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14 Pairs of Party Pants for the Anti-Dress Crowd

Glitter and velvet still included.

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Model in black and white polka dot pants Photo: Bona Drag

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In the midst of all the sequined bodycons and velvet slip dresses floating around this season, don’t forget that party pants do exist — and they’re perfect for the person who wants to look festive at holiday parties but isn’t that into wearing dresses. (Or for the smart folks who have realized it’s so much easier to dance in a pair of pants).

Going the pant route also means not having to deal with tights (!), and they come with a higher probability of being worn again compared to any dress you might buy specifically for a special occasion.

Tempting, right? Check out the 14 pairs below — with plenty of fringe and velvet and high shine to go around — starting at just $35.


H&M Flared Pant
H&M Flared Pant, $40 (sizes 2 through 16)
Madewell Pajama Trouser
Madewell Pajama Trouser, $98 (sizes XXS through XL)
Sian Harrison Polka Dot Trouser
Sian Harrison Polka Dot Trouser, $200 (sizes S through L)
Mango Flared Velvet Trouser
Mango Flared Velvet Trouser, $80 (sizes 2 through 10)
Violeta Plus Faux Leather Pant
Violeta Plus Faux Leather Pant, $80 (sizes XS through XL)
Miaou Tommy Pinstripe Pant
Miaou Tommy Pinstripe Pant, $325 (sizes 23 through 32)
8 Paneled Velvet Wide Leg Pant
8 Paneled Velvet Wide Leg Pant, $85 (sizes S through M)
Creatures of Comfort Cacao Trouser,
Creatures of Comfort Trouser, $212.50 (sizes S through L)
Rodebjer Nola Chiffon Pant
Rodebjer Nola Chiffon Pant, $189 (sizes XS through L)
H&M Plus Glittery Culottes
H&M Plus Glittery Culottes, $35 (sizes L through 3XL)
Babaton Modesto Pant
Babaton Modesto Pant, $135 (sizes 0 through 10)
Gap Satin Crop Chinos (Sizes 0 through 20)
Gap Satin Crop Chinos, $64 (sizes 0 through 20)
Staud Sylvie Pant
Staud Sylvie Pant, $198 (sizes 0 through 10)
Topshop Velvet Ruffle Pant
Topshop Velvet Ruffle Pant, $68 (sizes 0 through 12)

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