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20 Pairs of Work Pants You’ll Actually Want to Wear

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The term work pants implies the existence of other, more fun, nonwork pants, which only two years ago meant anything with an elastic waist. The very idea of work pants was thrown completely out the window for the WFH set, but now that many of us are back in offices and the loungewear boom isn’t what it once was (RIP, Entireworld, gone but not forgotten), we are somewhat begrudgingly bringing them back. But just because some of us have to dress like responsible human beings again, that doesn’t mean you can’t also be comfortable.

What makes a good work pant?

Work pants should make you feel like your best self: A person with good judgment, both pants-wise and, you know, professionally. You should be comfortable sitting down in them for longer periods of time.

With all this in mind, we found 20 pairs of work pants in all kinds of silhouettes, colors, and with varying amounts of stretch that may just transcend the genre’s bad reputation.

The Washable Work Pant

Available in four different lengths and sizes 23 to 37, these pants are tailored enough for the office but comfy enough for happy hour. Cut Shop editor Hanna Flanagan wears hers at least once a month and has found they transition seamlessly from one season to the next.
Available in sizes 23 to 37.

The High-Waisted Work Pant

If you like sustainability and super-high-waisted pants look no further. Balance out the way-high waist with the draped wide-leg silhouette that looks just as good with heels as it does with pants.
Available in sizes 00 to 16.

The Height Inclusive Work Pant

These stretchy pants are available in tall and petite, so they’re always the perfect length.
Available in sizes 00 to 24 and petite and tall and select sizes.

The Classic High Waist Pant

From $178

These tailored Mason pants have a sleek high-waisted silhouette, roomy pant legs, and pleats that strike the perfect balance between effortless and stylish.
Available in sizes 0 to 12. 

The Everyday Work Pant

Draped, high-waisted pants that come in every work-ready color possible and are available in short and tall.
Available in sizes 00 to 16.

If You’re Not Afraid of Color

These universally flattering pants are a favorite among fashion people. They come in several colors, but we suggest opting for a bold hue to complement you work wear.
Available in sizes 23 to 29.

The Work Pant You Can Wear on Weekends

Made from a breezy blend of linen and lyocell fibers, these wide-leg pants from Madewell are easy to dress up for work or dress down for quick errands and outings on the weekend.
Available in sizes 00 to 28.

The White Work Pant

The classic white trouser is a wardrobe staple for both work and play. If yours needs replacing (or you have yet to find the perfect pair), try this one from Summersalt. Highlights include a hint of stretch, a straight-leg silhouette, and a flattering high waist.
Available in sizes 2 to 22.

The Printed Work Pant

Sézane Martin Trousers

Floral print feels fresh and modern in the form of these work pants. Pair with the matching blazer if you’re feeling bold.
Available in sizes 2 to 14.

If You Need Work Pants to Go With Your Blazer

One of these three shades of slim-fit pants is bound to match with that blazer you already own.
Available in sizes 0 to 20.

The Subtly Stretchy Work Pant

Uniqlo should be one of your first stops for minimal, no-fuss workwear that can still be pretty chic. Consider these ankle pants with an elastic waistband and slightly stretchy material.
Available in sizes XXS to XXL.

The Eye-Catching Work Pant

Eloquii Pop Colorblock Pant

Why wear one color when you can wear two?
Available in sizes 14 to 28.

$50 at Eloquii
with code: EQNEEDIT

The Voluminous Fit Work Pant

If you want understated volume, these trousers are somewhere between wide-leg and slim-fit without being too dramatic.
Available in sizes S to L.

The Patterned Work Pant

Shake up your wardrobe without stepping too far outside of your comfort zone. These black-and-white-printed pants will still match all your favorite work shirts.
Available in sizes 12 to 28.

The Tailored Work Pant

Classic, effortless, and on sale, these wool-blend pants are an easy addition to your work wardrobe.
Available in sizes 2 to 12.

The Relaxed Fit Work Pant

A boxy but cool pair of work pants you can wear with an oversize blazer or relaxed tees.
Available in sizes XS to L.

The Belted Work Pant

These wide-leg pants come equipped with a belt accent so you don’t have to worry about finding one to match.
Available in sizes 14 to 28.

The Pinstripe Work Pant

The best-selling work pant is available in several patterns and shades, but pinstripe is another subtle way to change up your everyday work wardrobe. The brand also offers vests and blazers to match.
Available in sizes 0 to 18.

The Flowy Work Pant

Because you can’t wear sweatpants in the office, these flow-y crêpe pants are the next best thing. They’re also machine washable.
Available in sizes S to 3X.

The Work Pants for Creatives

Dopamine dressing is a real thing, so slip on these floral pants if you’re in need of a mood boost.
Available in sizes XXS to XL.

20 Pairs of Work Pants You’ll Actually Want to Wear