After a long trial period, I am ready to release my review of the asthetics side of the tactical pants I received from Tactical Pants.com. I still have a couple of crazy things I want to try out in these pants to complete the performance side (like rock climbing), but I am nearly ready to release that portion of the review as well. Here goes the “looks”…
In tactical pants, I want to…
- Look good: Overall, I think this pair of pants flattered me very well. The highlights of these pants include a low-rise waist that isn’t up under my armpits, but doesn’t flash my panties when I bend and move; thigh
pockets I can fill up without worrying about adding inches to my hips and thighs because the pockets are so deep, any pocket-junk created lumps are far away from this area on my body; and a cut through the rear that gives me a well-rounded and full caboose. The waistband on this pant included two small areas of elastic built into an overlapping waist band, this gave the pants an ease of movement in bending although the fabric of the pant is super-stiff. That ease of movement did not come as a killer of fashion because the elastic was concealed from view by design of the waistband. Reinforced seams did not show any signs of wear after extensive washing and wearing. This is important to me because my thighs rub together and thigh seams not well constructed will be frictioned right out of existense. I was glad to see these pants hold up to the family thunder thighs. Another reason I feel this pants look good is that they shipped unhemmed. As a short person, all pants are too long and most of the time I just make do with that by bunching them up around my shoes, walking the bottoms off, etc. And that just doesn’t look good. These hemmed pants, custom fit for my little legs, look good.
- Feel good: I felt okay in these pants. Although they had a good rise to them, flattering pockets and a nice fit through the rear, one area of fit on these pants made me feel a bit self-conscious in these pants: the crotch area. If I pulled the waistband on the pants up as high as the rise allowed, I had a funny camel toe and my belly felt like my pants were sitting funny across it. However, if I put the waistband where it felt like it should sit on my belly, then the rise wasn’t fully stretched out, leaving a bunched up bit of fabric sitting in front of my nether-regions, pointing to the world like a tiny pecker. In these pants, I chose to leave the waistband sitting where it should be and dealt with the tiny pecker by hiding it from view with a longer top. Those purchasing these pants for workplace situations which may require tucked in tops might not be able to employ this solution if they find they’re bodies fit these pants like mine does.
- Blend in anywhere: I wore these pants to tons of different places while on my Bridezilla rampage. I explored several thrift stores looking for gray-stripped Navy suit pants to match a suit top wearing these pants.
I also went to Walmart, Costco and many other shops in them. Additionally, I wore them to work one day. No one mentioned or stared questionably at my pants. Even though in my quiet office environment, these pants swished, no one mentioned the swishing or the odd assortment of pockets I was sporting by wearing tactical pants to work instead of slacks. I found these pants blended in anywhere I wore them and I was super-surprised by this. To get away with wearing them to work like I did, the key is pairing them with the right top and shoes. Go with a form-flattering, feminine shirt. Pairing it with a looser top or a polo will give you a more adrogenous look than might complement your figure and face well. I chose to go with a purple lace top with a v-neckline and flutter sleeves. I paired the outfit with a pair of Danskos. These shoes could handle the tough lines of a tactical pant but they were dressy and feminine enough to soften the pant as well.