16 Pairs of Elastic-Waist Pants to Wear Instead of Your Sweats

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There’s something to be said for slipping into real pants before you head off to your home office (aka the kitchen table). And by “real” pants we most certainly don’t mean constricting jeans or trousers with a button and zip closure—sans any stretch at all. We’re actually referring to elastic-waist bottoms that are far chicer than they sound. Think: knit joggers, patterned culottes and striped linen beach pants. Here, 16 pairs of pants with an elastic waist that will keep you feeling comfy and looking pulled together while you WFH.

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1. anthropologie Mixed-knit Joggers

The vertical seams on this carpenter-style jogger will make your stems look incredibly long and lean.

Available in sizes XXS to 3X

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2. kut From The Kloth Gaerwen Casual Ankle Pants

Layer these under a classic white button-down and no one will know they aren’t your regular work trousers.

Available in sizes XS to XL

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3. halogen Belted Crop Wide Leg Pants

Leopard print pants might feel too bold, but this abstract variation feels much more approachable, especially in this flowy shape.

Available in sizes 1X to 3X

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4. asos Design Pull-on Wide-leg Pants

You can always pair these twill culottes with a vintage T-shirt and white sneakers, but we’re loving the mix of casual and dressy shown on the model above. So why not shake things up with a semi-sheer blouse and strappy shoes?

Available in sizes 0 to 14

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5. bcbg Max Azria Joggers

The shimmering satin fabric is what keeps these trousers from looking too much like your favorite pair of sweatpants. But rather than wearing them with a sweatshirt and sneakers, keep the formal vibes going by throwing on a silky blouse or cami.

Available in sizes XS to L

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6. l.l.bean Linen Pull-on Pants

Linen is truly our favorite summer fabric. Why’s that? Because the fabric is breathable and soft to the touch, even in a tailored shape. Basically, these pants are like AC for your legs.

Available in sizes 18 to 26

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7. cami Nyc The Elsie Joggers

Who says cargo pants can’t mix utility with a touch of glamour? These stunners are made from 100 percent silk and they come with ample pocket space.

Available in sizes XS to L

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8. scotch & Soda Crochet Wide-leg Pants

Go for a retro vibe with these easy, breathable crochet trousers from Scotch & Soda. (Don’t worry, the weave is tight enough that your skin and undies won’t show through.) And if you’re really feeling the love, you can even pick up the matching top ($189) for a very groovy ensemble.

Available in sizes XS to L

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9. everlane The Easy Straight-leg Chino

Multiple PureWow editors were fans of Everlane’s Straight-Leg Chino long before work-from-home orders were put in place. These trousers hang just right on the leg (not too baggy, not too tight) and look crisp and fresh all day long.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

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10. knox Rose Tie-front Denim Pants

Elastic-waist denim? Normally we would never (unless we’re talking maternity jeans), but the wide leg and oversize bow belt kick this pair up a few sartorial notches.

Buy it ($30)

Available in sizes XS to XXL

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11. eileen Fisher Ribbed Knit Straight Leg Ankle Pants

The gorgeous cinnamon hue of this ribbed knit has us dreaming of a vacation in Marrakech. Take that inspiration further by wearing these with a dandelion-yellow top and stacks of gold jewelry. Now, you’re ready for a day of exploring the souks (or, you know, shopping for Moroccan rugs online).

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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12. mansur Gavriel Poplin Pull-on Pants

Speaking of fabulous hues, the designers behind Mansur Gavriel know their way around the color wheel. In particular, the bright green of these crops basically screams “spring” and is guaranteed to make you smile every time you pull them out of your drawer.

Available in sizes 0 to 8

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13. new Look Pull-on Navy Stripe Pants

Looking for a pair of trousers you can sport now and also later, once your conservative office reopens? These pinstripe pants will do the trick.

Available in sizes 0 to 14

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14. eloquii Relaxed Pants With Patch Pockets

Sure, you could opt for the beige or black versions of these straight-legs but we’re partial to this pretty pastel pink. Especially with a white eyelet top or contrasting sun-washed T-shirt in a shade of tan.

Available in sizes 14 to 28

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15. outerknown Sol Beach Pants

We came for the So-Cal vibes but stayed for the eco-friendly fabric and Outerknown’s impressive sustainability efforts. The brand boasts 90 percent recycled and recyclable fabrics, and fair trade practices from all its manufacturers.

Buy it ($98)

Available in sizes XS to L

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16. eloquii Printed Crop Pants With Side Slits

Let these bold, cropped pants stand on their own with a simple top in a solid color. Or, you can really go wild with the matching halter top ($85) for a ‘70s-inspired mock jumpsuit perfect for date night (via Zoom or otherwise).

Available in sizes 14 to 28



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