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Don't know what to wear to work? 27 pairs of pants that go with everything

TODAY logo TODAY 8/12/2022 Chrissy Callahan

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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 more of us return to our cubicles on a more regular basis, 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 shoppers

Tronjori High-Waist Palazzo Pants

Wide-Leg Palazzo Pants

Tronjori Women High Waist Casual Wide Leg Long Palazzo Pants Trousers Regular Size(M,Green Multiplaid) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Tronjori Women High Waist Casual Wide Leg Long Palazzo Pants Trousers Regular Size(M,Green Multiplaid) (Amazon / Amazon)

Wide-Leg Palazzo Pants $ at Amazon

While these may currently be 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 (5,600+ in total!) over time.

Old Navy High-Waisted Pixie Windowpane-Plaid Ankle Pants

High-Waisted Pixie Windowpane-Plaid Ankle Pants for Women

High-Waisted Pixie Windowpane-Plaid Ankle Pants for Women (Old Navy / Old Navy) © Old Navy High-Waisted Pixie Windowpane-Plaid Ankle Pants for Women (Old Navy / Old Navy)

High-Waisted Pixie Windowpane-Plaid Ankle Pants for Women $ at Old Navy

Wear these plaid pencil pants when you're about to get that promotion. The stretchy, pixie-style design from Old Navy is for the boss lady that handles different tasks. It also features the brand's signature Clever Secret-Smooth pockets for an extra flattering fit.

Related: We found budget-friendly picks for both seasons.

A New Day High-Rise Ruffle Waisted Pull-On Ankle Pants

High-Rise Ruffle Waisted Pull-On Ankle Pants

High-Rise Ruffle Waisted Pull-On Ankle Pants $ at Target

This ruffled-waist style with a drawstring closure looks comfortable and classy, but we wouldn't ever guess that they're also the perfect transitional pants for pregnancy, 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 on clearance right now.

Croft & Barrow Effortless Stretch Ankle Pants

Effortless Stretch Ankle Pants

Effortless Stretch Ankle Pants $ at Kohl's

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.

Banana Republic Factory Curvy Slim Pant

Curvy Slim Pant

Curvy Slim Pant (Banana Republic Factory / Banana Republic Factory) © Banana Republic Factory Curvy Slim Pant (Banana Republic Factory / Banana Republic Factory)

Curvy Slim Pant $ at Banana Republic Factory

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 boast a mid-rise fit and a strechy 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.

Gap Off-Duty Khakis with Washwell

Off-Duty Khaki with Washwell

Off-Duty Khaki with Washwell (Gap / Gap) © Gap Off-Duty Khaki with Washwell (Gap / Gap)

Off-Duty Khaki with Washwell $ at Gap

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.

Alfani Zip Jogger Pants

Women's Zip Jogger Pants

Women's Zip Jogger Pants $ at Macy's

The feel of sweats, the look of dress pants — can you ask for anything more? You can find these options from Macy's in black, navy and olive. We think they'd look great with a pair of white sneakers or a pair of flats.

H&M High-Waisted Tailored Trousers

High-Waisted Tailored Trousers

High-Waisted Tailored Trousers $ at H&M

After over two years of rocking sweatpants and leggings every day at home, we're craving comfort for our office wardrobe. These viscose-twill, high-waisted women's work pants (available in sizes 0-20) definitely fit the bill with their draped fit and back elastic waistband. The style comes in a bright blue, in case you're looking to make a statement while roaming the office halls.

Rekucci Secret Figure Pull-On Bootcut Pants

Secret Figure Pull-On Knit Bootcut Pant w/Tummy Control

Rekucci Women's Secret Figure Pull-On Knit Bootcut Pant w/Tummy Control (8, Graphite) (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Rekucci Women's Secret Figure Pull-On Knit Bootcut Pant w/Tummy Control (8, Graphite) (Amazon / Amazon)

Secret Figure Pull-On Knit Bootcut Pant w/Tummy Control $ at Amazon

Add a pop of color to your work wardrobe with these pull-on pants with 2,700+ 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.

Treasure & Bond Drapey Plaid Pants

Drapey Plaid Pants

Treasure & Bond Drapey Plaid Pants in Tan- Ivory Bethany Plaid at Nordstrom, Size 1X (Nordstrom / Nordstrom) © Nordstrom Treasure & Bond Drapey Plaid Pants in Tan- Ivory Bethany Plaid at Nordstrom, Size 1X (Nordstrom / Nordstrom)

Drapey Plaid Pants $ at Nordstrom

You can take these polished plaid pants (available in a wide range of sizes from XXS 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.

Athleta Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant

Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant

Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant (Athleta / Athleta) © Athleta Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant (Athleta / Athleta)

Cabo Linen Wide Leg Pant $ at Athleta


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Tired of your pencil pants? Give them a rest with these linen wide-leg pants that offer enough room to move around the office. The style comes in regular, tall and petite sizes up to 26 and four different hues to complete your weekly work capsule. Plus, this design has a more sophisticated feel and will look good for after-hour events.

Tommy Hilfiger TH Flex Hampton Cuffed Chino Straight Leg Pants

TH Flex Hampton Cuffed Chino Straight Leg Pants

TH Flex Hampton Cuffed Chino Straight Leg Pants $ at Macy's

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.

Related: Gone are the days of suffocating thighs in uncomfy denim.

A New Day High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants

High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants

High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants $ at Target

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.

Lee Relaxed Fit All Day Straight Leg Pant

Relaxed Fit All Day Straight Leg Pant

  • Relaxed Fit All Day Straight Leg Pant $ at Amazon
  • Relaxed Fit All Day Straight Leg Pant $ at Kohl's
  • Relaxed Fit All Day Straight Leg Pant $ at Tractor Supply Co.

These straight leg pants from Lee have a loose fit and hit right at the waist. Plus, they're the bestselling work pants for women on Amazon right now and have over 15,000 verified five-star ratings from shoppers.

Grace Karin High Waist Pencil Pants

High Waist Pencil Pants with Bow-Knot

Grace Karin High-Waist Paperbag Pants (Amazon / Amazon) © Amazon Grace Karin High-Waist Paperbag Pants (Amazon / Amazon)

High Waist Pencil Pants with Bow-Knot $ at Amazon

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.

L.L. Bean Straight-Leg Perfect Fit Pants

Straight-Leg Perfect Fit Pants

Straight-Leg Perfect Fit Pants $ at L.L. Bean

Need a versatile pair of pants for your work wardrobe? These wrinkle-free bottoms sit higher on the waist and have over 5,200 five-star ratings. Plus, they're machine-washable and safe to throw in the dryer — perfect for a fuss-free clean!

Truth + Style Knit Crepe Pants with Ruffle Hem

Knit Crepe Pants with Ruffle Hem

Knit Crepe Pants with Ruffle Hem $ at QVC

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.

Roz & Ali Secret Agent Pants

Secret Agent Pants with Cateye Pockets

Secret Agent Pants with Cateye Pockets $ at Dress Barn

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.

Related: These comfortable picks feel like a "second set of skin."

Uniqlo Smart Ankle Pants

Smart Ankle Pants

Smart Ankle Pants (Uniqlo / Uniqlo) © Uniqlo Smart Ankle Pants (Uniqlo / Uniqlo)

Smart Ankle Pants $ at Uniqlo

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.

Loft Belted Emory Taper Pants

Belted Emory Taper Pants

Belted Emory Taper Pants (Loft / Loft) © Loft Belted Emory Taper Pants (Loft / Loft)

Belted Emory Taper Pants $ at Loft

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.

Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Brooklyn Ankle Pant $ at Athleta

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.

Yogipace Straight Leg Yoga Dress Pants

Straight Leg Yoga Dress Pants

Straight Leg Yoga Dress Pants $ at Amazon

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.

Loft Pull-On Slim Pants In Faux Leather

Pull-On Slim Pants In Faux Leather

Loft Pull-On Slim Pants In Faux Leather (Loft / Loft) © Loft Loft Pull-On Slim Pants In Faux Leather (Loft / Loft)

Pull-On Slim Pants In Faux Leather $ at Loft

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.

Express High Waisted Knit Columnist Ankle Pant

High Waisted Knit Columnist Ankle Pant

High Waisted Knit Columnist Ankle Pant (Express / Express) © Express High Waisted Knit Columnist Ankle Pant (Express / Express)

High Waisted Knit Columnist Ankle Pant $ at Express

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 The Dream Pant

The Dream Pant

The Dream Pant $ at Everlane

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.

Madewell The Curvy Perfect Vintage Straight Workwear Pants

The Curvy Perfect Vintage Straight Workwear Pants

The Curvy Perfect Vintage Straight Workwear Pants $ at Madewell

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 four different neutral colors that boast the same flattering high-rise waist.

Spanx The Perfect Pant Slim Straight

The Perfect Pant Slim Straight

a woman posing for a picture: The Perfect Pant, Slim Straight The Perfect Pant, Slim Straight
  • The Perfect Pant Slim Straight $ at Dillard's
  • The Perfect Pant Slim Straight $ at Spanx
  • The Perfect Pant Slim Straight $ at Shopbop

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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