The Hunt: The Best Pants for Work

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Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Here’s a question we haven’t talked about in far too long: what do you think are the best pants for work? Which ones are your favorites for comfort — for fit — for travel? There are actually a ton of great options right now — almost all of the ones below are washable, available at least up to size 18, and many are available in petite, tall, and plus sizes as well. Which are your favorite work pants? Do tell…

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best pants for work - budget - Old Navy Pixie

If you’re hunting for one that’s under $ 50, there are a ton of great options, but they are very different. Readers love the comfort of J.Crew Factory’s drapey pull-on (usually around $ 35 with the sale of the day), while Everlane’s work pant ($ 50) has a nice, crisp, hold-you-in feeling to the fabric. Still, if you’re looking for a ton of options in color and fabric sizes, readers swear by the Old Navy Pixie pants, pictured above — they’re around $ 35 and come in regular, tall, and petite sizes up to size 20; they’re also available in plus sizes.

best pants for work - J.Crew

Another good option that’s often on sale: J.Crew’s Cameron pant, which readers recently noted was a good option for pears (and have pockets). They’re available at Nordstrom and Net-a-Porter as well as J.Crew, although note that J.Crew has a ton more options and come in sizes up to 24, as well as petite and tall sizes. The pictured ones are a washable option good for four seasons!

best pants for work - NYDJ knit pants

For just a bit more money puts you in the range of the NYDJ Stretch Knit Trousers, which are my personal favorite for a mix of comfort and polish — I feel more formal with the zipper (unlike some of the pull-on options on this list) and I feel like they wash and wear really well. I also like the thickness of the pants. They’re currently $ 78-$ 119; note that they’re almost always on sale in the big Nordstrom sales. A few other great options around this price point: Brass’s ponte pants are $ 98 (I’ve heard rave reviews but haven’t tried myself), as well as Nic+Zoe’s Wonderstretch pants (some options as low as $ 102, but mostly around $ 148).

best pants for work - Eileen Fisher

We’ve sung the praises of the pants the readers call “magic pants” before — they’ve noted that they’re “as comfortable as pajama pants,” “like slim cigarette pants that never wrinkle,” and “can be washed in a sink.” They come in plus and petite sizes, and a ton of colors — I personally haven’t seen anything but lucky sizes on sale but that’s me. They’re $ 168 new at Nordstrom, Dillards, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

best pants for work - suit separates

If washability isn’t high on your list of needs — or if you’re more looking for suiting separates that have great pants — Boss and Theory are the brands to beat. Boss’s slightly bootcut trousers get the highest ratings and are around $ 248, while Theory’s Good Wool trousers still get plenty of shoutouts. Fun fact: the Good Wool line is ” is spun from sustainably-farmed Australian wool milled at an environmentally-friendly factory” — and I was surprised to notice that Theory now goes up to a size 16.

Readers, how about you — which do you think are the best pants for work? Which are your favorite styles to wear to work — drapey, slim knit, cropped, or bootcut/voluminous trousers? 

On the hunt for the best pants for work? We rounded up a TON of great options, from everything from the under-$  50 budget picks for work outfits to the stylish, sleek, super professional suit separates (trousers and ankle pants!) that also make your booty look great. We've rounded up the best washable pants for work, the comfiest pants for work, and the best mix of comfort, style, and easy care. Did we include your favorites?

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The Hunt for Budget-Friendly Interview Suits

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2019 Update: We still stand by these recommendations for budget-friendly interview suits; links have also been updated as of Jan. 23, 2019. You may also want to check out our roundup of the best women’s suits of 2018 across every price point!

Sure, we all know what work wardrobe essentials professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have. Today: we’re hunting for budget-friendly interview suits for women!

Obviously, we cover a Suit of the Week every week, and we have our regularly updated Guide to Interview Suits as well as our recent overview of brands of suits for women for every budget— but we haven’t specifically looked for budget-friendly interview suits in a few years, so let’s round them up! (Here’s our last discussion on cheap interview suits, as well as our discussion of whether you can mix black separates to make a suit (noooooooo!).  In general, if you’re hunting for an interview suit, keep an eye out for options with a) suiting separates b) available in a solid, dark, neutral color, c) that fit your budget. By buying suiting separates you can get a better fit off the rack (such as by buying a size 10 pant and a size 12 blazer, and maybe even a petite skirt even if everything else is a regular size) — and you can make several outfits, particularly if there are two blazers, such as one that’s collarless and one that’s the traditional lapel+button. (If you have problems finding suits in your size range, check our Guide to Plus Size Suits, Tall Suits, Petite Suits, and Maternity Suits!) Readers, which are your favorite budget-friendly interview suits? 

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Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: J.Crew FactoryHat tip to the commenters, who noted that J.Crew Factory has lightweight wool suiting — I don’t think I knew that before! They have two-button suits, skirts, dresses with pockets, and trousers for $ 49-$ 75 per piece; they also have cotton suiting. Everything comes in sizes 0-20, in regular and petite sizes. (There are pros and cons to factory stores — if you happen to like them, note that Banana Republic Factory also has some great suiting options!) Pictured.
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: T TahariSo many of my first suits were from T Tahari — so I’m happy to see that they now come in separates. Bloomingdale’s has the widest selection currently, with tons of different styles of pants, skirts, dresses and blazers coming in black and navy. Prices range from $ 51-$ 118 right now. Pictured.
Affordable Interview Suits for Women: TalbotsIf you need a larger size range by way of petites, pluses, or plus-size petites, Talbots is your go-to — a LOT of readers love this suiting. Their seasonless wool suiting is what you want to look at — and if it’s too boxy for you off the rack, do consider getting your suit tailored. (Here’s our guide to suiting alterations to consider!) At full price, pieces are $ 129-$ 229 — but there are often sales. (As of this writing the range is $ 53-$ 119, plus extra discounts if you buy 2+ items and/or use a Talbots credit card.)
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women Lawyers: Anne KleinThese Anne Klein separates (available at Nordstrom and Macy’s) are great basic interview suits if you’re on a budget — it doesn’t get more classic than this. As a curvy girl I’ve often liked the fit for Anne Klein better than Calvin Klein, which has more of a straight fit. The price point is generally $ 69-$ 119 per piece. Macy’s has a ton of similar options from similar brands that offer separates like Kasper, T Tahari, and Calvin Klein. Pictured.
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: ExpressI hesitate to recommend Express suiting, even for budget-friendly interview suits, because I tend to associate it with looks that are often too tight and too curve-hugging — but if you know that going in you can be wary when picking out a suit. A major con to budget-friendly suit separates is that the pants can often feel frumpy (one of the reasons skirt suits can be easier!) so it’s a major pro that Express blazers pair with their Editor and Columnist pants, loved by readers and on our list of great washable pants for work. Right now prices range from $ 79-$ 128. Pictured.
Budget-Friendly Interview Suits for Women: Ann TaylorAnn Taylor, J.Crew, and Banana Republic are final options to consider if you’re on the hunt for budget-friendly interview suits for women — they can feel a bit pricier, but are great first suits if you like the fit. For Ann Taylor, look for the tropical wool suiting or the all-season stretch — both will be great basics to take you from interviews to the first days on the job. Prices range from $ 98-$ 140 at Ann Taylor (with lots of different options for the fit of pants, as well as petite and tall sizes up to size 18). Meanwhile, over at J.Crew, note that they seem to be phasing out their longstanding suiting collection of Super 120s wool in favor of “Italian stretch wool” — do any readers care to give a report on the new stretch wool? (There are some crazy deals on lucky sizes on the older Super 120s inventory, fyi!) Prices on the Italian stretch wool collection range from $ 99-$ 248 plus, of course, any additional J.Crew sales.  Another big option in this price range (and with tons of sales): Banana Republic! Their lightweight wool collection ranges from $ 98-$ 198, not including any BR discount of the day. Pictured.

Readers, what are your favorite styles and brands for affordable interview suits? What stores am I missing – have you found great budget-friendly interview suit at ASOS, Zara, Lord & Taylor, or any other stores? What do you look for in a suit for interviews? 

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Stories from the Witch Hunt

Handmaids. Witches. Comedians and musicians. These were not your standard #MeToo stories. This was The Witch Hunt, a variety show inspired by the #MeToo movement.

Witch Hunt performers backstage. (Paul Zollo)

The performers who took to the stage at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles shared tales that amounted to a different kind of modern horror story—and gave performers and the audience gathered alongside them an outlet to process and heal from trauma. Amrita Dhaliwal, the Intrepid Dance Project and Christopher Ashman were among those who used musical and comedic performances to explore scary tales of sexism. Celia Daniels spoke up about a difficult conversation with her daughter about her gender identity. Jennifer Jonassen told the audience a story that her abuser, who was also her high school teacher, left out of their memoir—and the factors that still keep her from sharing her story.

Lila Dupree, co-creator of the Witch Hunt and one of the performers, remarked to Ms. that comedy can be a good way to deal with difficult topics like abuse, and that the show, directed by Gloria Iseli, was built to give survivors a different kind of platform for their #MeToo moments.

When Giovannie Espiritu was in high school, her stepfather suggested that they could “do things’” she was learning about in sex ed, or that she could learn from him by watching him masturbate. Her response was curt: “No, thank you.” She went upstairs to her room and blocked the door with a chair.

When Espiritu’s mom learned about the incident, she defended her stepfather. When she opened up about the abuse to an acting teacher, she was worried that she would get in trouble. When Child Protective Services arrived at her door, her mother issued a cold directive: “You are an actress now. So act.”

Years later, Espiritu’s role in a different kind of performance created space to finally tell the truth.

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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The Hunt: Stylish High-Heeled Boots for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

There have been so many boot styles lately that it kind of makes one’s head spin — block heel boots! sock boots! shooties! lace-up boots! Chelsea boots! Western style boots! — so we haven’t gone on a Hunt for a while for boots. Still, there are a ton of these very sleek, professional-looking stiletto booties right now — so let’s take a look at what’s out there on the market.  (Looking for flat ankle boots for work? Just a few months ago we did a roundup of flat and low-heeled options…) 

Stylish High-Heeled Boots under $  50

This one isn’t the sleekest, but it is $ 15, and still available in a ton of sizes 8-13 (with wide sizes also!) — that’s kind of hard to beat. (Amazon has a bunch of smaller sizes for $ 39 and Prime.) Readers have LOVED the DexFlex Comfort line in the past. 

Stylish High-Heeled Boots with Comfort

If you’re looking for a reliable brand for comfort, it’s hard to go wrong with Clarks — these heeled booties have a bunch of solid reviews at Zappos, and are marked 50% off (down to $ 60 today!). They’re available in sizes 5-11. Nordstrom has a very similar style for $ 139, but with a zipper. 

Stylish High-Heeled Boots for Work with Kitten Heels

Sam Edelman doesn’t market itself as a comfort brand, but their soles are usually packed with comfort features — and these kitten-heeled booties (above) look great to wear with tights and trousers. Note that this one comes in a ton of colors — if you’re on the hunt for white, red, or gold leather booties, this may be the solution you’re looking for. Note that Amazon has even more colors (leopard! shiny silver!) and some colors and sizes are Prime Wardrobe eligible and as low as $ 51.

Sudini has long been one of my favorite brands for comfortable kicks in sleek packages — these pointy-toed booties with kitten heels look fabulous. They’re only $ 159 and available in black and cognac suede, sizes 6-11, in medium and wide sizes. 

If you’re going for a very sleek look, these DvF stilettos are well-rated, with some colors and sizes on sale for $ 240 (down from $ 348). These also come in a variety of colors, including cherry patent, silver, and ivory leather — the vertical details really look fabulous on the ivory pair if you’re on the hunt. Unfortunately the matte black (pictured here) seems to just have lucky sizes left.

Readers have ALWAYS sung the praises of Aquatalia — particularly for waterproof boots — and these pointy-toed styles are a polished and sophisticated way to keep your feet warm and dry. Zappos has the black matte pair for $ 237.50 (50% off!), while Nordstrom has the black patent still full price at $ 475. 

 

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The Hunt: Great Cashmere Sweaters for Work

Great Cashmere Sweaters for Work

Sure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

So we haven’t talked about affordable cashmere for work in a while — let’s discuss! I was intrigued, upon looking around at the stores, how many “weekend” options for cashmere there are. Hoodies! Boyfriend sweaters! Ponchos! Duster cardigans! If you want more of a classic, sleek look to wear with beneath blazers or on top of blouses (or both!), it can be a bit tricky to find them in stores right now. So we rounded up some favorites! Ladies, what sweaters are you reaching for the most on chilly mornings? Have you bought anything in years past that you still love — or have you bought anything recently that was a great find?

Pictured at top of post: one / two / three / four

 

Curious for past iterations of this roundup? Here they are from 2017201620152014, and 2012.

Here are some of the great cashmere sweaters for work we’re finding today…

 

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great cashmere sweaters for work - Uniqlo

Pictured above: Uniqlo is always a great spot to check for affordable cashmere sweaters for work — they’re warm, classic, and come in a zillion colors. (Pro tip: check out Uniqlo’s Heattech line if you’re looking for a lot of warm options, especially for commuting clothes!) The red V-neck pictured above is $ 79.90, comes in __ colors; the brand has similar options in a turtleneck, crewneck, and cardigan.

great cashmere sweaters for work - Inhabit

This sweater may look basic, but don’t be surprised if it’s one of the softest cashmeres you’ve felt — I was thrilled to find several Inhabit sweaters at Nordstrom Rack. The pictured sweater (above) comes in black in sizes XS-L for $ 79 (originally $ 368!).

great cashmere sweaters for work - HalogenThis Halogen sweater is only $ 89 and has close to 500 super positive reviews at Nordstrom. I love how simple it is — it’s very easy to throw on beneath a blazer, add a statement necklace on top or a dickey beneath it (or an actual blouse!), and wear it to work. It comes in 8 colors, regular and petite sizes, XXSP-XL. The brand has a ton of more casual cashmere options as well.

great cashmere sweaters for work - jcrew

For $ 99+, J.Crew has a ton of great “everyday” cashmere sweaters. (Sadly, they are all excluded from the 40% off promo happening today!) The sweaters are available in sizes XXS-3X, which is great; the pictured crewneck comes in 23 (!) colors. They’ve also got a great everyday cashmere turtleneck. (To discuss: are turtlenecks “back” in style or have I just not noticed how many there were in recent years? I’ve always thought they’re a great basic look — certainly great background for a brooch or two! — but they felt like they were rarer in years past.)

great cashmere sweaters for work - Everlane

I often get asked about Everlane, and I will say that I’ve always been happy with their cashmere and merino sweaters — everything I’ve had has been great quality, and felt like a very current but classic take (so, for example, the longer cuffs here feel very au courant but the sweater itself is classic — not a ruffle in sight, thank goodness, and it’s a polished enough look that you can wear it to work or on the weekend.) The pictured sweater is $ 100, comes in 18 sizes (including some fun stripey options), in sizes XS-XL.

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The Hunt: The Best Ankle Boots for Work

the best ankle boots for workSure, we all know what wardrobe essentials for work professional women are supposed to have in their closets, but if you’re buying one for the first time or replacing one you’ve worn into the ground, it can be a pain to find exactly the right incarnation in stores. In “The Hunt,” we search the stores for a basic item that every woman should have.

Even though it’s been so warm lately, boots season will be upon us soon — so if you’re hunting for the best ankle boots for work, this roundup is for you. For this Hunt we’re focusing on low-heeled or flat options that are really walkable. Readers, do you have a favorite pair of ankle boots for work right now, or are you eyeing one in the store? Do you still feel like the Chelsea style is a classic, or do you prefer some of the newer iterations of ankle boots?

best ankle boots for work - TOMSIf you’re on the hunt for a classic Chelsea style and the Edelman boots that have been around for eons don’t work for you, I like the look of these affordable $ 99 boots from TOMS. They have a ton of great reviews at Nordstrom, come in four colors, sizes 5-12, and regular and wide widths.   TOMS
best ankle boots for work - ann taylorI love the teensy little block heel on these cute boots from Ann Taylor. They’re $ 198 full price, but AT is offering 40% off all full-price styles today — so they come down to $ 118. Nice.  Jocelyn Suede Booties
best ankle boots for work - Marc FisherWe featured these booties in leopard print a few days ago, and I love both the price point ($ 135 on sale) and the subtle texture to the leather that I’m including them again. They’ve got 149 positive reviews at Nordstrom, as well as a ton of good reviews at Zappos — where if you don’t like the slightly pebbled look here, they’ve also got them in a black patent and a “black leather snake” for $ 160-$ 178. Pictured, for $ 135: ‘Yale’ Chelsea Boot
best ankle boot for work - banana republicI suppose the Chelsea bootie BR has right now fits more with the spirit of the post, but I really like these low block heel booties, and think that they look pretty darn walkable as well with the sturdy 2.5″ block heel. They’re available in the black leather pictured as well as navy suede and “sand” suede in sizes 5-12. They’re $ 168. (Note that everything at BR is “buy one get one: half off everything” which is a nice deal if you’re looking to stock up on something basic in multiple colors.)  Low Block Heel Bootie (BR)
best ankle boots for work - JCrewI always like J.Crew’s shoe choices, and these cap-toed ankle boots from the brand look sleek and walkable. They were $ 258 full price, but for “today only” they’re offering 40% off everything, which brings the ankle boots down to $ 155. They also come in a fun faux snakeskin. Pictured:  Cap-toe ankle boots
best ankle boots for work - AquataliaThese suede booties from Aquatalia are super low, super waterproof, and for some reason look very sleek to me. They’ve got 14 rave reviews at Nordstrom, and are best sellers at Bloomingdale’s, and are our splurge pick for today: they’re $ 495. They’re also available in espresso and navy suede, as well, at both Zappos and Nordstrom. Ulyssa Weatherproof Bootie

 

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