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!
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!
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)
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.