13 Pairs of Pants That Feel Like Leggings (But Look Way More Polished)

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Sweats and leggings fatigue is real. These days, we find ourselves longing for real pants…but we still want them to have a stretch waist and a polished, non-athleisure vibe. After all, there are plenty of days when we could really go for the comfort of leggings without the bother of a zipper, the pinch of a rigid waistband or legs that wrinkle if we happen to sprawl out on the couch. Plus, is it really too much to ask to have one’s butt optimized? Here’s our rundown on the best figure-flattering pants to buy now.

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Ministry of Supply

1. Ministry Of Supply Women's Fusion Straight Leg Pant

"Comfortable work pants that look professional but feel like activewear," says one reviewer about these machine-washable pants that have a soft elastic waist, unobtrusive front pockets and a hidden extra: An inseam snap lets you adjust these from 30-inch to 28 1/2-inch to 27-inch lengths, and back again.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

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2. halogen Women's Relaxed Crop Pants

These sleek trousers have a comfy, expandable elastic waist in the back and on the sides. The 28-inch inseam fits a wide range of heights, either as a full-length or cropped pair of pants.

Available in sizes 00 to 16

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3. eileen Fisher Straight Leg Pants

Meet your new go-to: The Tencel/cotton fabrication has enough heft to read as “cute trousers” instead of “another pair of leggings,” and the pull-on style is both slouchy and cool.

Available in sizes XxS to 3X

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4. lululemon Stretch High-rise Pant 7/8 Length

These pull-on-and-go pants are made from Lululemon’s Luxtreme fabric blend, making them the perfect travel piece. Not only do they they hang flatteringly, but they have four-way stretch for when you need to bend down to find something in your bag at the security line. They come in a wide range of neutral hues, too, which means you can pack one pair and trust it will match the rest of what you threw in your suitcase. Plus, the tie top is easily tucked inside the waistband, to make these look more profesh in a snap.

Available in sizes 0 to 20

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5. Spanx The Perfect Pant, Slim Straight

These pull-on pants have a perfectly flat front thanks to smoothing ponte fabric and Spanx's signature flattering fit. And the four-way stretch is super-comfortable, so you don't have to sacrifice comfort for a professional look.

Available in sizes XS to 3X, Petite and Tall

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6. madewell Waffleback Pull-on High-rise Tapered Pants

The supersoft cotton is warm, the pleated front is roomy and the 26-inch inseam keeps these pull-on pants well above the snow drifts or puddles you're tromping through.

Available in sizes XXSmall to XXLarge

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7. athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Recycled water bottles are used to create this poly blend fabric that’s stretchy yet substantial enough to maintain a tailored shape. The sides of this pocketed style features a wide stretch inset that surprisingly offers a tuxedo-inspired detail.

Available in sizes 00 to 26

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8. everlane Dream Pant

The pintuck detail along the flat front of these Everlane babies make them look presentable but the double-knit cotton modal fabric is always nap-ready. Win-win.

Available in sizes XXS to XL

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9. paire Bella Lounge Pant

Los Angeles-based designer Eunice Cho set out to create cute work pants that can also take on the wear-and-tear of daily life. Her latest design is the foundation of our ideal work-from-home fit: Relaxed yet tailored, with a 26-inch inseam that looks proportional on both tall and petite frames. And the four-way stretch, Italian-spun fabric keeps its shape for years, even after frequent machine washings.

Available in sizes XS to XL

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10.vuori Womens Ripstop Pant

These are elegant versions of ripstop climber pants that are surprisingly flattering, have handy pockets and are practically indestructible.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

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11. jm Collection Studded Pull-on Tummy Control Pants

This versatile pair of straight-leg trousers has a built-in slenderizing panel for your mid-section, so feel free to take the day off from abdominal muscle vigilance. And definitely pair it with your fave cropped sweater.

Available in sixes XS to L, regular and short

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12. calvin Klein High-rise Straight Leg Compression Pants

With no fly, no belt loops and no pockets, these pants are minimalism to a tee. Made in a machine washable rayon-nylon blend, they have a strong-yet-comfortable wide elastic compression panel and a classic straight leg.

Available in sizes XS to 3X

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13. Nic And Zoe Wonderstretch Straight Leg Pants

A wide waistband that's easy to pull on, then lays flat with an inner-waist panel that smooths and shapes. And the fabric blend is so fine, you won't believe it's machine-washable.

Available in sizes 0 to 18 , plus and petite