Best Work Pants For Men 2023

Dress codes are highly unpredictable, and have been for quite some time. But everyone needs a great pair of work pants, whether you report regularly to the office, your living room or a remote job site. The best work pants for men can adapt to the fickle demands of the day, and prioritize comfort, versatility and practicality. In fact, you might like your work pants enough to wear them even when you’re not taking meetings or firing off emails on your laptop.

Ahead, I researched the most important detail to consider when it comes to fabrics, fits and aesthetics. My advice is to invest in the classics you’ll reach for most often, and ideally, don’t require dry cleaning. Bonobos’s Stretch Weekday Warrior Dress Pants are my top pick overall while Levi’s Tapered Chinos are the best affordable option. Here’s everything else I highly recommend for your work wardrobe.

Sizes: Waist: 28-54, Length: 28-36 | Colors: 18 total, including Tuesday Black and Thursday True Khaki | Materials: 97% cotton, 3% elastane

Bonobos encourages you to mix it up every day of the week with the Stretch Weekday Warrior Dress Pant. With a huge size range and five fits from slim to athletic—plus an embroidery detail in the waistband—building your week around these hard-working, easy-to-care-for pants is easy.

Sizes: Waist: 28-66, Length: 28-34 | Colors: 43 total, including Mineral Black and Olive Night | Materials: 80% cotton, 19% polyester, 1% elastane

Levi’s offers a huge range of colorways and patterns for this stretchy, cotton-blend chino pant. From stretch twill to plaid to corduroy, there’s an option for any work situation. This relaxed pant sits below the waist with a slight taper, and has an inclusive size range with regular and big and tall fits.

Sizes: 28-38 | Colors: Faded Black, Sand | Materials: 100% 14-ounce cotton

Los Angeles-based Buck Mason’s designs riff on iconic American staples with an emphasis on quality fabrics, and this HW Canvas Full Saddle Work Pant is an example of that aesthetic. This five-pocket, high-rise work pant is made of a durable, garment-washed heavyweight cotton finished with with triple stitching on the side seams, inseam and back rise. These are the kind of pants that will continue to soften with every wear and wash.

Sizes: 30-42 | Colors: Black, Black Navy, Rum Raisin, Frost Grey, Magnet, Plaza | Materials: 86% cotton, 14% spandex

Good Man Brand, a Black-owned and -founded label, is known for their polished menswear designs. This Flex Pro Five-Pocket Jersey Hybrid Pant is highly comfortable with supersoft, four-way stretch jersey and a gusset in the crotch area, while a slightly tapered leg creates a modern, cropped fit for the workplace. Also the brand donates a portion of their profits to the Why Not You Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting poverty through education.

Sizes: Waist: 28-38, Length: 30-34 | Colors: 8 total, including Black and Charcoal | Materials: 100% polyester

Vuori puts a performance twist on the classic five-pocket silhouette with their tapered fit Meta Pant. This pair can handle a hike to a day of meetings: The lightweight, quick-drying polyester fabric has four-way stretch and UPF protection, and the overall look is still office-appropriate.

Sizes: Waist: 28-46, Length: 28-37 | Colors: 14 total, including Grey Sage and Iron Blue | Materials: Body: 53% Elastomultiester, 47% recycled polyester

Lululemon takes the everyday work pant to the next level with the Commission Classic-Fit Pant. This breathable, shape-retaining pant is made of their trademark Warpstreme fabric, which has a unique, stretchy knit that feels smooth without being constricting. Further fit details include snap buttons on the back pockets to prevent gaping and an ergonomic gusset to provide a little extra room for added comfort and movement.

Sizes: Waist: 28-40, Length: 28-34 | Colors: Dark Indigo, Black, Washed Black, Deep Indigo, Marine | Materials: 94% organic cotton, 2% elastane, 4% other fiber

These jeans are part of Everlane’s Uniform collection and are casual yet sophisticated, with a great slim (not too slim) fit. The jeans are also backed by a 365-Day Guarantee — if for some reason it gets a hole within a year of purchase, it will be replaced for free. Also worth noting: The organic cotton is farmed and milled sustainably, then dyed with an indigo method that reduces water consumption by 55%.

Sizes: Waist: 28-44, Length: Short, Medium, Long | Colors: blue, gray | Materials: Shell: 99% wool, 1% elastane, Lining: 95% polyester, 5% spandex

The Banana Republic Signature Nailhead Suit Pant is three years in the making: the menswear design team refined this tailored slim-fit with a subtle taper through the leg and a distinctive break at the hem. The Italian wool fabric is lined and, conveniently, is also wrinkle-resistant, breathable and stretchy.

Sizes: Waist: 28-42, Length: 28-34 | Colors: Moonless Night, Canyon Brown, Green Camo | Materials: 98% Cotton, 2% Lycra

Cargo pants are back—but more stylish. Gap’s strike the right balance between easy-going comfort and durability with a slim fit through the leg. The cotton-blend fabric also has a touch of stretch, which means this pant won’t lose its shape.

Sizes: S-XXL | Colors: 15 total, including Total Eclipse Blue and True Black | Materials: 95% cotton, 5% stretch

Mack Weldon’s Ace Sweatpant is designed to be sleeker than a traditional bulky sweatpant with stretch for everyday wear, while details like ribbed ankle cuffs and a zippered back pocket are a modern upgrade from your college sweats.

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