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Spending a lot of money on work clothes isn’t particularly appealing. But neither is paying $30 for a pair of office-appropriate pants and spending every 8-hour work day thereafter loathing the way they look and feel.
Ideally, you’d like to find something that fits your budget but is also better-fitting, better-looking, and more versatile than it has any right to be at its price point.
For me — and a few other testers on the team — that’s the description of Everlane’s $50 The Work Pant.
They’re a fitted pant made from 4-way stretch cotton with a handful of subtle but altogether really flattering updates: a smooth and out-of-the-way side zipper, high waist, and elongating back-of-the-leg seam for added polish. They’re machine-washable, and they come in five versatile colors: black, navy, surplus (green), ochre, and slate grey. You can grab them in ankle-length or regular-length.
Below are three personal experiences from our testers. If your search for great work pants doesn’t end here, we’ve also got resources for the best work pants for petite women and the best places to shop for new women’s work clothes right now.
Mara Leighton, Insider Picks reporter: The Work Pant (Ankle) in navy, $50
The Work Pant is about a fourth of what my other favorite work pants go for ($198 for Aella High Waist Ankle Skinny and $195 for MM. LaFleur Hockley), and while it doesn’t dethrone them, it does join them in my top 3.
For $50, Everlane’s work pants look more flattering, feel more comfortable, and retain their shape for longer and than my other “affordable” pairs. I’ve actually worn these outside of work because they’re a great structured, slim fit pant on their own.
It’s good to note that these fit snug, so I would size up if you’re unsure or want a more relaxed fit. In person, the material is also deceptively more substantial than I expected, which makes them much more structured — and flattering — for a stretchy, high-waist pant than I’ve really encountered elsewhere. The side zipper helps the silhouette remain unbroken and sleek without bagging, and the back seams are a really nice touch — elevating the “polish” of the pants and improving the fit. I’d recommend them to anyone looking to grab a couple of affordable work pants that perform much better than their price suggests.
Connie Chen, Insider Picks reporter: The Work Pant (Ankle) in black, $50
I like these pants more and more each time I wear them. Made of a four-way stretch cotton, the attractive slim fit style manages to balance comfort and structure to a tee. The seam running down the back of the pants provides the polish and poise needed in an office, but because the pants also come in eye-catching colors like Ochre and Surplus, you can still inject a little more color and personality into your outfit if you want. While I do also love the MM.La Fleur Foster Pant, which is similarly stylish, versatile, and comfortable, these Everlane work pants clock in at a quarter of the price — a pretty amazing value. I could stock up on a few pairs of these in different colors and be set in the work pant department.
Malarie Gokey, Insider Picks guides editor: The Work Pant (Ankle) in black, $50
I’m a big fan of comfortable work pants that have good stretch but still look professional, and Everlane’s $50 Work Pants fit the bill. The Ankle length is just right for my petite 5’2″ frame, and I sized up to make sure the fit wasn’t too tight for the office. The pants stretch to fit your curves comfortably and I was pleasantly surprised by how much structure the fabric had. Usually, these kinds of form-fitting stretchy work slacks don’t feel this solid. I’m also really impressed by the price — At $50, they’re affordable enough to buy multiple pairs for the price you’d ordinarily pay for just one pair.
Like most of Everlane’s bread-and-butter staples, The Work Pant has been known to rack up a lengthy waitlist (about 12,000 as of 10 days before their launch in January) and a long wait period. If you want a pair, it might be best to act now and risk return later. Everlane accepts returns within 90 days of your purchase, but you’ll want to read the fine print just in case.
All in all, Everlane’s $50 work pants are another standout from the company. The silhouette is flattering on different body types and heights (from 5’2 – 5’7 in our testing), the stretchy fabric is much more structured than you’d think, and we tend to like them more and more every time we wear them. For $50, they’re a great value.