It is impossible for a mass-made pant to flatter each woman’s particular combination of stomach, bum, hips, and legs, unless, of course, the pant in question is stretchy. Stretchy fabric not only enables a pant to fit and flatter multiple body types, it makes the pant oh-so comfortable. As you know, though, many stretchy pants are too revealing, athletic oriented, or cheap looking to be suitable for work. Pants made for dressier activities fit so few perfectly due to their structured, unforgiving nature. Thankfully, I have found the stretchy exceptions that rise to the occasion. Without further adieu, here are the best work pants that also happen to be the most comfortable pants for women that do not have yoga in their name.
Kobi Halperin Alexandra Slim Ankle Work Pants
The Kobi Halperin Alexandra ankle pant has my personal vote for the best work pants on this list. In fact, I mentioned them in an older post titled, The 4 Best Fitting Pants. Thank goodness they are still available! They are utterly comfortable, but they masquerade as a proper pant. They are available at Bloomingdale’s and Shopbop.
Sizing Tip: It runs a teensy bit small, so because I am between a size 4 and size 6, I went with a size 6. The whole pant stretches amazingly, but you will need that size up on the structured waist band.
J.Crew Cameron Slim Crop Pant in Four-Season Stretch
J. Crew always makes the best work pants. Right now, my clients are raving about these Cameron slim crop pant. They are fantastically flattering, and especially amazing for work because they appear structured, while still being stretchy. They can be found at J. Crew and Nordstrom.
Sizing Tip: They run true to size. Note, they are supposed to be snug on the bum, but you don’t want them to be tight.
NYDJ ‘Betty’ Stretch Ankle Pants
These Betty stretch ankle pants are my absolute favorite ankle pant right now. My clients love their look, feel, and stretchy pajama comfort. Although these have made the best work pants list, they are also good for play since you can wear them with heels or flats. You can find extensive petite sizes on NYDJ.com
Sizing Tip: They run large. If you get a size too big, it bags a bit in the crotch. To avoid this, make sure you get the smallest size you can. Remember, they are supposed to be snug.
NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers
These NYDJ ponte trousers are the best work pants for those wanting a more traditional, aka longer and more flared, pant for work. They stretch like crazy, but you will feel completely put-together. Available at Nordstrom and NYDJ.com. Extensive petite sizes found here.
Sizing Tip: NYDJ runs big, but not as big as previous years. Compare two sizes to be sure you have the right size for you.
Two by Vince Camuto Skinny Ponte Pants
My ultimate favorite black ponte pants were by Burberry. There is a deep sadness among my clients that we can no longer find this pant. Sigh. There are still other options out there. This Two by Vince Camuto pant will not be as amazing as our Burberry friend, but they satisfy our need for a skinny black pant. Pair these with sleek boots for a sharp, but warm work look in the office. Keep in mind, some work environments may find this look too casual or sexy. Make sure you are following your office’s dress code guidelines before wearing.
Sizing Tip: Runs slightly big. Try two sizes before buying.
To learn about the best work pants for women, please read The 4 Best Fitting Pants.