We’ve Found The Best Black Trousers For Work And Play

Essential reading before you head back to the office.

Gemma Chan wearing a black jacket and white shirt at Tory Burch

by Natalie Hammond |

If you've headed back to the office over the past month, getting ready has probably felt like a a school mufti day. Remember those? The one day a term when you could wear whatever you wanted. Cue a morning meltdown that made you, and your poor parents, wish that such a thing had never been invented. Anyway, if going back to work has triggered certain memories of feeling like you have nothing to wear, we've got a one-stop solution that will instantly revitalise whatever's in your wardrobe: a pair of black work trousers.

Gemma Chan wearing black trousers at Tory Burch
Gemma Chan at Tory Burch ©Getty

Banish ideas of black polyester trousers, the kind with a sandpaper touch and the potential to get very sweaty on the commute. The new versions of black work trousers score seriously high in the chic stakes, and have celebrity ambassadors who include Gemma Chan, who wore an oversized pair to sit front row at Tory Burch, and Bella Hadid, whose favourite wide-leg pair is from cool-girl sneaker brand Eytys. Arket's Tapered Jersey Trousers are the perfect way to transition out of black leggings. Totême's Black Tailored Trousers, meanwhile, would look lovely with ballet pumps and an oversized blazer.

Bella Hadid wearing black trousers in London
Bella Hadid ©Getty

The reason black trousers have great back-to-work potential is that they're excellent multitaskers, brilliant for smart occasions, especially if you add a stiletto heel like Chan's, and more casual settings. Add some sporty trainers - perfect for hustling on the train or bus - a crisp button-down and some chunky hoop earrings for an outfit that marries practicality and polish.

Paloma Elsesser wearing black trousers at Savage x Fenty
Paloma Elsesser ©Getty

Finally, Paloma Elsesser, at last year's premiere of Savage x Fenty, proved that baggy black trousers can still be black tie-appropriate. So for any after-work events that don't warrant a dash home, just swap your work shirt for a party corset.


SHOP: The Best Black Work Trousers

Arket, Tapered Jersey Trousers, £59
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& Other Stories, Slim Zip-Cuff Trousers, £65
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COS, Relaxed-Fit Corduroy Trousers, £59
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Totu00eame, Black Tailored Trousers, £290
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Joseph, Cosy Wool Cashmere Trousers, £275
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Nanushka, Radha Slip Satin Straight-Leg Pants, £375
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Whistles, Super Stretch Trousers, £79.20
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MM6 Maison Margiela, Topstitched Gabardine Suit Trousers, £420
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Uses Sister, Rosie Straight-Leg Trousers, £205
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Ninety Percent, Structured Organic Cotton Wide Flare Trousers, £110
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Eytys, Roxy Black Trousers, £285
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