Lee Ann Monfredini

Black Pants: The Answer

It’s two hours before an event – any event (a fundraiser, business luncheon, high school reunion, dinner party) – and another woman who’ll be attending texts you to ask “What are you wearing?” The answer is always the same: Black Pants. Black pants and a white blouse…black pants and a blazer… black pants and a sexy top…black pants…black pants…black pants.

This is not meant to be a critique of high fashion. It’s meant to be a simple, direct guide to help every woman buy black pants.

First (and most important) rule: Buy the most expensive pair of black pants you can possibly afford; a pair that also makes you appear a size smaller and an inch taller. Then take these incredible pants directly to a tailor or dressmaker who’ll taper them to fit and hem them to fit you perfectly. If you spend any time with adult men you’ll find this is something they do – even with jeans. It’s time for all women to do what men have been doing for years: Make the pants fit you!

The best black pants are out of fabulous fabric. High-quality gabardine is my favorite; however, a rich double cotton or smooth wool will also work. This is the pair of pants you can spill red wine on and then spot clean; the pair that doesn’t have to go to the dry cleaner every week; the pair that are your “go-to” garment when you’ve lost a little weight or gained a couple pounds.

Second rule: Once you’ve identified a fabulous pair of pants that are the absolute best for you – buy two pair. I know. You can’t believe you’re buying another pair of over-the-top, out-of-your-budget items. But you’ll thank me six months from now. And you’ll continue to thank me two years, five year, even ten years from now. Truly high quality apparel lasts a long time, and every time you pull them out of your closet, you’ll take a deep breath and then break into a smile. Because all you have to do is find anything in your wardrobe that works with the black pants.

You’re welcome.

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Lee Ann Monfredini

Lee Ann Monfredini

A graduate of the University of San Francisco with a degree in Management, Lee Ann Monfredini has not only served on the boards and executive teams of some of the most respected health and social organizations in the Bay Area, but also become a one of the most respected agents in the real estate market. With more than $100 million of successful home sales under her belt, she’s living proof that personal expertise and insightful perspective can provide any client with a competitive advantage.

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