Pants

The best pants for the every-mom.

As mom, you truly do it all. On an average day, you’re bandaging scraped knees, preparing healthy meals, helping with homework, cleaning the house and making time for your significant other. All of this hard work requires some durable pants, but that doesn’t have to mean ugly women's jeans that hide your best assets. There are plenty of styles you’ll find comfortable, flattering and tough enough to last.

Relaxing on the weekend

In between the chores and errands, you’ll get the occasional moment to relax, so make sure you have some elastic waist sweatpants on hand. Choose a pair with a stylish slim fit and they’ll look just as cute as your favorite jeans (and nothing like the ratty sweats your son wears on the weekend). They look cute with a tucked-in cotton sweater and your favorite sneakers, so feel free to wear them out and about.

A day at the office

The key to surviving an office dress code is finding pieces that feel as good as they look – no stifling dresses or blouses. Dark wool pants work in almost any professional setting and always look classy, but make sure they have some stretch; you’ll appreciate it after putting in a long day. And if they’re machine washable, all the better! You probably don’t have time to visit the dry cleaner each week, so convenience is key.

Your next date night

Black skinny jeans are a sexy wardrobe staple you can wear almost anywhere, from a cute little Italian place to an elegant cocktail bar. Wear them on your next date night with a silk blouse or cashmere top, or a black sweater and matching heels for a dramatic one-color look that’s sure to turn heads. A mid or high-waisted pair will even provide a little tummy control and a touch of Lycra ensures they’ll hug your curves in all the right ways.

Getting in shape

Making time for yourself is extra-important when you’re a mom, and it will help you reduce stress and stay healthy. The next time you’re going for a walk, practicing some hatha poses or working out to your favorite aerobics video, try some yoga pants. They’re super stretchy and easy to move in, so they won’t get in your way when you’re working up a sweat. If you like to run, look for some with a hidden pocket for your keys, driver’s license and credit card.

Celebrating with friends

Cropped straight leg jeans are perfect for the next gathering on your calendar, whether it’s a birthday party, christening or backyard barbecue. Go for some in a bright pastel shade to mix things up a bit and add some wedges, espadrilles or ballet flats. Finally, put on a striped top or a crisp cotton tee before accessorizing with a necklace and earrings. Everyone at the party will envy your impeccable sense of style!

Lunch with friends

Every woman should have black leggings in her closet for a casual lunch date. They feel like pajamas, but always look chic. You can wear them with almost any top (including a tunic, women's sweater or button-up), but make sure it reaches past your derriere so as not to break the “leggings aren’t pants” rule. And since they’re cute with sandals, ankle boots, flats and pretty much any other kind of shoe, you can wear whatever makes you feel best.

School events

Whether you’re attending parent-teacher conferences, a band performance or an assembly, you’ll want to make a good impression at your child’s school. Leave the jeans at home and reach for some classic chinos, but make sure they have an elastic waist to keep you nice and comfy if things go into overtime. Add a sweater or blouse and even a blazer if you want to look extra smart and you’ll be ready to go.

Workin’ hard

When you’re cleaning out the garage, doing work on the house or raking the lawn, you need some tough carpenter pants. Look for a pair with a water repellant finish to keep you dry and reinforced knees that won’t give out. Extra pockets and a hammer loop let you keep your tools close at hand while a gusseted crotch means they won’t chafe or rub when you’re adding that second coat of paint or climbing up the ladder.

Whatever life throws your way

Every woman needs some timeless blue jeans she can wear in almost any situation and a classic straight leg cut will do the trick nicely – just toss on a pretty top and you can wear them to a party or a cute café. And they’re also good for crazy weekends when you’re hitting up garage sales, buying groceries and ferrying the kids around. And if you get them in a darker hue, they’re easy to dress up, too.

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