Do you tend to wear more pants, or skirts and dresses for work? While every workplace has its own norms on how formal or casual your professional outfits need to be, you can create countless looks around a stylish pair of pants. This article has the best work pants for women that you can dress up or down as you want.
What you need from your work pants
If you’re looking for the best work pants for women, what features do you need your work pants to have?
First of all, comfort. You don’t want to spend all day at work in ill-fitting clothes. Make sure you get a pair of pants that fit well when standing and sitting. You could look out for a pair with an elasticated waist, or with a bit of stretch.
Fonda @savvysouthernchic above chooses a pair of navy ankle length pants that would be a great base for so many tops in your closet.
Recreate her outfit with this similar blouse, blazer, pants, pumps, earrings and belt.
Do you want to wash or dry clean?
Your professional wardrobe can need a fair amount of upkeep, depending on your choice of fabric. Perhaps you’re happy to drop off your pants at the dry cleaners each week, or maybe you prefer washable options. Check the label before making your choice.
Can you wear them time and time again
The best work pants will form the basis of your work capsule wardrobe. If you choose a neutral pair, they will go with all of your tops and jackets.
Greetje @no_fear_of_fashion above (read her style interview here) chooses black ankle length pants to go with her two-tone blazer.
Check out this similar top, colorblock blazer (another option here, plain options here and here), trousers, pumps, handbag (another option here) and earrings.
Best work pants for women
Now let’s look at some of the best choices in stores if you’re refreshing your work wardrobe.
J.Crew is often a good place to start for your work capsule, as they have so many classic pants and blazers to choose from that won’t go out of date. The flare pants (below) come in either black or beige. They have a little elastane for comfort and so they retain their shape.
J.Crew Willa Full Length Flare Pants
BOSS Iore Stretch Silk Blouse – J.Crew Willa Full Length Flare Pants – Tory Burch Georgia Square Toe Ballet Flat – Medea Hanna Leather Tote – Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace
Another good stop for workwear is M.M.LaFleur, where you’ll find plenty of timeless pants in professional cuts. The houndstootht pants (below) have a subtle print and would go well with your block color t-shirts, shirts and blazers. They also come in plain colors if you prefer and you can machine wash.
The Horton Stretch Houndstooth Pant
For a classic, timeless pair of black pants, how about the pair from BOSS below? With a flattering bootcut, they come in regular or petite lengths.
BOSS Tulea Side Zip Tropical Stretch Wool Trousers
Urban Coco Open Front Blazer – BOSS Efita Short Sleeve T-Shirt – BOSS Tulea Side Zip Tropical Stretch Wool Trousers – SARTO by Franco Sarto Tabitha Pointed Toe d’Orsay Flat – Kate Spade New York Knott Medium Leather Satchel –Karine Sultan Pearl Collar Necklace – Karine Sultan Imitation Pearl Stud Earrings
Wide pants are perfect for wearing with your t-shirts or shirts tucked in. The Everlane pants (below) have a slight drape for a flowy look, and a high-waist to make your legs look longer. They come in a choice of neutrals and prints.
Everlane The Way-High® Drape Pant
The straight pants (below) from MANGO come with center creases for a smart look. They have 3% elastane which gives them a good amount of stretch.
MANGO Seam Detail Straight Fit Trousers
Massimo Dutti Suit Blazer – BOSS Iore Stretch Silk Blouse – MANGO Seam Detail Straight Fit Trousers – SARTO by Franco Sarto Tabitha Pointed Toe d’Orsay Flat – Kate Spade New York Knott Medium Leather Satchel – Karine Sultan Imitation Pearl Stud Earrings
COS prides itself on creating clothes that are still on trend season after season. The COS pants (below) are 100% wool for a luxurious look.
COS Pleated Wide Leg Wool Trousers
SPANX may be renowned for its shapewear, but it is adding more and more clothes to its range. The high-waist pants (below) are designed with leg-lengthening in mind.
SPANX High Waist Flare Ponte Pants
MANGO Striped Cardigan – BOSS Efita Short Sleeve T-Shirt – SPANX High Waist Flare Ponte Pants – Aachcol Block Heel Pump – Medea Hanna Leather Tote – Karine Sultan Imitation Pearl Stud Earrings
Massimo Dutti is another favorite for workwear and luxurious weekend looks. The black straight cut pants (below) are lined for a quality, warm finish, and they have a stylish matching blazer.
Massimo Dutti Straight Fit Trousers
Have you tried Express for your clothing? They have a good choice of brands so you can find casual, formal and workwear. The wide pants (below) come with a turned up hem to give them a subtle point of difference.
Express High Waisted Pleated Wide Leg Pant
Express Satin Peak Lapel Tie Waist Blazer – Zeagoo Cross-Front Cap Sleeve Top – Express High Waisted Pleated Wide Leg Pant – Steve Madden Minka Lug Loafer – Kate Spade New York Knott Medium Leather Satchel – Karine Sultan Imitation Pearl Stud Earrings
If you’re able to add a little casual flare to your work outfits, you could try the drawstring waist pants (below) from St. Agni at Moda Operandi
St. Agni Relaxed Drawstring Wool-Blend Pants
So, now that you’ve chosen the perfect pair of work pants, what should you wear with them? A selection of long-sleeved shirts and short-sleeved t-shirts will give you versatility depending on the weather and the jackets you want to wear with them.
BOSS Iore Stretch Silk Blouse – Massimo Dutti Silk Shirt – BOSS Efita Short Sleeve T-Shirt – Zeagoo Cross-Front Cap Sleeve Top
Barb @barb_styling above opts for bright pink with her black pants.
Steal her look with this similar shirt, jacket (anther option here), trousers, pumps, belt and earrings.
For your work jackets, a selection of blazers, cardigans and shorter jackets will be perfect. Choosing open, single-breasted or belted styles for a flattering effect.
Massimo Dutti Suit Blazer – Urban Coco Open Front Blazer – Express Satin Peak Lapel Tie Waist Blazer – MANGO Striped Cardigan
Jess @elegantlydressedandstylish above (read her style interview here) opts for an all-neutral look, and adds texture with her bag.
Check out this similar blazer (another option here), pants (another option here) booties, handbag, necklace and earrings.
For your shoes, you might want heels or smart flats. You could choose pointed or round toes, or opt for a pair of on-trend chunky loafers. Even if you tend to wear neutrals for the rest of your work outfits, perhaps you could add a pop of color to your shoes.
SARTO by Franco Sarto Tabitha Pointed Toe d’Orsay Flat – Tory Burch Georgia Square Toe Ballet Flat – Steve Madden Minka Lug Loafer – Aachcol Block Heel Pump
Beth @styleatacertainage above (read her style interview here) chooses a monochrome outfit and a pair of low-heeled slingbacks.
Get her look with this similar shirt (other options here and here), pants, slingback pumps, handbag and sunglasses.
For your accessories, you’ll want a work bag that you can fit your essentials in. How big it needs to be will depend on your commute and whether you need to fit a laptop or tablet in. You could add a statement necklace and stud earrings to elevate your work looks.
Kate Spade New York Knott Medium Leather Satchel – Medea Hanna Leather Tote – Karine Sultan Pearl Collar Necklace – Kendra Scott Elisa Birthstone Pendant Necklace – Karine Sultan Imitation Pearl Stud Earrings
Boma @mrs.gaf above shows off a perfect look for a work conference, featuring a stylish weekend bag.
Check out this similar blazer, coat (another option here), flared pants (another option here), pumps, handbag and earrings.
Below, you can see all of the work pants looks from above, together in one capsule. You can easily change the tops, jackets and shoes around to give you different looks for your work days.
I’d love to hear your recommendations for the best work pants for women. If you’ve found a great pair, let me know in the comments below.
shop the best work pants for women and other items mentioned above below:
- Classy Business Outfits For Women Over 40 – Your Work Capsule Wardrobe Sorted
- How To Wear Jeans To Work And Still Look Professional
- The Most Comfortable Work Dress Shoes For Women
Like this article on the best work pants for women? Share it on Pinterest!
Feature image by Boma @mrs.gaf
Want to get more articles from 40+style in your inbox, subscribe here.
You can also connect with 40+style on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.
Support 40+style by using the links in our articles to shop. As an associate for Amazon and many other brands, we receive a small commission (at no cost to you) on qualifying purchases which enables us to keep creating amazing free content for you. Thanks!
My black trousers are in my wardrobe for a number of years and they never date.
Thanks for featuring me.