14 pairs of trousers you can wear to work and the office

Most of our work wardrobes have consisted of no more than loungewear and slippers for the past couple of years thanks to working from home during the pandemic. But as many of us have now made at least a partial return to the office, we’ve been confronted with a lack of fresh and inspiring work-appropriate clothing. If you’re anything like us, those black work trousers that you’ve had for years aren’t exactly sparking joy (although they are always handy to have).

Along with leather looks, wide-leg, tailored trousers topped the trending chart in autumn and winter. And the trend is still going strong as we head into the warmer months, making it easier for those who prefer to stay away from tight-fitting trousers to find a smart option that’s just right for them.

We’ve been spoiled with working from home in elasticated waistbands and stretchy, comfortable material for so long, that now you might not feel so eager to put on a pair of ‘proper’ bottoms for the office. But with that in mind, we’ve searched the online shops to find work trousers for women in a range of styles and price points, starting from just £18.

Your spring office attire is sorted!

Work trousers for women

Warehouse

Petite Essential Slim Leg Trouser, £28, Warehouse

H&M trousers

Tailored jersey trousers, £34.99, H&M

These jersey trousers offer all the comfort of a jogging bottom while looking effortlessly smart, especially paired with a shirt and blazer. One customer review has even confirmed they’re ‘really comfy’.

Zara work trousers

Trousers with lined belt, £32.99, ZARA

& Other stories work trousers

Wide Flared Trousers, £75, & Other Stories

F&F Next work trousers

F&F Grey Button Detail Tapered Trousers, £18, Next

Nobody's child trousers

Zeena Wide Leg Trouser, £35, Nobody’s Child

Let’s scrap the idea that printed or patterned trousers aren’t smart, shall we? Pretty florals can be just as official as a plain outfit if styled right. Pair these floral culottes with a black or white collared blouse for the office, and don a pair of white trainers with a T-shirt for a more casual look.

M&S trousers

Side Stripe Wide Leg Trousers, £35, M&S

These are another pair of bottoms that can be elevated with a white shirt or blouse, and a loafer or red heel.

Mango trousers

Crocodile Effect Faux Leather Cropped Trousers, £17.99 (was £49.99) Mango, John Lewis

Think leather-look trousers are only for the weekend? Think again. Worn with a blazer and a pair of loafers or ankle boots, you can add a little more style and pizzazz to your work wardrobe.

Warehouse work trousers

Check Pleat Front Wide Leg Trouser, £29.60, Warehouse

Mango trousers

High-waist palazzo trousers, £29.99, Mango

Hello elasticated waistband! A colourful striped shirt would look great with these palazzo trousers.

Jigsaw trousers

Nevis Cotton Check Trousers, £60, Jigsaw, John Lewis

Cos trousers

Drawstring barrel-leg trousers, £59, Cos

Boden trousers

High Waisted Richmond Trousers, £85, Boden

Office clothes really don’t have to be boring. Boden has styled these eye-catching green bottoms with a white shirt for an easy-going yet smart look – we think a frilled or collared blouse would also work well.

Phase Eight work trousers

Parissa Button Hem Chino Trouser, £79, Phase Eight