I have been against elastic waistbands for most of my life (I don’t think I cared either way as a toddler.) Elastic waist bands are the anti-fit nemesis to tailoring and expensive clothing. I mean, has anyone seen an elastic waistband on a Chanel skirt before?! I’d love to stand by my snobbish snubs towards the stretchy and the elastic, but dude! That was before I gained 15 pounds in the last two months. Now my usual 5 pocket pants won’t button without causing some major bulge (sad, but true.) Bring on the elastic I say, but it seems that in the last few years I have translated that literally to leggings and yoga pants. Add in a brick & mortar Athleta store a few miles away from home and suddenly I have a closet full of sporty styles!
I love that I can wear this outfit with tennis shoes for running errands or I can dress up this sporty outfit with a pair of heels and call it date night!
I have been on the hunt for the perfect leather leggings for the past few years. Leather can be tough due to it’s non-stretchy tendencies; you can’t even mix leather with other useful textiles, like Lycra and spandex. Bummer, right? I finally found a pair that was comfortable, not too shiny, and by far the most flattering cut. It was super-smart of Athleta to use a classic optical illusion to help keep me from looking like sausage stuffed; use contrasting details to give the appearance of curves by using high-contrasting colors. The two textiles on these pants contrast with a matte black knit that absorbs color with a glossy-texture faux leather that reflects the light. You can use this illusion to bring out your curves with dresses like these: