I’m going to talk to you about a very serious problem that plagues all of us female runners: pants. I’m not talking about our beloved running tights, ladies; I mean dress pants and – dare I say it – jeans. Oh, the horror!
As an athlete, I celebrate my muscular body. Unfortunately, it would seem not a lot of clothing companies do. Like most of you, I have a full-time job, and I am expected to dress the part of a professional every day. The problem: finding pants that fit comfortably and look … well, presentable. (I’m really not asking for much here.) Heck, Oregano can’t find pants that fit her frame, restricting her options to wearing only shorts and skirts, even in the winter! #thestruggleisreal
The problem with finding trousers that fit an athletic body is two fold: athletes’ bodies vary, and dress pants are not typically constructed with the most flattering features. Slash packets have a tendency to create gap in the waist, and the materials themselves are usually thinner with little stretch or give, which is something a lot of us with muscular legs and glutes need. And denim is an entirely different issue with its own slew of infuriating frustrations. With the trend being geared more towards “skinny” fits, thicker denim material combined with über lean cuts are no friends to those of us with curves, and aren’t flattering on bodies with more of a square shape or flatter booty.
But all is not lost, ladies. There are some solutions to our trouser woes that do not entail having custom-made pants tailored specifically to our bodies that cost small fortune. I polled the Salties to see what brands they’ve had the best luck with.
Whether you’re wearing them to work or a night out on the town, it’s nice to have a couple pairs of sharp looking trousers hanging in your closet. Owning a pair in black, gray, and navy makes for a week’s worth of work outfits. Look for dress pants that have straight pockets or flap pockets as they tend to lie more flatly against the body. And since the defeatist in you has probably had it with going from store to store seeking out your own holy pants grail, let’s hear what the other Salty bloggers have to say about finding some decent dress pants for us runner ladies.
Ann Taylor was by far the most popular among the Salties, both with and without curves. Though they may be on the pricier side, you can always check out their cheaper sister store The Loft for some great deals.
Express’ Editor Pant was another popular pair of slacks among the ladies I poled, as well as my particular favorite. For those with a waistline narrower than their hips, this brand seemed to work best. On a side note, I usually have to get mine taken up a bit since even the regular length on these pants runs long and I only wear flats. When I take them in, I also have the seamstress remove the pockets for a flatter fit on the hips and butt. That’s just a little tip from me to you.
Banana Republic’s Sloan Fit is a great option for those of you who are seeking slacks with a little stretch in them. They fit a shapely and muscular frame without bunching or gapping in the back.
The last of the Salties’ favorites is White House Black Market. If you can make it through the gauntlet of overzealous salespeople, you will find that they have a nice selection of cuts, and they even offer a curvy fit. A few of the girls who noted they were lacking in the booty department said these pants fit them best.
Every girl needs at least one pair of good fitting, flattering jeans in her wardrobe arsenal, but again, finding the perfect fit can be frustrating since we aren’t all 6-feet tall runway models with waif-like features. Jeans with at least 2% spandex are a good way to go. All that stretch means the jeans will be able to adapt to our bodie’s quirks. Below are the brands that the Salties liked best.
I can personally attest to great fit of Joe’s Jeans. They are pricey, but they are worth every penny if you can afford them. I can even wear their skinny cut jeans if I get them in their curvy fit. They hug the butt without gapping in the waist, and they stretch in all of the right places without squeezing my will to live.
Gap, the company known for their denim, is a brand popular among our runners, specifically those who described themselves as having a flatter backside and/or a boxier frame. With their wide range of fits and lengths, you’re bound to find a pair that won’t break the bank.
J Brand is another pricey designer brand, but really, all you need is one good pair. J Brand offers three different levels of stretch fits, meaning you have three times the chance at finding the cut and style that’s best for your runner’s body.
Prana offers a mid-price denim jean that one of our Salties swears by. The also offer a variety of other pants, from casual slacks to leggings to something called the “Juniper pant,” which I’m obviously going to have to buy.
Do you have issues finding pants that fit your runner body? What pants have you discovered fit your body best? Share your favorite brands with us, and be sure to include what you like most about them.