While recently looking at Athleta’s website, I noticed it said something about them being a “Certified B Corporation.” Honestly, I didn’t know what that meant, so I clicked “why this matters.” And in addition to information about how Athleta is empowering women, utilizing sustainable fabrics and water-saving techniques, and diverting waste from landfills, there was also a “learn more” link that took me to the B Corp website, where the very first thing I saw was a message about tackling the “fundamental injustice, inequity and violence that disproportionately impact Black people and other People of Color.”
Athleta: Obsessed With Their Pants (& Their B Corp Values)
There’s also a link to this letter written by Anthea Kelsick, (Co-CEO of B Lab US & Canada) detailing how they’re stepping up their efforts to becoming an anti-racist organization starting with a “mandatory curriculum for all of our staff that includes ‘How to Be An Anti-Racist’ by leading anti-racist scholar Ibram X. Kendi.” Kelsick writes, “we recognize that it is not enough to be quietly non-racist, and that we have a responsibility to become vocal, visible anti-racist leaders.”
So will buying pants from Athleta change the world? Maybe not But I can feel good knowing that they’re on the right track and working towards changing things for the better.
Athleta Pants Are Everything Right Now
I don’t know why it took me so long to try Athleta’s pants, but now that I have I want to keep every pair I try. Maybe I should thank quarantine for getting me into the mood to wear joggers all day every day? I mean, their bottoms are often more comfortable than my actual pajamas . . . but they really do manage to look polished at the same time. I first tried their Cabo Linen line (spoiler alert: I loved everything) and then had to try all of their pants after I felt the fabric of their Skyline Pants (pics below). Ok, so maybe not all of their pants . . . but a lot. Let’s just say my GAP card is in frequent use right about now . . .
I love these pants. They’re super-stretchy and comfy, and the texture in the fabric kind of helps camouflage any cellulite. I read the reviews and sized down to a 4 petite based on suggestions. I think the length is perfect, and although a 6 probably would have been fine, I like the slimmer fit of these. Laura loves them too, and will be doing a post on how she’s styling them soon! I think it’s safe to say they’re pretty perfect considering we both love them, even with different body types and style.
I wasn’t sure about the length of these, so I tried them in both regular and petite sizes. The petites were the better fit, and I like the versatility of the black. They’re super-lightweight (SO soft) and stretchy, and although they have lots of room in the legs, they’re not too bulky–even with all the pockets. These may be even more comfortable than pj pants.
The light blue color was only available in regular sizes, so I thought I try the 6R in that color. Not my favorite–they were a little too parachute-y for me and . . . camel toe. No, thank you. I wanted to include pics so you guys could see the difference in the fit, though. A slightly higher rise, more room in the legs, and longer.
I had to include these pants from my previous post. The fabric on these is just like the Venture pant–that amazingly soft, lightweight and stretchy material, and I like that they’re a bit more feminine than the others. I like the way the waist is highlighted with these, and although I liked them, I just couldn’t do the khaki. The same pair in black (I sized down to petite for length) is on their way to me.
So if you saw my last post on Athleta’s line of Cabo Linen bottoms, you might remember these. The entire linen line is amazing, and although I was on the fence on keeping these joggers, I decided to keep them after I washed them–they shrunk just enough to be perfect. They were just a tad long before, but now I’m in love. I’ll do a post soon on how I’m styling them.