May 19, 2011 at 8:11 AM ET
Your workplace is business casual... but how casual can you be while getting down to business? This season ushered in a new trend that walks the line between cozy and couture: Silk pants. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger, Roberto Cavalli and Diane Von Furstenberg fearlessly debuted this trend on the runway, incorporating bright colors and wild patterns.
While it may take some getting used to, there is something undeniably appealing about these high-end slacker slacks. They're whimsical, comfortable and have an elastic waistband. And even if you're personally uncomfortable wearing them, at least be nice to the brave girl in your office who isn't.
Thinking of taking these trousers for a 9-5 test run? Be prepared with these nifty tips for silk trail blazers:
Pajama party madness: How do you really feel about sleepovers?