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What Are the Best Plus-Size Black Work Pants for Women?

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Whether you work in a high-powered office, run around the city all day for meetings, or WFH from your couch, having a go-to pair of black work pants to throw on when you need to look professional is a must. “Black work pants are a staple in any closet and should stand the test of time,” says freelance stylist Ansley Morgan. “But the lack of size-inclusive options means it is hard to find clothing that is high quality.” To help find pairs worth your money, we talked to Morgan and 13 other plus-size women — whose jobs run the gamut from photographer to fashion stylist to entrepreneur to CEO — about the work pants they rely on for their day jobs and side hustles. Then we combed our archives for any standout pairs we’ve written about before. The pants below include high-waisted trousers, breezy culottes, and even a pair of polished-looking jeans. A note that all of the pants on this list fit at least a size 20, with some accommodating up to a size 40 (we’ve noted which have extended sizes in individual blurbs). We’ve arranged the pants by price, leading each category with the pairs we heard about the most.

Best under-$50 plus-size black work pants

Two of the people we talked to praised J.C. Penney’s Worthington line for its affordable options. Arianne Thigpen, a fashion blogger and co-founder of Austin–based community Curvy in Austin, told us she has always relied on the Worthington line for work attire and particularly loves the Ponte Straight Pull-On Pants — which go up to a 5XL, or 34 — because “they’re basically thick, fancy leggings.” Model and fashion blogger Sabrina Servance also recommends them, noting that the already reasonably priced pants often go on clearance (and when they do, she buys two pairs at a time).

For more casual offices, the right pair of black jeans can serve as a workplace-wardrobe staple. Writer Keesha Charles calls these Old Navy jeans “super comfortable,” adding that she “generally loves the Rockstar line.” As she points out, “Old Navy is the first of the Gap companies to have size inclusivity,” and it offers the jeans in sizes from 00 to 30. (Charles actually recommended them for our roundup of straight-sized black work pants.) Aside from plenty of sizes, the Rockstar jeans come in low-mid-, and high-rise styles and in regular, petite, and tall lengths (as well as other washes in addition to black).

If you’re not quite ready to part with your favorite quarantine sweats, this pair of high-waisted pull-on linen pants will help channel their feel while looking a bit more polished. Strategist beauty writer Tembe Denton-Hurst, who recommends them, calls the pants “breezy but put-together.” They’re available in up to a size XXL, or 20.