If You Buy 1 Fall Piece Now, Make It These Pants

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It started when we traded our skinny jeans for flares. Now we can hardly bear the thought of pulling on a pair of restricting pants — on the weekends or otherwise. Fortunately, what started as a denim trend is quickly having an effect on all trousers. And if you loved wearing culottes this Summer, you're going to be really into Fall's wide-leg pants. Luxe and leg-elongating — especially with higher waists — these iterations are all about elegance (and sneakily about comfort, too). The bonus? You can start adding them into your wardrobe right now for an alternative to maxi dresses at the office or a cocktail dress for events. Just soak up the celebrity inspiration below and shop the styles that speak to you — then check it right off your shopping list for next season.

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Olivia Palermo proved these pants deserve a front-row spot at Fashion Week when she wore them to the Giambattista Valli Couture show in July.

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Chrissy Teigen was the picture of casual elegance in a neutral pair (that goes with everything!).

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Street style star Helena Bordon showed off her print-mixing skills in a pair of leg-lengthening vertical-striped trousers.

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If Hannah Bronfman's cool look is any indication, you hardly have to wait till Fall to break out these pants. Just style a breezy pair with a crop top.

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Nicole Richie accentuated her waist in a pair of high-rise wide-leg pants, which she topped off with a superfeminine lace halter.