Some women prefer to wear pants instead of skirts, but in the professional workplace, still largely run by men, skirts may still be seen as important to work performance. The gaucho is a perfect compromise, since it looks like a skirt but is actually built with legs, like pants. If you work in a company where the dress code for women allows pants, classy pants suits with double-breasted jackets are the perfect answer to the need for a professional look. You may discover that many pants suits have side zip closures, and that can be a problem in the design since the side zip won't lie as flat as a front zip will. Unless the pants are really well constructed, a zipper on the side may add a strange bulge to your overall look. Wide legged dress pants look tailored and easy—perfect for tall women. For less formal occasions, twill pants in khaki or corduroy trousers look nice paired with colorful, v-necked T-shirts or sweaters. Unless you're a model, you probably won't wear leather pants except for clubbing, and then you should look for leather that's soft and supple, lined to prevent perspiration and chafing.
You can also find slightly more formal, wide leg pants that are constructed to look like skirts, and some evening wear includes elegant pants that are worn with flowing tunics. Flared leg pants that look nice on tall women may not work for petites: try pants that are narrower around the ankle for a longer look.For daytime vacation wear, palazzo or Capri pants are perfect for lounging or shopping.