I Tried the Spanx Pants Oprah Declared “the Softest,” and I Can’t Stop Wearing Them

They’re silky, smooth, and so flattering

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Spanx Air Essential Wide Leg Review

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I’m a simple girl with simple needs, and one necessity I will never waiver on is comfy pants. If you ever see me out and about in tight trousers or jeans, rest assured that it’s actually my evil twin. While some might find the choice to wear exclusively stretchy, loose-fitting bottoms questionable, I know I’m not alone in my preference. 

Take Oprah, for example. The A-lister has long been a fan of Spanx pants, specifically the ultra-smooth AirEssential Tapered Pant, which she previously dubbed her uniform. “It’s the softest material I have felt for sweats,” Oprah explained. “It feels like a hug.” And who couldn’t use more hugs these days?” she added. I know I definitely could, so when the brand reached out offering a sample of the AirEssential Wide-Leg Pant, I was stoked. 

Lounge clothes have a reputation of looking frumpy, so believe me when I say these yoga pants are genuinely super flattering. The stretchy material perfectly contours around my hips and booty and gradually tapers off into a wide-leg silhouette, allowing me the comfort of a baggy fit without hiding the shape of my body.

AirEssentials Wide Leg Pant


Shop now: $118; spanx.com

As Oprah already noted, the major draw of these pants is their texture. The lightweight, polyester blend is incredibly breathable, flowy, and buttery-soft. They’re so smooth that, with my eyes closed, I might have mistaken them for silk. I reach for these pants whenever they’re clean and wear them for everything from brunch to sleeping. Because of their four-way stretch, I can even work out in them. 

I already know I’m destined to get another pair. Luckily, Spanx just released the pants in a new fall color (dark palm), along with a matching pullover in the same rave-worthy fabric. In short, if these pants weren’t already on your radar, I suggest giving them a look ( you’ll thank me later). Shop these wide-leg sweats on the Spanx site for $118, along with the entire AirEssential Collection.

AirEssentials Half Zip


Shop now: $118; spanx.com

AirEssentials Tapered Pant


Shop now: $110; spanx.com

AirEssentials Sleeveless Jumpsuit


Shop now: $148; spanx.com

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