Obsession: Ankle-zip pants

When skinny jeans debuted I wasn’t thrilled. Having thighs akin to Beyonce’s meant skinny jeans weren’t necessarily a good look for me. Every once in a while I’ll see a skinny pant/jean with zippers located at the ankle. More often than not, they appear on the outseam of the pant and not the inseam and I think more designers should consider the inseam. It’s a cleaner look from the outside and still gives you that fitted-with-a-slight-flare for those of us who don’t want to go Full Skinny. It’s easier to find an ankle-zip pant than it is to find pants or jeans with a demi-bootcut that’s fitted all the way to the lower calf and then a slight flare at the ankle (but if you are looking for that, American Eagle’s Skinny Kick jean is just that: almost completely skinny but with a slight flare just at the ankle). This way, your leg opening is customizable!

Anyway, now that the motorcycle-look is reappearing, there are more pants and jeans with random zippers popping up and so I’ve rounded up a few ranging in price. Click the photos for links on where to buy.*


Old Navy “The Rockstar Zip Pocket Pant” should really call out the zippers at the ankles and not the pocket. They come in four colors including this awesome red one. About $35. Bonus: TALL SIZES.

Wyatt Black Ponte and Leather Ankle Zip Stretch Pant

Wyatt Black Ponte and Leather Ankle Zip Stretch Pant. About $70. They sort of look like something you’d wear to spin class but I like the futuristic look.

Vince Ankle Zip Skinny Stretch Jeans

Vince Ankle Zip Skinny Stretch Jeans. About $245. These run longer than most skinny jeans so I’m 99% sure they’d work for the tall girls without looking ridiculous. Note the zipper is on the inseam which gives it a cleaner look from the outside. They also come in a gray color…

Vince Ankle Zip Skinny Stretch Jeans

which is right here! The knee detail is definitely moto and I’m all about gray denim.

3.1 Phillip Lim Cargo Trouser

3.1 Phillip Lim Cargo Trouser. About $375. It says they’re black but they definitely look like a warm black. This is about as chic as you can get with a cargo-esque style pant.

*Not affiliated with any of these designers or retailers, and I’m not responsible if you buy these and don’t like them. But if you do, let me know what you think in the comments

3 Comments on "Obsession: Ankle-zip pants"

  1. LauraC says:

    Just found you yesterday and I wanted to say thanks for the detail of the kitchen planning/renovation. We’re planning an IKEA kitchen reno early next year, so I’m eagerly reading any blog with IKEA before and afters, soaking up advice and trying to make it as easy as possible. Love it when I come across new eye-candy. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m bookmarking your blog!

    • LALady says:

      Thanks Laura! I’ll be sure to keep posting some decent eye candy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Best of luck with the IKEA kitchen. It’s tough but the results are great. I did a lot of research on blogs and various websites and that helped a lot. Feel free to email me if you get stuck!

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