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I hate jeans. There I said it. And if I’m really being honest, I hate any pants that have a button. Part of the reason is that I’m still working off some post-baby mama weight and part of the reason is that I just like to be straight up comfortable. This has been the case my whole life. In high school, while all of the all of the other girls were buying the latest jeans from Abercrombie & Fitch, I was wearing track pants (before they were cool). To this day, I have never met a pair of elastic pants I didn't like.
So, when it came time to get a job and I was thrust into the world of pants with buttons, it was a shock to my system. And I’ve been struggling for the last decade to find work pants that are super comfortable, but don’t look like I just rolled out of bed (even if I just did). Enter workleisure pants—the slightly fancier sister of athleisure pants. Lucky for me, upscale leisure wear is all the rage right now so you better believe that I am taking FULL advantage of it in the workplace.
And let me tell you, I have found the holy grail of workleisure. This is not a drill. They are called Hail Yes Trackpants and that is exactly what I said the second I put them on. I wore these buttery soft pants with a simple black tank and cardigan to the office and received seven compliments in one day. (Yes, I counted. Don’t judge.) The compliments were nice, but what was even nicer was how comfortable I was—they are lightweight, stretch every which way and are quick drying (I spilled half a bottle of water on them and barely noticed). I felt like I was walking around wearing a dirty little secret… I looked chic but my pants were comfortable AF. Buy them now and feel like you’re cheating at life, too.
ADAY Hail Yes Trackpants
But, because you can’t wear the same pair of pants to work every day, here are some other pants I tested that deserve honorable mention.
ADAY Turn It Up Pant
Super soft, super stretchy and super breathable, these tapered trousers are perfect if your office is a little more formal. Pair with a plain white button down and cute flats and you’ve got yourself the most comfortable business casual outfit you’ve ever worn.
Everlane Stretch Ponte Skinny Pant
“Feels like a legging. Looks like you tried,” says the description on Everlane’s website. And I couldn’t have said it better myself. These chic pants have an elastic waist and side zipper to make them feel a little more tailored without being restrictive.
Lululemon On The Fly Pant
These oh so fly pants stretch four ways. I didn’t even know that was possible. Plus, they wicked away the sweat from my morning commute (New York City subway system is like commuting in a sauna).
Althleta Chelsea Cargo Pant
These pants have casual Friday written all over them. With an elastic waist and a tapered leg, it’s the perfect TGIF pant.
Lou & Grey Ponte Legging
These Ponte leggings are on point. Pair with tall boots in the fall and winter or flat strappy sandals in the spring and summer and you’ve got yourself the perfect all-season pant.
Athleta Aspire Ankle Pant
Is sporty chic a thing? Because if so, these pants are totally nailing it. Plus, the drawstrings at the ankle let you customize a look and length each time you wear them.
Anthropologie Striped Linen Jogger
Perfect for the warmer days ahead, these easy, breezy lightweight linen pants make me feel like I’m relaxing on a yacht off the coast of Italy rather than at the office (almost).
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