Are High Sport Pants Worth It?
Plus: a gift guide for the globetrotter.
So, are they worth it? Here’s why I say yes.
Pragmatism: one of the reasons the pants are so popular is because of how sensible they are. They’re easy to care for and require very little thought when styling. And they can be worn just as well with a sneaker at carpool as a heel to dinner.
Comfort: they move with you like a legging does — with some stretch and give. These pants you can bend over in, chase kids around in, and sit for long periods without a waist pinch — but they stand up to life far better.
Fit: The material is sturdy and thick, smoothing any lumps and bumps and holding you in the way your favorite legging might. They’re fashioned from a French lycra and soft Italian cotton-blend knit that flatters almost everybody — one that only needs to be felt and tried to understand why “dupes” in similar silhouettes don’t hold up. I recommend sizing down one size. The little “kick” at the hem flares out, balancing out the leg with the torso. Oh, and they make your butt look killer.
The “fashion” element: uncompromisingly luxe, editors, rich bitch West Coast Moms, and NYC cool girls all quickly adopted the style, making the pant an “if you know, you know” brand almost immediately. The wide array of colors makes the pants a nearly formulaic element you can build a wardrobe around. They’re polished enough to wear to a runway show but not too precious for the everyday schlep — a true revival of great American Sportswear.
Cost per wear: if “girl math” applies, the cost-per-wear on these is indisputably low. They can replace (and improve upon) nearly every pair of pants in your wardrobe, so perhaps the only other things you need are a trouser and jeans. The quality is nearly obstinate in commitment, so you can be assured they will last you many years.
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