I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a bit skeptical about wearing pants due to the large difference in size between my waist and my hips. Often, I have to sacrifice fit for one or the other – either it fits in my hips and I have a large gap at my waist, or I can only wear hip-huggers so they fit nice and snug on my hips. But I’ve been determined to find the perfect pair of pants that is perfect for both regions, and I’m thrilled to say I’ve finally found just that!
The Deadly Dames Cigarette Pants from Pinup Girl Clothing retail for $92 and are available on PUG’s website in sizes XS-4X. They are available in classic black and sultry red. They are also available in tiger print, though these prints are made out of a different material, so the fit is different. Since these pants are made out of a stretch twill fabric instead of denim (so the dye won’t rub off), I opted for the black, though I’m currently eyeing the red and tiger print. The pants don’t have belt loops on them, which makes it easier to pair with or without a belt. They zip from the back, and are secured with a large button. I wanted a pair of pants I could easily transition from summer to fall and winter, and from examining the pictures on the website, the fabric looked thick and durable.
The last thing to determine before purchasing was the size that would best fit me. I was a little wary of ordering these in the first place because I didn’t fit perfectly in any of the listed sizes in the size chart. My waist is 26 inches and my hips are 38.5-39 inches. The small is listed as catering to a waist between 26-27.5 inches, and the hips between 36-38 inches. The medium would be far too large in the waist since it fits between 28.29.5 inches, even though the pants would definitely accommodate my hips since it’s between 38-40 inches. After my pleasant experience with the sizes of the Deadly Dames Capris (which my hips are technically too big for in a size small, though the fit is perfect), I decided to opt for the size small. After all, the fabric is stretch twill, that means it must stretch, right?
When these puppies arrived in the mail, I excitedly pulled them out and examined them closely. I was happy to discover that the fabric was as thick as I’d hoped, though I realized it was much more stiff than I had initially thought. This worried me, but I decided I would attempt to try them on and go from there. The fit was very tight and since the material was so stiff, it was hard to pull them up. The best method for doing this is the one I’ve adopted from my mother when putting on nylons and tights: start from the very bottom and slowly pull up small sections. Once I got the pants passed my knees and lower-thighs, I was met with my next hurdle: getting them past my hips! For this I wiggled, jumped, and oh-so-glamorously danced around, until those cute little suckers finally gave, and were up perfectly around my mid-section. The pants came up to my natural waist, and I was able to zip and button them at the back. They still felt super tight and stiff, but as I glanced myself in the mirror, my jaw dropped – I looked good! They looked exactly as I had hoped they would, though of course they fit more like a regular pant in length rather than a cropped cigarette pant, since I’m just over 5 feet. No problem though, since I just tucked the bottoms under for the desired length (one of my long-time short person tricks to save money on going to a tailor for every little thing).
Since I was absolutely ecstatic about how the pants looked on, I decided they just needed a little breaking in before they would be easier to put on and take off. So, in order to do this, I squatted in them and stretched them. I wore them around for a day and continuously moved in them. Finally, the material stopped being so stiff, thus became much more comfortable, and much easier to wear. I’m so glad that I stuck it through with them, since they are the most versatile and flattering pair of pants I own. I can dress them up or down, pair them with sweet feminine pieces, or rockabilly and edgier gothic pieces. I can wear them to school and the office, or for a night out on the town. They’re perfect for transitioning through the seasons, and they basically go with everything in my wardrobe.
All in all, I am completely enamoured with these sensational pants. I constantly find myself being drawn to them, excited to pair them with different pieces. Once broken in, they are exceptionally easy to put on and take off – so don’t be intimidated by how stiff they are once you first get them. The fabric they’re made out of is outstanding in quality – they are thick, and much more durable than jeans. I can tell these beauties will last for years to come.
What do you think? Have you ever tried the Deadly Dames Cigarette Pants? Which colour-way are you tempted to try? Sound off in the comments below.