(Cross-posted from my review blog.)
Given my new capacity as work-from-homer, I have been expanding my wardrobe of comfortable, not business casual clothing. I could just wear pajamas all day, but, at least to begin with, I figured I'd pretend I'm making an effort. I want comfortable, casual combos that I can pull right on in the morning. Briefly, I considered track suits. Then I realized just how stupid that would look, and revised. What I really need to complete my suburban mommy look (i.e. fit in with the neighbors), I realized, was a selection of yoga pants.
I have loved yoga pants since they first came on to the scene. I understand that wearing them in public and not in a yoga class is a major fashion faux paus, but I just don't care. I not only love how they feel, I like how they look. They seem streamlined to me, plus they make my ass look amazing. The trouble is, they are very rarely long enough for me, and they look dead stupid when they're the wrong length. So, in my quest to invest in some new "office" wear, I started looking for some long-length yoga pants.
Google, of course, was my first step. This helpful article led me to check out Extreme Heights, Tall Women's Clothes, Fit Couture, Long Legs, and Sivana Spirit. All of these stores had pants that would likely be long enough, but I balked at the prices--$50 and up for yoga pants? I'm just not that committed to my work wardrobe. Maybe if I were actually really into yoga and I needed the pants to be functional, I'd consider paying that much, but since the whole idea here is simply for me not to wear pajamas, it seemed excessive.
Another Googled article seemed more promising, since the word "affordable" was in the title. It mentioned Victoria's Secret yoga pants, which come in long lengths and fun colors. I'd consider that, but as a last resort--I really kinda hate Victoria's Secret. The other suggest was the C9 by Champion pants at Target, which are only $20. Those are right up my alley, but my local store didn't have long lengths, so I had to bookmark them to come back to if and when I decided to go with online ordering.
Next, I checked Amazon. Searching for long or tall yoga pants, I found a few interesting options. Alternative Apparel makes a long wide-legged yoga pant that I like the looks of, and some of them are on sale for less than $20. No inseam length listed on Amazon, though, so I checked their website. On the website, I couldn't find any long length pants listed, but I did find out that the regular pants have a 33.25" inseam on a large and a 34.25" on an extra large. That's probably long enough, so I put these on the possibilities list.
The next interesting possibility that came up were long length pants from Land's End. The Amazon price was too steep for me, but I thought I'd take a look at Land's End's site to make sure they didn't have something less expensive there. They did--the Colorblock Performance Pants were on sale for $25. Without even checking to see what constitutes a tall inseam for Land's End, I ordered a pair.
They came yesterday, and I have to tell you all, I love them. They are made of thicker, more shape-keeping fabric than most yoga pants, and they look fantastic. I got the ones with the orange and coral waist, and they fit great. The thing is, Land's End's idea of a tall inseam in an XL is 32.75". They aren't really quite long enough. I'm keeping them anyway, but it only goes to show that you really have to look at merchant's individual sizing charts--they don't always speak the same language. Not understanding what tall really mean seems to be an ongoing issue with Land's End in particular--I ordered a long torso tank swimsuit from them (this one) at the same time, and it doesn't cover my nipples. That one is going back.
Another discovery I made while searching for yoga pants was We Love Colors. No yoga pants there, but colored leggings with long inseams! I have a ton of shorter dressed I'd love to wear leggings under in the winter, but I've only go the one pair of black ones (from Tall Girl). We Love Colors, however, has a 35" inseam in their XL leggings. They're $26 a pair, too, which seems reasonable. And they are available in (count them!) 50 colors. I ordered three pair (Maroon, Rubine, and Hunter Green). If I like them, I'll probably order more. What a find.
So, I still don't have long length yoga pants. I'll probably order some of the Alternative Apparel ones, and report back, or maybe get some of the C9 ones from Target. I actually have a really old pair from Target's Mossimo line that are long enough and don't say tall anywhere on them, so that might be an option as well. In the meantime, I'm going to hang out in my too-short but super comfortable Land's End pants. Not like anybody sees me anyway, right?