5 Ways to Wear the Spanx Perfect Black Pants

Happy Friday, friends! Today I’m styling the Spanx Perfect Black Pants five ways.

These pants were selling out, but at the time of this posting, they are fully stocked, so if you haven’t grabbed a pair, don’t wait! These are seriously THE most flattering pair of black pants I’ve ever worn. (And they come in petite as well.)

Spanx has dubbed these pants The Perfect Black Pant for good reason — they’re made of a nice, thick ponte knit that holds everything in place and doesn’t show through.

They have the Spanx The Slim is Built In™ shaping panel that targets the tummy, and the pull-on style hits at your natural waist for a flat front with no muffin top.

But my favorite part is the tailored back seams that elongate the legs, with the tiny split hem. Such great details!

These pants run true to size, according to the sizing chart — I’m wearing the Medium, which is equivalent to a 6-8.

I’m wearing these Vionic sandals in the first three looks. These are such great shoes for anyone who suffers with finicky feet.

As long as you can handle a 3″ heel, they have good support and are stable to walk in due to the chunky block heel and the half-d’Orsay vamp.

Plus, they have an adjustable slingback strap at the heel, and a comfy padded footbed.

They come in 3 other colors, but I love the tortoise slingback strap against the luxe black suede. It’s small details like this that really elevate a look.

On top, I’m wearing a leopard blouse, and if you recognize it, yes, it’s the one Kay Harms styled yesterday!

Unfortunately, this piece is pretty much sold out, but there are so many good leopard print tops around these days, and just about any would work with this look.

In the picture above, I have the blouse tucked in all the way around, but I have it untucked below so you can see the options.

This top runs big, in my opinion. I am wearing my usual size small, but I think an XS would be a better fit.

If you work in an office that gets chilly, or want to carry this outfit into the fall, my Nordstrom Signature cashmere cardigan in the beige humus heather is the perfect topper.

I’ve already talked about this sweater a lot. It’s the same one I showed in yesterday’s post with the boyfriend jeans, but that was the black tweed.

I’m still not sure which one I should keep. Both are such gorgeous neutrals. I really like how this beige tone keeps the look light, but also cozy.

For my third look, I changed out the blouse for a white t-shirt, and I topped it with a knit blazer. This is the burgundy beet, and it’s currently stocked in all sizes.

I really like the details on this knit jacket. It makes such a nice outfit completer because you can dress it up or down. It would look just as good with jeans and loafers as it does with these black pants and heels.

Here’s a look at the back. I like those exposed seams, and it almost has a half peplum, which adds more interest, but it’s also a flattering cut.

Oh, and this jacket has pockets too!

I’d say it runs true to size; I’m in my usual small. The sleeves are a little long, but if I sized down, I don’t think the shoulders would fit quite right.

While these looks are all fairy dressy and geared more to work wear, these Spanx pants are also great for casual looks.

Here I paired them with a cheetah print tee and black leather espadrilles for an elevated everyday look I could start wearing right now.

Then this fall, when it starts getting chilly, I can just throw a denim jacket on top.

FYI, my favorite denim jacket is 32% off at Nordstrom for a limited time. I take a small in this jacket.

Okay, so that’s already five looks with these pants, but here’s one more. This is a variation on the one with the beige cardigan above.

This time I wore a leopard tee instead of a leopard blouse, taupe suede loafer mules instead of black heeled sandals, and this cardigan is more ivory than beige. It’s also a great bargain buy, for $49, but size down. I’m in the small, and I wish I had the XS. (I also really like that charcoal grey!)

Whew! That’s a lot of outfits, but these black pants are so versatile, I think I could keep going.

In fact, I also have this picture I took when I tried the pants on for the first time, with a black and white stripe tee and the black suede Vionic sandals.

It’s super simple and could use a completer piece or some fun accessories to finish off the look, but this just shows one more option. I like the juxtaposition of the casual tee with the block heeled sandals.


I hope this post gives you some inspiration for styling black skinny pants, whether you already have a favorite pair or decide to get these Spanx pants.

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photos: Alison Cornell