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- It’s hard enough to find the perfect work pants, let alone ones that are washable.
- We rounded up seven top-rated options from brands like Spanx, LOFT, M.M.LaFleur, and more.
- Each pair is office-ready, easy to care for, and lets you skip the trip to the dry cleaners.
Finding the perfect pair of women’s work pants is an odyssey some of us seemingly spend our entire lives traveling.
Day after day, we’re confronted with a never-ending loop of misshapen chinos, leggings that claim to be pants, and the occasional red herring of a great stretch pant that morphs into a deflated parachute by midnight.
But, for all the terrible fits and fabrics out there, there are some really great options – and you don’t have to spend more than $200. All of the work pants on this list are machine-washable, stretchy without bagging out, and some even have upgrades like adjustable hems so you don’t have to change for different footwear or pay a tailor to cut off the necessary four inches for a petite frame.
Below, you’ll find our personal favorite washable work pants along with other top-rated options we’ve rooted out based on their many rave reviews.
The 7 best pairs of washable work pants for women in 2021:
Several of us on the Insider Reviews team own the Foster from M.M.LaFleur, and they’re some of the best overall work pants we’ve come across. The silhouette is sleek, classic, and versatile enough that you can wear it casually on the weekend too. What really differentiates these pants though is the adjustable hem, a rare feature that lets you instantly change the length. We also like how the stretchy material holds up to its wrinkle-resistant claims so you look as polished at the end of the day as you did walking out the door.
Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants
When it comes to quality basics, we could easily fill up an entire wardrobe with Eileen Fisher’s minimalistic designs. The brand’s Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants have a pull-on style and feature all the comfort of a legging, but with a straight-leg silhouette you can dress up with heels or loafers. You can choose from classic black or an elegant off-white color, but take note that the off-white is fairly transparent.
Everlane The Dream Pant
If you dread the idea of returning to “hard pants,” the Everlane Dream Pant is here to bridge the gap between joggers and formal slacks. It’s made with a soft cotton/modal blend but cut into a tailored silhouette with pintucked details. They’ll feel more professional when paired with a button-down or blouse, but you can just as easily pair these pants with a T-shirt too. Like the Foster, the Dream Pant is made with a wrinkle-resistant material to keep you looking fresh from 9am to 9pm.
Spanx Perfect Pant Collection
Spanx took its popular shaping technology and turned it into a line of work pants that’s entirely machine-washable. Dubbed “The Perfect Pant Collection,” the four styles include two skinny fits, a straight leg, and a high-rise flare.
You can find our full review of the collection here, but the short version is that each is made with a thick, comfortable ponte fabric that looks professional while feeling like a pair of leggings. Another plus is the inclusive size range and the option to choose petite, regular, or tall lengths.
LOFT Slim Pants
With its plethora of affordable workwear, we’d be remiss not to include LOFT on our list. The retailer’s Slim Pants feature a slightly relaxed silhouette along with four pockets for a more tailored look. You’ll also have the choice of a regular or curvy fit and a regular, petite, or tall length to help you get the correct fit right off the rack.
Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant
Similar to Everlane’s Dream Pant, the Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant is a hybrid style you can wear from work to the weekend. One reviewer notes they’ve worn these pants for a hiking trip and even out to a nice dinner.
Though they might not be the best match for formal office settings, the Brooklyn pant has plenty of range thanks to its performance material: it’s quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, breathable, machine-washable, and has a sun-protection rating of UPF 50+. Even better, these pants are sustainably made from recycled water bottles.
ADAY Turn It Up Pant
The ADAY ethos is anchored in sustainability, versatility, and simplicity, with designs that help you “do more with less.” The brand’s Turn it Up Pant blends the silhouette of traditional trousers with modern details like an elastic waistband and a washable material.
The legs are made to be cuffed for an alternate look, but if you decide you’d rather have them hemmed, ADAY will actually give you a $15 gift card if you send in a copy of your tailoring receipt.