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 (although that would be nice!), 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 the story about a Mamanista who could never find a pair of well-fitting pants. I have what in nice terms is an “hourglass figure” but what could also be called a boo-TAY. Three children later, and I’m still learning to love and dress that area. It’s a work in progress. Pants either have too low of a rise and cling to my middle for dear life, or they are incapable of being buttoned. So when I got my very first Stitch Fix almost four years ago and saw it included a pair of pants, I literally laughed. No WAY was some stranger going to be able to send me a pair of pants through the mail and they would fit. But they did. And they’re amazing.
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 since I fundamentally refuse to iron. They are usually just fine after a quick tumble in the dryer, which is my 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. Mine have been squashed into a carry-on bag (I REFUSE to pay extra to check my bag!) on a flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and came out ready to wear. 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 three black pairs – a cropped pair, a slim cut pair, and a textured bootcut pair. I love them all equally and they are in constant rotation. I also have a turquoise cropped pair, a blue and white checkered pair and my cobalt blue ones that originally started my obsession. I’ve been surprised by how much mileage I’ve gotten out of the cobalt blue ones. I’ve paired them with a loose white tank top in the summer, a blazer and white blouse for work, and a cool black chiffon top and heels for a night on the town. Another recent addition to my collection has been a great pair of black and white checked ones, which I’ve been able to wear all year long.
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. We are crossing our fingers and praying to the fashion gods that one day soon they will offer jeans.
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 buy them directly from their website.
Fair warning, they are expensive, clocking in at $99 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 my beloved cobalt blue ones. Sign up for their email list to get 15% off your first order and be sure to check the sale section often. And YES, you can use your discount code on a sale pair for double the savings!
WHY MARGARET M SLIMMING PANTS MAY BE THE BEST EVE:
- They’re called “Slimming Pants” for a reason – the Spanx-like control top will suck you in
- Pull on pants = COMFY
- Tons of colors, lengths and patterns
- Well-crafted – I’m about to celebrate my four year anniversary with my cobalt blue pair and they are as good today as they were four years ago
- Easy-to-care for, no dry cleaning needed (but feel free to if you’re into that?)
- Relatively wrinkle-resistant
WHY THEY MIGHT NOT BE
- Price. At $99 a pair, there can be some sticker shock
- Due to their popularity, certain colors and styles can be hard to get
- Slightly inconsistent fit in different styles and patterns. I’ve found the slimming pant is VERY tight, as in you may want to go up a size, and the regular pant can run a little large.
- Sizing goes up to XL, which is a US 16. Let’s give everyone of all shapes and sizes that opportunity to try these amazing pants. Refer to the sizing chart before ordering.