It’s 7 a.m. on a Monday. I open and close my closet, hoping that an inspired office-appropriate outfit will suddenly materialize out of thin air. After 20 minutes of indecision, I inevitably come to the conclusion that everything in my wardrobe feels stale. Eventually, I give in to decision fatigue and reach for a pair of well-worn jeans and a tried-and-true silk blouse in my desperation to get out the door on time.
Although I’m not opposed to wearing the same staple items week in and week out, I’ve come to the realization that one item, in particular, is missing from my workwear rotation that will streamline the process of getting office-ready in the morning: work pants. Polished and professional, the right trousers can make any top look instantly put-together—see exhibits A and B. In an effort to build up my wardrobe without breaking the bank, I culled affordable retailers to for office-friendly finds on the cheap. Ahead, shop 15 under-$100 trousers that will make getting ready for work infinitely easier.