Insomniac Sale Picks: Non-jean Casual Pants

*In this new late-night feature – which will run Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week – I’ll gather up three fun items that are currently on sale online and share them with you! I would LOVE suggestions: Stylish wide-width pumps? Classic v-necked sweaters? Chandelier earrings? Petite dress slacks? What would you like to see featured?*

Jennifer G. requested a few picks for casual pants that aren’t jeans, so here we go:

Gap Skinny Moto Pants – was $69.95, now $44.99
PLUS an extra 25% off sale items with code GAPJOY

The “skinny cargo” trend generally perplexes me, but this particular iteration looks far sleeker and chicer than most I’ve seen. The pocket placement is nice and high on the pant, the curved zips at the ankle lend a tough-but feminine look, AND they’ve got a nice, high rise! Natural waist! Eesh, I think I’d better nab a pair for myself … smaller sizes sold out in some colors, but available in US 2 through 20, and in petite and tall sizes.

Not Your Daughter’s Jeans Desiree Ponte Wide-Leg Pants – was $104, now $72

I sing the praises of ponte knit almost constantly, but allow me a refrain: This soft-but-structured fabric is fabulously comfortable, yet looks far more polished than jersey. I’m yet to try the NYDJ line, but hear great things about their wares and love the look of this elegant pair of ponte wide legs. They’re on the dressy side of casual, to be sure, but still make a great, comfy alternative to jeans and khakis. Available through US size 16. (Through 18 on Zappos for $77.99.) These pants have a 33″ inseam.

Eddie Bauer Modern Fit Cords – was $59.95, now $29.97

Corduroy is a fabulous alternative to denim and khaki, and there are just about as many colors, cuts, and fits available right now as your casual-pant-seeking mind could imagine. These EB ones have a mid rise and straight leg fit, and come in this brick red as well as navy, olive, pale blue, and stone. Available to US size 20, and in petite and long lengths.

Other not-currently-on-sale resources for casual pants that aren’t jeans:

  1. J.Crew – Again, although full-priced items may seem outrageous, this retailer has stellar sales. My favorite pair of skinny cords was purchased at J.Crew. Definitely hit the sale racks in January – amazing clearance deals. Always.
  2. ModCloth – Be sure to read reviews and measurements carefully, as there can be a lot of variation. But wow, this online shop has a fabulous selection of printed, bright, and fun casual pants.
  3. And, of course, THRIFT STORES! The great thing about thrifting pants is that they’ve been worn and washed several times, so what you see/feel is what you get. Cords, khakis, and prints abound, so do take a peek. ( can help you locate stores near you.)

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13 Responses to “Insomniac Sale Picks: Non-jean Casual Pants”

  1. Jennifer G

    Thanks for the great picks. I’m especially intrigued by the ponte pants. I didn’t get ponte knit until I recently bought my first dress made from it, and now I’m completely sold.

  2. Jenny

    At first I really liked those Moto pants, but on closer inspection I’m concerned that the ovals over the hips/upper thighs would be like “saddlebags outlines.” What do you think?

    • Sal

      I ordered them myself, so we’ll see. Could be unfortunate, but I tend to wear skinnies with long outer layers so not sure yet!

      • Sal

        OK! Got my pair and I can say with conviction that the stitching is FAR less noticeable in real life than in the photos. I love mine!

  3. Nebraskim

    Could you please comment a bit on the length of those ponte knit pants in that particular picture? Angie over at youlookfab talks about perfect pant length, and I tend to side with her on that, which would make these about six inches too short. Is it the sky-high platforms that make these look ridiculously short to me? I don’t find the skinny pants to be too short, but with wider legged pants, they look like what we here in Nebraska call “flood pants.” Are the art directors just styling these pants that way to show off their attributes? I don’t get it. Thanks.

    • Sal

      Sure. Those pants have a 33″ inseam which, by retail standards is actually a bit long. They are styled in a truly bizarre way on what must be a tall, leggy model wearing enormous platforms so they look shrunken and “off.” No idea why the stylist made that choice, but the pants themselves aren’t to blame: They’re a good cut from a reputable brand in a slightly-longer-than-average hem length.

      My guide to pant length here:

      • Nebraskim

        Thank you. I agree that the model must either be extremely tall, or extremely photoshop stretched. I suspected this was a photo-stylist decision am wondering if this is the way they want the pants to be worn. I agree the pants themselves look great, but the way they are depicted do not persuade me of their awesomeness.

  4. Kenzie

    The hipster skinny cords! Those are all the rage at my school, usually in more earthy tones. I’ve been scouring the thrift stores for those but have yet to find success. I don’t really want to spend a lot of money on ’em because it seems a little too trendy for that, but perhaps $30 is reasonable if I have anything left to spend on myself after Christmas!

  5. Elaine

    At the age of 40.5, I’m actually learning to dress myself– going from jeans / tees to trousers / tees / tops. In the past few weeks, I’ve thrifted some soft gray corduroys, three pair of black trousers (plain straight-fit Eddie Bauer, a Dickie’s cargo, and simple boot-cut), and two camo-green cargo pants. Up until mid-November, the only pants I owned were three pair of jeans.

    I have a gorgeous pair of thrifted Merrel shoes, and just might pick up a pair of equally beautiful Dansko Professionals. Up until last week, my primary footwear choice was sneakers.

    And then, I realized that almost every top I own is gray or black. So my next round of thrifting / sale-buying will be layerable tops (to go over my grey and black long-sleeve cotton tops).

    Right now, I have three new tees– watermelon, teal, and pale pink, and three long-sleeve tees (red, navy, jade)– that will work nicely with just about everything. Those are all recent additions– again, up until the last few months, everything I owned was grey or black.

    Finally, I own– and am wearing– a gray drape-y cardignan… instead of my ancient hoodies. Although I’m still going to wear the hoodies, of course. Go, (sportsteam)!

    And… it’s basically because of you– specifically, I stumbled across this April entry: .

    So, you know. Thanks for writing all this stuff!

    (Also, non-skinny, non-camo green cargo pants– got recs? I think I may be about ready to delve into buying full-price… with guidance.)

  6. Meg

    Holler to any other Aust readers: was really lusting after the Gap motos since you posted this, but was too nervous to buy them online as I find the gap sizing a little inconsistent, and the Gap store in Sydney didn’t have them. But on a random shopping trip today I ended up buying these from David Jones: – which hit me nicely at the ankle.
    Also spotted these, which would work for longer legged ladies:
    Thanks for the inspiration, as always Sal!