23 Best Work Pants for Men 2024

<p>And if we’re being honest here, with <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a45210983/cocktail-attire-for-men/” target=”_blank”>dress codes</a> relaxing significantly, it really <em>is</em> a suggestion and not a rule. Still, it’s a suggestion you should take to heart. Because <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/g42788786/best-cashmere-sweaters/” target=”_blank”>dressing up</a>—even if it’s not strictly required—can be a reward in and of itself, and that remains true of pants that rank as far nicer than what you wear <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/advice/g3168/best-sweatpants-men/” target=”_blank”>off-duty</a>. Yes, <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a23011997/how-to-dress-for-work-office-style-men/” target=”_blank”>office-appropriate attire</a> has been changing and becoming far less formal. But work is work; presenting yourself <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/g41955416/casual-blazers-for-men/” target=”_blank”>professionally</a> in a, well, professional setting should never be forgotten. And depending on your given career, you may not be able to get away with anything less than the standard <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/a46107951/jcrew-giant-fit-chinos-review/” target=”_blank”>chino</a> or <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/g12661623/best-scarves-men-accessories/” target=”_blank”>wool</a> trouser. </p><p> If you need a hard rule for work pants, though, look for work pants with elastane, or ones with a roomier silhouette. Better yet, if you can get away with it, opt for trousers with a <a href=”https://www.esquire.com/style/mens-fashion/g34578546/drawstring-pants-for-men/” target=”_blank”>drawstring</a>. We have all them and more below, primed for purchasing. </p>”/>

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best traditional work pants

The Kooples Micro-Pattern Wool Suit Trousers

Micro-Pattern Wool Suit Trousers

best traditional work pants

The Kooples Micro-Pattern Wool Suit Trousers

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Pros
  • Tailored fit
  • Pleated legs add a bit of roominess
Cons
  • Can’t select inseam
  • No stretch

The Kooples has a classic, classy pair of wool trousers that are befitting of even the most traditional 9 to 5. With a subtle design and fitted cut, these Italian-made pants are up to the job of being with you at your job.

Colors Black, Navy
Materials 100% Wool
Waist Sizes 28-34

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best go-to work pants

J.Crew Ludlow Slim-Fit Suit Pants

Ludlow Slim-Fit Suit Pants

best go-to work pants

J.Crew Ludlow Slim-Fit Suit Pants

Now 20% Off

Pros
  • Made from renowned Abraham Moon & Sons fabric
  • Timelessly elegant look
Cons
  • Buyers report waist runs small
  • Buyers report unlined part of fabric can be itchy

Or, if chinos aren’t really your vibe, fear not, for J.Crew has classic trousers that are perfect for wearing into the office. In a a cotton-wool blend, these classy pants have a partial inner lining for all-day softness and warmth.

Colors Brown Herringbone
Materials 70% Cotton, 30% Wool
Waist Sizes 28-38
Inseams 30-34

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Trishna Rikhy is the Associate Style Commerce Editor at Esquire. Previously, her writing has appeared in Vogue Runway, PAPER Magazine, V Magazine, V MAN, and more. She is based in NYC, but can probably be found wherever the strongest cup of coffee is.

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