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What Pants Do You Wear to Work?

The 10 Best Comfortable Pants for Work

Do you have a go-to pair of trousers for the office? The best kind of work pants are the ones that make getting ready a no-brainer. I swear by these straight-leg pants, which have a teeny bit of drape and a high enough rise to tuck in a boxy button-up, but I’m on a hunt to build up my collection. In the spirit of making the search for these wardrobe gems a little easier, we asked 10 women to share their office-friendly favorites (with most options under $100)…

The bestsellers:

“I’m really impressed by Eloquii’s Kady Pant, even though I’m not usually a pants kind of gal. The style comes in tons of prints and fabrics, and they offer fits for various body shapes (up to size 28), as well as three different lengths. They just make you look put together, but they’re super low-maintenance. Basically, they look like fancy pants.” — Kelsey, writer

“I have J. Crew’s Cameron Pant in three colors! It’s as close to perfection as I’ve found — a slim pant with great fabric at an awesome price point. They also come in tall sizes and have enough of a hem to extend the length further if you need to, like me. ” — Kate, event planner

The $50 and under champions:

Uniqlo’s EZY Pants are soft, have an elastic waistband disguised in the back and are machine washable. They look dressed up, but they’re essentially my office sweatpants.” — Lilly, electrical engineer

“I recently transitioned positions at my company, and in my new role I interact with more senior-level people, so I need to dress up. I tried on Everlane’s Work Pant because they were $50, and I ended up loving them. They stretch like leggings, but they look professional.” — Erin, publicity assistant

The ethically made pant that lasts for years:

“My goal is to purchase mostly sustainable fashion, and I LOVE my Elizabeth Suzann Clyde Pants. The high waist is flattering, and the legs are roomy enough to not feel restrictive. But the best part is the pockets — they’re huge and can fit so much without bulking out.” — Melissa, neuroscientist

The low-key trousers you can wear with anything:

“These Aritzia Cohen Pants are a staple in my wardrobe. I have them in black and pink. I love how versatile they are — I wear them to work with a sweater and flats, wear them out to drinks with heels, or wear them on the weekends with a T-shirt and sneakers. They’ve also survived my washing machine for two years.” — Eve, SEO coordinator

Ann Taylor’s Ankle Pant gives you a nice, clean silhouette. Since they’re so slim, I like to wear them with a little more volume on top, with either an oversized button-down or a turtleneck during the fall.” — Nicole, law firm communications specialist

The wrinkle-resistant warrior:

“I like Banana Republic’s Ryan Pant when I have a lot of meetings because they’re wrinkle resistant, so they look good even after sitting all day. They’re wool, but are lined with a silky material that is sooooo comfortable. I also love the length — they hit right at the top of the foot so they aren’t too long, but they look perfect with heels.” — Merry, account executive

The casual office heroes:

Everlane’s Wide-Leg Crop Pants are made of a thick denim, but still feel soft because they have a tiny amount of stretch in them. Since the denim stitch can look little casual, I pair them with a crisp white blouse and a black patent leather loafer. I pretty much wear this exact outfit once or twice a week, ha!” — Bettina, director’s assistant

“My go-to work pants are actually black skinny jeans. I wear AG’s Farrah — hemmed to the ankle length — on repeat. Jeans are par for the course in the tech companies where I’m making client pitches — anything fancier would feel out of place. Bonus: they’re comfortable (aka just enough stretch) and flattering!” — Christine, account executive

What pants do you wear to work?

P.S. 10 best shoes for work, and six readers share their office outfits.

(Photo by FPG/Archive Photos/Getty Images.)

  1. Sasha says...

    Love these pants https://figura.co/product/wide-pants/. Ran into their stand at some local market in Brooklyn and didn’t expect to find something so good there. They have elastic waist (which is the best!) and decent size pockets, fits my iPhone and keys perfectly lol. They’re not for summer though, it’s wool, but I guess that makes them so durable. I machine wash them with my other clothes and they still look like new after almost 2 years.

  2. Anna says...

    My nicest pair of pants are actually from Old Navy! Their Harper pant in black is like a perfect straight leg crop trouser. I have big hips and the pockets gaped a bit, so I just stitched them closed so they lay flat. The price made it worth the extra effort!

  3. Mary says...

    A brand new find…fabulous jeans for work…from Target! I just received a pair i’d ordered online. I lucked out and the fit is perfect on me (tall/curvy/middle-aged). They’re called Women’s Adaptive High-Rise Straight Leg Jeans – Universal Thread. I’d ordered the dark wash and have just placed an order for a pair in black. No tears, holes, acid wash etc so they’ll be perfect with a sweater and fun shoes for work in my business casual office . No back pockets/no seams…so they are a smidge dressier than most jeans…and the denim is really soft and comfy!

  4. Evie says...

    Everlane’s go weave crop trousers are like wearing pajamas but look super professional.

  5. Bethanne says...

    Eileen Fisher linen pants alll summer long (and spring and fall too.)

  6. Joanna says...

    The Limited exact stretch pants! They hold up well, are super comfortable and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked where I got my pants from!

  7. kata says...

    Just putting this on repeat. Why are all pants crops/highwater style?

    • Bren says...

      Yes. Had this exact reaction too. And as a tall girl, normal length pants are already cropped on me so all the cropped styles just don’t even work :(

    • Claire says...

      Try Boden. Not only do they have some full length pants, but you can also choose between regular and long lengths.

    • Michelle C. says...

      It’s funny, as a shorter person, I love thus trend! Back when I graduated from college and traditional trousers were what most women I worked with were wearing, it was kind of a nightmare. My legs are too long for petites, but too short for regular, so I either had to alter everything or wear high heels every day. Flats and crops forever, please!

  8. Jillian says...

    Can anyone recommend work pants that aren’t ankle length? With colder weather coming on, I want to be able to wear socks and that looks ridiculous with cropped pants.

    • Melissa says...

      I was just going to post this same question! I love my ankle length pants… but not in the winter. I am shocked that even in the winter, all I see on Banana Republic and elsewhere are cropped pants. What are those of us who don’t live in southern California supposed to wear when it’s cold out??

    • Dani says...

      I have to admit that I kind of love a cropped pant with booties – with ankle socks and sometimes with a kooky sock exposed – but I finally broke my addiction and I just picked up these C&G Pleated pants from RW & CO:
      https://www.rw-co.com/en/c%26g-stretch-heather-grey-pleated-pant/410965.html

      Insanely soft with great stretch, comfy elastic band in the back and go all the way down to the tops of my feet (I don’t like anything longer because I find they get bunchy in boots). The thicker material will help keep me warm all winter, too.

    • Kate says...

      I love skirts and cropped pants in the winter because they don’t drag in the snow / slush etc and generally can fit inside easily my boots for the commute. (Sometimes I wear thicker tights / leggings with the skirts that can easily be peeled off without actually undressing) Longer pants that I wear with heels at the office end up filthy in the winter. I can’t commute in heels in the ice!

  9. Noelle E Savage says...

    Margaret M pants are awesome. Perfect amount of stretch, pull on waistband and lots of different styles, patterns. They also wash great!
    https://www.margaretm.ca/

  10. Esther says...

    This soooo timely. I have been wanting new work pants so bad now that we’re heading into fall… you guys read my mind!

  11. Natasha says...

    I live by the Uniqlo Smart Ankle pants! I have three pairs, and worn with a simple blouse, has become my uniform! They hit at just the right spot at my ankle and have an elasticized waistband :)

    • Hayley says...

      Me too! Love them!

  12. Nan says...

    Interesting pants discussion, but I would love, love, love to find the shoes in the pic!

  13. Kristine O. says...

    Old Navy Pixie ankle pants in black. I am short and the ankle pant is full length on me. The quality for the price can’t be beat – plus they come in a full array of sizes, which I can always get behind for everyone!

  14. Christina says...

    Every year old navy has these wonderful rayon drapey drawstring pants. I have five pairs now. They look both slouchy and polished at the same time and I always get compliments. Perfect for hot dry weather for Colorado summers while also protecting my legs from sun at high elevation.

  15. Kelly says...

    I agree with Christine – AG Farrah’s are great AND high waisted. I wear them to work almost every day at an e-comm company.

  16. Shan says...

    For the love of all things good, please, please, let the cropped pants trend die. I am waiting!!

    -A tall gal in a cold Midwestern City with ankles that have been sprained too many times to be cute :-P

    • YES! Shan, what you said. I am a hair under 5’8”, so just above average height, and I CANNOT STAND cropped pants. I just roll my jeans up if it’s raining in the summer (I like an inch longer in my inseam because I think a slight drape is more flattering and I hate it if I cross my legs and the pants show high sock 😝). That’s the only time mine are cropped, and that’s a temporary measure! UGH! Also, I love wide leg trousers— they drape and look amazing! As in 1940’s style. Cheers! No more cold ankles!

    • Kati says...

      Yes!! completely agree. they chop you off visually!

    • COLLEEN says...

      I agree! In New England cropped pants are suitable for about 3 months. Please help out us tall girls!

  17. Elizabeth Velasquez says...

    Theory’s Treeca pant. Looks great and is very flattering. I have them Ina light weight wool for spring/summer and in flannel for autumn/winter

  18. Abigail says...

    Ugh why are they all so awkwardly short (except for the skinny jeans)?! I just don’t find that flattering!

    • Sarah says...

      Feeling this so much. Only Uniqlo come close to being ‘long enough’ and I decline their hemming service with relish.

      Being Aussie, we don’t have many companies, if any, that run talls and petit/shorts :(

    • Rachelle says...

      I feel the exact same! I’m also quite tall, so I have such a hard time finding pants that are long enough already…

  19. Sadie Arneson says...

    I’ve got a bootie so I opt for wide legs. The lululemon nior pant has been a game changer.

  20. K says...

    anyone have flare pant recommendations? I love all these ankle pants but they look ridiculous with steel toe boots!

  21. Lindsey says...

    Still, I ask…. WHY MUST WE SUFFER WITH COLD ANKLES?!

  22. Lauren says...

    I want the pants and shoes in that cover photo. She looks fabulous!

    • DITTO!

  23. Alex says...

    My office is an army of ladies in the the banana republic Sloane fit.

    • Noreen says...

      These. Are. Gorgeous. Def Hepburn vibes! Thanks for the link!

  24. Reg says...

    If they don’t have deep, functional pockets, I’m not interested. I know the topic of pockets for women’s clothing has been on the rise, but why aren’t there good options?

    • Jessica says...

      POCKETS! PLEASE! I’m a physical therapist, and I work both in a pediatric outpatient clinic setting as well as in the hospital. That means I need comfortable, functional, lasting pants. Also, I’m not a millionaire. Pockets — particularly back pockets — are a must for holding my pen, phone, and dry erase marker. Because I’m in the hospital and could end up near — gasp — bodily fluids, I need to have my ankles covered and socks donned. Which means all these adorable ankle pants are a big, fat no. Right now, I wear two old pairs of Loft skinny (actually straight) leg “jeans” that aren’t actually denim on repeat. They’ve got functional pockets like jeans; they’ve got stretch so I can get on the floor with kiddos at the clinic; the knees haven’t worn out even 1-year in; and they’re flattering. But sadly, I haven’t seen them on offer in a while. I’d love to hear what other women, who spend their days moving moving moving, wear in a professional setting.

    • Kristin says...

      I’m obsessed with the Elizabeth Suzann Clyde pants and jumpsuit- the pockets are massive! I can fit my phone, a boxcutter, several sharpies, lip balm and then some in them.

  25. Lizabeth says...

    In the summer, it is dresses only to work. To dang hot for pants, and dresses give you air flow in between the legs!! Dresses also make getting dressed much easier. Don’t have to decide what to wear on the other half of the body.

    In the winter months, it is jeans and leggings. But I work in a super casual office and could wear sweats to work.

  26. Emily L says...

    I’ll be honest – I hate crop pants. Great for the summer, but how do you wear them in the winter??? Cold ankles are the worst.

    • Maggie says...

      I usually just tuck them into riding boots with high socks (so that the pants don’t ride up or lay weird). It doesn’t work for all crop pants, but it works for most!

    • Emma says...

      YES! Show me some work pants that I can wear in the winter (and while we’re at it, let’s talk shoes that don’t expose the tops of your feet!) This Canadian thanks you in advance :)

    • Sarah says...

      It doesn’t always work, but they can look cute with ankle boots & some socks (even a bright color when I’m feeling bold, though I usually stick with dark gray flannel socks). It feels like a fresh take on the ever-practical-and-popular skinny jeans and riding boots.

    • Cate says...

      Yes!!!! I was hoping someone else would comment on this issue! My sister and I were recently talking about this. All pants now are ankle/crop pants. What warm work pants am I supposed to wear during the cold Midwest winters? And how am I supposed to style them with warm winter work shoes or boots? The only option I see is skinny pants tucked into boots, but I feel uncomfortable wearing extremely tight pants to work. I can’t wear flats during the winter because they expose the top of my feet and I think they look weird with socks. I would love some insight on this!

    • Katie says...

      Yes to this!! I live in Seattle and need to stay warm and dry in the winter. My unicorn of a black pant (that I have yet to find) is comfortable, loose, not too low rise, has functional pockets, and works with socks & boots (i.e not an ankle pant).

    • Taylor says...

      It sounds slightly geriatric, but I have been rocking the drugstore knee-highs in winter for years! I usually wear sneakers or boots for the commute and then switch to “nice” shoes when I get in. I’m tall so it’s particularly annoying when all these ankle pants don’t even come in longer lengths! I’ve also discovered the Old Navy Pixie pants, which come in a full-length skinny leg.

    • Ndi says...

      I live in Canada and wear ankle pants in the winter but I come in to work with my snow boots. My ankle pants tucked in and changed into stylish heels at the office. I leave the heels in my desk drawer at work. I couldn’t do booties of any kind to work as the sidewalks are icy and I need boots with grip so as not to fall flat on my face. Even when I do wear cute booties with tights and a dress, I bring the booties with me and change into them at work and once work is done, Am back to my snow boots to head outside.

  27. I’m a size 22, and Universal Standard’s Moro Ponte Pant is my savior—I own three pair. Don’t even have to think about it in the mornings. They look polished and are SO COMFORTABLE.

    • MERRICK says...

      Oooh, thanks! I have been considering those.

  28. Michèle says...

    I love the pants and shoes in the photo – I would wear this outfit.

  29. Sarah says...

    At 4’11” and hovering around a size 0 or 00, pants don’t come easy. I tend to stick with vintage, as there seem to have been more of my fellow shorties in those days. When that isn’t an option, however, I’ve recently had some luck with Club Monaco! I find that most stores within my budget and size range cater to a younger crowd than myself. In my thirties, I’m finished with certain more contemporary details. Rips? Slogans? Patches? I don’t believe in “dressing for your age”, but they’re not for me anymore. It’s nice to have things that will go a little longer without dating themselves. This pair of linen-blend, high-rise trousers that I found there are serving me well, and I’ll be back for more.
    Good luck, sisters. I get the impression that a precisely tailored work wardrobe is tough to find at any size.

  30. Brenda says...

    I have been wearing Banana Republic Sloane fit for over 10 years! They are a great fit for my curvy hips/butt and smaller waist. Plus they have a lovely stretch. I can’t recommend them enough!

  31. Lauren Jackson says...

    Silk ankle pants from Grana- I’ve got 2 pairs! I haven’t purchased any of their other pants but they look incredible too… everything I’ve bought from this brand is amazing and super reasonably priced :)

    https://www.grana.com/silk-ankle-pants?color=280

    • Cate says...

      I was just looking at these last night! Your recommendation might help me pull the trigger, thanks!

  32. Maggie says...

    Ugh, I love office attire, maybe because I’ve never gotten to wear it? I went from server to Pilates instructor. Leggings are my uniform. Grass is always greener, trust.

    • I feel the same! Professional potter here. Mud covered Carharts and sturdy denim are my uniform. I always drool over office wear….

  33. Jessie says...

    Banana Republic’s Sloan pant. They hold up well, look sharp, have a nice stretch to them. I have two pairs of black and navy.

  34. Laura C. says...

    Oh, the working girl look. Every September I buy some magazines and EVERY time there is an article about fashion, “working girl”. Lovely clothes, elegant trousers and fancy dresses.
    And every year I say “next year when I’ll find a job I’ll wear some like this”. But then, it won’t arrive.
    I would like to ask, what kind of clothes do you wear every day although you don’t have a job?
    Excuse me girls, I guess that I am tired and in a mid-life crisis. I find myself very comfy in jeans and cosy sweaters and boots, but now at 40 I don’r know if it seems professional. “Dress for the job you want”. Is that true? In that case, I should be wearing this every day
    https://www.google.es/search?q=sherlock+holmes+outfit&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwikzv2L_aXdAhVHURoKHavWBLcQ_AUICigB&biw=1366&bih=631#imgrc=DMhr2v1H9VBuBM:

    Sorry ladies, didn’t mean to sound bitter, I just really want to ask, does this topic fit for non working girls as well?
    Love ya CoJ.

    Ps. For the record, YES to wear socks in winter!

    • liz says...

      If it makes you feel better, I would kill to swap with you! I have to wear a suit everyday!

  35. Sally says...

    This is a completely US-centric list.

    UK ladies – shops that have worked for me for cheapish, decent work trousers are M&S and Next, mostly. Occasionally River Island, H&M or Mango make a showing.

    • Kathryn says...

      I’ve found some pretty good trousers at Fat Face (my hip to waist ratio is waaay too high for M&S’s designs – they seem to think women are cylindrical!) although on the more casual end of the scale.

      I’ve also had success in Debenhams – their classic line is good quality for the price, although the sizes are all over the place.

  36. Cal says...

    I swear by Lululemon’s On The Fly Pant! They are perfect for travel and work and everything in between. My boyfriend exclusively buys Lululemon men’s pants and they look amazing, I wish they had a similar semi-professional line for women. The On The Fly Pant comes close!

  37. Jeannie says...

    Everlane pants (the 100% wool GoWeave) are my favorites!! What a win! They are REALLY wrinkle-resistant which is impressive considering they aren’t treated with nasty chemicals. I also love them because they are natural fibers, with no mixed synthetics. I try to buy as little synthetic fibers as possible for environmental reasons. I got most of my pairs off eBay, once I figured out which size works best for me. Oddly, my sizes vary between the different styles they have (from 00 to 2!).

  38. Veronica says...

    In case there are others ladies in non traditional work such as manufacturing/ construction, I recently found a beautiful company that makes women’s work wear. Gamine.
    Carharts and Dickies have stepped it up and if you work in these industries those are the obvious choices so I thought I would share something different.
    I bounce from a production environment to meetings with senior management so I’ve also invested in an Imogene and willie pair of jeans for work. Good excuse :)

  39. Billie-Jo says...

    One of my best thrift finds was a pair of Banana Republic Ryan pants, tags on, hemming needles still in (!!) for $6. I loved them so much I looked up the full retail price and now I’m depressed because I can never pay that much for another pair.

    • Leah says...

      Banana Republic has 40% off sales all the time! You can check the website periodically or sign up for email alerts. They are also on Ebates so you can usually get another 5-10% back that way. I’ve literally never paid full price for their clothes, and I love their Ryan pants also.

    • Melissa says...

      Try Poshmark too! I am always selling Banana Republic stuff on there that I either don’t wear or doesn’t fit me anymore. Prices are usually dirt-cheap too.

  40. Tiffany says...

    Scrub pants ha ha! The benefit of being a nurse (especially with a growing baby belly)

  41. deanna says...

    I tend towards skirts and dresses, so I don’t often wear pants to work. However, when I do wear pants, lately it’s the Pull-On Easy Pants from J. Crew. They’re made of this really nice matte crepe material that is comfortable and hangs nicely. I tend towards dresses lately because I’ve really struggled with the trend towards high waisted pants. They just do not fit me and my relatively straight lower body half well. However, these J. Crew pants have a high enough rise to feel on trend without making me uncomfortable. The fabric is great for seasonal transitions, too. They come in regular, tall, and petite! I can wear both regular and petite, but prefer the regular in these.

  42. Amanda says...

    The # 1 for me is from The Limited – Signature Bootcut Pant in Exact Stretch. All their cuts/styles are perfect. Regular price is around $60, but I now see they are on sale for $29.99 – happy shopping!

  43. Holly says...

    I cannot, for the life of me, find a pant that is skinny enough at the ankle. Even so called ‘skinny’ pants – J Crew Cameron, Ann Taylor, BR – swallow my ankles and look like I’m wearing my mom’s pants. Has anyone found a skinny work pant with a true 9 or 10″ leg opening?!

    • Kristine O. says...

      I just got a pair of Kut from the Cloth knit checked pants from Nordstrom on sale. The ankle opening is 9 1/2″ and the knit is nice and thick. Nice array of sizes available too. Hope this is helpful!

  44. Kylie says...

    I can’t believe no one mentioned the Banana Republic Sloan pants. They’re more of a skinny fit (the Ryan is a slim straight fit) and they don’t have the lining like the Ryan (which I like – I got thick legs and I don’t like the extra bulk). They never wrinkle and are almost more comfortable than jeans – I kinda miss wearing them when our office does a jean day! Banana will come out with different patterns and fabrics, and I found the sizing can vary based on those things… but I have 5 pair (3 year-round and 2 more winter fabrics that I sized up in) and love everyone one of them.

    • Emily L says...

      When I worked in a more formal office I wore them all the time! Still have a few pairs I rotate.

  45. Hannah says...

    YES! I have been looking for some new work pants – I’ve had the same Ann Taylor black skinny pants for almost FIVE years. Definitely ordering a few options to try on at home (literally trying on work pants is the worst in a dressing room). My office moved to “business casual” last year so people can wear jeans whenever, but I still love dress clothes! Plus Meghan Markle is over there crushing it in the pantsuits. Totally inspired!

  46. Abigail says...

    Had to comment for the Aritzia Cohen pant, my FAVOURITE! They’re sooo comfortable and flattering, I’ve received a gazillion compliments since I got my first pair (I’m 5’0″ and they look great on me without tailoring–a huge win). They’re perfect for dressing up at work, an evening event with a silky tank and heels, and on weekends with sneakers. Also, Aritzia has sales fairly frequently so I just wait until then to buy. Highly recommend!!

  47. gfy says...

    Can you do a post on the best interview outfits for 2018/19? I always wear a suit: pants and a matching feminine blazer, but just wonder about options. Thanks!

  48. Ally says...

    Oh, I love these suggestions!

    I’m pretty spoiled working for a by women, for women running apparel company (Oiselle, out of Seattle) – we wear…whatever we want. Usually our own running tights. Our team is usually in Oiselle tights, or high waist jeans. Everlane and Madewell are HQ faves!

  49. Cynthia says...

    Love the J Crew Cameron pant- a tried and true staple for me! I just can’t get behind a work pant with a partial elastic waste band. Doesn’t seem professional enough.

    • Keltie says...

      The Cameron pants now come in a high rise too – they’re amazing!

  50. Renee says...

    Who is this lady in the photo? GORGEOUS!

    • Jessica says...

      I want her entire outfit. Those pants! Those shoes!

  51. Taylor says...

    I’m 5’1 and love Loft’s Julie ankle skinny in petite. The length is perfect on me and the fit is slim without being tight at all. Wait for the 50% off and free shipping sales and they’re only $35

  52. Tawny says...

    Constantly on the lookout for work pants. Because it’s such a struggle, I wear so many dresses and skirts. So, this post has given me SO MANY options to check out. Yay!

  53. Bryn says...

    Ted Baker work pants are my go-to! They are a bit on the pricey side, so I buy them either on sale or at the Ted Baker Outlet.

  54. Colleen says...

    I did wear Old Navy Harper ankle pants. They’re gone and the skinny Pixie ankle pants just aren’t the same :(

  55. Mary Kay says...

    Finding good work pants is hard! My favorites are these CeCe Crepe straight leg pants. They have an elastic back, so they are comfy, but it is subtle. Also, they are not at all clingy- I don’t like clingy pants over my rear at work. I am tall (5’10”) and they are long enough (which is not a given!). Plus, they can are machine washable and dry-able. I always wash my clothes after work because as a pediatrician, I am always exposed to lots of germs.
    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/cece-crepe-straight-leg-pants/4379899?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPants%20%26%20Leggings&color=rich%20black

    NYDJ also makes nice, cozy, stretchy trousers that are also machine-washable. They are a little clingy over the rear, but very comfy, especially in winter.
    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nydj-stretch-knit-trousers-regular-petite/4991652?origin=category-personalizedsort&breadcrumb=Home%2FWomen%2FClothing%2FPants%20%26%20Leggings&color=black

  56. Molly says...

    I love Eloquii’s 9-to-5 pant. They have professional look, but enough stretch and hold that I feel great in them too! I get the short length, and it’s a perfect ankle pant for my short frame.

  57. Laura says...

    I’ve been wearing Old Navy’s Stevie ponte knit pants and they are sooo comfortable but look like work pants

  58. Anna says...

    I am ride-or-die about Banana Republic Ryan Pants, but in the machine washable fabric. I have 4 pairs and want more. They come out of the dryer looking great!

  59. Laura says...

    Love love love the Ann Taylor LOFT Ankle Pants for work. When there is a good sale, I stock up! So comfy, look great and can easily mix and match tops and sweaters.

  60. Cara M says...

    Thank you so much for posting about the Eloquii Kady pant. At a curvy size 16, I get a big frustrated when I can’t find an option in an article. Love for all my sisters of any size!

  61. Lisa says...

    OMG Aritzia’s pants without a doubt. They don’t crease, they have an elastic waistband (makes food babies a lot more bearable :) they really are fantastic – I personally find my thighs are a bit larger than the rest of my legs proportionally, and these accommodate them (!!!) which most other work pants hug the thighs and make me SUPER self-conscious.

    • Jessica says...

      I LOVE hearing this, Lisa! I love wearing pants, but as a lady with curvy hips, thighs, and butt, it can be a real challenge finding pants that aren’t so slim fitting that I feel really self-conscious. I love a looser leg, and thought the Aritzia pair looked very promising. Thanks for sharing!

    • Sarah says...

      Do you guys dry clean yours, or machine wash like the article mentioned? I’ve only ever dry cleaned but would LOVE to wash at home if others have had positive experiences! :)

  62. Ali says...

    None! I wear skirts and dresses to the office. With my thick butt/thighs, it’s always been difficult to find the right fit without extensive tailoring. Add in that I like to change from flats to heels – it isn’t worth the cost to get the “right” length either, since it changes depending on what I’m wearing! Skirts and dresses just make it easier.

    • Robin says...

      Yes! Absolutely agree. I always find I end up looking sloppy in work pants. I love my weekend jeans, but dresses and skirts all the way for the office!

    • Cait says...

      I’m 6 feet tall with a 36/37 inch inseam and I too have just given up on pants for work (except jeans on Fridays.) I’m not super tiny either (size 8 in pants) so cut can be a bit difficult too. I long to be one of those women that wears nipped-waist dress pants that come down and cover most of my (slightly) heeled shoe, but until I hit the lottery and can commission pants from a designer, dresses/skirts it is for me.

  63. Katie says...

    Betabrand yoga dress pants! I’m a speech pathologist and move from sitting on the floor to standing all day. They look professional but feel like yoga pants!

    • Kimberly says...

      Yes yes yes!!!

  64. Marisa says...

    Gap’s “Mid Rise Curvy True Skinny Jean” in black! Cuff at the ankle, and all set. Plus, as jeans, they have real front and back pockets–key for an event producer!

  65. Jenn says...

    I love Old Navy Pixie pants. The petite ankle pants work for me without hemming (a victory when I have a 26″ inseam) and the quality is pretty good. In fact, a few years back I was shopping at Banana Republic for their wool lined pants (my go-to winter pant) and I looked at their stretch twill pants. The manager of the store gave me a hint: go look at Old Navy, the quality is comparable and the price is more favorable. Anyway, I find these hold up great and wash well in the machine. I have them in gray, black, navy, forest green and hot pink. Hoping to add another fall color this year.

    https://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=134746262

    • Amanda McClendon says...

      Yes! I’ve got a 26″ inseam, too, and I am *obsessed* with these–three pairs and counting.

    • Amy says...

      So happy someone saved me the time of praising the Pixie pant. But I have to clarify, for me, I don’t care for the chino version. They stretch out and just don’t look great after a day of teaching. LOVE the stretchy Pixie. I can’t count how many colors I have. I’m 5’6” and don’t have inseam challenges and they work great for me length wise – hit at my ankle.

  66. None. I had pretty much given up on pants already, opting instead for dresses — so much easier to pick 1 thing to wear than 2! And now that I’m pregnant I find I have zero patience for anything trying to hug my new curves. The looser, flowier dresses, the better. Come winter, I’ll have to find some kind of maternity tights (recos?) but until I see a snow flake fall I’ll be sitting here in my comfy flowy dresses, thanks :)

    • E says...

      Hi Mary Kate! I’ve had great luck finding comfy and affordable maternity leggings and tights at ASOS. Xx

    • Sarah says...

      Mary Kate, I was the same way when I was pregnant. I absolutely hated maternity pants. My belly hung weird over the low rise bands, and the over the belly elastic was always super uncomfortable. I ended up just getting leggings to wear under my dresses, rather than tights. It felt more comfy than the tightness of a tight. I went with the Gap maternity ones, which were just fine.

  67. Emily M says...

    I wear Uniqlo’s legging pant in black pretty much 4 days a week! They’re a little more casual, but I wear them with a nicer, flow-y top and point flats and look put together – plus everything in my work wardrobe matches with black. Plus free tailoring to exactly the length you-d like!

  68. Claire says...

    I really love that outfit on the woman in the photo! not only her pants, but those shoes, and that bracelet! and that sweater!

    • Rae says...

      Right? Definite autumn outfit inspiration!

  69. Lucy says...

    I practically stop strangers on the street to tell them about Rag & Bone’s Simone Pant. I own them in black and I wear them everywhere. To work at least once a week, and out for fancy and non-fancy occasions alike. They don’t stretch between wears and you can brush stains off the fabric, so I can probably go ten wears without dry cleaning them (is that TMI??!). And they are so flattering, comfortable, and come up high to hide mummy tummy. Wear with Everlane black flats or Sezane leopard print heels/flats, or wedgey sandals. So versatile! They aren’t cheap, but worth EVERY PENNY.

    https://www.rag-bone.com/womens/bottoms/simone-pant-W2557223A.html

    • anne says...

      YES! an investment pant, yes (on the plus side, they’re USA-made!), but i’ve had mine for going on three years and they are the BEST, and have paid for themselves a few times over. just wanted to shout out a second!

    • Sarah says...

      Lucy, those look so ideal. Do you have an opinion on how true to size they run? I feel like brand like Rag & Bone run small?

    • Kate says...

      Yaaaas. I have and love these. I almost exclusively wear Rag and Bone pants to work. I have three pairs that have lasted either 3/3.5 years. I wear them at minimum three times a week year round. Cost per wear works out for me, especially as I think they will last a couple more years!

      Sarah, they run TTS on me.

  70. Charmaine says...

    You need to do a post on office shoes that you can wear socks with. I don’t understand the trend these days to go sockless. It works in the summer, but in the winter, please give me socks! So cold!

    • Ingrid says...

      Amen for socks!

    • Julia says...

      YES! As a teacher who stands on the playground for 30 minutes a day, the idea of going sockless once it starts to get cold is not even an option. I’m always stumped about what shoes to wear with my pants so I usually revert to leggings, long sweaters and boots for 4 months straight!

  71. Ashley says...

    I just purchased the Skyline Pant from Athleta and I’ve worn this pair to work EVERY DAY since! They are so light and breathable and STRETCHY – perfect for summer months of hot commutes but cold offices. I’m also petite and these fit like a dream. They don’t overwhelm my frame but they have a cute bow that ties around the waist and feels professional but fun. They look like nice work pants but feel like stretchy pj’s. Highly recommend.

    https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1105218&pcid=1059471&vid=1&pid=292915012

  72. Mckenzie Cunningham says...

    Off of this, any recs for best places to shop for petites / best pants for petites?

    • Janelle says...

      I am a petite 5 foot nothing ;) and find that the best places to shop for petite trousers are Banana Republic, Gap, and JCrew. Each of those stores has a good selection of petite clothes. Of those stores, I own the most trousers from Gap because it tends to have the best prices. My all-time favourite trousers are Gap’s Skinny Ankle Pants in Bi-Stretch. I have them in three colours :)
      https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1089281&pcid=1011761&vid=1&pid=130046922

    • anna says...

      Hey I personally love Ann Taylor for petites if you have more curves as I find J Crew petites to be cut for pretty straight ruler shape bodies.

  73. lily says...

    Are ankle pants the only way to go these days? I find they make my feet and ankles cold in the winter. Do people still do normal length pants or do I need to upgrade?

    • Sasha L says...

      I only wear ankle length in the summer. Being cold is zero fun so thick wool socks and full length pants for me.

    • Anne says...

      I live in Boston and ankle pants are all I wear, year-round. I actually find that they work particularly well in winter because I can slide my feet into cozy boots without having to worry about the hems of my pants bunching up. (Honestly I wear short Uggs because I can slip them on without socks and I’m still warm, at least for the duration of my commute, and I know Uggs are supposed to be horrible but I actually think they look quite nice!) Once I’m in the office, I go sockless because frankly the temp indoors is the same all year round. But I also think an ankle pant with a thin sock and loafers looks fantastic.

  74. Lauren says...

    I recently found out that I am pregnant and am trying to figure out what pants to wear to work this winter! I am 5’10 so I usually need to order pants in Tall sizes which not everyone carries. Any suggestions for tall maternity work pants? My office is pretty formal so unfortunately I can’t wear jeans or other causal pants to work. Any suggestions are much appreciated! xx

    • Meredith says...

      I lived in dresses with tights through my last pregnancy. Since I had my daughter, I’ve become #teampants. I don’t know what I am going to do this time around. Also, congrats!

    • Get a Bella Band! I was able to wear my regular work pants for most of my pregnancies! I also really like Asos Maternity, and they offer some tall maternity sizes. Their maternity line is hipper than most and affordable!
      https://www.amazon.com/Ingrid-Isabel-Maternity-Everyday-Bellaband/dp/B005N7YWX6

      http://us.asos.com/search/?q=Maternity+Tall&channelref=paid%2Bsearch&affid=12497&ppcadref=898162952%7C50483220652%7Ckwd-333523541714&_cclid=v3_ab595523-06b7-57d1-8e5b-acebdf7645e1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIuaHIi9qk3QIV0oR-Ch1C8g_7EAAYASAAEgLWgvD_BwE

    • Laura says...

      I’m currently 34 weeks and have been loving the Motherhood Maternity Skinny Ankle Pants. They’re just the right amount of stretchy and the length/taper is great for me. I’m only 5’4” so I can’t guarentee they’ll work well for long legs but they’re pretty inexpensive if you want to give them a shot… they’re not the highest quality pants I’ve even owned but they don’t need to last forever

    • Karen says...

      second the bella band or similar – for most of my pregnancies I basically just wore all of my regular pants with a longer shirt and the bella band. Gap had good tall length maternity pants, too! I just bought basic black and wore them all the time. Also H&M has maternity and also great stretchy non-maternity clothes too. Congrats! P.S. I’m 5’11 and work in a more formal environment too. :)

    • Dana says...

      I’m 39 weeks and have LOVED ASOS’s maternity clothes throughout pregnancy, especially for work. They have great sizing, return policies, etc. That, and Old Navy for quick staples. But definitely check out ASOS.

    • Katie says...

      Lauren, congratulations! I am also 5′ 10″ and pregnant, and just getting to the point where I need maternity pants. So far this is all that I’ve tried, but they are very comfortable! https://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1088174&pcid=1014425&vid=1&pid=696168022

      Other places I’ve seen with maternity jeans in longs are Old Navy and Asos, but maternity dress pants in longs are much harder to find! Hoping more people add to this comment thread.

    • Lauren says...

      Thanks SO much everyone!! Truly appreciate all of your helpful suggestions!!

    • Joy says...

      Ann Taylor Loft sells great maternity work pants in Tall. Also check out H&M and Asos.

  75. Emily says...

    Here’s a question: What work pants do you wear for NYC winter (or what work clothes, period)? I’ve struggled for years with finding the right pants that are good for both the cold commute and the office. Where are the pants that I can wear with a warm pair of socks and long johns for the commute? So many of these pants are ankle-length, which are adorable, but only really good if you pack certain shoes to change into once you get to work — for a good 4-5 months of the year, if you’re walking around outside, you’re either stuck with cold ankles or 2 inches of exposed long john!

    • Panda Bear says...

      Ugh, I struggle with this too. Ankle pants are my uniform in warm weather, and I’m always annoyed when the cold weather rolls around. Partly I deal with it by wearing more skirts/dresses. Add tights, of course, and for the commute, a pair of fleece lined leggings, and boots. At the office, peel off the leggings, and maybe switch to cuter shoes. But if you are committed to pants, socks and long johns, I think you need a pair of full-length, traditionally cut trousers.

    • Amanda says...

      Ankle boots! They rise up a little bit, so you’re only showing maybe 1″ of ankle, which I find to be a perfect amount for a cute quirky sock.

      The rest of the time, it’s big heavy socks and slip-on winter shoes (LLBean’s slide on ankle Gumshoes) and I bring my shoes to change into (or I leave them under my desk all winter because I’m not wearing them anywhere else!)

    • Katie says...

      I live in merino wool leggings as a base layer during winter. I find a lightweight legging fits under most pants (even skinnies) and I feel comfortable indoors (merino wool is so breathable and good for regulating temp). These are expensive, but if you live in cold climates (hey, Minnesota), worth it: https://www.icebreaker.com/en/womens-pants-leggings/oasis-leggings/100521.html?dwvar_100521_color=003

      For shoes, I always wear winter boots outdoors during my commute because of the cold (sidewalks are very cold to stand on waiting for buses) and ice. I wear a heavy pair of SmartWool socks on bitter cold days and change to regular socks and shoes once I get to work. Normal cold days, I just wear the regular socks in my boots.

      Bitter cold days, I’m wearing wool trousers (mine are old, but from Banana Republic) over my leggings, and layer an insulated jacket (I tried a million on before I found one that gave me a slim fit for my body) on under my puffy coat.

      As far as pants with exposed ankles, I embrace the visible sock with oxfords or something in winter. Not for everyone, but I love cute socks!

    • Kirsten says...

      I usually do commute in winter boots and then either throw a pair of flats in my bag or store them at my desk and change when I get in. Who wants to be walking around in wet salty shoes all day anyway, amirite?

      Sidenote: my midwestern winter hack for super cold days is to wear a pair of black tights under my pants. Any tights will do – they aren’t bulky, can double as socks, and also keep you just as warm as thicker long johns!

    • Heather says...

      I am cozier in a sweater dress and fleece tights/leggings in the winter. I’ll commute with warm boots and then change into ankle boots when I get to work. Layering pants with tights isn’t comfortable for me.

      I could not figure out how to keep my ankles warm with my ankle pants last year, so I gave up on them when the weather got too cold. I hate being cold.

  76. LK says...

    I wear Zella high waist leggings from Nordstroms (always buy on sale!). They are very thick leggings and they dont show any imperfections, and can pass as a dress pant (though i usually pair with a longer shirt).

  77. Emmy says...

    Eileen Fisher’s stretch crepe pants. I am completely obsessed with them and have them in multiple colors – black, navy, and others they do for seasonal collections. They are legitimately comfortable in all 4 seasons and have an elastic waistband so they practically feel like you’re wearing sweatpants. And they wash and dry beautifully at home – no dry cleaning. I tell all my friends about them!!! Ha!

  78. Julie says...

    Everlane high rise skinnies, those wide-leg wonders, and the straight-leg version of those, too. The most comfortable pants in the world.

  79. Anne says...

    Big fan of linen pants in general, but J.Crew’s Point Sur seaside pants have become my new staple. I live in Texas so if you are going to wear pants in the summer, linen is pretty much a must. They are super comfortable, I feel like I’m basically wearing sweat pants to work. I have them in a couple different colors and wear them on repeat.

    https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/pants/relaxed/point-sur-seaside-pant-in-linen/G4611

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i love these, too!

  80. Breanna says...

    I’m team black skinny jeans! Even when I worked in a more corporate atmosphere I wore black jeans nearly every day. I dressed them up with a silk blouse, nice shoes and good jewelry and never felt too casual. I have never had a pair of “work pants” that I wore more than a couple of times. They never seem to fit right.

  81. Erica says...

    I am actually known for NEVER wearing pants to work. I gave up a few years ago (before crops were back in) – pants have to fit in so many places, why oh why do they mostly come in two-dimensional sizing (4 P)? Can we start a fashion revolution where pants are sized like this: Waste – small, butt – large, legs – strong but lean, calves – so big they don’t fit in boots, height – average? And also – do you hem them for flats or heels??

    The few days I have worn pants to work, my team always asks me “what’s wrong”! BUT I’d love to find some pants that fit and have been known to ask a lady in public where her pants are from. The most flattering pants I’ve seen on a girl with hips were from Express.

    • Claire says...

      Erica, I am right there with you. Even if the super skinny stretch stuff fit me, I find them super uncomfortable to wear. The high waist, wide leg styles that are making a comeback are a better option for me, and are getting easier to find. I’ve also found that thrift stores are good options, as there are often good quality, older, more classic styles. One of my strategies is to size up 1 – 2 sizes, then get them tailored, and taken in at the waist.

  82. Carrie says...

    Every single pair listed is so cute but trousers like this make me sad- they are so cute and versatile but for some reason NEVER fit me right!

    • Stacy says...

      Try Ann Taylor LOFT’s various pants. I hate trousers too, and I tend to buy tops that go with skinny/straight leg jeans, and I don’t want a whole different set of work tops to go with trousers.
      I just got Slim Pencil Pants (Marisa fit) and Skinny Zip Pocket Sateen Pants (wearing right now…comfy as stretch skinny jeans!) to upgrade from my usual dark wash or black jeans. Love them both. Wait for a 40% off sale, which seems to happen every two weeks or so. There’s also a Julie fit for those with a bigger difference between hip/butt and waist.

  83. Grace says...

    I have tried so many since I work in a lab where no skin can be showing between your pants and your shoes. Current winner is JCrew Factory’s Drapey Pull-On Pants – they are the perfect length to hit the top of my foot for my petite frame (inseam is 28″ or 27″ depending on which season you bought them), but would be ankle-length on taller people. They feel like you’re wearing pajamas but look professional, don’t collect a lot of pet hair, are machine washable, and have real pockets that you can even fit a phone inside! I have them in all 4 colors and recently bought seconds of the black and navy so I can have backup.

  84. Em says...

    THE “STELLAR TIGHT” FROM ATHLETA. Seriously, so amazing and I always get compliments at work. Similar to a ponte pant in style but the fabric is so awesome, sleek, stretchy in the right way, mesh panel in front holds you in. I have in two colors and I wear them every week. They look great in the office with a smart shirt or sweater and also dress down well for the weekends. I love them. I’m curvy and I love the way they look on me. https://athleta.gap.com/browse/product.do?pid=870815

  85. Victoria says...

    Hands down the Martie Slim Crop Pant from J Crew. I have them in 3 colors now and they work with flats, loafers, sneakers, heels. They make you look like Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face and would be a staple in any Parisian cool girl capsule wardrobe.

    • Margaret says...

      Yes. THE BEST. That side zipper does wonders.

    • Lizzie says...

      Agreed! I have one pair in Black that I probably wear 2x per week, planning to buy one or two more for this fall. So slimming!

  86. Ella says...

    I hate pants! I am petite and lean. But have very narrow square hips, thick thighs (think tree trunks), tiny flat bottom and tiny calves. The ratio is all off and no pant really works. If I could find a flattering pair, I’d pay anything. I have not worn jeans in years. Its skirts/dresses for me.

    • Emily R says...

      I’m tall and a bit heavier on the bottom. I also hate pants. I somehow can manage jeans, but work pants are close to impossible.

      But what I find even HARDER are work shoes that look nice in the office, but also travel back and forth. For us northern city dwellers who walk and ride public transportation when it’s cold – what do you wear? I haven’t found anything that doesn’t make me feel foolishly cold and under dressed or looks so unflattering and manly. Help!

  87. Nsh says...

    I have a 26 inch waist and 34 inch inseam and finding pants is tough. The most attractive, affordable, and durable pair for work that I own are Express’ “Editor” pants in SiZE 0 Long! I recommend them to folks with long legs!

    • Sara says...

      I love Express pants too! I am not particularly tall, but they fit me well and I like that they have a higher rise because I don’t want to worry about bending over at work.

    • Veronica says...

      Thank you! I never thought to look at Express. I have similar measurements and have eschewed pants for the last couple of years because there are almost never full length options that look good on me. The ankle and cropped pant trend just makes me look like I’m 13 and going through a growth spurt again!

    • Stella Blackmon says...

      Wow, love these, Jill!!!

    • Nisha says...

      Seconded! I bought them in two colors – they’re so comfortable and stylish. Trying to find ways to somehow wear them through fall and winter!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      i hadn’t seen these! love them, too. thanks for the tip, jill.