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While you might be looking forward to returning to the office soon, you might not be as excited about having to wear "real clothes" again. Over the last two 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, as mask guidance continues to change and workplaces begin to reopen their doors, it might be time to do a wardrobe refresh and make sure we have at least a few boardroom-ready pieces in hand.
And even though we never thought we'd say this (these editors love their loungewear), the Shop TODAY team is actually looking forward to restocking 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.
Best women's dress pants for work, according to reviewers
From the high-rise, contoured waistband to the slimming lining, there's a lot to love about these black pants. A key feature for this Old Navy option is the Never-Fade fabric, which keeps the color vibrant and fresh after multiple washes. And speaking of color, they also come in seven shades, so you can rock a new pair every day of the week.
Tired of your pencil pants? Give them a rest with these wide-leg pants that offer enough room to move around the office. The style comes in three different colors (khaki, Oyster White and black), to complete your weekly work capsule. Plus, this design has a more sophisticated feel and will look good for after-hour events.
Wear these plaid pants when you're about to get that promotion. The slouchy look yet elegant design is for the boss lady that handles different tasks. This style features a wide-leg and high-waisted silhouette for a comfortable fit.
Add a pop of color to your work wardrobe with these wrinkle-free and travel-friendly pants. These are pull-on and have an elastic waist to make you feel efficient from the office to your kid's school reunion. These will look flawless with any blouse you're rocking.
Pants that you can keep in your wardrobe rotation all year long? Count us in. These figure-flattering bottoms boast four functioning pockets, a mid-rise fit and a flexible waistband that won't leave you with a gap in the back.
You can take these pants 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. If you're not into gray, you can also grab them in a brown checked pattern.
These elastic-waist pants look comfortable and classy, but we wouldn't ever guess that they feel "like wearing pajamas," according to one satisfied reviewer. And if you think the cozy feel is too good to be true, you might have a hard time believing that they're also on clearance right now.
If you're looking for options that have the comfort of a WFH pant but the look of work-appropriate bottoms, try these soft knit pairs from Gap on for size. The cozy polyester and spandex blend gives them the "cloud light" name, but the polished look has shoppers scooping them up to wear to the office. One reviewer even described them as "sweatpants you can wear to work."
The feel of sweats, the look of dress pants — can you ask for anything more? You can find these options from Walmart in black, off-white and pink. We think they'd look great with a pair of white sneakers or a pair of flats.
Curvy girls, rejoice! These pants are specifically designed for women with an hourglass figure, so the brand says you won't need to size up or down for the perfect fit. They come in three different colors — Capers (dark green), Weathered Walnut (beige) and Lighthouse (white) — that boast the same flattering high-rise waist.
These straight leg pants from Lee have a loose fit and hit right at the waist. They're the bestselling work pants for women on Amazon right now and have over 13,000 verified five-star ratings from shoppers.
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.
Need a versatile pair of pants for your work wardrobe? These wrinkle-free bottoms sit higher on the waist and have over 4,600 five-star ratings. Plus, they're machine-washable and safe to throw in the dryer — perfect for a fuss-free clean!
Flared pants are having a moment right now, and these ruffle hem options are sure to make a statement in the office. The pull-on bottoms hit at the waist and can pair perfectly with pumps.
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.
You can never go wrong with a classic pair of linen pants. Banana Republic offers different styles with wool-blend fabric and more casual options for a laid-back look.
Over 6,400 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.
You'll look polished in a pair of paperbag pants that works equally well at the office or for a night out with the girls. The loose 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.
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.
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 also available in regular and plus sizes and in 10 color options.
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.
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 Lands' End features a comfy elastic waist, slim fit and comes in both khaki and black. The brand also offers free hemming to help you get the perfect fit!
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.
After almost two years of rocking sweatpants and leggings every day at home, we're craving comfort for our office wardrobe. These viscose-twill dress pants definitely fit the bill with their draped fit and back elastic waistband. The style comes in two colors — blue and bright pink — and we can definitely see ourselves rocking the former with the matching blazer this spring.
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.
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.
Who said that work clothes have to be so serious? An animal print in neutral hues — black and white, in this case — helps to show off your personality in the most professional way possible.
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.
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