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.
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.
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good place to start for your work capsule, as they have so many classic pants and blazers to choose from that won’t go out of date.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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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.
Barb @barb_styling above opts for bright pink with her black pants.
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.
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.
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
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.
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