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The New Wear-Everywhere Bottom: Ankle-Length Pants

This is why we're slightly obsessed with ankle-length pants: a well-fitting pair with a touch of Lycra in a basic color can be worn everywhere. Everywhere. Go ahead and think of a scenario you can't wear them to. We'll wait. 

By now you should have all the looks dancing in your head like little sugar plum fairies. From pairing with sweats and sneaks for a cool downtown look to grabbing your tailored jacket and bow blouse for an important in-office meeting; from that sexy little top you bought just for dancing to that wool sweater you can't seem to get rid of, the ankle length pant is there for you. And if all it had to offer was crazy versatility, we'd still be in love. But, of course, there's more. A lot more.

Cords, denim, silk, twill and a number of other textiles are being cut beautifully into skinny ankle pants. Coated, printed and dyed, if you thought your black skinnies were your go-tos, you have another thing coming. And the best part for shoe lovers: they show off your sartorial efforts for your feet.

The trick is to pay attention to fit. Look for slim cut pants if the hem isn't tapered. Too short and slouchy and you'll like you're headed off to the carnival. Use heels with shorter pairs and your best posture for a relaxed cut. Now go show some ankle.