Editor’s Note: Due to its popularity, this post has been updated since it’s first publishing on November 2016. Margaret M did not pay us to write this review, we just really, really love these pants and think you will tool. #brutallyhonestreviews
Look, we know you’re busy so we’ll cut straight to the chase: we strongly believe that the Margaret M Slimming Pants are a wardrobe staple for every working woman.
If you can stay a little while, we’d like to tell you WHY these are the best pants ever. Gather ‘round friends, and let me tell you a few stories about these pants. When I first received these in my Stitch Fix box, I thought there’s no way I’m wearing leggings to work – I am not that girl! Plus, I never find pants that fit especially online – they’re always too big in the waist, too tight in the hips and thighs and always too short! Mamanista guest writer, Aimee, had similar thoughts about strangers sending pants that would fit… no way! Despite my insistence that these pants would look fabulous on her, she laughed when she saw them in her Stitch Fix with protests that her hourglass figure and three children later left pants with either too low of a rise and clinging to her middle for dear life, or incapable of being buttoned. One quick try on later, she was a Margaret fan and convinced of their magic qualities!
THE MOST COMFORTABLE, STYLISH SLIMMING PANTS IN ALL PATTERNS AND CUTS
Canadian brand Margaret M is the maker of what we consider to be the Mamanista version of “The Sisterhood Of the Travelling Pants.” These pants look good on EVERYBODY, in all shapes and sizes. The pants were designed with the modern working mom in mind and feature amazing details like a thick memory stretch fabric that hides lumps and bumps. They are also pretty wrinkle-resistant, which is great because who has time to iron?! They are usually just fine after a quick tumble in the dryer, which lets face it the best version of ironing. Not only does the thick fabric camouflage your goodies, it also makes them well-suited for travel, as they hold up well in a packed suitcase. Additionally, they are relatively easy to care for, which is a must since I don’t have time to run and back forth to the dry cleaners. I simply turn my Margaret M’s inside out, run through the gentle cycle, and then let them air dry.
DID WE MENTION THEY ARE PULL ON PANTS
Okay, okay, stay with me — pull on pants? Yes, girl, YES, PULL-ON PANTS. Think like the waistband of your favorite yoga pants or buttery soft leggings. You know, the ones you can’t wait to put on at the end of the day when the button and zipper from your other pants are driving you crazy? That’s what going on with the waistband of the Margaret M slimming pants. It’s like wearing the most comfy yoga pants in public. You’ll never want to go back to a button and zipper again, trust us. Luckily, other retailers like Levi’s and Old Navy are catching on to this amazing trend, but let’s give the good folks at Margaret M credit for being one of the first!
MARGARET M SLIMMING PANTS COME IN A TON OF STYLES AND COLORS
Cropped. Slim cut. Boot cut. Textured. Flowered. Checked. You name it, and there’s probably a pair of pants out there that match that description. I have two black pairs – a cropped pair and a slim cut full-length pair. I also have a few cropped print pairs in white, blue and black and love those equally. The basic colors are great for the office and easily mix with blazers, tunics, sweaters and any items you would typically pair with work pants. The printed options are great for spring and summer and add a fun pop with tunics, denim jackets, a loose white tank top in the summer, a blazer and white blouse for work, or a cool black chiffon top and heels for a night on the town.
While Margaret M initially started with a few pairs of great pants, we love seeing their line expanding to include pencil skirts, capris, culottes, and even shorts, all featuring the same high-quality construction, luxe fabric and fun prints and colors. This season they’ve also dipped their magic toes into “denim” with a denim wash color available.
SO WHERE DO I BUY THESE MAGICAL PANTS?
When we first wrote this article, Margaret M pants were only available in the US through Stitch Fix. Now, we’re happy to report that you can now buy them directly from their website and as of this week, The Modern Mamanista is an official retailer of our favorite magic pants! Email us or comment below if there’s a style you’re on the hunt for this season!
Fair warning, they are expensive, clocking in at $96-$109 a pair. However, we would consider these an investment piece and recommend that you do your best to get your hands on at least one pair. If you can only get one, we’d recommend either a classic black pair that you will certainly get your money’s worth out of, or a statement color like this season’s trendy hot pink.
WHY MARGARET M SLIMMING PANTS MAY BE THE BEST EVER:
- They’re called “Slimming Pants” for a reason – the Spanx-like control top will suck you in and we swear make your legs look like you just trained for a marathon
- Pull on pants = COMFY
- Tons of colors, lengths and patterns
- Well-crafted – I’ve had my favorite cropped black pair for 4+ years!
- Easy-to-care for, no dry cleaning needed (but feel free to if you’re into that?)
- Relatively wrinkle-resistant
- Sizing runs XS to XL giving women of all shapes and sizes the opportunity to try these amazing pants. Refer to the sizing chart before ordering. There is also talk of plus sizing coming soon! Yay!
WHY THEY MIGHT NOT BE:
- Price. At $96-$109 a pair, there can be some sticker shock
- Due to their popularity, certain colors and styles can be hard to get
- The slimming pant is VERY fitted the first few wears and the most “toning” of the fits, that may scare people but trust us, the memory spandex will solve that after a few wears.