Heading Back to the Office? Transition Back to Real Clothes With These Versatile Trousers

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As we approach the end of summer and the beginning of fall, making the transition from remote work to returning to the office is at the top of everyone's minds. While there is definitely excitement that accompanies going back to in-person work, the switch to office attire can be a bit daunting. After all, we've certainly gotten used to our coordinated sweat sets, bike shorts, and oversize tees.

But the key to dressing for the office is simpler than you may realize. A perfectly fitted pair of trousers is the foundation of any stylish and work-appropriate outfit. What we love about trousers is that even though they are totally professional, you can style your outfit to be acceptable for whatever post-work plans your social calendar demands. More than that, you will look chic and put-together in a tailored pair of pants, regardless of how you choose to style and accessorize them. We brainstormed some outfits involving trousers so you don't need to sweat over how to seamlessly flow from your workday to drinks.

Banana Republic Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pants
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Banana Republic Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pants

With the perfect amount of stretch and a snappy plaid design, the Banana Republic Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pants ($119) are the bottoms you will want to wear all-year round. Balance out the formality of the dark print with a tucked-in or cropped cardigan buttoned all the way up, like the brand's Cardigan Sweater With Silk ($47, originally $80) in beige or magenta. This look goes best with a pair of pointy-toe pumps and a tote bag.

Banana Republic Logan Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pants
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Banana Republic Logan Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pants

Believe us, we know the idea of retiring your favorite pair of leggings or sweats is disappointing. Luckily, the Banana Republic Logan Trouser-Fit Washable Wool-Blend Pants ($88, originally $110) are designed for all-day comfort. We suggest pairing these slim-fitting trousers with Banana Republic's voluminous Ramie Blouse ($85).

Banana Republic Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Washable Italian Wool-Blend Pants
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Banana Republic Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Washable Italian Wool-Blend Pants

The rich red shade of the Banana Republic Ryan Slim Straight-Fit Washable Italian Wool-Blend Pants ($98) is about to be the most popular color of fall. Ease from summer to autumn by styling these burgundy bottoms with the brand's cream Organic Cotton Sweater Tank ($55, originally $80). Pull together the casual, academic-inspired outfit with Banana Republic's Suede Mini-Wedge Mules ($98).

Banana Republic Slim Satin Pants
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Banana Republic Slim Satin Pants

A more casual, summery rendition of trousers, the Banana Republic Slim Satin Pants ($90) have a slightly glossy sheen to the fabric. These are the pants you should reach for if you have after-work drinks at that trendy cocktail bar near your office. With their cropped hem, we like these with an oversize, menswear-style button-up, like the brand's Oversized Tech-Stretch Shirt ($90). For shoes, look for a bejeweled, peep-toe mule — with a heel if you're feeling fancy!