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10th Commandment: September 20

Before you see the item, let me just say, this piece is a bit more expensive than our usual Three Ways pieces.  I’m not setting a precedent, I still believe this column she contain an under $150 item.  However, this is a basic that you can wear a couple of times per week, 52 weeks per year, for a few years. 

Plus, if you can catch these pants on sale (and they are regularly on the sale rack), you can pick them up for 40-percent-off or more.

Theory Emery Pant (Neiman Marcus, $265)


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  1. vaki says:

    Do you know if the quality at the Theory outlet is the same as in the regular store? For instance I know Banana Republic has cheaper quality in their outlet stores so it's not as attractive to buy there from an investment point of view. Thanks!

    September 13, 2011/Reply
  2. Ellie says:

    In general, “outlet” means old seasons– or sometimes defective (although marked as such) clothes. “Factory store” (which is BR's model) is made specifically for lower price points and often has corresponding lower quality.

    September 13, 2011/Reply
  3. Crystal says:

    I generally love the cut of Theory pants, and these are quite lovely, but I very much dislike that they aren't lined. For a quality brand, I'm consistently surprised that Theory predominantly sells unlined dress pants.

    September 13, 2011/Reply
  4. K says:

    What makes this pair of black pants better than a less expensive version?

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  5. A says:

    Never seen you do this before, but you posted this exact same “10th Commandment” on September 13th… if I wasn't such a religious CHS reader, I wouldn't have remembered, haha. You are really trying to push these pants!

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  6. Jess says:

    I own these and they have worn like iron! The fabric is the perfect weight for all seasons. I bought them on sale at Nordstrom probably two years ago and they have more than paid for themselves. And…because of the cut they still look great whether you are up five pounds (winter) or down five (pounds) summer. Definitely worth the price and even better at the sale price.

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  7. S says:

    Haha A. I had the exact same thought. I guess we are all CHS junkies!

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  8. Dr. Jean Grey says:

    I second the complaint on lining, Crystal. I bought a pair of grey theory pants. I like them but it really irks me they are not lined.

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  9. Belle says:

    A-The post last week was a strapless dress. The pants were accidentally posted as well, but they weren't the post.

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  10. chris says:

    Are flares really a cut for all seasons? The shape seems a little out of style. But maybe they're exaggerated in the photo?

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  11. e-liz says:

    @A I agree. There's comments on the thread from Sept 13 as well. I feel like I just read this..?

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  12. Belle says:

    e-liz- As I explained above, this post was posted by accident last Tuesday due to a technical error. However, since it's going to be the Three Ways post for today, I had no choice but to post it again.

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  13. BB says:

    The flares look more exaggerated in the picture. I think they would be super-flattering on a curvy/pear shaped girl, especially with pointed toe pumps to lengthen the leg. There's a reason bootcut pants have been around for awhile–they are what works for girls with butts and thighs. But we do envy you tall, thin women who can pull of the brightly-colored crops and other more current styles.

    September 20, 2011/Reply
  14. nycbunny says:

    i have these slacks in black, grey and navy. my first pair was beige and i will say, they lasted over 6 years and are finally starting to lose their shape. the material and construction of these pants are just incredible. it is worth the money for a basic.

    September 20, 2011/Reply