A Casual Way to Wear Black Cigarette Pants

Last week, I started a new 5 Ways to Wear series featuring a wardrobe classic — black cigarette pants. Today I’m sharing a more casual look with the same Banana Republic Devon ankle pants.

Cigarette pants are slim-cut pants with a high waist, side or back zipper, flat abdomen area, and a narrow leg opening that end at or just above the ankle.

These from Banana Republic have really nice seaming details and a sleek side-zip. They’re more fitted than some of the black pants I’ve tried, which is why I like them so much.

If you like a little more room in the leg, the 1901 4-way stretch skinny ankle pants at Nordstrom are also really good, and of course there are lots of other options out there at a range of price points.

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For this look, I wanted to show how you can dress these pants down, so I wore them with white leather sneakers.

I wanted to incorporate a denim jacket into this look because a) I love denim (duh!) and b) I think mid-wash denim and black makes such a pleasing color combination.

Plus, I like how the jacket picks up on the casual vibe from the sneakers.

I tried a few different sweaters and ended up wearing a white long-sleeve tee underneath. I felt like it went along with the casual vibe I was going for, and I didn’t want short sleeves because it’s way too chilly for that right now.

This one is a nice wardrobe basic — I never wear it alone, but I use it as a layering piece under ponchos and jackets.

Finally, I added a grey cashmere scarf to give the look another element of interest… and warmth! As we move into spring, I would replace the scarf with a layered necklace.

I also wore one of my Victoria Emerson wrap bracelets. I couldn’t find my exact one on the site, but this one looks similar.

In all honesty, I would probably like this outfit better with black jeans, but sometimes jeans aren’t appropriate.

Black cigarette pants can be dressed down with sneakers and denim and still look polished and professional if the dress code requires it.

They’re also a great item to pack for travel because they’re lightweight and extremely versatile. I’ll definitely be taking these with me to Paris in May!

Outfit Details:

black pants // white sneakers // denim jacket // white tee // similar scarf // similar earrings // similar bracelet // sunnies

For The Pinners…

Jo-Lynne Shane shares a casual way to wear black cigarette pants, featuring the Banana Republic Devon ankle pants, Veja Esplar sneakers, and a denim jacket.

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photos: Alison Cornell