The best trousers for women 2021
A few pairs of reliable trousers are an essential part of any capsule wardrobe – get your hands on the styles Mumsnetters love below.
With 7,591 posts and 209 thread titles including the word 'trousers' during 2019 alone, we know finding the perfect pair of trousers might be a sore point for a lot of Mumsnet users. Never fear – we've rounded up the best of the best recommendations from the Mumsnet forums, put them together and made this handy guide to finding the very best pairs for you.
Read on for the best pairs of trousers for any occasion, according to Mumsnet users.
The best everyday trousers
1. Next Chinos
For everyday wear, particularly in spring and summer, nothing will lift your wardrobe like a trusty pair of chinos. Available in seven colours and made from a lightweight 98% cotton material, they're the perfect alternative to jeans as the weather gets nicer. Plus, Next do a longer-length version, which won't come up cropped on the taller of you out there.
“I get chinos from Next – they're actually the only thing I've bought not for the kids from them, ever. Straight, well cut, and last ages.”
“It’s still a chic look to wear a pair of well-cut chinos and a shirt, then a cashmere cardigan on top. Just add loafers or white leather plimsoles. It’s easy.”Buy now from Next
2. Robell Slim-fit Stretch Trouser
These pull-on trousers are a great addition to any work wardrobe as they're easy to wear, very smart, and come in a whole host of office-friendly colours. They're a bit pricier than other options, but will last that much longer that it's worth splashing the extra cash. They also do a fleece-lined version for winter (or for summer, if your office air-con is more efficient than you'd like).
“Get some Robells – honestly the best 50 quid I’ve ever spent. Elasticated waistband, so flattering, easy to wash and non-iron. I’ve just bought a pair of fleece-lined ones (they don’t look bulky at all) and I’ve barely had them off. The normal ones are lovely for any day, and I’m loving the fleece-lined ones because I’m always freezing.”
“Robells look great and the fleece ones feel great. Don’t get them too skinny though as they can show the knicker line.”Buy now from Amazon
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The best casual trousers
3. Hush Long Harem Trousers
Have you ever wished that wearing pyjamas in public was more socially acceptable? With these joggers from Hush, you can enjoy that “watching Netflix in my PJs” feeling all day long, whilst looking like a functioning adult. Comfy enough for lounging at the weekend, but also stylish enough for a lunch out with friends.
“Utterly fab! I have two pairs.”
“I wore Hush harem pants after having my daughter. They're smart, stretchy and very, very comfortable.”Buy now from Hush
4. Icebreaker Merino Crush Pants
With a drawstring waist and ribbed cuffs, you'd be mistaken for thinking these trousers were too jogging-bottom-esque for wearing out and about. However, the smart colour options, slightly fitted shape and 88% merino wool composition mean they're just about smart enough for wear outside the gym. Mumsnetters love that they're comfy but chic, and that they even have pockets.
“I spent this morning at a four-hour hospital appointment rocking these with a T-shirt and open checked shirt over the top. If I have to sit there for hours I'm going to be comfortable, but don't see why I can't look vaguely presentable at the same time. I know they are stupidly expensive, but I've practically lived in them for the past few months, so they are worth every penny for me (and I got them cheaper on Amazon).”Buy now from Amazon
5. Uniqlo Lounge Trousers
They're made from a 95% soft cotton knit material which screams comfort, but the tapered shape means they don't look like loungewear (even if it feels like they are). Made from a supersoft cotton blend, they come in four of Uniqlo's customary neutral colours, and bearing Uniqlo's customary affordable price tag.
“I love these – they're very comfy. I'm only 5'2”, so watch out that they don't come up short."Buy now from Uniqlo
6. Peacocks Yoga Pants
Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be an avid yogi to pull of yoga pants. The slightly flared shape of these trousers is flattering on just about any shape, and they look good with trainers and ballet pumps for a more chill look. And anyway, why should an elasticated waist and extra-comfort fit be reserved for yoga devotees when they're just as beneficial for
lounging on the sofa nipping out to the shops.
“I live in my Peacocks yoga pants. They're a bit too long for me but OK with trainers – and they're a tenner.”Buy now from Peacocks
The best work trousers
7. H&M Ankle-length Pull-on Trousers
Mumsnetters are constantly on the search for a pair of trews which won't look out of place in the office but also won't crumple or ride up after a lenthy commute
-or a bout of toddler wrangling-. Enter these jersey trousers from H&M: they're ankle-length, have an accommodating elasticated waist, and even have pockets.
“I recently bought a pair of these in H&M and they were so perfect that I ordered three more on the website. They're ankle-length, so look good with brogues.”Buy now from H&M
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8. Uniqlo EZY Trousers
Ever-popular on Mumsnet, Uniqlo's EZY Trousers are particularly ideal for spring and summer work wardrobes (in part thanks to the beautiful pastel colour palette). They're extra comfy thanks to the two-way stretch in the material and a discreet elasticated waistband, and are straight-leg so they look smart and fit well, too. There is also a flared version if you fancy trying something a little bit different.
“Uniqlo EZY trousers. The back is elasticated. No ironing needed. They're the only trousers I wear to work.”
“My Uniqlo EZY ankle grazers arrived today… OMG! So comfortable and smart.”
“Look at the Uniqlo EZY trousers. Since they're elastic waist they are very forgiving and comfortable!”Buy now from Uniqlo
9. ASOS Pull-on Tapered Black Trousers
Made from a lightweight jersey crepe, these tapered ASOS trousers deserve a place in your capsule workwear wardrobe. The elasticated, high-rise waist means they're comfy enough to wear all day, whilst still looking smart. Pair them with a slightly cropped blouse for a work look that means business – not bad for less than £20.
“ASOS have some jersey tapered trousers and they are a) ridiculously comfortable and b) actually quite smart without being too much like workwear.”Buy now from ASOS
10. Hush Amie Joggers
If you don't quite get on with the Hush Harems, these Amie joggers are another great choice for comfort – and look just about smart enough for work, too. Simply dress them up with your brogues and a blazer for the office, then pair with trainers and a baggy jumper for the weekend. They're 47% cotton, 47% modal and 6% elastane, meaning they're comfy and breathable, and they also have a flattering tapered leg shape.
“Hush Amie joggers – I’m 5'4” and a size 16, and I love these. Smart enough for work with brogues or heeled boots but nice with trainers too. I have them in black and plan to order the blue soon."
“They’re fab. I’ve worn them all over: shops, school and even flying long-haul. Sizing is massive though, I’m 5'8” and a size 10 and had to get XS. They’re just long enough too."Buy now from Hush
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The best occasion trousers
11. Zara Culottes
Whether you're already a wide-leg trouser convert or still need some convincing, these culottes from Zara are a great option if you want to look that bit smarter in your trousers. Available in black, white and a statement fuchsia, they're the perfect addition to your wardrobe whatever event you have planned. They're high-waisted, and have a zip fastening hidden at the side.
“I got these and they fit fab. They're high-waisted and wide-legged. They also have them in a tonne of colours if you want something brighter.”Buy now from Zara
12. Navabi Feather Print Wide-leg Trousers
If you're plus-size, it can sometimes feel like the amount of clothing on offer to you is minimal at best – particularly when it comes to occasionwear. Navabi have a whole host of trousers designed for plus-size women, and the selection is filled to the brim with chic patterns and fashionable colours. Perfect for occasions like weddings and barbecues during the warmer months, these wide-legged trousers are floaty and cool, and also have a side stripe which elongates the legs.
“Navabi have some lovely stuff. Graphic and modern, not pale and flowery.”
“Go through Navabi – pair some of their trousers with a big chunky necklace and a bright clutch.”Buy now from Navabi
The best plus-size trousers
13. Yours Pull-on Bootcut Trousers
These trousers are designed for sizes 16 to 32, and are the perfect option to take you from your desk chair to an evening at the pub – just swap your brogues for a pair of heeled boots if you want to add some glam. Plus, who doesn't love an elasticated waist?
“I've recently bought these as I’m doing a lot of travelling for work, and need something that’s comfy enough to sit on a train for a few hours and still look smart at the other end.”Buy now from Yours
14. Meghan Everyday Cigarette Trousers
Boasting sizes up to 32, Simply Be are a great place to find stylish and affordable plus-size trousers. These trews have so many hidden extras like a Magisculpt panel insert and a secret stretch waistband. They're designed to keep you looking streamlined but, most importantly, feeling as comfortable as possible. Available in a variety of colours, we are particular fans of the Dark Green pair.
“On someone's recommendation on Mumsnet, I have two pairs of these (in navy and black) and they are really lovely. You probably need to order a size down, and they do also do a petite range.”Buy now from Simply Be
15. M&S Everywear Slim Leg Trousers
Ideal for work or play – especially if jeans aren't really you – these M&S chinos are available in a range of colours and three different leg lengths to help you find your perfect pair. Made from sustainable cotton with a bit of stretch for a comfy, breathable fit – we want a pair in every colour.
“I got two pairs of the Everywear trousers in plum and black. I really like them – they're very flattering.”Buy now M&S
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The best petite trousers
16. Boden Richmond Trousers
Mumsnetters have been fans of the Boden Richmond trousers for years for their classic fit, great quality and practical pockets. They're re-invented in a new range of colours and patterns every season (so our collection just keeps on growing) and are available in tall and petite fits, as well as full or 7/8 leg lengths.
“I'm short-legged and very curvy and they look great on me. Both 7/8 and full length are very forgiving, and they've kept shape after many washes!”
“I've just discovered Boden Richmond trousers and they're so bloody comfy! They're actually super flattering on my three-month postpartum bum and chunky legs. And they're so pretty.”
“I agree with Boden Richmond. Very nicely cut and flattering. The fabric is nice and thick and not too stretchy.”Buy now from Boden
17. Roman Originals Cropped Stretch Trouser
If you're a petite fit and not a fan of the cropped-trouser trend, these Roman Originals trousers may just come out at a more suitable length on you. They're flattering and reasonably priced, and they come in more colours than you can shake a stick at (literally, there are 42 colour options) – with pale blue, dusky pink and lilac all perfect for spring. The stretch in the material is perfect for keeping you supported but not restricted, too.
“I bought a plain black pair of these and I have never had so many compliments!”Buy now from Roman Originals