An honest review of Spanx perfect black pants

Like many women, I have worn Spanx undergarments under various clingy dresses and/or when I've needed a little squeeze to feel my best for a special event. And while they're probably best known for their shapewear, Spanx has ventured into clothing, particularly pants, in the last few years, and by all accounts, everyone pretty much loves them. I am generally not a big leggings person—I think I look better in a more tailored silhouette—but when Spanx reached out to me to try their knit pants and leggings, I agreed in the name of service journalism. After all, I'm not dressing up as much as I used to, but while comfort is key, I still want to look good. And who says we can't have it all? Enter the Spanx Perfect Black Pant, 4-Pocket Ankle edition. 

I have tried multiple pairs of ponte-knit pants, and they've never looked good on me—I have narrow hips yet some meat on my thighs, and generally knit fabrics tend to emphasize this to a not-flattering degree. So I was skeptical about the 4-Pocket Ankle Pant, but as soon as I put them on, I became a believer. First of all, they are snug in a good way, almost like compression leggings—that's the 4-way stretch fabric, a magical blend of rayon, nylon, and elastane on the outside and polyester and elastane on the inside (ponte is a more chic way of saying "double knit," which means two different yarns knitted together). It also has built-in shaping in the front and waistband to help smooth your gut, and after seven months of sheltering in place, mine needs all the help it can get. Together, the effect is very smoothing and shaping, and combined with the 4-pocket styling, even my butt looks nice and lifted (FYI, I would never wear regular leggings with a top this short). I even like the cut of the leg, which is skinny but not skintight at the ankle—I think a little shape in the lower leg helps balance out my body. But in spite of all this technology and structure, these pants are super stretchy and not at all constricting—I wore them three days in a row when I first got them, and since then, they've been my go-to when I want to be comfy but look pulled together. I do prefer to wear them with a slightly longer top, but I've even tried them with a regular T-shirt and they still look amazing. I am wearing a size medium, which is what the website recommended (I'm almost always a size 6), and I'd say the fit is perfect—the waistband stays in place (with no muffin top), and I have room to move, yet I feel sucked in, in a good way. I definitely feel like these are worthy of their Perfect Black Pant name—if that means, to you, a skinny ankle pant that helps you look and feel your best. 

As for the rest of my outfit, it's finally feeling like fall in San Francisco, so I broke out my Everlane herringbone wool blazer, which you last saw with jeans and a T-shirt. I like how this gives the outfit an overall dressed-up feel—I could wear this to work (if I were actually going to an office) or out to lunch and to run errands, which is what I was doing while we shot these photos. Like much of Everlane's clothing, this blazer runs a bit large; I'm in a size 4 and it's still loose enough that I can wear a thick sweater underneath. Regardless, it's an excellent value for the price. 

I am so excited it's sweater weather—I freaking love sweaters of all shapes and colors. I had been looking for a funnel-neck white sweater for awhile (specific, I know) and ended up ordering this one from Free People based on the number of positive reviews it had. When I pulled it out of the bag, I was a little skeptical; the fabric is a bit strange and hard to describe. It's not soft like cashmere, but it's not itchy like acrylic or mohair. It feels kind of futuristic, and it's ribbed horizontally, which is also a bit unconventional. But you put this sweater on and OMG it's the coziest thing ever, like you're in a constant warm hug. The sleeves are snug but not tight, and the body is drapey and warm but not suffocating. I think it's super flattering too, and it's long enough that I can wear it with leggings-like pants, like these Spanx. I am already planning to order it in black too, and I have a feeling you're going to be seeing a lot of this sweater this season. It runs big—I sized down to an XS—but I feel like it might be even better in your regular size. 

Accessory-wise, I stuck with two of my regulars: my trusty A.P.C. sac demi-lune and my Golden Goose Superstar sneakers. The sneakers-and-blazer combo feels particularly Kamala Harris, and I'm here for it, as well as for her very California high-low style. I realize I'm going totally off topic right now, but I'm so happy that she's going to be our first female vice-president, and if this outfit was an unintentional homage to her, well, so be it. 

OUTFIT DETAILS: Everlane blazer | Free People Ottoman tunic | Spanx Perfect Black Pant, 4-Pocket Ankle version (c/o) | A.P.C. Sac Demi-Lune | Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers 


Nancy 's Fashion Style said...

Looking very good in those Cheryl! They fit like a glove!

Darlene said...

Cheryl, I've been eyeing those pants for a while so I really appreciate your review. And the sweater looks amazing! I love your "Semi-homage" to Kamala Harris. Such an exciting move forward for our country to have a woman at--or darn near--the top!!

xx Darlene

Laura B said...

These look amazing on you! I love the fit and that the legs aren't skintight!

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Those pants look great! I like your description of slim hips with meat on your thighs, that applies to me too, so the pants should suit me too!Thanks for joining #WowOnWednesday

Elizabeth Walker said...

Thank you for the review! This is the item that every girl should have, especially in Winter!

Jessica Jannenga said...

I have also been on the hunt for a winter white sweater ! Like the classic look o yours. It was good to read your review and what size you went with- how it feels. The reason I havent bought into the Spanx leggings yet, it I dont like anything pressing on my stomach. The pants look great on you!
thanks for linking!
jess xx

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