Red Carpet Micro-Trend: Black Pants

Posted on October 12, 2012

Ladypants, darlings! If you’ve been reading us for any length of time, you know we’ve been a long-time proponent of ladystars breaking out the pants for their public appearances. This week, a rag-tag group of celebugals opted not to shave their legs. We’re not surprised that the ladypant color of choice is black. So much can go wrong with colorful pants when you’re getting your picture taken that it’s all too easy to default to the chic classic. Let’s assess.



Chloe Moretz
Chloe Moretz attends the Chanel: The Little Black Jacket private view in London, England.

This is almost too fierce. Certainly, it’s a bit too much fierce for someone who barely remembers the first half of the Bush administration. It’s a truly fabulous look, but it’s meant to be worn by someone at least a decade older than she is. Sweetie, you’re fab, but you’re trying too hard.

Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus leaves a recording studio in West Hollywood, California.

Okay, it’s not a red carpet per se, but it’s obvious she dressed with the knowledge that her picture was going to get taken. She had a brief moment during the summer when she looked fun and stylish, but she’s back to looking silly and frumpy. If Helen Mirren wore this, we’d give her snaps of respect, but Helen Mirren is 45 years older than Miley.

Stacy Keibler
Stacy Keibler attends the Annie Leibovitz’s The Macallan Masters of Photography collection launch in New York City.

Uh… okay. This succession of looks is starting to make us think we should stop advocating for ladypants on the red carpet. There’s too much going on here.And way too much black.

Vanessa Hudgens
Vanessa Hudgens attends the screening of ‘Seven Psychopaths’  in New York City. 

This could have been so cute with the right top. That crushed velvet and lace thing she’s wearing is awful.

Come on, ladystars. We know you can put together a chic, appropriate outfit with pants. Keep trying. We’ll be here to judge the results.


[Photo Credit: Getty, WENN]

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  • raininmai

    There might be just one layer too many on Stacy, but I like her look anyway.

    • I surprised myself for actually liking this a lot. The proportions are perfect and she looks stunning.

      Chloe is too young for bitch-face but I like hers as well.

      • I’d give some decent bitch-face if I had those shoes. Though, obviously, it’d be tongue-in-cheek because I’d so happy!!! Love. Love. Love!

        • I too am in love with those shoes!

    • tereliz

      Not sure those can be considered actual pants, but she’s making it work. God, I need to go to the gym…

    • kimmeister

      My reaction to Stacy’s look was to channel Karen Walker: (gesticulating wildly) “What’s all this?  What’s going on here?”

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    I think I have to go back and look at those pictures of Ashley Greene on Conan to be reminded that black lady pants (does it count, even though it was a jumpsuit?) can look amazing.

  • blogless

    Every single one of these look like they should be worn by someone much older. 

  • curiouserandcuriousest

    It may be too much look for her, but Chloe is still doing it best by far. I love the pairing of the leather pants with those heels.

    • lindsmh

       Agreed. I want to see a close up of those shoes.

  • 3boysful

    Are we certain Miley wasn’t headed to a Halloween party dressed as a Golden Girl?

    • blogless

      Yes, they look like they’re from the Maude collection.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Miley’s managed to make the transition from tween idol to frump, hasn’t she?

  • MilaXX

    Tina Fey wore nice black pants on Jimmy Fallon and I know you already posted them but Ashley Greene rocked that nice black pants suit on Conan. I get your point about a micro trend, but  these ladies aren’t the best examples.

    Chloe Morentz- Too grown and she’s defaulting to dick face again.
    Miley Cyrus – Too Grey Gardens
    Stacy Keibler – Too many layers. A clean, simple top and those pencil pants would look cute.
    Vanessa Hudgins – Just too extra. The pants don’t seem very flattering. The jacket is just there, the top I hideous and I hate the shoes with this. She’s also giving us duck face to boot.

    • lbl

      I hope you mean duck face.

      • schadenfreudelicious

        LOL, i was just about to type the same thing!

      • MilaXX

         lol, oh my! Let me correct that

    • kimmeister

      Vanessa’s pairing of ankle-strap shoes with those slightly cropped pants is RIDICULOUS.

    • Judih1

      Agree with each point you made!

  • Dot

    Why are Chloe Morentz and Vanessa Hudgins giving duck face? Gross.

    • AthenaJ

      Agreed, duck face never looks good on anyone.

      • YoungSally

        Perhaps we should all remember the admonition from our mothers —

        “If you keep making that face, it will freeze there!!”

        Then again, isn’t duck face the result of overfreezing something?

  • lbl

    Chloe’s is definitely the best and I agree with your critique for her.

    It’s like they all thought black pants were to simple and decided to pile on the mess. Strange that, aside from that red clutch, no one used color to add interest.

  • Hudgens needs to star in the Eartha Kitt story, stat.

  • joything

    I must have Chloe Moretz’ look.  It is exactly what I have been groping for in my fashion fantasies — and it will make me look 20 years younger! 

  • ojosazules

    Chloe’s jacket and blouse are way too old for her. She needs to send them to me immediately.

  • I’m upset that a trend I welcome is being executed so badly. But I think Chloe is doing a dry run for her Angelina Jolie Halloween costume.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Aha! I have figured out what Miley Cyrus is going for: Robyn Bieber. TELL ME IT’S NOT TRUE, I dare you.

  • Have you seen SJP at the AmFAR thing?

  • Chloe’s lip injections look ridiculous.

    • Ripley4

       I hope that’s a joke.

  • filmcricket

    Except for the shoes, Chloe looks like one of those gender-bending Shakespeare hero/heroines. Swap out the Chanel footwear for a sword & scabbard, put “Forsooth!” in a speech-bubble above her head, and you’re there. Still the best look out of all of them, although I think Miley looks cute – if she were my age.

    • Great spot! She so does. Chloe IS Viola.
      “What will become of this? As I am man,
      My state is desperate for my master’s love.
      As I am woman (now alas the day!),
      What thriftless sighs shall poor Olivia breathe?”

  • wisdomy

    Vanessa Hutchins is just a floating head.

  • minglumama

     Aww, c’mon…black pants…”A Look”? And, what is going on with Chloe’s mouth?? Too many injections?? Ewwwww.

  • call_me_schmeg

    vanessa will cut you with those cheekbones

  • God, I feel like an old lady, because I want to run up to Chloe Moretz yelling, “Wipe that stuff off your face!” (Not to mention, what are those ridiculous things on her feet?)

  • Judy_S

    Moretz looks good despite the excesses. Keibler I think also looks good, but those pants appear to be more like footless tights, requiring the, uh, modesty-panel layer.

  • PinkLemon


  • Eileen Mannion

    Vanessa is really channeling the legendary Ertha Kitt, doncha think?

  • AthenaJ

    I dunno guys, I kinda like how Stacy looks *ducks incoming flying produce*. Maybe it’s that cute little jacket?

    • newleaf1

      And the chocolate brown color.  Nice, somewhat softer change from black.

  • imspinningaround

    I saw the Miley photo the other day and exclaimed “TBPs*!” at my computer.  Those black boot-cut matte jersey pants were THE goin’-out uniform of many a SAE, TKE, or Beta party attendee in my day**.

    *tight black pants
    **the early aughts

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i am hopeful that Dame Helen would not wear a Chanel bedazzled toque….

    • formerlyAnon

      Really, I’m hopeful NO one would. But I obviously hope in vain.

  • afabulous50

    I think Stacy looks fabulous.  And Chloe – what’s with that face??

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    Vanessa Hudgens should fire her duck face coach.

  • Janet B

    Do black pants require black tops?

    Chloe’s look is my favorite, but it’s not for her.
    Stacy could have taken off one or two layers and looked pretty good  Although if those are leggings I take it all back.

  • Lilithcat

    it’s a bit too much fierce for someone who barely remembers the first half of the Bush administration. 

    Well, that depends on which Bush administration!

  • Snailstsichr

    I want Miley’s outfit – but I’m way old enough to be her mother. (Who am I kidding – I’m from Arkansas, I could be her grandmother; that’s a depressing thought.)

  • EditKitten

    I totally dig Keibler’s look.

  • Little_Olive

    Chloe looks like she’s doing PR for some kind of “pirates of style” show. No. 

    The rest… love the leggings on Stacy and that is pretty much it. 

    I HATE the abuse of black as “always chic and well put together”. 

  • nannypoo

    Chloe is adorable but she needs to stop doing that duckface before it freezes. And as for these outfits, it’s hard to assess a black outfit from a photograph because it’s, well, black. There seem to be shapes and layers on these women, but I can’t see the details.

  • teensmom99

    Does Miley buy all her shirts in some boutique in Miami Beach.  My great aunt wants to know where she shops.

  • 3boysful

    You know what  I just realized I like about Stacy?  She doesn’t appear to have had lip filler.  Her mouth looks in proportion to the rest of her face.  It’s your SMILE that’s supposed to be big, not your lips.   (see Kate Bosworth, next post)

  • Judy_J

    Isn’t Chloe Moretz a little young to be doing the lip plumping?  She’s got some major trout pout going on there.

  • guest2visits

    Chloe; your so pretty, but that eye treatment is practically the equivalent of two knock-outs; and way too mature (old) looking.
    And while I’m lecturing; Stacy Keibler could show you how a pair of tight black leggings should be worn; as in not too tight.
    Vanessa looks like too many things thrown together. Miley’s back to teen cougar.

  • LANDRU3000

    Sorry, but I think you have mixed up Chloe Moretz with Kim Cattrall again.

  • Qitkat

    I like layering black, so I kind of love Stacy’s look. 

  • frannyprof

    Love Chloe’s look. Covet those shoes. I think it suits her perfectly, her extreme youth notwithstanding.

  • kschwarting

    Aw man, I thought Chloe had given up on the duckface.  Obviously she hasn’t, and it has also infected V-Hudge.

  • I honestly can’t see the pants that V-Hudge is even wearing!  They blend perfectly into the background!

    I think Chloe looks fantastic!

  • PhillipWilde

    Looks like when Prince William stopped wearing his father’s tux, he gave it to Vanessa Hudgens.

  • PeaceBang

    I absolutely adore Miley’s look, head to toe.

  • formerlyAnon

    Keibler wins, here. Though perhaps there shouldn’t have been two layers of top hanging out from under the jacket. Or maybe there are too many different shades of black. Or maybe solid black shoes were a little too much more black.

    Nonetheless, she’s the best of the bunch.

    I give Ms. Cyrus first runner up because it’s not red carpet and because she’s young. Mostly the young.

    Ms. Moretz has the wrong makeup on for just about anything. I like her waist to neck very much, though.

  • I read the title of that last movie as Seven Psychopants. There is probably a reason.

  • Jecca2244

    Chloe had it rough in the sense that a Chanel tweed jacket is generally aging on anyone under 40. but hey if you want to give me one i’ll take it. 

  • Truly_Outrageous

    Miley Cyrus looks like a soccer mom trying to look punk.

  • Maybe I’ve been in Portland too long, but I like that look on Miley Cyrus.  Then again, I’m considering starting a pictorial blog about my neighborhood called “Hipster or Amish?”

  • elirt

    So much duckface! I can’t stand it!

  • Pterodactyl111

    Is it just me, or are Chloe and Vanessa constantly making the duck-face?

  • Sara LaBatt

    I know this is about pants, but Chloe’s combo of puffy sleeves on the shirt and cropped bell sleeves on the jacket made me laugh.  Something about how all that fabric fits together *just so*, you know she or her stylist put it together and said “that’s ridiculous, you can’t wear these together.  Or can you?”  And Miley, for what a weird outfit that is, looks happier and more comfortable in her skin than I can ever remember.

  • PhillySnaps

    Ha!  I misread the movie title under Vanessa to say “Seven Psychopants!”  And I laughed out loud.  Apparently at my own joke.