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Top 10 Plaid Pants

Swap Your Basic Black Pants For This Bold Print

Swap Your Basic Black Pants For This Bold Print

Perhaps plaid makes you think of that awful skort you wore in elementary school or the punk phase you inevitably went through in your teen years, but fear not—we're here to assure you that this season's versions of the print are far more current. From Christian Dior to Alexander McQueen, plaid practically covered the runways at fashion week, and both high-end and fast-fashion retailers alike are rolling out their own iterations of the grungy print. But in order to subtly ease into the trend and avoid looking like a full-on bagpipe player, we suggest starting off slow via a pair of super cool plaid pants. Not only do they give you an instant cool-girl vibe, but they also happen to be totally work-appropriate. So whether you're running out of chic office outfits or just feel like lookin' fly, search no further. Ahead, we've rounded up the Top 10 pairs of plaid pants on the market, all backed by user reviews, best-seller lists, editorial recommendations, and more. From tartan to houndstooth to windowpane and more, keep scrolling to discover and shop the freshest pairs of plaid pants on the block. Opening image: madewell.com

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September 11, 2019

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The Rankings


Nanushka Mitsu Pants

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Snatched at the waist and loose in the legs, this pair expertly merges sexiness and professionalism.

WHY YOU NEED IT: Designed by Insta-buzzy brand Nanushka, this pair of plaid pants is crafted to perfection. Even though it may come with a high price tag, the classic fit and pristine quality will guarantee that this pant will last for years and become a timeless piece in your wardrobe. 


Mother The Insider Plaid Crop Pants

Our Score

BEST FOR: If you're a jeans gal through and through, this pair is an excellent way to ease into the pants world. With their cropped length and gently flared hem, they feel more like a trendy pair of jeans than a classic trouser.

HELPFUL TIP: Reviewers agree that this style runs small, so we suggest going up a size or two for the right fit.


Superdown Darla Plaid Pant

Our Score

LOVED FOR: These hit the sweet spot when it comes to fit—they're loose enough to still feel comfortable after eating one too many cookies in the break room, but they're fitted enough to cinch your waist and flatter your curves. Now that's a win-win.

STYLE WITH: When the clock strikes five, swap your flats and button-down for sleek black booties and a graphic tee. Maybe even add a leather jacket if you're feeling extra edgy. We're not stopping you.


Loft Wide Leg Crop Pants

Our Score

LOVED FOR: Extra wide, extra breezy—these pants are the next best thing to wearing nothing at all.

USERS SAID: "I just got these and love them! The material is just the right weight so as not to highlight problem areas, and while they look polished, they are still super comfortable."


Madewell Pleated Wide-Leg Pants

Our Score

STYLE WITH: Drapey wide legs, double front pleats, and a high rise give these pants major '70s vibes. Add a vintage tee and retro sneaks to amp up the old-school vibes.

USERS SAID: "I tried these on in the store with not much hope due to the pleats, being a jeans size 30/31, and a curvy fit fanatic. BUT WOW, these fit absolutely perfectly! The pleats do not lay in an unflattering way, and the fabric is light but still structured. Seriously couldn't walk out without buying them."


Gap Plaid Skinny Ankle Pants

Our Score

BEST FOR: Just like your favorite skinnies (only cooler), these pants are an excellent way to show off your shape.

LOVED FOR: Don't let the price tag fool you—reviewers agree that this style knocks it out of the park when it comes to fit and quality. These are guaranteed to give your designer trousers a run for their money.


NYDJ Ponte Trouser Pant

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Classic, comfortable, can't go wrong. In fact, you better grab a solid black pair while you're at it.

STYLE WITH: Tuck in a white tee and add chunky gold jewelry to make them feel a little less workwear and a little more weekend.


Urban Outfitters Arlo Pleated Pant

Our Score

BEST FOR: Major grandad vibes, and we mean that in the best way possible. From the elastic (read: super comfortable) waistband to the ultra-slouchy fit to the side-entry pockets (yes, functional pockets!), these are ideal for nailing a chic menswear-inspired look.

USERS SAID: "I absolutely love these pants! I wear them to work and get compliments left and right!! Seriously considering buying a second pair because i wear them so often! Well constructed, soft fabric, and good cut!"


Urban Outfitters Lola Plaid Kick Flare Pant

Our Score

STYLE WITH: A super high-rise and pull-on style makes this pair feel more like leggings than actual pants. Pair them with your sweaters this season—cute and cozy outfit, solved.

HELPFUL TIP: These run large, so you'll want to size down to get that curve-hugging fit.


Old Navy Mid-Rise Printed Pixie Ankle Pants

Our Score

WHY YOU NEED IT: Leave it to Old Navy to snag the #1 spot with a top-rated find under $30. At that price, you'll want to grab all 14 colors. Yes, 14.

FUN FACT: If you don't take our word for it, take it from the 1,000 plus reviews on Old Navy's website. They're that good.

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