When it comes to pants, stylish and comfortable aren’t usually in the same thought. For example, it would be fabulous to be able to run all of your errands, or even go to work in your favorite sweatpants. However, no matter what alma mater is emblazoned along the leg, there is just no way that those gray, baggy sweatpants will ever be stylish. Luckily, though, stiff dress pants and thick denim aren’t the only ways to fashionably dress your bottom half. Here are some of the most fashionable bottoms that are still comfortable:
Denim is so much more versatile these days. In addition to being able to choose from a wide variety of cuts and washes, there are so many different levels of stretch. When blue jeans were invented by Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss in 1873, they were made to be durable enough to sustain the wear and tear that cowboys and miners were subjected to on a daily basis, so they were thick and stiff. However, you’re probably not spending your days digging for coal or herding cattle, so your jeans can have a little more give. When shopping for slimming jeans, take the stretch factor into account. When you try them on, bend over, sit down, and make sure they’re stretchy enough to comfortably move around in all day. If you don’t like the look of stretch jeans, you can still comfortably wear denim by opting for a looser fit, like a boyfriend cut. Feminize the outfit by pairing looser jeans with heels.
We all love a good pair of gaucho pants. Depending on how you style them, they can be casual enough for a weekend afternoon, or professional enough to wear to the office. The flowy legs can give you an effortless boho look, or even give the impression that you’re wearing a flouncy skirt. If you’re styling your gauchos on a casual day, pair the pants with a comfy pair of sneakers or pointy toe flats and a T-shirt and cardigan. For the office, all you have to do is throw on your favorite heels and one of your work blouses. When the rest of your outfit is tailored, you don’t have to worry about you figure being lost in too much fabric. Who said you can’t be chic and comfortable?
“Wear boots with leggings beneath a dress.”
There is a never-ending debate about whether or not leggings are pants. The answer to this age-old question, however, is that if you’re comfortable and confident in wearing your leggings as pants, go for it! Just make sure the leggings are a proper fit and aren’t see-through when you bend over. While leggings are typically reserved for casual occasions, like when worn with your favorite quarter zip sweater or tunic top, the occasional pair can be completely appropriate for the office. For example, when it starts to get too cold to wear your sleeveless sheath dress to work, simply wear a pair of comfy leggings beneath it, and a sweater over it. Make sure your ankles aren’t exposed, though, as this will give your outfit a dated ’80s feel. If you’re wearing leggings beneath a dress, wear boots instead of flats or heels. If you have a long, asymmetrical tunic top or sweater that’s work appropriate, try wearing a pair of full-length leggings with zippers or other embellishments along the ankles.
Yoga pants are another point of contention among fashionistas. While some people claim that they wouldn’t be caught dead wearing yoga pants outside of the gym, others think that athleisure is the greatest gift to fashion. In order to successfully rock your most comfortable pair of yoga pants in a stylish way, follow these few rules: Make sure you’re wearing the correct size. You don’t want them to look like they’re hanging off of your body, but they shouldn’t be see-through across your backside either! If you’re wearing your yoga pants out of the gym, wear them like you would leggings, with appropriate-length tops and casual shoes.