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Skirts to Pants is a Hard Transition for Me

Sally Stone

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I have long, shapely legs and because of this, I have always liked showing them off.  Despite being nicely shaped, my legs have also taken quite a beating over the years, so they look a little rough these days.  I minimize all the blemishes and scars by wearing pantyhose and since I generally always favor wearing a skirt or dress, I wear pantyhose a lot.  I really would like to wear pants or jeans more often, avoiding the need to wear hose, but I struggle finding pants that look good on me.  I have purchased numerous pairs of jeans in recent years only to realize they don't flatter me much.  I have discovered that wide leg pant styles are much more flattering on me, but with a 35 inch inseam, I struggle to find them long enough.  I actually found an beautiful pair of gauchos on a sales rack recently, that were my perfect waist size, but again, they were cut for someone a lot shorter than I.  In fact, it is next to impossible to find crop pants or gauchos cut for tall women.  So, I'm on a crusade right now to find the perfect pair of pants.  A pair that allow me to express my sense of feminine style while favoring my shape.  I know there is a pair of pants out there, I'm just having a heck of a time finding them.

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For you plus size ladies. Lane Bryant, and torrid have usually have normal pants in tall 34-36 depending on the cut. The problem is the current trent. I work at lane bryant, and while they have boot cut and wide leg pants. The fashion world is loving ankle length for woman. 


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I have nice legs as well, but I also have two surgical scars on my left leg that are both 5 in tall and 3 in wide. I hate wearing pants, and would die without my minis, but I understand where you are coming from. I look at mine as a roadmap of where I have been, and every one has a story, my scars always end up being an icebreaker when I meet a new guy. I guess I have learned not to be self conscious about them. I never wear hose, because what's the point of hiding them? Anyone in your life that matters will accept your as you are. The rest are just noise. To answer your question, I have a 32in inseam, and I go with Levi's or Old Navy bootcut on the rare occasion that I do wear pants. They are flared at the bottom, are very flattering for my figure. Levi's makes a long size with larger inseams.

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Here's an update on my pants search.  I found a pair of skinny jeans for curvy girls (an oxymoron for certain) while doing an online search at Macys.com.  They are high-waist jeans and come in "tall" length.  I ordered them.  When they arrived and I tried them on, the fit was great and they were actually long enough.  I think these are going to work for me.  Pictures at eleven!

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I bought my jeans from REI: size 12 Long Prana’s that are almost perfect. I’m all leg.

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I hate to admit the best pair of jeans I have I purchased at a yard sale for $1.00.  They simply fit like a glove.  The unfortunately thing is that they are also worn out to perfection so each time I wear them I know  it’s one step closer to the rag bag…..oh well, sigh.





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