Do you run into the same wardrobe issue every Thanksgiving? You want to dress up, want your legs to be warm, and don’t want your waistband to suffocate you. Well, that’s where stretch-waist dress pants come in to play. Just like a regular pair of dress pants, you get a great fitting pair of pants that look like they wouldn’t stretch. But, the elasticized waist gives you enough wiggle room to fit in an extra piece of pie. 

SPANX The Perfect Pant – Slim Straight

SPANX’s The Perfect Pant – Slim Straight will give you the space to gobble up Thanksgiving dinner while offering enough smoothing support for the family photo. This ponte-knit pant is also designed to flatter your curves. There’s a hidden shaping technology on the inside to help smooth your waist. And, there’s some support in the back to lift and shape your booty. 

Featuring a sleek elastic waist and faux-fly, you’ll be able to wear these pants as actual pants. Instead of trying to style them like leggings. Shop sizes XS to 3X and your choice of three inseams: petite, regular, and tall. And select your favorite color out of five options – including a maroon red named “Chianti.”

GAP High Rise Bi-Stretch Flare Pants

If you love to get down on the living-room dance floor, check out these High Rise Bi-Stretch Flare Pants from GAP. These pants blend the features of a dress pant with the comfort of a jogger. On the front, you’ll notice a zip-fly, a snap button closure, and pintuck detailing from the hip down the legs. You can access two pockets at the back by popping the stitch – like a suit jacket pocket.

Once the pants are on, you’ll notice the cotton-spandex stretch that lets you move enough to run around with your little cousins. This stretch pant is available sizes 00 to 20 in petite, regular, and tall inseams. Just select your color between navy blue and black after picking your size.

Universal Standard Luxe Belted Velvet Pant

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Universal Standard’s Luxe Belted Velvet Pant is a chic standalone piece. But, you can also suit up by adding the brand’s Luxe Velvet Blazer to your cart. Now, back to the pants. 

These high-rise trousers boast a voluminous wide-leg silhouette made entirely of stretch velvet. That said, you won’t feel like you’re drowning in these pants since pleats surround the upper thigh to give the pants some structure. At the top is a satin-back, velvet-front belt that slides through the attached belt loops. And, there are two functioning pockets on either side of the hips. Shop sizes 4XS to 4X in one of three colors: black, candlestick (pictured), and moonstone blue.  

Simply Vera Vera Wang High-Rise Ponte Bootcut Pants

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Simply Vera Vera Wang’s High-Rise Ponte Bootcut Pants in charcoal plaid (pictured above) boasts all of the features of a dress pant with plenty of stretch. You’ll recognize the zip-fly, slight bootcut flare,  and five functioning pockets. 

Then, you’ll feel the stretch of these spandex-infused pants. Along with the charcoal plaid, there are three other color options. All colors are shoppable in sizes XX Small to XX Large in short, regular, and long inseams. 

Athleta Stellar Trouser

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Athleta’s Stellar Trouser is meant to be worn. Although this trouser offers a tailored look (with a zip-fly), its nylon-rich fabric is stretchy and snag- and tear–resistant. So, it can withstand a lot of walking, sitting, and dancing. Plus, these pants are rated UPF 50+ – meaning you’ll be protected from the sun, too.

Best of all, there is a slip pocket on one side to easily reach for your phone. And there are two zip-pockets on either side of the hips. Shop three color choices in sizes 0 to 26 in the regular inseam, 0 to 16 in the tall, and 0 to 14 in the petite.

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