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Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« on: November 14, 2015, 02:36:37 PM »
I need pants to wear to work. Our dress code only specifies no jeans or shorts. I want to minimize my spending, but I'm having a hard time finding pants that meet my reasonable criteria at any price.

I would like pants that are:

Available in women's size 14
Machine washable, preferably cotton with spandex
Full-length and not super skinny, so they look good with ankle boots. My ideal fit is slim in the thigh with a straight leg or slim boot cut.
Preferably available in petite sizes
Flattering to a figure with a small waist-to-hip ratio

In my opinion I'm asking for the most normal pants imaginable so I don't understand why, but they are surprisingly hard to find. So many pants I find are either super skinny and ankle length, or dry clean only. Any suggestions?

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2015, 03:27:21 PM »
Express Editor pants come in 14S and are a good option. Sizes in store are limited so I'd order online.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2015, 03:47:34 PM »
Express Editor pants come in 14S and are a good option. Sizes in store are limited so I'd order online.

Those look great! Thanks!

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2015, 03:53:43 PM »
Try Chicos size 2 or 3.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2015, 04:10:52 PM »
I get all my work clothes from goodwill. 

Spend 45 minutes quickly looking through racks, grab anything within 2 sizes on either side that you think might work.  Spend 20 minutes trying everything on.  If it doesn't look great at first sight, it's a no.  Sometimes I'll try on 12 things and only walk out with one.

And I'm a rebel who has regularly washed dry clean only pants with no issues.

I tend to ruin things like clothing (grease stains, falling and tearing, etc) so I can't follow the buy it for life philosophy.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2015, 04:28:07 PM »
Express Editor pants come in 14S and are a good option. Sizes in store are limited so I'd order online.

Those look great! Thanks!

Yes, yes, yes!  I wear petite (5' 3.5" height), and these have been my go-to work pants for years -- Studio Stretch Wide Waistband Flare Editor Pants.  IMO, Express's business pants are well-made and figure-flattering.
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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2015, 05:57:56 PM »
Express editor pants are my go to as well. Keep an eye for in store sales. I've gotten them over 50% off.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2015, 06:16:56 PM »
I've had success with Goodwill (you have to really dig through stuff though, can get frustrating), Burlington Coat Factory, Target, and Banana Republic for my one pair of $50 dress pants.  All the other ones were <$10.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2015, 06:36:57 PM »
I've done well at Goodwill too.

I also recently ordered from Landsend, waiting (not very long) for a really good special. They have lots of different styles, and information about the fit, and will hem them to the length you need for free. I am washing the pants inside out and hanging them dry to make them last longer. Really happy with the purchase.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #9 on: November 15, 2015, 08:12:18 AM »
Talbot's.  I have had pants like that from them for years.  They wash great. Nice thick fabric and flattering cut. You can find them on sale frequently.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2015, 06:57:21 PM »
Another +1 on Express pants. They change the cut and patterns seasonally. However, I have pairs that I have had for years and they have held up. Often on sale - at least by one get one 50% off, or better deals. Sizing is consistent so once you know your size you can shop online.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2015, 07:58:02 PM »
I've had pretty good luck with Lee brand pants from the VF Outlet store -- they seem to have a bigger stock in their store at the outlet mall than the online store, but maybe you can find something useful:

http://vfoutlet.com/womens/pants.html?limit=all

I also have found slightly dressier pants for work at Loft, Banana Republic and Gap.  They each have one style that works well for narrower waist/bigger hips -- Loft is the Julie cut.  Can't remember the other two (and don't have those pants with me in the US).

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2015, 09:40:41 PM »
I've had good luck with Target dress pants. Easy and flattering (I'm around a size 8-10).

Have not tried Express' pants, but they have sales ALL THE TIME. Wait for one and score the pants for cheap!

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #13 on: November 16, 2015, 09:19:47 AM »
JC Penney usually has a really good selection and so does Kohl's. Buy them in the off season on clearance.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #14 on: November 16, 2015, 10:16:21 AM »
Express
Banana Republic, except I'm too cheep
Goodwill

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2015, 11:07:51 AM »
Express Editor pants come in 14S and are a good option. Sizes in store are limited so I'd order online.

Those look great! Thanks!

LOVE this pant.  I recently found a black pair at Rugged Warehouse for $10.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2015, 11:11:25 AM »
Express Editor pants come in 14S and are a good option. Sizes in store are limited so I'd order online.

+1 to Express.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2015, 03:25:21 PM »
Express pants look nice, but all of them seem to have a low rise. Are there any brands left that have normal rise? Not only do low-rise pants look unflattering on me, but they all seem to be enormous around the waist, even in small sizes. I guess that's because the waistband is really at the height of the hips. I have been looking hard for new pants, and everything that fits OK in the butt and thighs has literally three inches or more extra at the waist.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #18 on: November 16, 2015, 04:05:12 PM »
GAP online.

I'm tall and never find the right length in stores or Goodwill.  I get their Perfect Trouser.  The rise is normal, not low.   Machine wash, pop em of to a pants hanger to dry and they are dry, ready to wear within hours. 

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #19 on: November 16, 2015, 06:02:38 PM »
Mine come from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and/or Burlington Coat Factory. Burlington has great "businesswear" sales in the spring. You do have to hunt through the racks for the right style/fit.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2015, 06:13:54 PM »
Express pants look nice, but all of them seem to have a low rise. Are there any brands left that have normal rise?

The Editor style tends to be more of a mid-rise. I cannot wear the Columnist style because it's too low rise for me. I bought a pair of black high-rise Editor pants from Express over the summer and I LOVE them. I have, however, had an issue with the hems falling out of the bottom of my Express pants when I run them through the washing machine.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2015, 06:20:07 PM »
This isn't very constructive for anyone else but I had to post.

When I left uni my mum took me shopping for an affordable corporate wardrobe with the idea that I could work out what I liked and needed, and upgrade to quality pieces over time.

In eight years of full-time work it has all drifted away, except for one pair of black suit pants from an Australian teen store. They were probably $15 at the time. I've worn them 1-4 times per week. For eight years. They look good, don't need ironing and dry in no time. They are magic pants.

So, affordable doesn't always mean poor quality.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #22 on: November 16, 2015, 07:18:43 PM »
Christopher & Banks has some nice stuff for a reasonable price.  They also frequently have discounts.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #23 on: November 16, 2015, 10:47:30 PM »
I don't have a recommendation, but I have a comic precisely on this topic! :)

mi-mundo-entre-libros.tumblr.com/post/108623190198
« Last Edit: November 16, 2015, 10:50:44 PM by InvestandChill »

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #24 on: November 17, 2015, 12:04:46 AM »
I have had good luck with Worthington from JCP and Van Heusen. The VH was at a factory store. I didn't even know they had a women's line, but there were at least 10 styles of dress pants. Both of these brands have a normal rise and a reasonable wash requirement.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2015, 08:29:57 AM »
I don't have a recommendation, but I have a comic precisely on this topic! :)

mi-mundo-entre-libros.tumblr.com/post/108623190198

I missed the "bolsillos falsos" on the first pass and was so confused.

I used to be so upset about the fake pockets, but with how big phones are now, pockets don't help anyway IMO.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #26 on: November 17, 2015, 09:25:38 AM »
I get most of my clothing from Lane Bryant. Most of their pants fit very well, have a normal rise and a bit of spandex for stretch, and they offer petite lengths. Many people don't consider it because it's a plus sized store, but their clothing starts at size 14, they're quite fashionable and long lasting (I have pants that are more than 5 years old, and I tend to be rough on pants), and they're always offering coupons and specials so I never pay full price.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2015, 04:53:56 AM »
If I can't find what I want at Goodwill, Talbots is my go-to place.  Their pants look great, are washable, and wear like IRON. I have a pair I have had for nine years which still look great and I wear them weekly.  Talbots clothes aren't cheap, but when you calculate the per-wear cost they outperform others because of the durability.

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #28 on: November 18, 2015, 05:47:40 AM »
I am a huge fan of Express pants as well.

My latest "wow" moment was when a friend suggested maternity pants...seriously, try them. I'm 5'2" and probably a size 12 or 14 and I LOVE this pair of Gap maternity pants that I recently bought. These are not the third trimester type that would go up on your belly. These are actually a size 6, so there is more room up top, but slim in the legs. AND you can find a decent selection second hand. 

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #29 on: November 23, 2015, 12:32:04 PM »
Express pants look nice, but all of them seem to have a low rise. Are there any brands left that have normal rise?

The Editor style tends to be more of a mid-rise. I cannot wear the Columnist style because it's too low rise for me. I bought a pair of black high-rise Editor pants from Express over the summer and I LOVE them. I have, however, had an issue with the hems falling out of the bottom of my Express pants when I run them through the washing machine.

I went to the mall today (gasp) and tried on some Express Editor pants. They fit really well! The rise is high enough while still looking modern. I bought 2 pairs (ordered from Web to get the Short length). Thanks to everyone who recommended them!

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Re: Women, where do you get business casual pants?
« Reply #30 on: November 25, 2015, 05:08:16 AM »
The Limited - have several fits, mostly machine washable, they have 40% or 50% off very frequently. Not cotton, but nice looking, sometimes they have cotton blends. I think this store is related to Express. I should check out those editor pants everybody is raving about.
Also JCPenney.