Updated Aug 2018
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 also makes the pant oh-so-comfortable. But as you know, many stretchy pants are athletic-oriented, cheap looking, or too revealing 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 ado, 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. Every single client I have put in these pants have loved them. Every single client. I believe this is the only item in my 11 years as a stylist that has been loved by everyone. Thank goodness they are still available! They are utterly comfortable, but they masquerade as a proper pant. They are available at Shopbop, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue.
Sizing Tip: They run 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 a size up for the structured waistband.
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 the 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. These pants are sold at Nordstrom and NYDJ.
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. They are available at Nordstrom and NYDJ.
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.
Emerson Rose Side Zip Ankle Stretch Cotton Pants
These Emerson Rose Side Zip Ankle Stretch Cotton Pants are the newest client favorite. They are high-waisted with a side zip, so your hips and belly are lovingly smoothed out. This means goodbye muffin top. This also means that you won’t be tucking your top into this pant. Those of you who hate tucking in your shirt can rejoice, as these pants shine best with an untucked blouse.
Sizing Tip: They run true to size, but you could go down a size if you want to compare the fit. Keep in mind, they should fit snug-ish to the body. Lastly, these will need to be hemmed on girls shorter than 5′ 7″, and look great as is on you taller gals.
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. These pants are available at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Macy’s, and Lord & Taylor.
Sizing Tip: Runs slightly big. Try two sizes before buying.
To learn more about the best work pants for women, please read The 4 Best Fitting Pants.
Vince Stitched Seam Leggings
The Vince Stitched Seam Leggings are cut for a smooth fit from waist to ankle in a substantial stretch knit from Italy. These pants are available at Nordstrom, Vince, Amazon, Shopbop, and Neiman Marcus.