Every wardrobe needs at least one pair of classic dress pants that are versatile enough to suit (no pun intended) a variety of office settings. The Anne Klein Flare Leg Suit Pants are the perfect go-to, especially on days when you don’t want to put too much thought into your outfit, but you still want to look professional. These mid-rise pants are made from a lightweight woven blend that’s both comfortable and breathable, and the flat-front, flare-leg style elongates your figure and looks super polished. Add a blazer or suit jacket to instantly dress up for an important meeting, or wear them with a blouse for a more business casual look.
The pintuck center seams on the front and back of these Gramercy pants highlight their sleek silhouette. They're made from a thick jersey material and have a hidden side zip that keeps the front of the pants looking streamlined and stylish. Plus, they're stretchy enough for all-day comfort.
The Gramercy Acclaimed Stretch Pants are available in nine different colors: black, cammello, ink, maple, nougat, olive, partridge, sand, and white, in sizes 0 to 18. These pants can be dry cleaned or hand washed in cold water. In terms of styling, they are best paired with a simple top that doesn’t clash with the clean lines.
Proving that it's possible to be comfortable in dress pants, the Rekucci Ease into Comfort pants forego the typical zip fly closure in favor of an ultra-comfortable stretchy waistband. With a super-smooth silhouette that disappears under your top, no one will ever know the difference. These pants even have a pressed leg crease, mimicking the look you'd expect from a traditional pair of trousers. The Rekuccis come in 37 different colors — enough to replace or fill the gaps in your current work wardrobe. They run in sizes 0 to 18 in both regular and short, and they’re reasonably priced, making it easy to have several pairs in your closet to wear throughout the work week.
The Red Hanger Bootcut Dress Pants are both stylish and comfortable, something most women are looking for in a pair of dress pants. These classically-styled, high-waisted pants aspire to fit women of all ages and body types and are designed to provide a comfortably wide leg without creating the dreaded gap in the pack of the pants. They have a pull-on, elasticized waist for comfort without sacrificing style: the bootcut leg elongates your silhouette and falls nicely around the ankle. Choose from 14 colors including black, brown, burgundy, charcoal, indigo, and navy. Sizes small to XXL are available. You can care for these best by hand washing in cold water and letting them air dry.
Halston Heritage Flowy Wide Leg Dress Pants have a high waistline and a wide leg. Made from lightweight crepe that’s both flowy and smooth, the wide leg style of pant looks great on many different body types but is particularly dramatic on taller women. The belt loop waist is perfect for accessorizing with a coordinating belt (and further accentuating your waistline) and the double hook-and-bar closure with zipper fly is low-profile and sleek. Front pockets add convenience and a casual feel. They are lined with 100 percent polyester so you don't need to worry about the crepe being too thin. Choose from black or cream in sizes 0 through 12.
The Topshop High Waist Cigarette Trousers have a high waist and hems and are both comfortable and chic. These pants are a slightly trendier option than some other on this list, but they can easily be dressed up for the office by pairing them with a blouse or blazer (or both). They have a zip fly with button closure, front pockets, and faux back pockets for a sleeker silhouette. The creased crop legs are a very fashionable length and can be especially flattering on a shorter frame.
The Topshop High Waist Cigarette Trousers are easy on your wallet so you can look stylish at work without breaking the bank. According to the website, they tend to run large, so ordering a size down will help you achieve the best fit.
The Louben Straight Leg Pants come in sizes 14W to 22W and are available in both black and navy — two of the most useful pants colors for a work wardrobe. These mid-rise, straight-leg pants are made from a tasteful crepe fabric and tailored for a smooth, clean fit that's super easy to dress up and can be worn just about anywhere. The front is designed with a zip fly with hook-and-bar closure and the back of the waist includes a hidden elastic inset for added comfort and flexibility.
These plus-size pants are designed with all the great features of Rekucci's original boot cut pants while adding a hidden tummy control panel and actual functioning pockets (a rarity on most dress pants). Plus, the waistband contains hidden extra-wide elastic for greater stretch and comfort as you put in a full day’s work. This barely-bootcut design is cut with a subtle flare that isn’t too dramatic or overwhelming.
Rekucci Ease into Comfort pants are available in sizes 14W to 24W in both regular and short, and 76 percent of reviewers say the pants fit exactly as expected. You can choose from 20 different colors including black, oatmeal, desert rose, and white. And if you want to move away from the plain black pants, there are even a few options for prints, like checkers and pinstripes. The price is reasonable enough that you can purchase a few pairs to add to your professional wardrobe.
These ankle pants from Vince Camuto are a perfect combination of comfortable and professional. They're made from a ponte knit material, which means they're wonderfully stretchy without looking like it. They also have a slight high rise and are hemmed to a contemporary ankle length that’s flattering for a variety of body shapes and looks good with many different shoe styles. They come in black and dark heather grey and are available in sizes 00 to 14 in both regular and petite lengths.
The 9 Best Dress Pants for Women in 2018
Find the perfect pair for your workweek wardrobe
Every woman needs a pair of dress pants. And if you work in an office, you probably need several pairs to rotate throughout the week. Flattering and super functional, the right dress pants can add an elegant and professional flair to any outfit. But with so many styles to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Think about the fit and style you want: Are you looking for a classic, structured pair of trousers, or are you more interested in the comfort of a stretch waistband? Do you have a tall or petite frame? Narrow or curvy?
Regardless of style, it’s important to choose pants that fit. Make sure that there are no creases or pouches of fabric across the front of the pants when you put them on. The former indicates your pants are too small (and may quickly steer into the realm of “office inappropriate”). The latter indicates they’re too large, which will look sloppy in more structured styles. Also, if you’re at your desk most of the day, choose a waist size that feels comfortable when you’re sitting. Unless the manufacturer indicates a sizing discrepancy, it probably isn't wise to gamble on a too-small waist — when in doubt, go a little larger.
It’s also a good idea to consider your shoes when buying dress pants. Are you a flats person, or do you usually wear heels to the office? Different pants styles and hem lengths look better with different styles of shoes, so it helps to consider the kinds of outfits you normally wear and how these trousers will fit in with your current wardrobe.
With those things in mind, read on for our picks of the best women’s dress pants available online today.