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Open Thread: Best Work Pants

best work pantsOk, ladies, let’s hear it: which are the best work pants? I’ve seen many readers bemoaning the decline in old favorites like the Banana Republic Sloan and the Gap Perfect Trouser — and other popular pants, like the J.Crew Minnie ankle pant, just aren’t formal enough for more conservative offices. So let’s discuss. First, here’s Reader A’s question:

I have loved the Gap Perfect Trouser pants for work — they are far and away the best fit for my body type (the thighs were roomy enough, I liked the leg opening width, and the short inseam option). However, the quality of these pants has deteriorated in the last couple of years. When I looked online recently, the reviews have dropped a ton as well, with a lot of comments that the fit has changed.
Do you have any suggestions for similar fit of pants? On top of this, I recently had my first baby, so in addition to some body changes, I don’t have as much time to shop for pants now, and online shopping seems like taking a shot in the dark.
Any tips would be appreciated.

Oi. We’ve rounded up washable pants for work recently-ish (March); as I noted in our lightweight pants for summer roundup a few months ago, full-length trousers have been getting harder and harder to find. (The bootcut and flared look is back for denim, though, so hopefully work pants will follow suit shortly!) Some affordable possibilities for you:

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The Hunt: Wool Flannel Pants

Sure, we all know what basics professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

We haven’t talked about wool trousers for years, so I thought we’d discuss winter weight wool pants. Have you bought any lately? Which brands do you love best (for warmth and fit)? Do you prefer pants with linings, or do you often wear silk long johns or a full leg shaper (e.g., Spanx) beneath, negating the importance of the lining? [Read more…]

Wednesday’s TPS Report: Work Trousers

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

Bop Basics Work TrousersA lot of their stuff is way too out there for my taste, but I feel like sometimes the editors/buyers at ShopBop really know what they’re doing, especially with their BopBasics. These work trousers look perfect — a flattering wide-leg, good darts, a not-too-high rise… They’re $180 at ShopBop. Bop Basics Work Trousers

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Tuesday’s TPS Report: ‘Menswear’ Full Leg Trousers

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices.

'Menswear' Full Leg TrousersA great trouser doesn’t need much by way of exposition, but: hello, these look great, and Nordstrom has them in 7 colors, which says a lot about their confidence level. I like the aubergine (pictured), as an interesting not-quite-neutral color. I’d wear it with shades of gray or blue, or I might try colorblocking with a dark red sweater on top. They’re $198 at Nordstrom (sizes 0 to 18). Lafayette 148 New York ‘Menswear’ Full Leg Trousers

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Wednesday’s TPS Report: Curvy Twill Wide Leg Trousers

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Many thanks to this week’s TPS guest poster, Road Warriorette!

Curvy Twill Wide Leg TrousersUntil I found Ann Taylor Curvy pants, I thought I was just destined to never be able to tuck anything in. See, I am a high-waisted hourglass, and when I tuck things in I inevitably look like, well, a burrito. No waist definition in sight, just one long unattractive line. Then I discovered the wonder that is Ann Taylor Curvy. Finally! It’s like they were made just for me, and I can finally tuck things in like a normal person. I love these Twill Wide Leg Trousers for a lot of reasons. They are soft, neutral, affordable (Ann Taylor is always on sale somehow), not to mention fully lined. My favorite part? As long as you pull them out of your suitcase the night before, they won’t be wrinkled when you put them on in the morning. You can wear them with virtually anything, but today I’m thinking something jewel-toned would be nice, maybe a silky teal patterned blouse, tucked in of course. Add some bright shoes, maybe a nice red round-toed patent, and you will be super stylish. They are $98 when they’re not on sale, available in sizes 00-18 regular, 00-16 petite. (These Camel Twill trousers are also available in their Signature and Modern fits.) Curvy Twill Wide Leg Trousers

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Heavy Lifting Wednesday’s TPS Report: Tally Slim Leg Tailored Trousers

Our daily TPS reports suggest one piece of work-appropriate attire in a range of prices. Our guest poster this week: Lisa Carnochan from Privilege — a huge welcome, Lisa! – Kat

Tally SLIM LEG TAILORED TROUSERS At any professional level, you’re quite likely going to need a pair of go-to trousers. In the 1990s and the first decade of this century it was quite possible for women to dress for work without a single skirt in the closet. While dresses may be back, for certain days in the trenches there’s still nothing quite like a pair of good pants and comfortable flats.

Reiss, a British company, has come to our attention by outfitting Catherine Duchess of Whatever She Is. These trousers ($185, Tally SLIM LEG TAILORED TROUSERS BLACK) look to be slim yet roomy enough. Also high-waisted. Short-legged humans represent. If online purchases put you off, my all-time favorite mid-range pants remain the Banana Republic Martin fit. In wool, as somehow cotton turns flimsy too fast. By the way, chalk-stripes are seriously underrated ($110, Martin fit chalk-stripe lightweight wool trouser).

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