Women's style icons and inspiration for women who wear pants/trousers
January 9, 2018 4:28 PM   Subscribe

I want to revamp my wardrobe, and I'm looking for women's fashion inspiration and icons. However, I'm not into dresses and skirts. What's out there for a woman who prefers pants/trousers? Who's got that style?

Me: Late 30s, tall and skinny, interested in both polished/professional and artsy bohemian looks

The only stylish pants-wearing woman on my radar is Christine Lagarde. Who else is out there?
posted by cadge to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (13 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Angie Cox who owns and runs You
Look Fab
is cool.
posted by tipsyBumblebee at 4:42 PM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]

Katherine Hepburn. Diane Keaton as Annie Hall. Diane Keaton as herself.

For things like this, I find Pinterest and Instagram searches particularly helpful. Just searching "women wearing pants" found me a large number of stylish examples on Pinterest. Once you click on one image, it suggests more images like that and soon you'll be down a fashion inspiration rabbit hole.
posted by singinginmychains at 4:44 PM on January 9, 2018 [3 favorites]

posted by the return of the thin white sock at 4:44 PM on January 9, 2018

Stacey London has moved on from her retro style on What Not To Wear and has a lovely article about aging into her current artsy, pants-wearing style.

Esther Quek is a bang-on perfect menswear icon.

Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly (famous for skirts, but also her cropped pant looks).
posted by flibbertigibbet at 4:45 PM on January 9, 2018 [4 favorites]

Emmanuelle Alt!
posted by airmail at 4:51 PM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

Ellen DeGeneres.
posted by gatorae at 6:02 PM on January 9, 2018

esther quek, all others fall short of her perfection
posted by poffin boffin at 6:43 PM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

Lauren Bacall
Janelle Monae
Uma Thurman
posted by ApathyGirl at 7:00 PM on January 9, 2018 [2 favorites]

Alterations Needed

The Breastless Years doesn't always wear pants, but when she does they're cool

Already Pretty

Actor Tatiana Maslany wears pants to a lot of events

Ellen Degeneres

Ellen Page

And best of all... Janelle MonĂ¡e
posted by pseudostrabismus at 7:48 PM on January 9, 2018

Mary Tyler Moore wore her capris with such style and grace as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, she almost made the men look out-of-place in their trousers.
posted by armeowda at 11:48 PM on January 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

Ines de La Fressange fits the bill perfectly, I think. I have this imgur gallery saved for inspiration and admiration: https://imgur.com/a/xlcrj

posted by any_name_in_a_storm at 12:03 AM on January 10, 2018

Marlene Dietrich!
posted by shalom at 12:50 AM on January 10, 2018 [1 favorite]

Tilda Swinton.
posted by jabes at 8:13 AM on January 10, 2018 [2 favorites]

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