Hey, Fancy Pants! 8 Ways To Get Glam Without Wearing A Dress

The holidays aren't even over yet, but in this fete-packed week, we have to admit: We're already sick of wearing our little, sequined skirts and going-out dresses. Maybe, as Cher Horowitz once said, it's because our party clothes are so binding. Whether you're experiencing similar fancy-frock fatigue or are a dyed-in-the-wool tomboy who hasn't worn a dress since school-picture day, now's a very good time to become acquainted with the party pant.
Sleek, modern, and so much warmer than tights, these trousers should be a no-brainer, right? But, since it can be tricky to make the style feel as dressy as a short, spangled number, we put together our eight best tips to make these fancy pants feel truly glam. Party wear doesn't have to hurt — we promise.
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Rich accessories make even 9-to-5 pants a party.

Everyone who's done cubicle duty owns business-y, gray trousers and a crisp, white shirt — and they're usually the last things we want to wear while we're YOLO-ing the night away. But, add a boxy top, drop earrings, and elbow-length gloves, and your office-only attire just became completely after-hours worthy.

J.Crew Eaton Boy Trouser In Italian Stretch Wool, $148, available at J.Crew.
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Thank God for fashion sweats.

Evening wear doesn't have to be all crisp. A slouchy track pant paired with pumps and your favorite luxe sweatshirt is how cool girls go out. Bonus if your night includes a holiday feast — this outfit's food-baby-proof.

3.1 Phillip Lim Satin-Trimmed Crepe Tapered Pants, $375, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Work the Wolf of Wall Street look.

A shrunken, chalk-stripe suit with oxfords and a close-fitting turtleneck is equal parts banker and gangster. Either way, you look like money.

Mango Pinstripe Suit Trousers, $59.99, available at Mango.
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Culottes are your friend.

Know and love the culotte: They may get a bad rap, but the wide-legged, swishy silhouette is like a ballerina skirt for pants girls.

Roksanda Ilincic Cotton Blend Colorblocked Wide Leg Pants, $1,365, available at Stylebop.
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Embrace a new shape.

High-waisted and not-quite-wide-legged is the freshest shape to try — and unlike some styles, it genuinely looks borrowed from the boys. Pair with a Peter Pan-collar top for maximum, Alexa Chung-y tomboy appeal.

Zara Trousers With High Elastic Waist, $59.90, available at Zara.
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When in doubt, choose crisp, bright white.

Winter whites should totally be a bigger thing. A sleek pantsuit in optic white will definitely make you stand out in a sea of LBDs.

Club Monaco Alexina Pant, $259, available at Club Monaco.
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Sequins: Boom — done.

Bronze sequins on a slinky jumpsuit are pretty much the ultimate in dancing-queen chic. Bianca Jagger, is that you?

Topshop Sequin Jumpsuit By Unique, $665, available at Topshop.
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Rock a pair you can wear straight to bed.

Pajama dressing is still going strong, and for the holiday party that goes overtime, what could be better than a soft, silky pair of trousers that double as PJs? Okay, maybe a Snuggie evening gown. Maybe.

Piamita Brigitte Pants, $285, available at Shopbop.