If you’ve ever had to wear any type of workwear, you’ve probably realized that a black work pant is a foundational piece for any work outfit. They’re as versatile as they come because they’re flattering on every body type and provide a level of sophistication and elegance that not many other pieces can provide. Today, I’m rounding up the best black work pants and tips on how to style them.

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15+ Best Black Work Pants

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Spanx: The Perfect Pant, Kick Flare

In my opinion, Spanx makes the best work pant, and highly recommend them for their quality, stretch and overall comfort. The kick flare style is a cropped flare, and has a size range of XS to 3X with regular, petite and tall inseams.

But I have to say, my favorite part about most Spanx pants is that they’re pull-on with an elastic waistband. So you’re not fussing with buttons or zippers, and are so comfortable if you’re sitting at a desk most of the day.

For reference, I wear a medium regular length in Spanx pants. I’m 5’5″ and typically a size 4 or 6 in pants.

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Spanx: The Perfect Pant, Hi-Rise Flare

Spanx: The Perfect Pant, Hi-Rise Flare

The next option in this best black work pants roundup is the Hi-Rise Flare from Spanx. These are a true flare pant that have a full length that makes you look like you have legs for days – especially if you’re wearing a pump with them.

All of the Spanx pants I’m sharing in this roundup are all machine-washable, so you aren’t stuck having to take these to the dry cleaners. And because they’re machine washable, they’re also wrinkle-resistant, making them a great travel pant too. These also come in a classic navy color.

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Spanx: The Perfect Pant, Slim Straight

These Slim Straight pants have a smoothing premium ponte fabric that also features a four-way stretch. The top of the pant hits at your natural waistline and the perfect silhouette to pair with flowy or fitted tops.

These come in a classic black color, classic navy, and navy/grey pinstripe. Most all of the Spanx Perfect Pants come in petite, regular and tall lengths to get that perfect fit. Spanx recommends that if you’re 5’4″ or under, to get the petite length. If you’re 5’9″ or taller, they recommend the tall lengths.

Spanx: The Perfect Pant, Ankle Backseam Skinny

The Ankle Backseam are a skinny black work pant with a small cut-out at the back bottom legs. This detail dresses the pants up a bit so they don’t just look like a typical black leggings. This feature also gives the pants a modern look to style with pumps to flats. These are by far my most worn and styles black work pant in my closet.

These also feature a hidden core shaping technology that provides a smooth and seamless look. This ankle pant also comes in a classic navy color.

Spanx: The Perfect Pant, Wide-Leg

These wide-leg pants fit through the hips and thighs with a wide-leg design down the entire pant legs. They have a stretch fabric and recommend to size down one, if you’re in between sizes. They’re booty lifting and would look great with sneakers to pumps.

J.Crew: High-Rise Cameron Pant

These Slim-Cropped Leg pants are a fan favorite with a four-season stretch. With a front rise of 11 inches, the high-waist lengthens the leg, and fits slim through the hip and thigh. The come in sizes 00 to 24 in classic, petite and tall lengths. They’re also machine washable.


J.Crew: Sydney Wide-Leg Pant

These Sydney Wide-Leg pants are the ultimate in sophistication. They have a button detail on each of the front functional pockets and fit slim through the hip and thigh. The bottom of the pants fit cropped with a slightly wide-leg. They come in sizes 00 to 24 with varying lengths, and made of a comfortable bi-stretch cotton fabric for easy all-day wear.

Banana Republic Factory: Ryan Straight Pant

These classic black trousers feature a mid-rise with a straight leg opening and a trouser crease. For size reference, reviewers say they run true to size and come in sizes 0 to 20 with regular, petite and tall lengths. They also come in a beautiful medium gray heather. Bonus: you can machine wash these. 🙂

Banana Republic Factory: Lido Wide-Leg Wool Pant

These wool pants are made of 100 percent wool, so they’re ideal to wear in the cooler months of the year. They feature front and back functional pockets, with the back pocket being a flap design. Besides the black color, the pants come five other colors, and are dry-clean recommended.

Old Navy: High-Waisted Pixie Skinny Ankle Pants

These high-waisted ankle pants are fitted through the hip and thigh with a skinny leg. They’re made of eight percent spandex, so they have a nice stretch fabric, and come in sizes 0 to 30. If you’re wanting another color besides black, they also come in a fudge, alpine tundra and navy. They’re also at a great price point of under $50.

Express: Super High-Waisted Open Pleated Wide-Leg Pant

These wide-leg dress pants are made of a blended fabric of polyester and spandex. With a hook and bar closer, they have a double pleated waist with a lined leg. They comes in sizes 0 to 18 and in short, regular and long lengths.

Express: Super High Waisted Faux Leather Wide-Leg Pants

Faux leather is an on-trend fabric to wear in a variety of clothing pieces, and a wide-leg pant is no exception. These black faux leather pants come in two other colors besides this classic black, and feature a pleated detail down the front of the legs. They’re machine washable, and the perfect workwear pant to wear in the fall and winter.

Express: Super High-Waisted Silky Sueded Scuba Wide-Leg Pants

These super high-waisted pants have a pull-on design made of a silky suede scuba material. They come in sizes XS to XL and in two other colors. Dress them up with pumps and a chic blazer or dress them down with the matching sweatshirt and sneakers.

Ann Taylor: The High Waist Ankle Pant

These high-rise ankle pants have been a best seller at Ann Taylor for years. They’re 92% cotton and 8% spandex, giving them a comfortable stretch for all-day wear. They are available in regular or curvy fit ranging from size 00-18 and come in 5 different color options.

Target: Women’s High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants

These are one of my favorite budget-friendly ankle pants for work. They’re under $30 and come in sizes 0 to 18. They also come in plus sizes 14W-26W. Made of cotton and spandex, these two fabrics are the ultimate in comfort. These ankle pants are a pull-on style with a side hook and zipper.

Nordstrom: Eileen Fisher Crepe Slim Ankle Pants

These Eileen Fisher ankle pants from Nordstrom are a stylish ankle pant that come in a graphite color with a size range of XXSmall to XL. They feature a pull-on style that can be machine-washed. The pants do not have pockets and have a stretch-crepe fabrication.

How to Style Black Work Pants

Because black work pants are so versatile, you can really have fun with styling them. You just have to make sure the outfit has balance with the top and bottoms. So for instance, if you’re wearing a wide-leg pant, the top half of the outfit should be more fitted, so the overall look appears balanced and streamlined.

If you’re looking for more work outfit ideas, you can browse endless inspiration here!

Cardigan Styled with Cropped Flare Pants
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For a business casual look, style black cropped pants with a fitted turtleneck and the Juliette cardigan from J.Crew. I styled Chanel flats with the look, but you could also wear a pump if you prefer those to wear to work. It’s an easy fall and winter workwear look, you can reach for again and again.

Blazer Styled with Cropped Flare Pants
black work pants styled with a blazer

Next in this round up of the best black work pants, I styled the same cropped flare pants with a blazer. This is more of a business professional look. I layered a fitted turtleneck underneath the blazer and finished the look with my very favorite pumps.

Black work pants with a blouse and cardigan
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Ankle Pants Styled with a Tie-Waist Blazer
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Next, I styled an ankle pant with a tie-waist blazer. This blazer can take you from work to happy hour. It’s made of a satin material, so it gives the overall look a super luxe look and feel. I layered a simple black, long-sleeve bodysuit underneath the blazer for a seamless fit.

Peplum Sweater Top with Black Flare Pants
flare pants styled with a peplum top

For work, I’d recommend a trench coat or wool coat to wear to work in the fall and winter. A regular puffer coat is more for casual looks. I styled a sweater peplum top with these flare pants. A pump is the best choice for shoes when it comes to styling flare pants because it will make your legs look longer.

Cropped Flare Pants Styled with a Button Down
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Both the top and the bottom of this look are from Spanx, and love both pieces. The button down top is so versatile because you can tuck it into your black work pants for a workwear look. Or you can style the top more casually with leggings or straight jeans on the weekends or for casual fridays.

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Belted Duster Styled with Ankle Pants
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With an ankle pant, a belted duster pairs well for a business casual look. Because the duster is a more forgiving fit, the ankle pants balance the look out. I paired my favorite Tory Burch flats to complete the look.

Ankle Pants Styled with a Sweater Blazer
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The exact ruffle neck top is sold out, but love this Spanx mock neck bodysuit to pair with blazers, cardigans, sweater blazers etc. A sweater blazer has the comfort of a cardigan, but the silhouette of a blazer, so it gives you a more professional look than your typical cardigan. I completed this look with the Sam Edelman loafers that I used to wear all the time as a physical therapist. They’re stylish and comfortable!

Oversized Sweater with Ankle Pants
oversized sweater and ankle pants

This is a fall and winter workwear uniform that you can style with several sweaters in your closet. An oversized sweater pairs well with ankle pants. You can wear loafers, flats, knee-high boots or pumps with this look. It’s an easy look to pull together, using pieces you most likely already have in your closet.

Straight Leg Pants with a Flowy Top
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This faux wrap peplum top is a feminine top to pair with straight leg trousers. You could really pair this top with a variety of trouser silhouettes, including wide-leg, ankle or cropped flare. This business professional look is a comfortable option to wear year round.

Ankle Pants with a Denim Jacket
black work pants with a denim jacket

For those fun casual Fridays, let your street-style shine with this casual look styling black ankle pants. Pair a denim jacket with a crewneck cashmere sweater. White sneakers are a staple shoe to have in your wardrobe to style throughout the year with denim shorts, dresses, denim jeans and ankle pants.

Black Pants with Button Up Cardigan

This button down sweater cardigan features tipped details on the trim with gorgeous gold buttons. It’s a legging-friendly option that provides good coverage to the backside, and can easily be paired with jeans too. I opted for the two-toned slingbacks, but you could also style this look with pumps or pointed-toe flats.

Straight Pants with a Cropped Tweed Blazer
straight pants with a cropped blazer, the best black work pants

The last styled look in this round up of the best black pants features a cropped blazer. This exact tweed option is sold out, but linked a similar neutral cropped blazer above. With a cropped blazer, it has a closer fit to the body, so pairing with straight legs to wide-legs would be best options with this type of jacket.

Do you have a favorite pair of work pants? Let me know where there from in the comments!

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