A pair of leggings, or sweatpants can, of course, keep you comfortable. But, for days when you want to elevate your look, you may want a pair of flattering pants instead. Don’t worry – you don’t have to opt for a pair that dig into your waist all day. Take a look at the most comfortable pants for women below that you can wear for day or evening.
What to look out for when choosing comfortable pants for women
With much of the world working from home, many of you are dressing more casually.
Look out for pants with an elasticated waist or featuring material that stretches such as lycra, spandex or elastane. That way, your pants will have some ‘give’ and won’t dig in anywhere.
the best comfortable pants for women in stores now
Let’s take a look at some good comfy pants options to add to your everyday outfits.
Eileen Fisher stretch pants
Eileen Fisher is always a good go-to for separates that look stylish while being comfy and casual. The black pants (below) are an absolute classic that will go with anything in your closet. Plus, they’re made from a soft jersey, making them ideal for working from home.
Everlane dream pants
Everlane’s Dream pants (below) have plenty of features to make them comfortable pants for women, including an elastic waist, the fact they’re made with 4% elastane so they have some give and the wrinkle resistant formula. You could easily wear with sneakers and a t-shirt for weekends, or with a smart shirt for work.
Lafayette stretch pants
Lafayette’s stretch pants are pricier than some of the other comfortable pants for women options in this list, but they will stay on-trend for season after season. They have 11% elastane to provide stretch and help them keep their shape and, even though they’re designer, they are machine washable. You could style the beige pair shown here with other neutrals for an on-trend look this year, or opt for black, white or a choice of brown or olive shades.
Anthropologie pull on flare pants
When searching for comfy pants, a pair that pull on is a good option. The pull-on flare pants (below) are easy to wear yet also feature subtle details that elevate their styling, such as a zip at the back of the ankles and slanted pockets.
Lee relaxed fit all day pants
For a pair of timeless, comfy, straight leg pants, Lee’s relaxed fit style (below) look like a perfect choice. Reviewers say they don’t ride down at the waist, have a good cut for those who have a bit of a belly and have just the right amount of room without looking like “old lady pants”.
high waisted ankle pants
A pair of high-waisted pants can make your legs look longer if you are thinking about looking taller and slimmer. The Old Navy drawstring pants (below) come in regular, tall and petite. Reviewers say they are comfortable and are particularly good if you have bigger thighs.
If you want to elevate your style while staying comfy, you could try a luxurious material like satin. The pants below come in black, cream or tan. You could dress these up with a camisole top, blazer and heels.
Stretch cigarette pants
A pair of ankle length cigarette pants look sleek and dressy while being comfortable. You could add a pair of ballet pumps for an Audrey Hepburn style look, or choose low heels for work or dinner.
Wide leg pants
Tapered elastic waist pants
The tapered pants (below) look like classic dress pants, but they have an elastic waist meaning they are easy to get on and wear. Reviewers say they are comfortable and warm, and are versatile enough for professional and casual days.
two-way stretch pants
When choosing comfortable pants, choosing a pair that stretch in two or more directions can be key. The Uniqlo pants (below) come in the taupe color shown here or plaid. Reviewers say they wash well and are comfortable while looking smart.
For an unusual style that will make your outfit stand out, how about the two-tone pants (below). They have a wide, relaxed fit that won’t make you feel constricted and feature elastane for a bit of stretch.
Pull-on pants can be ideal for day-to.day or for travelling. Alison @wardrobe_oxygen above (read her style interview here) opts for a pair of blue pants with her lilac sweater, and adds an on-trend chain necklace.
Reviewers say the pull-on pants (below) have all the comfort of yoga pants while also looking “put together”.
Stretch high rise pants
Lululemon is a good go-to brand for both exercise and day-to-day wear. You can either wear the drawcord out or hide it inside on the stretch high-rise pants (below) to create slightly different looks.
Dress yoga pants are stylish and comfortable pants for women
You can, of course, wear your yoga pants for yoga. Or, if they look smart like the dress pants (below) you can wear them for all sorts of occasions. Choose from skinny, straight-leg or bootcut.
Comfy lounge pants
Of course, when it comes to comfy pants, you might want a pair of lounge pants for your lounge wear capsule that can take you from your exercise class to working from home to running errands. Reviewers say the Sarin Mathews pants (below) are made from soft, velvety fabric.
A pair of paperbag waist pants could be another good style to look out for as they tend to have elastic waists. The Yissang pants (below) would look good styled with heels so you get a mix of casual and formal in your look.
Rib knit sweater pants
Rib knit pants are very comfortable AND very on-trend currently. Wear yours like Carmen @carmen_gimeno above with sneakers or you could style with chunky boots.
tummy control Four-way stretch pants
I talked about stretch earlier, and the bootcut pants (below) have four-way stretch to help them to fit well, stay comfortable and retain their shape. They come in a good choice of colors and reviewers say they are a good enough quality for wear for business casual as well as being ideal for earing around the house. For more options check our article on tummy control jeans and tummy control leggings.
comfortable pants for women – Tapered joggers
Sweatpants can be very versatile, particularly if you choose a pair that looks a little like dress pants like the jersey knit tapered joggers (below). I like how they’re styled here with heels. You could add a blazer for a night out.
High waist tapered pants
A pair of utility-style pants with an elasticated waist could be a good choice for casual days. I can see Jennifer Aniston wearing the Universal Thread pants (below) with a white t-shirt and black blazer.
Wide-leg palazzo pants can be a comfortable choice. You can find more inspiration in this article on how to wear your palazzo pants.
A pair of stripe pants can make your legs look longer. Suzie @suzie.richetti above chooses a pair with a drawstring and styles with heels.
What are the most comfortable pants you own? I’d love to hear your recommendations.
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