There's nothing more anxiety-inducing than a Monday morning with nothing to wear, but dressing for the work day, even when you're still mentally in weekend mode, doesn't have to be daunting. Equip yourself with an arsenal of work pants that will always serve up 9 to 5 style—even when your "commute" lands you in the living room. Ahead, we've got 15 non-boring pant styles that are ideal for the boardroom (virtual and otherwise), from high-waisted pants to dressed-up jeans, and flared trousers.
Staud Wide Leg Check Pants
A Pair of Check Pants
A plaid trouser is a staple for your career wardrobe. Sport a wide-leg version with a fitted button-down, work a tapered leg with a chunky heel and an oversized knit, or show off a high- waisted version with a polished ribbed-knit turtleneck.
CELINE Jane Flared Jeans
A Dressy Pair of Jeans
Denim is no longer designated for weekend-only wear. A flawless fit can catapult your favorite blue jeans to office-appropriate. Try a flared or tapered silhouette with a pointed toe flat or heeled bootie, then mix in elevated basics— like a blue or white button-down or an oversized blazer.
Fleur Du Mal Wide Stripe Trousers
A Pair of Striped Pants
A classic striped pant will read polished, not stuffy. Offset a pinstripe style with an embellished cardigan or go full-out, matching your stripe adorned trouser to a coordinating blazer.
Veronica Beard Arnold Leather Culottes
A Leather Pair of Culottes
The culotte wins big when it comes to a season straddling work pant. Wear them alone (with a linen blouse and kitten heels) on summer days when the humidity hits hard. Add a wool tight or leather knee-high boot for instant style cred during the cold weather months.
Faithfull The Brand Wide-Leg Belted Pants
A Sunshine-Yellow Pair of Belted Pants
Add instant interest to an otherwise-plain work pant with a built-in belt. Tuck in a short sleeve mohair sweater or a silk printed shirt that shows off your waist and doubles as an accessories moment.
Everlane The Lightweight Wide Leg Chino
A Pair of Wide-Leg Chinos
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.
Jacquemus Santon Checked Technical-Tweed Trousers
A Pair of Tweed Trousers
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.
Mara Hoffman Almeria Trousers
A Pair of Pleated Trousers
Straight leg trousers are workwear staples. Mara Hoffman gives this style a little twist with pleating and a slant button closure.
Banana Republic Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Washable Bi-Stretch Pant
A Classic Pair of Slacks
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.
Rebecca Taylor La Vie Patrice Stretch Twill Pant
A Pair of Twill Pants
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.
LouLou Studio Reao Pleated Linen Wide-Leg Pants
A Pair of Linen Pants
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.
Mango Belt Herringbone Trousers
An Affordable Pair of Trousers
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.
AFRM Adalene Pant
A Pair of Animal Print Pants
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.
Suistudio Ally Black & White Gingham Trousers
A Pair of Gingham Trousers
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.
Decade Studio Bonnie Porto
A Pair of Sustainable Jeans
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.
For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter.
Sara Holzman is the Fashion Editor at Marie Claire covering runway trends and tracking down the latest finds to buy and wear. When she’s not writing about fashion, she pens about the best places to jet-off to.
Make 2022 the Year of Prioritizing Your Pleasure with Dame
The woman-owned sexual wellness brand wants to help you get in touch with yourself.
The Cast of 'Cheer' Plays Co-Star Trivia
Gabi Butler and Morgan Simianer make for a truly cheerful (see what we did there?) pair.
By Marie Claire Editors
The 17 Best Drugstore Bronzers for All Skin Tones
Vacation in a bottle (or pan).
By Julia Marzovilla
The 100 Most Memorable '90s Fashion Moments
I'd wear Princess Di's off-duty outfit today.
By The Editors
Are Handbags the New Stocks?
Luxury fashion has long been a focus of collectors, but thanks to inflation, average shoppers are diving into the secondary market—and Gen Z is investing heavily.
By Julia Gall
The 11 Breton Tops You'll Wear With Everything
This tee is still timeless, 163 years later.
By Sara Holzman
The 4 Types of Jeans I'll Always Invest In
For the denim die-hards.
By Gabrielle Ulubay
The Top Winter Shoe Trends for 2022
Make the best of the season's footwear offerings.
By Sara Holzman
The 20 Jeans Brands Fashion Editors Swear By
Your search for the perfect pair of denim is over.
By Sara Holzman
29 Sophisticated Work Bags to Carry Your Mobile Office In
Whatever your workday looks like, you'll be well-accessorized.
By Julia Gall
24 Animal Print Coats and Jackets to Pounce On
Take a walk on the wild side.
By Sara Holzman