The 15 best women’s dress pants for work and play in 2023

Long live the days where we’d be working from home — taking Zoom calls in our button-down tops and pajama pants (hey, maybe this is still the case). But, a solid pair of work pants is still an article of clothing you should invest in.

For a chic, put-together look, a pair of well-tailored dress pants can make all the difference. Or, opting for your finest pair of easy-breezy wide-leg pants — or linen pants, in the warmer months — will help you feel confident and comfortable all day long.

See? We understand the power of work pants. And, unlike its name suggests, we vouch that they can be dressed up or down, depending on the occasion you have earmarked on your calendar.

With your comfiest heels and feel-good blazer, you’ll be set to head to wherever you’re going in full-force. So, take a look at our guide to the best women’s dress pants — divided by category.

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Best Women’s Black Dress Pants

1. Lee Relaxed Fit All-Day Straight Leg Pant


Lee Relaxed Fit All-Day Straight Leg Pant, black
Amazon

As a No. 1 best-seller on Amazon, it’s hard to resist Lee’s Relaxed Fit All-Day Straight Leg Pant for just $30. They’re available in a bunch of neutral and dark tones, made with silky-soft fabric that gives the illusion of a slim lower.


2. Spanx The Perfect Pant: Hi-Rise Flare


Spanx The Perfect Pant: Hi-Rise Flare, navy
Spanx

If we weren’t already sold by Spanx’s leggings (which we reviewed and loved), we are head over heels for The Perfect Pant. Its name isn’t an exaggeration, either; the subtle flare and butt-flattering design make it worth the $168 price ticket.


3. lululemon Smooth Fit Pull-On High-Rise Pant


lululemon Smooth Fit Pull-On High-Rise Pant
lululemon

Yes, lululemon takes dress pants in a whole new direction —and we love them. For all-day comfort that won’t feel like your typical, constricting dress pants, the Smooth Fit Pull-On High-Rise Pant is one you’ll adore, especially coming from a brand that’s constantly designing on-the-move wear (in short, it’s perfect for the commuter).

Oh, and speaking of your commute: wear the brand’s Blissfeel 2 Sneakers with them for pure-bliss comfort (spoiler: we reviewed them and still wear them constantly).


Best Women’s Khaki Dress Pants

1. Grace Karin High-Waist Bow-Knot Pant


Grace Karin High-Waist Bow-Knot Pant, khaki
Amazon

If there’s one thing we’re excited about, it’s usually bow-tie pants. For less than $35, Grace Karin has a snag-worthy pair with the daintiest bow details at the ankles to match its waist. Plus, these smooth pants are great for a night out.


2. EXPRESS Editor Mid-Rise Bootcut Pant


EXPRESS Editor Mid-Rise Bootcut Pant
EXPRESS

Khakis, but make them slimming. EXPRESS knows what’s up with its Editor Mid-Rise Bootcut Pant. It’s a style that would look dynamite with your best bodysuit, and even more exceptional with a trench coat to match. Oh, and its less-than-$100 price point is enough to have us adding them to our carts and wearing them on the regular.


3. Banana Republic High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jean


Banana Republic High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jean
Banana Republic

Thankfully, Banana Republic’s High-Rise Wide-Leg Cropped Jean are both khaki-colored, flattering and match-all — without the frumpiness of most khaki styles on the market. With a classic button detailing at its center and slight pleating, it’s a worthwhile wardrobe investment.


Best Women’s Wide-Leg Dress Pants

1. Petal & Pup Selby Pant


Petal & Pup Selby Pant
Petal & Pup

OK, we were surely struck by Petal & Pup’s Selby Pant, which are all the rage right now. The brand is known for its chic, girly style and uprooted otherwise “blah” pants into an easy-breezy style that feel like pajamas. Yes, please.


2. Eteviolet Boho High-Waist Wide-Leg Flowy Pants


Eteviolet Boho High-Waist Wide-Leg Flowy Pants
Amazon

Let’s talk about budget-friendly fashion. The Eteviolet Boho High-Waist Wide-Leg Flowy Pants come in a rainbow of colors (seriously, you’ll want to buy them all) and have side pockets and a charm that’s hard to come by. For less than $30, grab them in a few hues (so you don’t run into office fashion blues).


3. Lulus Professionally Posh Wide-Leg Pants


Lulus Professionally Posh Wide-Leg Pants
Lulus

Lulus has some of the comfiest, on-trend pants that nod to simplistic fashion, and its Professionally Posh Wide-Leg Pants certainly are no exception. With a flattering waistband and match-all design, what’s not to love?


Best Women’s Slimming Dress Pants

1. Rafaella Women’s Curvy Fit Gabardine Bootcut Dress Pants


Black pants
Amazon

We can’t get over how professional and flattering these dress pants are! The parallel button detailing caught our eye, along with the pleats and how they’re available in even more hues.


2. Honeylove EverReady Pant


Honeylove EverReady Pant
Honeylove

After reviewing Honeylove, the EverReady Pant was one of our favorite selects. Its to-the-body fit is like wearing work-appropriate leggings all day and is some of the coziest we own.


3. Ann Taylor The High Rise Eva Ankle Pant


Ann Taylor The High Rise Eva Ankle Pant
Ann Taylor

Talk about a gem-toned color! The Ann Taylor The High Rise Eva Ankle Pant are worth investing in for its to-the-body corporate look — elevating your in-office workwear to the nines. With the right blouse and heels, you’ll be all set for after-work cocktails, too.


Best Women’s Petite Dress Pants

1. Tronjori High-Waist Palazzo Trousers


Tronjori High-Waist Palazzo Trousers, neutral
Amazon

We couldn’t forego a mention of Tronjori’s High-Waist Palazzo Trousers — available in nearly every color under the sun on Amazon.com. Specifically, this neutral design is a match-all pair of bottoms, especially when paired with comfy heels.


2. M.M.LaFleur The Meija Pant


The Meija Pant, taupe
M.M.LaFleur

The Meija Pants will keep you cool, calm and collected when typing away and going through your inbox. The neutral gray is something that’s sure to match the dozens of work tops in your closet and the pair is especially flattering with its exaggerated waistband.


3. LOFT Petite Sutton Plaid Skinny Pants


LOFT Petite Sutton Plaid Skinny Pants
LOFT

We can’t say enough good things about the LOFT Petite Sutton Plaid Skinny Pants. Simply put, they’ll make you feel flattering like no other, chic yet timeless and comfortable all day. Even better, they’re less than $75 and come in a wealth of sizes to hug you just right.


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