The 16 Best Work Pants Do All the Heavy Lifting for You

It’s time to seriously reconsider your relationship to work. Work is no longer throwing out your back scaling the side of the house “just to see” about those fallen shingles before you get the roofer’s appraisal. Work is no longer cosplaying as a plumber while you tinker with the leaky faucet in the bathroom. Hell, work is no longer logging in remotely hunched over an uncomfortable chair in the kitchen to do the job you used to do used hunched over an uncomfortable chair in the office.

The pandemic upended all that. Work is everything now. Waking up in the morning is work. Watching the news is work. Falling asleep at night is work. Taking the kids to Pre-K (even, and perhaps especially, if Pre-K is in the living room)? Work. Making the sort of polite small talk you used to enjoy with the neighbor down the hall who now appears suspiciously sans mask every time you see him? Work. Keeping your mouth shut while your cousin goes off—yet again!—about the “left wing protestors” in the family group chat? Work. Most definitely work.

Let’s face it: you ain’t cut out for all of it. But your pants can be. *Cue comfortingly upbeat voiceover* ​Okay, before we veer too far into detergent informercial territory, it’s important to note that I’m, like, half joking here. You probably knew that already. But the reality is, the sheer amount of shit you put up with on an everyday basis calls for the type clothing that can take a beating without you having to give it more than a second’s thought, which, if you’re a stylistically inclined type of dude, really is one less thing to worry about.

Everything is work now. Deciding which pair of pants to wear shouldn’t be.

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Original 874 Work Pant

Dickies amazon.com

$42.00

$24.99 (40% off)

As classic—and affordable—as they come.

Corduroy Wide-Fit Work Pants

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$49.90

No fabric screams (or, ah, softly whispers) “fall” more than corduroy. The telltale rustling sound the pants’ll make as they brush up against each other every time you make the slightest move? That’s the sound of your legs sighing with content. 

Katahdin Iron Works Stretch Utility Pants

L.L. Bean llbean.com

$49.99

Damn-near indestructible work pants from a brand that has nothing left to prove when it comes to its work-ready bona fides. 

Fatigue Pant

Everlane everlane.com

$68.00

An aptly named pair of pants that’ll help you fight back against the pervasive sense of—yes—fatigue that set in around, oh, half a year or so ago. 

Twill Work Pants

Los Angeles Apparel losangelesapparel.net

$78.00

Twill tends to be a go-to option for brands looking to invest in a hard-wearing fabric that’ll lend anything it’s involved with a certain rugged gravitas, and Los Angeles Apparel’ work pants are no exception. (And are made, as you might expect, right here in the USA.) 

Work Pants

Golf Wang golfwang.com

$90.00

There’s only a handful of people—at most—who consistently rock preppy, workwear-leaning menswear better than Tyler, the Creator does, so it’s fitting that his line of clothing happens to make one of the best damn pairs of work pants on the market. 

Loose Tapered Pant

Gramicci urbanoutfitters.com

$98.00

If you’re the type of dude to serendipitously scale the side of a mountain, Gramicci makes the pants to do it in. (Needless to say, they’re good for doing pretty much everything else, too.) 

ATX Work Pants

Howler Brothers huckberry.com

$99.00

Reinforced cotton canvas knees are never a bad idea, but pair ’em with kick plate panels at the rear, and boy—you’ve got yourself a mighty durable pair of pants. 

Double-Knee Carpenter Pant

J.Crew jcrew.com

$128.00

Trust the tried-and-true Americana fanatics at J.Crew to look to the past for these vintage-inspired carpenter joints. 

OG Painter Pant

Stan Ray garmentory.com

$130.00

Stan Ray doesn’t call these the OGs for nothing—the brand was very literally an originator of the style way back in the ’70s, and its pedigree still speaks for itself today. (In other words: It still makes a hell of a pair of pants.)

French Work Pants

orSlow endclothing.com

$235.00

There’s something delightfully unhinged about work pants in a pristine shade of white. Treat ’em the same way you would the darkest denim in your rotation and let the stains, spots, and spills accumulate with impunity as signs you wore the damn things right. 

Fatigue Cotton-Corduroy Trousers

Engineered Garments mrporter.com

$275.00

What’s that we were saying about corduroy being the fabric of the season? Anything good is always made better by Engineered Garments. That’s, like, Newton’s fourth law or something. 

Lumber Top-Stitched Cotton-Canvas Trousers

KAPITAL mrporter.com

$285.00

Enough excessive topstitching to convince anyone you know your way around a toolbox, even if you routinely stumble through a basic IKEA set-up. 

Carpenter Pants

1017 ALYX 9SM X STUSSY endclothing.com

$289.00

Carpenter pants made out of a denim woven by the material maestros at Loro Piana. (Yes, that Loro Piana.)

Selvedge Cotton-Twill Trousers

L.E.J mrporter.com

$385.00

Selvedge (truly, a sight for sore eyes) ain’t just for your favorite jeans anymore. 

Straight-Leg Trousers

Heron Preston farfetch.com

$475.00

Heron Preston’s always seen the functional beauty (yes, beauty!) in workwear’s straightforward practicality, so it comes as no surprise that the designer makes his own very good variation on the work pant. 

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Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories.

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