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In case you're in need a fashion refresher, today's top pants style seem to be a little all over the place at the moment. Straight- and wide-leg jeans have trumped our beloved skinnies, while suit trousers — otherwise known as work pants — have fully made a comeback, only this time they're ultra-baggy instead of slim and tailored. Of course, sweatpants and leggings are still going strong, with people playing around with ways to dress them up. And now, there's yet another budding pants trend to keep an eye out for: Ankle straps, which are essentially belts for your ankles.
Perhaps you remember that in 2019, fashion girls were exploring a styling hack involving strappy heels, tying them around their ankles over the bottom of their jeans. The trick — which was spotted via street style and on Instagram — was unfortunately short-lived, since we soon began reaching for the nearest sweat set after settling in at home. But, as we all emerge from lockdown, fashion as a whole is witnessing a sort of revival, and it seems like ankle ties are getting a second chance. This time, however, the straps are built right into the pants, so it's one and done — no DIY necessary.
In a way, it's the perfect time for this particular style to emerge. Cinching a pair of trousers at the ankle, for example, gives a would-be sharp and polished piece a slouchy, cargo-like appearance — an easy transition out of WFH life. The style also works for both a laxed ensemble and one fit for going all out.
In a nutshell, ankle strap pants are the trend we've unknowingly been waiting for amid fashion's unofficially official transitional period, and there are a number of brands already on board. Ahead, we've rounded up 13 pairs to shop now.
SER.O.YA Zoe Pants
Shop now: $325; seroya.nyc
These pants will make you wonder why cotton cargos didn't make a comeback sooner. The ultra high waist also provides a fit opportunity to sport your favorite knit bralette.
JW Anderson Tie Hem Slim Fit Trousers
Shop now: $655; farfetch.com
While this trend leans on the baggier side, JW Anderson's variation offers up a slimmer option, making them perfect for more formal settings.
ASOS Buckle Strap Ankle Detail Pants
Shop now: $50; asos.com
You can keep things super casual by styling this taupe pair with your favorite tee, or get dressed up with a matching blazer in the same hue.
Ashley Stewart High Waist Crepe Ankle Tie Jogger
Shop now: $35 (Originally $50); ashleystewart.com
One of the best parts about dressing for warmer weather is that color is welcomed. Go monochromatic by finding a shirt in a similar shade, or colorblock with pink, blue, or green.
Off-White String Denim Pants
Shop now: $720; off---white.com
Known to put a unique spin on budding trends, Off-White's ankle strap pants include denim and a thinner, string-like strap.
The Frankie Shop Tab Cuff Sweatpants
Shop now: $134; thefrankieshop.com
Although we've grown a little tired of reaching for solid sweats on a daily basis, this standout pair has us rethinking everything. No one will be the wiser.
Alice + Olivia Ramora Straight-Leg Jogger Pants With Tie Cuffs - $330
Shop now: $330; neimanmarcus.com
Between the satin-like material and stretchy waistband, Alice + Olivia's Ramora Joggers will take you from the couch to a dinner date in an instant.
Lovers + Friends Ankle Strap Jogger
Shop now: $82 (Originally $140); revolve.com
Even at first glance, it's easy to imagine how comfy these lightweight, ankle strap joggers are, especially when styled with the matching top.
Isabel Marant Etoile Tacaia Jumpsuit
Shop now: $990; shopbop.com
The best part about jumpsuits is that they're so easy to throw on, but in this case, the shocking pink color and the ankle ties make this one-and-done pieces extra special.
MANOKHI Pernille Pants
Shop now: $984; manokhi.com
Style these green bottoms with an oversized denim jacket and dainty leather mules for an end result that's equal parts rugged and feminine.
4th & Reckless Alma Black Ankle-Tie Trouser Pants
Shop now: $50; lulus.com
Brunch pants, anyone? Pair these with a satin cami and strappy heels for an elevated daytime outfit.
Pinko Floral Jacquard Trousers
Shop now: $295; pinko.com
Super subtle, tone-on-tone floral trousers with ankle straps for spring? Actually pretty groundbreaking.
Eloquii Tie Ankle Jean
Shop now: $100; eloquii.com
Even if your go-to outfit is jeans and a tee, this knotted pair will ensure your look is exciting, not boring.