Posted on: December 4, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

Identifying the staple pieces in your wardrobe is only half the challenge: Actually finding them is often the hardest part. Building up a roster of foundational items takes time and patience, and we can all take a little help where we can get it. That’s why at Who What Wear we’ve made it our mission to seek out the best of the best when it comes to fashion necessities — from the most expensive-looking basics on the high street, and the best biker boots to the trend-proof bags that are seriously timeless. This time around, we’re focusing on black trousers, which for me at least, are as essential in your wardrobe as great underwear.

While there are so many pairs of trousers out there (seriously, I’ve sifted through hundreds), everyone’s criteria is different. What flatters one body might hang awkwardly on another, and our tastes in fabrications and cuts vary wildly.

So, instead of presenting you with my #1 pair of black trousers, or those of the Who What Wear editors, I thought I would give you options. Taking into consideration quality, price, timelessness and the odd nod to trends, I’ve rounded up the 30 styles that really stood out. Hopefully this way, there’s at least one pair you gravitate towards.

Scroll down to the shop the ultimate list of the best black trousers for women, split by price to make it just that bit easier to find your perfect pair. Enjoy!

Simple, affordable, versatile. It’s a yes from me.

You can always rely on M&S for great quality heroes at reasonable prices.

It’s worth setting up notifications for when these popular (and very affordable) trousers come back in stock. 

Our love for faux leather is still going strong, thanks H&M. 

When baggy trousers feel too casual, smarten things up with this sleek slim-fit pair.

If you haven’t already jumped on board the (faux) leather trouser trend, this is the perfect affordable pair to get you started.

When in doubt, simpler options are always a safe bet, such as this lovely pair from Arket. 

The perfect high waist…

How chic would this relaxed pair look with heels and a lace camisole?

Weekday has a great offering of wardrobe staples right now.

A perfect choice for the office.

A simple, classic and timeless addition to your rotation. 

TikTok might’ve made these trousers famous, and they definitely stand up to the hype. 

Wide-fit trousers are set to dominate in 2023, and yes, balloon pants are most certainly included in this category.

This fluid silhouette looks extremely comfortable.

There are few occasions black wide-leg trousers won’t work for.

This pair comes in petite and regular lengths for the perfect fit. 

H&M’s premium offering is so good right now. Case in point, these wool trousers.

Every Who What Wear editor agrees: these COS trousers are perfection.

A split hem is a great way to show off a pair of fancy shoes.

Leset’s tailored pieces seem to fly at record speed—considering how beautifully they fall and their impeccable quality, it’s not surprising.

An unexpected option for dressed-up events. Or, you know, a Tuesday.

Puddle pants aren’t going anywhere this year, and Reformation’s are some of the most stylish (and sustainable) I’ve seen.

Wear these elegant trousers with a strapless top and slingback heels on your next dinner date.

Massimo Dutti takes sleek simplicity to the max. 

These trousers look more relaxed and comfortable than most.

I love this whole look.

Part of Hailey Bieber’s capsule edit for Wardrobe.NYC.

An investment yes, but these trousers will last you for years if you look after them well.

The hybrid of smart and casual comes in this cargo trouser form. 

Next Up: If You’re Looking for a New Winter Coat, These Brands Create the Chicest Styles

Opening Image: @francescasaffari

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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