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Buying work pants can be tough. Unless you work in a creative, casual environment, you canâ€™t necessarily get away with the awkward style thatâ€™s been popular all summer. Even that closet staple, the cigarette trouser, can be tricky â€” what looks good on someone whoâ€™s five-ten might not work on a woman who is five-two. But one style of pants really does look great on everyone: the wide-leg trouser.
With a high waist and flowy fabric, wide-leg pants offer the best of both worlds. The tighter top portion highlights your lower back and upper butt area, while the flared bottom skims your legs. They feel as breezy as your favorite caftan without swallowing your shape. Just make sure to take them to the tailor and have them hemmed so that they skim the tops of your feet, revealing just the tips of your shoes â€” whether those are flats, heels, or open-toe sandals.
Scroll ahead for our nine current favorites, from a $40 pair to the nice black ones thatâ€™ll be your job-interview secret weapon.
If youâ€™re trying to expand your pants collection beyond black, a jewel-toned dark green is a nice baby step.
Asos the Wide-Leg Pant With Pleat Detail $40, Asos
From H&Mâ€™s conscious line, these are made from lyocell, a sustainable fabric that drapes nicely against your legs.
H&M Wide-Cut Lyocell Pants $50, H&M
Farrow Adobe Pants $65, Need Supply
Another way to move away from plain black: Try a dainty floral print. Skip the matching blouse to look more professional.
Original Price: $395
10 Crosby Derek Lam Striped Floral Wide-Leg Pants Sale Price: $178 (55 percent off), The Outnet
Yes, these are going to be a pain to keep pristine, but nothingâ€™s more striking than crisp white trousers.
Original Price: $348
Diane von Furstenberg Wide-Leg Pants Sale Price: $209 (40 percent off), Diane von Furstenberg
These minimalist gray pants feel relaxed without looking sloppy.
Stelen Carlotta Pants $85, Need Supply
Buy these now, wear them for years.
Theory Terena Wide-Leg Pants $295, Net-a-Porter
If your office dress code permits a little bit of fun, try a printed purple pair. Copy Zaraâ€™s styling with a silk blouse and sandals.
Zara Wide-Leg Jacquard Trousers $70, Zara
Cornflower blue might seem overly bright with a matching top, but swap in a neutral-colored shirt and pumps and you have a classic work look.
J. Crew Collection Tie-Waist Pants $248, J. Crew
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