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The 14 Best Work Pants for Women Over 50

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In theory, shopping for work clothes should be an easy task, given the fact that there’s no shortage of great stores for you to peruse online. But when it comes to work pants, finding a pair to round out your 9-to-5 wardrobe that make you look and feel great is a surprisingly tall order — especially when you’re dealing with the body changes that come with menopause and the style evolution that naturally begins to occur as you age and adopt a more mature look.

Since wearing skirts and dresses every single day is bound to get old after awhile, having a few pairs of the best work pants that you love on hand is essential, regardless of what you do or your personal style preferences. Keep reading for more on how to pick the right pair and shop the styles your closet has been sorely missing.

How to Find Work Pants

Whether you hit the mall or browse online, shopping for work pants can become overwhelming between the crowds, potentially limited sizing options, and the dreaded fitting rooms.

To help make things easier for you, we’ve rounded up a few quick tips for picking a pair that will elevate your weekday wardrobe.

1. Take stock of what you’ve got: If you’re in need of new duds, it’s never a bad idea to go through what you already own and take note of what’s working for you, and more importantly, what isn’t.

Trying on all the pants you own might seem like a daunting task, but it’ll be worth it to help you find your perfect pair. Do you find that you tend to wear the same style, color, or fabric? If so, you might want to stick to what you know you like. On the other hand, it might be worth venturing into new territory and trying something totally different to breathe new life into your favorite blouses, blazers, and sweaters.

You may also find that styles you once loved no longer suit you as you view them through older eyes. Whether they’re no longer age-appropriate, are ill-fitting where they once flattered, or don’t suit your coloring, it’s a good idea to donate any pants you haven’t worn in a year. You’ll leave room for work pants you’ll love, which is the ultimate goal!

2. Think about how your style blends into your office’s dress code: Unfortunately, most of us have some guidelines to abide by when it comes to dressing for the workplace, so you’ll want to find a way to infuse your personal style with items that still look professional and polished. Even if jeans or leggings are fine for your day-to-day, having a few pairs of more formal pants on hand is crucial for those last-minute important meetings and presentations.

3. Read the reviews Nearly every retailer features online reviews these days, so be sure to heed advice from women who have already bought — and adored — the pants you’re currently eyeing. Check for user photos or videos, which will show how real women look wearing the pants versus a model, who may not match your body shape.

4. Buy in multiples: Ordering multiple sizes of an item you’re on the fence about with regard to measurements is never a bad idea: You can always return anything that doesn’t fit. If you do find a pair you love, but the fit is still slightly off, tailoring is an excellent (and often affordable!) way to alter items to go on flawlessly.

Ready to shop? You’ve come to the right place. We’ve done the, ahem, legwork, to find the best work pants for women over 50 for a range of body types and styles. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s top picks.

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