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13 Stylish Work Pants for Every Kind of Dress Code

Wear them to the office, then straight to happy hour.

Street Style: September 24 - Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018
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The phrase "work pants" might conjure up images of stuffy black slacks and boring wool trousers, but you won't find those here. The stylish pairs of fashionable trousers (and two pairs of jeans) I tracked down prove that, yes, cute work pants do exist. Whether your HR department dictates your dress code as corporate, relaxed or somewhere in the middle, there's a bottom for everyone on this list. These trousers are office-appropriate, yet stylish enough that you don't feel the need to change before happy hour or before a smart-casual or cocktail-attire event. Get shopping, and then own that meeting.

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A Pair of Wide-Leg Chinos
The Lightweight Wide Leg Chino
Everlane everlane.com
$68.00

The classic chino meets a wide-leg silhouette. This bottom is the perfect option if you're looking for a uniformed yet relaxed appearance. The style comes in three colors and pairs best with a bootie. 

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A Pair of Tweed Trousers
Santon Checked Technical-Tweed Trousers
Jacquemus matchesfashion.com
$494.00

This pair of high-rise, straight-leg tweed pants will give you a structured look in the boardroom and will also seamlessly transition to dinner or drinks after work. Style with a classic black pump.

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A Pair of Crop Jeans
Bishop High-Rise Wide Leg Crop Jeans
Rachel Comey saksfifthavenue.com
$166.00

This wide leg crop jean incorporates the comfortability of denim and the structure of a culotte. Elevate your look for the office by pairing the denim bottoms with a summertime heeled sandal or loafer

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A Pair of Pleated Trousers
Almeria Trousers
Mara Hoffman shopbop.com
$395.00

Straight leg trousers are workwear staples. Mara Hoffman gives this style a little twist with pleating and a slant button closure. The bottoms still look tasteful for the office, but offer a hint of design intrigue for your coworkers' eyes. 

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A Classic Pair of Slacks
Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Washable Bi-Stretch Pant
Banana Republic bananarepublic.gap.com
$90.00

If your office is more conservative, a great place to start shopping for work pants is business-casual favorite Banana Republic. The retailer offers a range of tailored, skinny, and flared trouser styles within most people's budgets. Instead of picking up yet another pair of black slacks, go for a navy pair that's just as versatile and subtle. 

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A Pair of Twill Pants
La Vie Patrice Stretch Twill Pant
Rebecca Taylor rebeccataylor.com
$250.00

Dark colors are key to looking buttoned-up in the office, which is why I love this midnight navy hue. Even though it hits above the ankles and has a little waist tie, you can easily make this appropriate for corporate settings by styling with a pair of pumps and a button-down. Alternatively, for more creative folks, wear with a thin sweater and mules for that transitional weather look. 

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A Pair of Linen Pants
Reao Pleated Linen Wide-Leg Pants
LouLou Studio net-a-porter.com
$315.00

There's something about being able to pull off white pants at the office. Although prone to stains and spills, a crisp ivory trouser is, simply put, elegant. These bottoms are made from a lightweight linen-blend, just in time for the rising summer temperatures.

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An Affordable Pair of Trousers
Belt Herringbone Trousers
Mango mango.com
$60.00

For sophisticated and affordable pieces, my go-to is always Mango. This fast-fashion brand is geared towards the career-driven woman, offering year-round staples in the pants, button-down tops, silk blouses, and flats departments. Case in point: This cropped trouser, which can be worn with pumps and a blouse, but looks equally as good with sneakers and a hoodie for casual Fridays.  

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A Pair of Polka Dot Pants
Dylan Mini Dot Wide Leg Trousers
Alice + Olivia nordstrom.com
$330.00

For a twist on pinstripes, try polka dots (you'll likely be able to get away with wearing them in most offices).  These bottoms prove you can be serious and stylish at the same time.

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A Pair of Animal Print Pants
Adalene Pant
AFRM nililotan.com
$318.00

For those who work in an environment where you can wear anything, take advantage of that with these snakeskin printed pants. Sure they're a little bold, but fashion mavens shouldn't be afraid to show off that side in the office. They make a statement and look super comfy, thanks to a breezy fabric. Trend-setter status achieved. 

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A Pair of Silky Soft Pants
Sadiki Pant
Babaton www.aritzia.com
$50.00

According to reviews, these pants are downright the comfiest office-appropriate trousers ever. They're made of thin material so you can wear from spring into fall. Style with a tee and a matching blazer for a full-on suit look, and you'll be ready to conquer that presentation. These bottoms prove you can be serious and stylish at the same time.

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A Pair of Gingham Trousers
Ally Black & White Gingham Trousers
Suistudio suistudio.com
$199.00

Gingham has been the print of choice for the past few seasons and by now, it's as classic as stripes or polka dots. This black-and-white trouser shows off your classy but trendy side. Use the bottoms as a base to play around with your shoes and tops. A cool kitten mule or a colorful bag keeps the pants from looking mundane. 

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A Pair of Sustainable Jeans
Bonnie Porto
Decade Studio https://www.decadestudio.com/products/bonnie-porto-molly
$105.00

Are jeans your work pants of choice? Same. You'll want to have denim brand Decade on your radar. They have four pairs of denim styles right now, with more to come, and they all look like the vintage jeans you've been scouring your local thrift stores for. The brand's mission towards a social and environmentally responsible impact is another reason to love this label. 

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