L’il Flava just said something about Comfort Pants recommended by Caroline Divine with which I must concur:
“There’s comfort and then there’s schlummpage.”
Even in black, yoga or workout pants are not appropriate professional wear. Big, floppy cotton pants with no shape to them (and tapered ankles don’t count as “shape”) are one of the most obvious ways to separate frumpy from fab. I KNOW we all love our floppy cotton pants from Flax and other hempy companies. I’m just saying that they’re not doing anyone looking for a sharp look any favors.
Ladies, PeaceBang is a fat, short girl with short legs and a serious jungle pouch. It is hard work for her to find pants, but she works assiduously to avoid anything with an elastic waist and a huge, floppy cotton butt. She doesn’t always succeed, but dammit, she puts in the effort. She insists on wearing pants that button and zip because she knows that if she doesn’t, it’s too easy to become a big, soft marshmallow and flumf around in clothes resembling sweatsuits, with so much material that the tushie is all over the place and you can’t even find the thighs inside the legs of the pants.
As Sister of PeaceBang once said, “The bigger the shirt, the bigger the girl.” Her point was, “don’t try to hide a chunky body inside huge, shapeless garments. We all know it’s in there.”
Pants are notoriously hard to find and to fit. That’s why you should spend serious time and effort finding cuts that work for you, plan to get them tailored when necessary, and buy two or three pairs when you find some goodies.
P.S. Just because skinny jeans are totally in this year doesn’t mean you should wear them. Tapered legs are also very au courant, but if you’re not slim and long of leg, and have an otherwise very au courant wardrobe, don’t bother. Stay with the classics, and if you’re short and have chubby legs, stick with bootcut trousers.