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Black Business Casual Trousers: Where To Buy Them Cheap, Ladies!

Updated on August 18, 2012

The trials of the working week, eh? Too much caffeine, too many deadlines, rushhour roadrage and the arduous task of maintaining a civilised and businesslike appearance at all times… Where’s that lottery ticket again?

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Credit: faungg Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic

The chores of laundry, ironing and shopping for suitably smart outfits for the workplace is an especial pain in the whatsit as far as I’m concerned. The less I have to actually think about it the better. And judging by the number of women out there who make ‘business casual’ or ‘bus cas’ plain black trousers their office uniform of choice, I’m not alone! They’re wonderfully versatile, go with anything and you can sling them on and you’re good to go. But where to get them from? You need them, you want them, you’ve got to have them!

Of course, the more pairs you have the better (since that means you need to do the laundry less often). But if economising is a concern, then the costs of multiple pairs can add up. Where can you buy decent, reasonably priced business casual black trousers?

Buy Black Work Trousers: New or Second-hand?

Of course if you’re really adding up the pennies and working on your budget, then the big question may be ‘new or second-hand?’ If you’re going for new then I find Primark, as ever, a truly great source for cheap, functional clothing that does the job you buy it for. Currently they’re doing black synthetic material business trousers for a fiver a time, in all sizes, and you really can’t argue with that. There’s nothing remarkable about them, and there doesn’t need to be. They fulfil their function and they’re easy on the wallet! Buy a few pairs while you’re at it.

On the other hand, if you’re a dedicated online shopper then Amazon is a surprisingly great source for clothing: a search for ‘black women’s trousers’ on the Amazon site brings up six hundred and seventy-seven results!

If you’re thinking of something a bit more upmarket then there’s always trusty, reliable old Marks and Spencer. But they’re a little bit too pricey for me, especially if I’m buying multiple items!

What if you’re looking at sourcing some second-hand black trousers for work? (Hey, they all look identical, what’s the point of splashing the cash, eh?) Craigslist is often a useful place to check out for bulk buys of second-hand clothing. I must put a word in for too, a really great auction site with very civilised sellers and some great bargains. Of course there are a lot of sites out there! BigWardrobe also has a good reputation when it comes to swapping clothes. Bargain!

In this tough economy with job insecurity lurking on the horizon, we all have to tighten our belts and buckle up for a potentially bumpy ride. No point flashing your wad of money when you don’t have to! And once you’ve stocked up your wardrobe with as many pairs of black business casual trousers as you could possibly need, it’s time to turn your attention to plain white shirts…

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