Over the last three years, some of us haven't touched the dress pants in the back of our closets and have opted for leggings and athleisure wear instead. But it might be time to do a wardrobe refresh and make sure you have at least a few boardroom-ready pieces in hand, whether you're about to enter your first job post-grad or you've been with the same company for several years.
Even though we never thought we'd say this (these editors love their loungewear), the Shop TODAY team is fully embracing "real clothes" once again and eager to restock our dress pant collection with a few fresh styles this season. From vibrant colors to playful prints, these are the pairs we can't wait to step into.
Bestselling women's dress pants for work
Add a pop of color to your work wardrobe with these pull-on pants with 2,900+ verified five-star ratings. With a hidden tummy-control panel and a contouring waistband, you'll feel more than efficient heading from the office to your kid's extracurricular activities.
While these may currently be one of Amazon's top-selling casual pants, this flowy style is more than business-appropriate. With a flattering front pleat, a comfortable elastic waistband and 30+ color and pattern options, it's won plenty of admirers of every age and body type (7,800+ in total!) over time.
Despite their name, these bestselling paperbag-style pants hold up quite nicely, according to reviewers. They come in a variety of colors, both bright and neutral, and in sizes up to XXL. "I get compliments at work all the time, and they are the comfiest work pants I have," one verified reviewer raved.
Women's wide-leg and yoga pants for work
A slight flare at the ankle sets these sassy trousers apart from the crowd and can add a nice pep to your step. The style is available in three colors — gray, navy and black — and even features tummy-control detailing.
Flared pants are having a moment right now, and this corduroy option is sure to make a retro statement in the office. Available in regular, long and petite sizes from 00 to 30, the stretchy bottoms hit right at your natural waist and can pair perfectly with a chunky heel.
Nearly 7,700 Amazon shoppers have given this popular pair of pants a five-star rating, and we completely understand why. With their stretchy material and pinstripe design, they bring the comfort of leggings and the panache of dress pants.
Tired of your pencil pants? Give them a rest with these linen wide-leg pants from Quince that offer enough room to move around the office. The style comes in three different hues to complete your weekly work capsule. Plus, this design has a more sophisticated feel and will look good for after-hour events.
You can take these polished plaid pants (available in sizes from 1X to 3X) from work to the weekend effortlessly. Whether you style them with booties or a pair of sneakers, they're easy to dress up or down and come in a lovely tan hue perfect for fall.
Several petite shoppers have raved about these flattering Abercrombie pants — starting with the fact that they didn't have to alter them! The wool-like fabric and classic pleating also makes these slacks an ideal work option for chillier stretches around the office.
After over two years of rocking sweatpants and leggings every day at home, we're craving comfort for our office wardrobe. These Tencel / cotton / linen blend, straight-leg women's work pants (available in four hues and sizes up to 16) definitely fit the bill with their draped fit and flowy legs.
Just take it from one verified Madewell shopper who labeled them their "unicorn trousers": "I worse these to a marathon of a memorial/funeral service day. Let me tell you: I sat, I stood, I chased after my dog, I sat on the grass, I had little kids putting their chip covered fingers on them, I had my dog run into me full speed soaking wet. They still looked great."
Women's slim and straight-leg pants for work
If you're looking for options that have the comfort of a WFH pant but the look of work-appropriate bottoms, try these soft khakis from Gap on for size. The cozy stretch cotton and nylon blend makes them feel all kinds of laid-back, but the polished look has shoppers scooping them up to wear to the office. P.S. Several shoppers noted sizing down if you're on the petite side or prefer a less baggy fit.
These straight leg pants from Lee have a loose fit and hit right at the waist. Plus, they're one of the bestselling work pants for women on Amazon right now and have over 17,000 verified five-star ratings from shoppers.
Wear these plaid skinny pants when you're about to get that promotion. Available in regular, tall and petite sizes from 0 to 30, the stretchy, pixie-style design from Old Navy is for the boss lady that handles different tasks. It also features smoothing pocket lining for an extra flattering fit.
A classic gray pant that you can keep in your wardrobe rotation all year long? Count us in. Made just for curvier figures, these figure-flattering bottoms from Banana Republic Factory boast a mid-rise fit and a stretchy fabric that won't leave you with a gap in the back. Note: A few reviewers said that these could run small, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to size up if you're in between sizes.
Need a versatile pair of pants for your work wardrobe? These wrinkle-free bottoms sit higher on the waist and have nearly 6,000 five-star ratings. Plus, they're machine-washable and safe to throw in the dryer — perfect for a fuss-free clean!
Contrary to popular belief, dress pants don't have to be boring. The faux leather look is everywhere right now, and we love that this pair has a polished look with a drawstring waistband that promises comfort.
Confidence is key at work, and this pair of slimming dress pants from Spanx can help you feel and look your best when you have a big presentation to nail. Its smoothing ponte fabric and four-way stretch hug your curves in the best possible way, and the style is available at multiple retailers in a wide array of sizes, ranging from XXS to 3X.
Women's ankle pants for work
This tailored pull-on style looks comfortable and classy, but we wouldn't ever guess that they're also the perfect pants for traveling, according to a few satisfied Target shoppers. And if you think the cozy feel is too good to be true, you might have a hard time believing that they're also less than $30.
Who said that work clothes have to be so serious? A fun print helps to show off your personality in the most professional way possible. Feeling a little more modest? This option is also available in several neutral tones, as well.
You'll look perfectly polished in a pair of belted pants that works equally well at the office or for a night out with the girls. The drapey fit means you'll feel nice and comfy while in the boardroom, but they can also be styled countless ways, making them a versatile addition to your wardrobe.
Posh in black! These crisp dress pants are a timeless wardrobe staple with a twist, thanks to their comfy, machine-washable cotton material. They're available in regular and plus sizes and in 10 color options.
You can't go wrong with chinos. The no-fuss style is a touch more approachable than some other dress pants, and the fabric is both comfy and easy to care for. This pair from Tommy Hilfiger features a slim fit, rolled hem (ideal for the last days of summer and warmer fall stretches) and comes in seven colors.
If you live in a warmer climate, cropped pants are a work wardrobe essential. This pair will help you look and stay cool, no matter what the weather brings.
Stretchy dress pants? Yep, they do exist! This high-waisted pull-on style comes in six colors — our favorite is the pinky-mauve hue — and is made of an insanely soft knit fabric that moves with you as you go about your busy day.
Everlane gave these pants a pretty appropriate name: The Dream Pant. After all, who wouldn't want to rock something that feels like sweatpants at the office? It's almost like you're getting away with something! The pants are made of a soft double-knit fabric, are available in eight different hues and have a comfy elastic waist, but they're also tailored and wrinkle-resistant, making them totally appropriate for your 9-5 life.
The feel of sweats, the look of dress pants — can you ask for anything more? You can find this cropped jogger option from Outdoor Voices in six colors. We think they'd look great with a pair of white sneakers or a pair of flats.
According to Athleta, these pants are meant for commuting, work and business travel. They look sleek but are made from a recycled featherweight stretch fabric that makes them feel like anything but work pants.