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The Best Loose Pants for Work or Play

They're flattering, I promise.

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Searching for an alternative pants option to tight jeans that aren't leggings or sweatpants? Loose pants are your answer. Look for bottoms either in a culotte silhouette or a pair with wide legs that don't cling to your body. Ideally, these pants should flow as you walk or offer some sort of movement. Materials can range from light and airy linen fabric to thicker cotton and recycled polyester. And while these pants are "loose," that doesn't mean they won't fit properly. I've found plenty of relaxed trousers that offer a non-suffocating fit, below, but still maintain that tailored and sophisticated form. Loose pants aren't made exclusively for play, either—they can be styled as in-office ensembles as well. Try pairing any of the 12 options ahead with a bodysuit, oversize sweater, blazer...the options are endless.

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Beige Trousers
Cotton Twill Wide-Leg Trouser
Tory Burch toryburch.com

The word "trousers" can conjure up images of the stuffy, tight-fitted bottoms one dreads wearing to work, but this pair is anything but. Tory Burch's version of the trouser is constructed with a loose but tailored drape and has voluminous slouchy legs that don't cling to your body. 

Cover-Up Pants
Joan Pants
Peixoto shopbop.com

I've found my dream pair of vacation pants. They look great with a casual crop top or graphic tee and double as a bikini cover-up. The fabric is lightweight and breezy while the tassel trim gives the bottoms a "I'm at a resort" vibe.

Green Pleated Pants
Pavia Pleated Pants
Line & Dot revolve.com

Looking for a pair of summer pants that won't leave your butt or thighs feeling sweaty? This Line & Dot option will do the trick. The sage color looks soothing and the wide, not tapered legs will ensure air flows through.

White Linen Pants
Woode Belted Linen Blend Wide Leg Pants
Veronica Beard nordstrom.com

A pair of white bottoms is essential to every closet. I love these stylish and wearable Veronica Beard wide-leg pants. It's made from a lightweight stretch linen blend and is casual yet elegant. 

Polka Dot Pants
Polka Dot Silk Charmeuse Trousers
Zimmermann matchesfashion.com

Do you remember that brown polka dot dress Julia Roberts wore in Pretty Woman? This is the pants version of that iconic dress. The Zimmermann bottoms are made from lightweight silk charmeuse and have a floaty quality as you walk. 

Floral Pants
Floral Wide Leg Pant
Zara zara.com

For pajama-like trousers, try this floral option from Zara. The legs are super slouchy for a casual feel, though you can easily dress it up with a crisp blouse. I'll be wearing this with a tee and sandals, however.

Cotton Culottes
Pleated Cotton Culottes
Chloé nordstrom.com

This culotte pant gives the illusion of a skirt if you're looking at it from the front. Just like if you wore a breezy skirt, your lower half will feel unrestricted in these bottoms, thanks to the soft drape and airy silhouette. 

Green Cargo Pants
Crepe Wide-Leg Cargo Trousers
Tibi matchesfashion.com

If you're a cargo pants connoisseur, Tibi's elegant take on this style might be perfect for you. This earthy-tone green bottom is made from soft crepe with utilitarian side pockets and features wide, relaxed legs.

Navy Crop Pants
Brooklyn Wide Leg Crop Pant
Athleta www.athleta.gap.com

The next time you board a long flight, you'll want to be wearing this pair of crop bottoms from Athleta. They're made with stretchy, recycled polyester fabric that is both silky to the touch and light as a feather. 

Wide-Leg Linen Pants
Gabarra Trousers
Weekend Max Mara matchesfashion.com

If you find it hard to let go of denim in the summer months, but don't want that skinny-jean fit in 90-degree weather, slip into these Weekend Max Mara trousers. They're made with a cotton and linen blend and have flared, wide-cut legs.  

Wool Trousers
Topstitched Wool-Gabardine Wide-Leg Trousers
Fendi matchesfashion.com

This wide-leg bottom was inspired by vintage power dressing, and includes details like white topstitched stripes down each leg and pressed pleats. The pants will leave you feeling confident and strong without completely suffocating your lower half.

Jogging Trousers
Flowy Jogging Trousers
Mango mango.com

This pair of flow-y trousers can definitely be worn into the office with a blazer and a cute top. It has the comfort of a legging, but is still elevated enough to be worn in front of your boss.

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