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Posted on Nov 9, 2012 in Fashion | 32 comments

Fashion Friday: I Hate Pants

I am most decidedly not a lover of pants. In fact, a lot of the time, I hate them. I hate them good.

See, pants get all up in your business. They bunch, and they creep up, and they cut across your stomach pooch. Really, they’re just cruel. Because when you find that one elusive pair of pants, that holy grail of trousers, the ones that make your ass look downright smackable? Of course, they’re too big in the waist. Or too short. Or too tight. There are just too many measurements, too many opportunities for something to look wrong, for them not to fit. And let me tell you, as a professional loser of weight, making sure things fit is really important. For, like, self-esteem or something.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I have my fair share of jeans, skinny and bootlegged and colorful. I have them, and I wear them, but it’s always with the slightest tinge of regret. Because if I had my druthers, I would wear dresses 100% of the time. See, dresses I get. Dresses fit, even if you’re in between sizes. Dresses can skim over your hips and accentuate your waist. Dresses flatter, feel flirty and feminine and… whoa, that’s a lot of F’s. Where was I?

Oh yes, dresses. They are my fashion loves. The ultimate clothing for the lazy gal: top and bottom in one. But, alas, until I move to paradise, I am not in a position to be able to go bare-legged all 12 months of the year. I must make concessions.

Fortunately, those concessions really ain’t so bad because of a little thing called… spandex. Yep, with this miracle of stretchy miracles, covering up my legs can be kind of fun! Which is why my winter wardrobe actually doesn’t differ all that much from my summer one. No matter what the season, it’s comprised of lots and lots of dresses, just paired with a cardigan and… tights.

YES, TIGHTS. No longer just for old ladies and cotillions, tights are the ish, my friends. They make dresses winter-wearable, they can make slightly-too-short things work appropriate, and as a bonus, they even often slim and smooth you down. Self-esteem, I’m sayin’! And tights’ cousin, leggings, are something I’m an equal fan of. I guess technically leggings are pants, but again, spandex. No zipper, no button, just streeeeetch. Alls I gotta do is pair ‘em with a tunic or long sweater, and I’m good to go. Which is why when I saw a post opportunity through the Clever Girls Collective for No nonsense tights and leggings, I jumped right aboard that train.

No nonsense sent me one pair of their tights, and one pair of leggings, to try out and style in my normal fashion. Already an avid fan of both types of clothing (bahaha, how lame does that make me sound?), but always one to stray from anything boring (I literally have, like, 6 pairs of black tights — leftovers from my school uniform days, hahaha), I was excited to see that the samples they sent me were really fun. You doubt me? Hey, check ‘em out for yourself!

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I got sent a pair of dark purple patterned tights, and a pair of red CORDUROY leggings. Woot! All my leggings until now have just been black ankle-length ones ($6 at Target, what up!), save for one pair of long purple ones from Old Navy that I have literally worn into the ground. No, seriously. There’s a giant hole at the bottom of one leg, cause I always leave ‘em looped around my heel. Oops. I guess you guys can be the judge of whether I “styled” them well, eh? (Please ignore the fact that my hair is a not-so-hot mess. It was wiiiiindy today!)

Tights, you’re up!

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The middle shot is what I like to call my “mail-order catalog” look, hahahaha.

Wrap Dress: Old Navy, Tank: Loft, Shoes: Cole Haan (from DSW)

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Did I have a little too much fun with that pumpkin? Nahhhhhh.

Lace tank: Old Navy, Sweater: H&M, Shoes: Cole Haan (from DSW)

I’m always quite honest about the products that I receive to review, but I really don’t have any complaints! The leggings are ridiculously comfortable, and they’re really warm, too. They do have some funny creases in the corduroy, but I’m sure those will go away with washing. The tights seem like they’re high quality, and the control top is smoothing but not spanx-like. The first outfit is actually what I wore to work (explains the wrinkles, haha), and I got a few compliments on the tights specifically!

My understanding of No nonsense’s distribution, based on their product locator, is that they are available in pharmacies and grocery stores (at least in my area). I will admit that normally, I probably wouldn’t buy them if I just saw them hanging in CVS, because it seems sketch and that’s not where I go to buy not-pants. That said, I now know better, and will definitely be keeping an eye out! (And I just realized they also have an online store. Whoo!)

Are you a leggings and/or tights kind of gal? I used to be vehemently opposed to tights, because they’re a pain in the butt to put on. But I’ve come to realize that some things are just worth the struggle. And I’ve always been pro-leggings (for once, the Leggings Are Not Pants! argument actually works in my favor… because I hate pants. I don’t know if I’ll ever be okay with jeggings though.

Find your pair of affordable No nonsense tights and leggings here. I was sponsored by No nonsense for this opportunity. All opinions are my own.

32 Comments

  1. I have tried to wear pants, but I just can’t! I’m all over leggings and tights! Like you, I own about 6 pairs of plain black. They’re perfect paired with boots and a skirt. Glad I’m not the only one who has a serious pants aversion!!

  2. Hooray for pants haters! I have a couple pairs of favorite jeans or work slacks, but if I had my way I would go dresses and skirts forever. I LOVE tights in the winter and I live in leggings when I’m not at work. I found some great Hue tights at Marshalls that were wayyy marked down and lasted several seasons so far. I love those dark purple patterned ones :)

  3. Is it wrong that a major component in my want of a fall wedding is the ability to wear tights with my rehearsal dress?

  4. You look awesome, and it really makes me want to wear more dresses. I hate being cold, so I LOVE pants… but with the right collection of tights I might be rocking my skirts and dresses now.

    • I’ve had a pair of these pants before and I have to say I actually agree! They’re probably the most comfortable work pants you could find. And they’re not pull-on/elastic-waist grandma style pants…they’re just super comfy normal looking pants! haha

  5. I am so glad we have come into a world where women love dresses again. I cannot stand pants most of the time (really besides skinnies and leggings). The 80s and 90s were a difficult and close-minded time lol.

    I love those tights. Great styling with the blue flats. Who knew No Nonsense made good stuff. I remember when all they sold were Kate Middleton nude control-top panty hose.

      • Yeah, the leggings seem like they’re pretty good quality. Not sure how they’ll retain their shape after multiple wears (if they’ll get stretched out?), but so far so good! And definitely opague — no VPL from where I’m sitting at least!

  6. Oh yes you’re speaking my language. I too would wear dresses everyday!! I’ve racked up quite the collection of tights too (Nordstrom has a great selection of fun ones!). Plus I love when I can pull tights way up over my stomach :) Although my current challenge is to find some fun maternity tights/leggings. Because even though they stretch…it only goes so far over a growing belly haha!

    • Bahahahaha, I never considered that challenge! Don’t worry, I’m sure that Pea in a Pod will be more than glad to sell you maternity leggings for like $90 a pair. (Says my experience with my doing maternity shopping for my sister, heh)

      • Motherhood Maternity had great maternity tights and leggings for me. I know different stores fit different people differently, PLUS all babies and pregnancies are different even for the same mother. But maybe worth checking out MM if you haven’t already. I think they had reasonable prices, but I can’t remember because I have Mom Brain now.

  7. Love those tights! I’m really into dresses/skirts because they are cute and comfortable (and are definitely a little more forgiving when I gain a few pounds…oops…). Have a great weekend!

  8. Love all your clothing styles. You look great. <3

    You're blessed to have a nice top half as well. :) Dresses are less flattering on me because I still have more "middle" than "top." Maybe you should help me go shopping and look better. :)

  9. Okay, I must be mildly dyslexic or was just reading too quickly, because I could have sworn your opening sentence said “I am not a wearer of pants”. And I was instantly like, “Best. Blog. Post. EVER.”

    But I was mistaken.

    You do wear pants, but you like wearing dresses better.

    And I totally share that sentiment. Dresses are easy, comfortable ways to feel put together. And I can’t find a pair of skinny jeans that don’t suffocate my calves and don’t gap in the waist at the same time. It’s impossible.

    And I have a major crush on colored tights and leggings. Such a fresh way to liven up a winter wardrobe.

    Great pics, too! :)

    • Ahhhh, that link doesn’t work! I needs to see what dress you speak of though!

      • Hey there, I have to say I was at Old Navy today and lo and behold, I bought this dress (and one more, which is amazing in and of itself since as I mentioned I don’t wear dresses). But they do work nicely, so why the heck not? :) And this dress in particular is awesome!

  10. Love LOVE this post. I agree 100%; pants are the worst! With the exception of jeggings, which are the closest I usually get to real pants (aside from yoga pants), I would rather wear dresses and/or leggings every single day. And tights are definitely my savior during the colder months.

  11. I like dresses, but I feel uncomfortable wearing them with bare legs… I don’t have an issue with tights – apart from the fact that I have trouble getting some that fit. The combination of being quite tall and overweight doesn’t make tights-shopping an easy feat.

    By the way, you have some nice dresses!

  12. LOVE those red cord leggings! So cute with the blue flats. :) I’m also a tight and legging fan, especially for making outfits work through the fall and winter.

  13. I am not a pants fan either, primarily because they’re alwaysss too short on me and when I try on a larger pair for length, they don’t fit around the waist, arg :S I have noticed that designer pants are MUCH more forgiving and fit better in length so there the one piece of clothing I don’t mind shelling out a few extra bucks for… Although, I could honestly live in a baggy sweater and leggings ;)

  14. Love this post! I have a few different colors of leggings and am in search of the perfect teal color! Leggings make me feel so confident and fallish! I will have to check out this brand! Looking good! BTW, I read your blog often and I think this is the first time I have commented! I enjoy what I read!

  15. did I write this post?? I have loved dresses and skirts ever since and even though I own some pants, I wear them perhaps 4 times a year?? I just feel SO much better when wearing dresses/skirts and yes, tights and leggins always fit!! They are comfy, too :)

  16. Have you always loved dresses? They scare me because I am overweight (235 lbs and 5’7) and I feel like my ankles and legs just look soooooo bad and “thick” in dresses, so I wear my uniform to work all the time, i.e., a couple of pairs of pants that I rotate (and are slowly turning brown instead of black b/c I wear them so much). But I hate my pants too b/c it feels like “hello world, meet my butt and stomach!”

    Also, sorry to ask in case you’ve discussed this before, but I’m catching up on your posts. Any good place for us plus sized ladies to shop? Right now I feel confined without buying these dumb elasticky things. My favorite places are Lane Bryant and Coldwater Creek (though I have to be careful at the last place b/c it’s not always youthful and b/c it’s uber expenssive).

    But I digress – very cute dresses!

    • I have always liked wearing dresses, but I think that’s probably partly because the parts of my body I’m most self-conscious of are my mid-section and hips/thighs, not my lower legs. My favorite places to shop, both when I was a little bigger and now, are Old Navy, New York and Company, and online at DorothyPerkins.com.

      I think NY&Co only carries up to size 18 or 20 in store, but Old Navy and Dorothy Perkins carry higher than that, and have always been my favorites for online shopping, too. I know a lot of people are hesitant about online shopping, but I loved it then and I love it now! Dorothy Perkins is a UK brand, so returns are a little harder, but they’re free. And with Old Navy, you can always return stuff in-store if you don’t want to mail it back.

      I hope this is at least a smidge helpful?

      • Thanks for the info! I’d never heard of Dorothy Parker. I’ll definitely give that (and some of the others) a try. Have a great Sunday!

  17. tights over leggings for sure, but i don’t really get a lot of wear out of them down here in texas, haha.

    LOVE that yellow dress on you.

  18. I don’t like pants either- for all of the same reasons. EXCEPT my “work” pants. I invest in really good exercise pants and capris, since I pretty much live in them and want them to be flattering. I’m currently in love with a new pair of capris by Nike (called “tight fit” something) and my other favorite is Moving Comfort.
    You look so cute in your dresses!

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