article_cocktail-chic-trousers.jpgEver received an invitation that indicated the dress code as "Cocktail Chic"? Of course you have! But lest you think you're only limited to wearing dresses and skirts, think again. Pants have crossed over from corporate casual to evening chic, from skinny versions to wide and high-waist styles. Wearing them with dressy tops and the right accessories instantly transforms your look.

Browse through the gallery for tips on how to look classy and elegant at night in a pair of pants.

(First published as "Burning Question" in the "Fashion" section of Marie Claire Philippines' December 2007 issue. Aadapted for use in Female Network. Photos from Gossip Girl courtesy of The CW.)

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