The Best Mom-Approved Pants for Working From Home (Plus, How to Style Them!)

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Almost one full year into a pandemic and you’d think that I’d have this whole working-from-home lifestyle down by now. But I still don’t. I go through waves of extreme productivity and wanting to get all dressed up for my coworkers on Zoom, right back to the old did-I-actually-change-out-of-pajamas-in-the-last-three-days? mindset.

However, when I am in the middle of a sudden wave of motivation, I like to take advantage. I put on a cute outfit, make myself an iced latte, and think, “Hey, maybe this isn’t so bad.” When putting on real clothes, I’ve really had to narrow in on the pairs of pants that make me feel put-together, but are tolerable to sit in all day at my apartment desk.

I’ve found the perfect happy medium somewhere between elevated loungewear and pants that look like slacks, but are really just joggers pretending to be something they’re not. Oh, and I try to stay away from buttons and zippers—we do not need that energy in our lives.

Check out our favorite mom-approved pairs of pants for working from home, along with how to style them:


Pull-on pants: with a tunic-length sweater and chic accessories

pants / sweater / headband / earrings / mules


Old Navy

High-Waisted Skinny Ankle Pants

4 colors/patterns available. Under $20!


High-Rise Plaid Pull-On Pants

6 colors/patterns available. Regular and plus sizes. Under $20!

Old Navy

High-Waisted Stevie Ponte-Knit Pants

3 colors available. Under $20!


Plaid High-Rise Skinny Ankle Pants

regular and plus sizes


High Rise Corduroy Pull-On Pants

7 colors/patterns available


High Rise Corduroy Pull-On Pants (Plus)

6 colors/patterns available


Ribbed lounge pants: as part of a matching loungewear set

pants / sweater / slippers / hoops / mug



Rib-Knit Pants

3 colors available


Nolita Skinny Pant

2 colors available


High-Rise Wide Leg Lounge Pants

2 colors/patterns available. Regular and plus sizes.


Fine-Knit Joggers

3 colors available


Paper-bag pants: with a casual tee and sneakers

pants / tee / sneakers / necklace / earrings



Elevated joggers: with a puff-sleeve sweatshirt and slippers

joggers / sweatshirt / slippers / glasses / necklace