I've spent what feels like forever looking for the perfect pair of black legging-type pants (you know, the kind that are more like pants than tights--the chic, mature version of what every 15-year-old girl wears at the mall). It's a wardrobe staple for me, and I've been making do with a pair that was good while continuing to hunt for perfect.

At long last, my search is over! These are nice, thick, smooth and simple, with a beautiful seam down the back of the legs. They have no pockets, which was a must. Plus, they're ultra comfy. They work with so many things--dressy, casual, riding boots, flats. Fab. U. Lous. They're $88 at J. Crew or www.jcrew.com.

--Kristy Eckert