Work Appropriate Stretchy Pants


Isaac Mizrahi 24/7 pants | Banana Republic top | J.Crew Factory flats

Here’s a couple of things that I never thought I would mention on this blog in a million years:

  • Wearing pants with an elastic waistband to work.
  • Purchasing clothes from

Well, the day has come where at the ripe old age of 31 (almost 32), I’ve given up with trying to be cool and am wearing stretchy pants in a professional setting. And those pants are only available on QVC, my friends. What’s next? Bright white orthopedics with ankle socks? Maybe I’ll even start collecting porcelain dolls from the Home Shopping Network. Seriously. It’s a slippery slope and I might be on my way down.

Really the need for stretchy pants is my own damn fault. As much as I have every intention of eating as clean as Lar, I don’t have the discipline she does. I’m working on getting healthier by working out more and eating less, because I need to lose between 5-10 pounds (mostly so I don’t have to buy a new wardrobe, which I’m getting dangerously close to having to do). So stretchy clothing items are the best. Enter these Issac Mizrahi for QVC pants. If I lose some weight, then these pants will still fit just fine and if I don’t, they’ll still be forever comfortable. They have an elastic waistband, are made out of some type of magical stretchy material, and somehow totally look like legitimate trousers.

I have to give my friend Meredith all the credit for turning me onto these pants. If I had just seen them online on my own, I would have never believed they were worth trying. Honestly, they look like typical mom pants online. See? Luckily they’re much more flattering in person.

I feel a little silly spending so much time writing about a pair of very basic pants, but I just find it so hard to shop for pants and I know I’m not alone. They’re always the last thing I try on at stores because it always seems impossible to find the right fit. After I try on three pairs that don’t fit I give up completely and end up walking away from the store with a bunch of tops and no bottoms. Do you have a pair of go-to pants? My friend Katie swears by the Old Navy leggings and Lar loves her Marks and Spencer leggings. I’m always on the look-out for the perfect pair (jeans too), so leave a comment if you have a favorite.

15 thoughts on “Work Appropriate Stretchy Pants”

  1. Haha! LURVE that pic of you and Tobs, Cath!!! You look gorgeous in those stretchy pants and yes I will most definitely buy a pair when I move back to the states. I remember when you told me they were from QVC I gave you the raised eyebrow, but I’m a believer now. I needs to get me a pair (or two or three)!
    Seriously you (and Mere) are genius pants!


    1. Mere said they’re available on the site, but are called something a little different. That being said, it might just be worth waiting until you come to the states to buy them – probably cheaper here.

      Also, you’ll have to get them altered (which I still think makes them worth it) because I wear the smallest size, a 2. And you’re obviously much smaller than me! The fact that they’re comfortable and work appropriate totally makes them worth buying and then paying for alteration.

  2. These pants look terrific on you!

    My thing is elastic waist cotton A-line skirts. If I find one, I’ll buy it. Bonus points if it has pockets.

  3. This has to be one of my favorite of your posts EVER! And I’m totally wearing my black crop pair today.

  4. I never thought black pants would be a staple in my wardrobe (flashbacks to wearing an all black work uniform). BUT I’ve found a few pairs that I love and is now part of my new work uniform of printed tops and flats/heels. Since I’m 5’2, most capri styles hit me about ankle length, which I prefer since I’m too lazy and cheap to get it hemmed, lol.

    I have about 3 pairs of this one from Gap:

    And these from Uniqlo have an elastic waist and is much more light weight:

    Happy shopping!

    1. OMG, the Uniqlo ones are perfect for the summer! I’m the same way when it comes to not hemming my pants. The QVC pants are supposed to be capris but totally hit my ankles 😉

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