7 pairs of washable work pants for women that’ll save you from trips to the dry cleaner

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A model leaning against a desk wearing the Everlane The Dream Pants in black

  • 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.

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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:

M.M.LaFleur The Foster Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the M.M.LaFleur The Foster Pant in Black

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. 

Foster Pants (small)
Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants

Waist down side view of a model wearing the Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants in black

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.

Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants (small)
Everlane The Dream Pant

A model leaning against a desk wearing the Everlane The Dream Pants in black

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. 

The Dream Pant (small)
Spanx Perfect Pant Collection

Waist down view of a model wearing the Spanx Perfect Pant (Slim Straight) in black

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. 

The Perfect Pant (Slim Straight) (small)
LOFT Slim Pants

A model sitting on a white stool, wearing the LOFT Slim Pants in black

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

Waist down view of a model wearing the Athleta Brooklyn Pant in black

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

Waist down view of a model wearing the ADAY Turn it Up Pant in black

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. 

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Superstar gymnast Simone Biles is leaving Nike for a new partnership with Gap-owned athletic brand Athleta

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Simone Biles.

  • Gymnast Simone Biles is leaving Nike for a partnership with Gap-owned Athleta.
  • Biles told The Wall Street Journal that she’s attracted to Athleta’s values and female-focused team.
  • Sprinter Allyson Felix also signed a deal with Athleta following a high-profile split with Nike.
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Gymnast Simone Biles is leaving Nike for a new partnership with apparel brand Athleta.

The five-time Olympic medalist has signed a deal with the Gap-owned athleticwear company that includes her own line of performance wear, according to The Wall Street Journal’s Louise Radnofsky. Biles told The Journal that Athleta’s core values and female-focused team led her to sign with the company.

“I felt like it wasn’t just about my achievements, it’s what I stood for and how they were going to help me use my voice and also be a voice for females and kids,” she said. “I feel like they also support me, not just as an athlete, but just as an individual outside of the gym and the change that I want to create, which is so refreshing.”

The Journal notes that despite Biles’ sponsorship deal with Nike, which she signed in 2015, she has not been a major face of the brand, making only small appearances in advertisements. Biles is currently the best female gymnast in the world and is widely considered to be the greatest of all time.

Biles has 25 world-title medals, the most in the world – she’s competed in just one Olympics, in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, where she took home four gold medals and one bronze. She plans to compete in the Tokyo games, which will be held this summer after being pushed due to the pandemic.

A spokesperson for Nike did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. A Nike spokesperson told The Journal that “Simone Biles is an incredible athlete and we wish her the very best.” The company “will continue to champion, celebrate and evolve to support our female athletes,” the spokesperson said.

Read more: After gaining 2 million new customers with its masks, Athleta’s head of merchandising reveals plans to keep them by becoming a ‘lifestyle brand’

Biles decision to leave the Nike roster follows several instances of female athletes reporting issues with the company. Allyson Felix, one of the most decorated sprinters in history, accused the company of failing to support her decision to become a mother in a bombshell op-ed she wrote for The New York Times in May 2019. According to Felix, during contract negotiations that coincided with her pregnancy, Nike offered her a 70% pay cut and refused to guarantee that Felix wouldn’t be punished for being unable to perform her best after childbirth.

Felix signed a deal with Athleta in 2019.

Multiple other female runners, including Kara Goucher, Phoebe Wright, and Alysia Montaño, have spoke up about the pressure to perform during or immediately after their pregnancies or face reduced sponsorship payments from Nike. The company has since instituted a new maternity policy that does not penalize pregnant athletes.

In 2019, Mary Cain, a female sprinter who was signed to Nike’s high-profile Oregon Project track team, told The New York Times that she was pressured to get “thinner, and thinner, and thinner” at the detriment of her health. Nike launched an internal investigation and said it would make internal changes to better support female athletes.

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