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Women's Pants Buying Guide

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Women's clothing options have changed over the years. Today's women's fashions include pant styles for almost every occasion, from a morning jog to the evening cocktail hour. With all the choices available, more and more women prefer the comfort and tailored sophistication of pants. Overstock.com offers a selection of women's pants to match any occasion; this women's pants buying guide includes some basic information to help you wade through the options.

Women's Pant Styles:

  1. Dress pants. Basic women's dress pants, also called career pants, are an essential part of any woman's clothing. Black trousers look great paired with a fitted shirt or a nice cashmere sweater. Don't limit yourself to black, though; women's dress pants in pinstripe, greys, and light colors expand your style options. Skinny women's dress pants create a slender silhouette and designer pants from the top names in the industry keep you on the cutting edge of sophisticated fashion.

  2. Casual pants. Be sure to stock your closet with plenty of casual pants, too. Khaki pants are a great choice for weekend casual wear. Other options include flirty capri pants, cargo pants, cropped pants, and lounge pants. Casual pants are meant to be comfortable. Casual women's slacks have no need for elaborate tailoring, thus, many casual pants offer no-fuss pull-on styling with elastic, or feature drawstring waistbands.

  3. Jeans. You can't beat the classic 5-pocket jean for all-American appeal, and Overstock.com offers brand name women's jeans at a great discount. Jeans are comfortable and fashionable, and the right pair makes you look great. Blue jeans were once the official uniform of weekend fun and lounging. Today, women's jeans are a fashion staple. Popular contemporary styles include boot-cut jeans, women's straight leg jeans, and women's low-rise jeans. Today's fashion has redefined the slim-fit jean with skinny jeans. The wide-leg, high-waisted jean is also making itself more visible in the fashion market. When choosing a pair of jeans, also note that blue isn't the only option for denim these days; black, grey, and colored denim is right on trend.

Women's Pant Fabrics:

  1. Cotton. A natural fiber that is most often used in making shirts, it is also popular for casual pants. Popular cotton fabrics for pants include twill and denim.

  2. Knit. A fabric made from only one set of yarns that all run the same direction, knit fabrics have a slightly bumpy texture. Knits are a good choice for casual clothing and career pants.

  3. Linen. A natural fiber produced from the stem of the flax plant. Stronger, stiffer and more lustrous than cotton, it is resistant to deterioration. Linen cloth wrinkles easily, requiring more maintenance than cotton. Linen is the classic fabric of dressy summer pants.

  4. Microfibers. A new class of synthetics spun thinner than silk, they approach the look and feel of natural fibers at much lower cost.

  5. Nylon, acrylic, polyester, rayon. These are ynthetic fibers, which are easier to clean, but lack durability or appearance of wool or cotton. They are often blended with natural fibers to take advantage of the best qualities in each. Synthetic fibers are often found in dress pants.

  6. Silk. The finest natural fabric (spun on the looms of the gods, according to legend), nothing comes close in luster, warmth, strength or durability. Silk is also more expensive and more difficult to maintain than other materials. Silk makes the most luxurious women's pants.

  7. Spandex. A name for elastic textile fabrics made of polyurethane. Spandex is often used in fabric blends to provide a stretchy, forgiving fit such as in stretch jeans or yoga pants. "Lycra" is a copyrighted trade name for spandex manufactured by a specific company.

  8. Wool. The hair of certain animals; it varies in grade. Some wools are of such quality they are never just called wool, including alpaca from the South American alpaca, angora from the Angora rabbit, camel hair from the Bactrian (two-hump) camel, cashmere from the Kashmir sheep and mohair from the Angora goat. Wool is the generally considered the best fabric for cool-weather dresses, suits and slacks.

Tips from Overstock.com:

  1. Expand your clothing options with a variety of pants. No wardrobe is complete without a great pair of women's jeans. But why limit yourself to one favorite pair? At Overstock.com's prices, you can afford to fill your closet with premium denim jeans, including skinny jeans, low-rise jeans and straight-leg jeans.

  2. Consider buying new women's shoes, including heels and flats to go with your pants. The perfect shoe makes any outfit look better.

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