|earrings||–||Kenneth Jay Lane|
|necklace||–||The Limited (similar)|
|sunglasses||–||Charming Charlie (similar)|
I have always hated pants, a fact that is likely apparent in how infrequently I post outfits including them. Ever since I hit puberty and developed hips I found pants to be a constant frustration. I submitted to the trend of all jeans all the time that seems to be a hallmark of high school life, and I constantly found myself in discomfort. The tightness of jeans on my legs caused them to fit oddly, to require constant adjustment–either pulling them up or down. Sitting down, the front of my jeans consistently cut into my stomach. No matter how much weight I gained or lost throughout my life this was always problem. The real issue is that women’s pants are so ridiculously tight.
When you step back and look at the situation logically, it’s obvious that women’s pants are designed without comfort as a priority. Most women’s pants consist of a minimally stretchy fabric cut as tight to the skin as possible, worn over the roundest, most mobile parts of our bodies. No wonder they don’t work.
After college, I let the tyranny of women’s jeans and pants fade from my life. I had discovered the wonder of dresses and had no desire to trap my legs and hips in a vice of denim ever again.
But, here’s the thing. Pants can be really liberating. There’s nothing worse than being hit with a stiff breeze while wearing a floaty, comfortable dress. In many dresses, sitting cross-legged is just an impossibility. And while I’ve seen women riding bikes in skirts and dresses, I can’t recommend it. There are times in life when wearing pants just makes sense, and so for years I’ve purchased leggings and jeans–sometimes packaged together as jeggings–in the vain hope of finding something reasonably comfortable and appropriate.
I don’t mean to oversell this, but I have finally found the Holy Grail of pants: Betabrand’s Dress Pant Yoga Pants. They have all the polish of a pair of slacks with all the comfort of a pair of leggings. They’re made of a nice thick layer of stretchy material that feels like a cross between thick jersey and dress slacks fabric.
I prefer to wear them with tunic length shirts just because I think it looks a bit sleeker, but as you can see from the Betabrand site you can definitely wear them with a tucked in shirt. I’ve been wearing this pair of navy crop dress pant yoga pants to work for the last few weeks and couldn’t be happier with them. I’ll be featuring them with other tops and outfits in the coming summer months, and in the winter I’m planning on getting a boot cut full length pair.
What do you think? Would you wear dress pant yoga pants as a comfy alternative to slacks?