Search for the Perfect Cigarette Pants

Cigarette Pants

So what are cigarette pants?

Cigarette pants are a trouser known for their straight leg fit that crops above the ankle. They fit snug in the thigh, while the waist comes up to mid or high rise. They became popular in the 1950’s, worn by the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, to name a few.

I love these pants for their vintage feel. However, they are a classic enough style that they still fit into the workplace and everyday wear. With a pair of heels they can be very chic.

Since I’ve been dying for a great pair of cigarette pants (also known as stovepipe pants), I ordered 3 different pairs from my Amazon Wardrobe haul. Finding the right fit in pants can be tough, especially when shopping online. I hope this post gives you insights into some possible pants to try in your own Wardrobe haul!

Here are the contenders:

  1. Ellen Tracy Petite Size Welt Pocket Slim Pant
  2. Calvin Klein Straight Leg Gingham Pant, Black/White Plaid
  3. Adrianna Papell Kate Fit Bi Stretch Pant, Black


Ellen Tracy Petite Size Welt Pocket Slim Pant

BTM Rating: 7/10

Price at Time of Review: $79.95


  • Nice, thick material
  • Perfect Length for a Petite (fear not, they make a similar style in Regular)


  • Dry clean only


These are good quality pants made from sturdy material. The fabric itself, 54% Cotton, 43% Nylon, 3% Spandex, does not have much stretch, so these pants really need to fit you in order to be wearable. They were a bit tight in the tush for me. The size chart recommends a 37.5″ hip, and mine are 38″. That half inch made all the difference. Thankfully, returning an Amazon Wardrobe order is no big deal.

For a petite, the pants are the perfect length. If you’re regular, check out these very similar ankle pants from Ellen Tracy.

The pants are dry clean only, so that’s a con if you’re not fond of going to the cleaners.


Calvin Klein Straight Leg Gingham Pant in Black & White Plaid

BTM Rating: 9/10

Price at Time of Review: $79.50


  • Interesting, classic pattern
  • Gold zipper detail on pockets
  • Deep, real pockets
  • Nice quality
  • Good fit


  • None!

These pants were not what I was expecting. Those Amazon images are so tiny! The pattern on these pants looked very small and subtle to me when I saw it online. Calvin Klein calls it “plaid”, but “checkered” is more accurate. I opened my Amazon Wardrobe box and thought, “Holy shit! Clown pants!”

When I put them on though, the pattern was not as aggressive as I thought. In fact, I kind of liked them. They’re a stark black and white check, but I think with the right outfit, they could really be unique and interesting, like wh these pink velvet booties. And, after finding images of Marilyn Monroe wearing similar pants, I feel doubly confident in them. 

Classic outfit with checked cigarette pants and velvet booties

Cute pink velvet booties by Steve Madden.


The pants have a cool gold zipper detail that I loved. They’re faux zippers, so at first I was disappointed, but then I discovered the side pockets. DEEP, lovely side pockets of my dreams! My hands sank into them… it was heaven. Adore these cigarette pants. They were beautiful fit and quality.


Adrianna Papell Kate Fit Bi Stretch Pant in Black

BTM Rating: 7/10

Price at Time of Review: $59.00


  • Stretchy, comfortable material. Good to move in.
  • Flattering slim fit
  • Comes in lots of colors


  • None!

My favorite thing about these pants was the stretch in the material. I remember the days of working the retail floor and something stiff and sturdy like the Ellen Tracy pants wouldn’t have worked for me. If you have a job where you need to bend and move a lot while looking nice, these Adrianna Papell pants will work better for you.


The material is lighter weight, which, living in Southern California, I don’t mind a bit.

Because of the stretch, they fit nice. These straight pants create a long, flattering leg that looks even better with the Guess leopard pumps I paired them with.

At first I thought the pockets were faux, but I realized that the lining is there. You can see the outline of them through the pants’ thin material. It looks like they are sewn shut to keep them nice and fresh for the buyer. All you need is a seam ripper or some scissors and these babies are ready to go!

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