Pants and Chronic Pain
Before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, I could distinctly be called a fashion lover, and I will continue to be. However, at the height of my illness, fashion was the last thing on my mind. For months, I lived in leggings and pyjama pants, refusing to put any pressure on my abdomen. To wear pants was – and still is – to literally inflict pain on myself. As a consequence, tops were too big, baggy and often very unflattering.
It was my mum that first brought me some form of salvation; she knew of a few Australian brands that were quirky, but generally stocked forgiving styles. Having come from a world of skinny jeans, I was sceptical. However, she pointed out that target leggings and my brothers old tee-shirts maybe weren’t suited to a European winter (or any winter really), and so we tried them.
Feeling good about yourself is hard, especially when your body seems to betray you at every waking moment. However, putting on a semi-normal pair of non-buttoned, pull up pointe leggings was the best I’d felt in months. The best part?
So the search began for fibro-friendly clothes. I’ve been looking for three years now, and here is my list of resources for you.
The Alternatives You Need in Your Closet:
1. Leggings, for ‘at home’. Wideband, maternity style, looser than you want them. Not sports leggings, those ones hurt.
2. Trousers, for ‘looking presentable’ when everything is too hard. Zara is your best option. You’re looking for loose-fitting, elastic-back and flat front, no-button or zip, natural fibre pants. Not too hard, right?
3. Pants, skinny or straight or whatever floats your boat, to alternate with your trousers. I use two Australian brands, Vigorello (my babies) and Mesop. The Ark is also really good. If you’re not willing to go that far, Zara is also an excellent option. Natural fibres are great, and if you must zip make sure it’s on the side.
4. Jeans, for, well, jeans. If you’re a jeans person, you need jeans. I tried to survive without them, and it didn’t work. On the luxe end, you have Citizens of Humanity, 7 for mankind etc. If you’re trying not to break the bank, Reiko Jeans are a great alternative, as are Lee’s jeans. You want any fit but skinny, stretchy as hell and soft as a feather.
5. Midi Skirt, for when it’s too warm for pants and too cold for your pj bottoms. Look for pull on, little elastic and natural fibres.
6. Mini-skirt, for if you’re feeling it. Not denim, that always ends badly. Make sure they’re either pull on or side-zipped, super soft and not too tight. Repeat, NOT TOO TIGHT.
7. Shorts, preferably not denim. My favourite shorts are from Southern Marsh.
8. Pyjama bottoms, and comfortable ones. Enough said.