinking through styling challenges and solutions for customers.

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