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In my perfect world, I could wear sweatpants, but look like I'm wearing Chanel or Gucci. But as we know, a perfect world doesn't really exist, and fashion usually requires some sort of sacrifice on comfort.
That said, the pandemic really made me reconsider how I get dressed. I often wondered how I spent eight hours a day in restrictive trousers or uncomfortable heels, especially after spending my quarantine days in comfy sweats and leggings that I didn't want to rip off by 5 p.m. For who, and frankly for what, was I wearing these pieces that I didn't even enjoy wearing? So, I set out on a mission to make my perfect world (ehem, sweats but make it look like Chanel) a reality.
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My dear friend Oprah — hey, a girl can dream! — provided some initial guidance on my search. When she called out Spanx's Perfect Black Pants in her Favorite Thing's list in 2019, I was quite intrigued. I never actually tried them myself until late last year, when I began looking for stylish comfort clothes. Oprah loved her PBPs so much, she personally called Spanx's founder, Sara Blakely, to thank her for creating them.
Now, I want to personally thank Oprah and Sara Blakely, because I have officially found pants that feel like sweats but look like designer trousers – so yes, a sliver of my perfect world has become a reality, and I want to share that with you. Oh, and they're on sale right now because of Spanx's Black Friday sale. It doesn't get any better than this.
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The magic that goes into Spanx's Perfect Black Pants will never be unveiled, but what I do know is this: The trousers, which come in a range of silhouettes, from flare to straight-leg, are made from the softest, stretchiest, yet most elevated-looking ponte fabric I've ever seen.
Overall look? Amazing. But how about comfort? They obviously passed that test with flying colors thanks to the four-way stretch material that provides just the right amount of compression. Plus, I love the pull-on design because that means no annoying buttons, zippers, or clasps — just a move-with-you, high-waisted elastic band that doesn't dig or cause muffin-tops. Oh, and they're incredibly easy to wash, too — just an added cherry on top.
I have tried the Perfect Black Pants in Flare and Straight Leg, and both easily earn 10 out of five stars from me. I would even go so far as to say they're better (and obviously more affordable) than most of the designer trousers I used to wear.
I'll be wearing these at home, in the office, for date nights, and for travel. That's how versatile they are. Buy a pair or two now. You can thank me later.
Shop now: $102 (Originally $128); spanx.com