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.
16 Pairs of Elastic-Waist Pants to Wear Instead of Your Sweats
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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.
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.
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Available in sizes XS to XXL
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).
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.
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.
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Available in sizes XS to L
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).