One of the ultimate basics is any wardrobe is pair of black trousers.  And there is no easier way to update your look than by changing the silhouette of your black trousers. Instead of a wider leg or bootcut that can sometimes feel dated,  a slim ankle pant has a modern yet timeless Audrey Hepburn feel. This season the Vince Camuto side-zip black ankle pant is fitting the bill.

Vince Camuto side zip ankle pant at Nordstrom.


First:  The rise! it comes to right under your belly button. No muffin! Yeah!

Second:  The fabric! With some spandex mixed in the pant skims curves. If you are curvier below the waist (one of the most common body types — pear), these pants do a great job of and minimizing and balancing proportion. By the same token, since there is a side zip, you don’t get any pockets jutting out.

Third:  The price! At $79 you get quality but aren’t paying out the nose.

Last: The options! Pumps, blouse and blazer you are ready for work. Boatneck tee and flats — weekend day. Drapey silk top, and sparkly sandal heels — weekend evening out.

p.s. I recently did a guest post for the lovely, stylish Wardrobe Oxygen where I list my favorite budget-friendly Spring essentials. All the pieces in the post are on-trend: a pair of slip-on sneakers, floral pumps, slouchy, athletic-inspired  pastel trousers. Check it out!