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Home Teaching 20 Teacher Favorite Trousers and Pants (For When You Can’t Wear Jeans!)

20 Teacher Favorite Trousers and Pants (For When You Can’t Wear Jeans!)


If your school lets you wear jeans every day, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. If not, what kind of pants should teachers wear? We’ve scoured the web to bring you the ultimate list of cute and trendy teacher pants and trousers that look professional AND are comfortable to wear all day long.

You need to be able to function in your clothes, but you also want to look put-together and professional. Bonus if you can extend the same outfit to date night or happy hour at the end of the day! Here are the top 20 styles (including a few teacher pants options for men) that we recommend for comfort, function, and style.

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Who doesn’t love a classic high-waist and straight silhouette? These trousers feature an elastic waistband for comfort, and they are super on-trend, which makes them perfect for that after-work happy hour. They also have pockets, which will certainly come in handy throughout the school day. Bonus: they come in over 25 colors, so feel free to get creative!

 Maroon knit leggings for women

We know what you’re thinking, “I can’t wear leggings to school.” But, the thick ponte knit construction of these leggings makes them a totally acceptable option for the classroom. The ponte knit holds its shape for the all-day comfort of leggings with the look of dress pants. Plus, they have a variety of inseam options.

Yellow wide leg cropped pants

Want to try the wide-leg trend that’s been popping up everywhere? These are a perfect budget-friendly option. Plus, the lightweight construction makes them easy to wear all day, and the loose fit makes for easier movement. Reviewers rave about the super-soft fabric and say it feels like wearing your most comfortable leggings.

Green chino patch pants for women

These chino pants can be dressed up for the workweek with a loose-fitting printed blouse, or they can be dressed down for weekend wear with a t-shirt and sneaks. The best parts about these pants are the added stretch for comfort and movement and the deep pockets for storing tissues, loose crayons, and anything else that might be thrown your way.

Rekucci women's stretch pants with tummy control in indigo color

Designed for all-day comfort, these pull-on pants feature an elasticized waistband and a soft tummy control panel. The skinny-leg silhouette and variety of color options make them a versatile option that can be dressed up with a tucked-in blouse or dressed down with an oversized tee or sweater. Available from sizes 0 to 24.

Black skinny ankle women's dress pants

For those days when you have an observation or a meeting with the principal, these ankle-length trousers exude professionalism without sacrificing comfort. The high rise also keeps them from slipping down when bending or crouching. Note: due to the slim fit of these pants, it’s recommended to order one size up from your usual.

Dickies women's boot cut slim fit pants

Dickies is known for creating workwear apparel that is durable and allows movement. Don’t worry. These aren’t your Dickies work pants of the past. These bootcut pants are flattering on almost all body types, and won’t gape at the back when you crouch down to help a student. Available in an assortment of classic colors, these will quickly become a wardrobe staple.

Floral belted wide leg high waisted women's pants in green and white

If you like the comfort and construction of a skirt, but prefer to wear pants in the classroom, these are the perfect option for you. Cute floral designs pair great with any basic shirt. All of your teacher friends will be asking where you got them!

Columbia grey trail pant trousers

If you’re dealing with little ones, having clothing that is both stain-resistant and waterproof is key. That’s why hiking pants make a great option. These Columbia pants are not only water and stain repellent, but they feature UPF 50 protection, making them the perfect option for field trips.

Navy yoga dress pants for women

Yoga dress pants have been going viral for quite some time, and for good reason. They feel, stretch, and breathe just like yoga pants, but they have a polished bootcut silhouette. Wear with a classic button-down top to give them an even more professional feel.

Briggs plus size black dress pants

These are more similar to a classic dress pant than the other teacher pants options on this list, but they are much more comfortable. The spandex-infused fabric makes them more flexible and less rigid than traditional dress pants, and the wide waistband creates a flattering line.

Linen draw string cropped pants in dark gray

Drawstring pants make those two-second bathroom breaks easier. Plus, these offer a completely put-together look without sacrificing comfort. Who needs jeans when these are just as comfortable? Plus, they look great with flats.

Grey plaid patterned leggings

For pants even more comfortable than jeans, consider jeggings. The Glen Plaid print option creates such a professional look that no one will ever know you’re wearing jeggings! The comfort of leggings mixed with the professional plaid print makes them a perfect option for the classroom

Calvin Klein stretch pull on plaid grey pants

While these are the priciest pair on the list, the quality of these pull-on pants is well worth the cost. Reviews point to the smooth, great quality material that makes them worthy of deeming them your new go-to wardrobe staple. A simple seam down the front gives these a professional and polished look, but they have the comfort of a knit legging.

Lee's womens plus size flex pants in black

Flex motion fabric will get you ready for a long day of teaching, and reviews say they are stretchy and easy to move in. Plus, they’re available in petite and long lengths up to size 30, so you’re sure to find a fit for you. Choose from a range of neutral tones to fit your wardrobe.

High waist black and white print pants with tie and paper bag waist

Add a fun printed pant to your closet! Choose from this black and white pattern, leopard, ferns, or many solid colors. The flowy, wide-leg will keep you comfortable all day without sacrificing style.

Army green cropped button pants with paper bag waist

These are so breathable, made with 97 percent cotton. The adorable buttons and paper bag waist make these comfy pants hard to pass up. They’re super versatile and can be dressed up with a patterned shirt or fun jewelry.

Green men's relaxed fit pants

For the guys, these khaki teacher pants are a perfect option for everyday wear. Similar to the chino pants for women earlier in the list, these relaxed-fit pants feature a fair amount of stretch for comfort and movement. You might even reach for these on the weekends!

Haggar men's no iron dress pants in tan

For those days when you need to be just a bit more dressed up than usual, these trousers are a perfect business-casual look. Featuring a no-iron stretch fabric, these pants are designed to be worn all day with comfort.

Lee's men's performance comfort slim pants

Slim-fit pants provide a modern looks while remaining breathable with 97 percent cotton material. Choose from a range of neutral options to elevate your next outfit. Ratings say the stretch waistband is great, and the slim fit is very flattering.

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