This summer, my sister and brother-in-law celebrated their Fiftieth wedding anniversary. It was a very big deal. Their three kids threw them a black tie dinner dance at the gorgeous Hyatt Hotel in Long Beach, CA. This photo is one of the MANY that were taken that night (I believe there were no less than two videographers in attendance), and I’m showing it to you for a reason.
I’m wearing those Lisette L “pants with Flaterie fit” that I told you about on MidLifeBloggers back in August. Turns out that while there were many photos taken, this is the only one that featured me in my Lisette L’s, which is why you’re having to look at a really BIG jpeg. I want you to pay attention to is me from the waist down. From the waist up is okay as well…
Yes, the vibrant blue of my sister’s gown kinda plunges my black Lisette L’s into the background. No mind; let me tell you about them.
Lisette L pants are the brainchild of a Canadian couple, Lisette Limoge and her husband, Neil Small, and they have created a variety of styles that are pull-ons with no buttons or zippers. If you’re thinking Old Lady Pants, forget it. They’ve done it with a fabric and a fit “that flattens and flatters, slims the abs, contours the hips and shapes the behind.”
It’s true. There is no need to wear Spanx underneath these because they are, in fact, their own Spanx. Yet they have the weight and feel and look of slacks. I wore them all evening without feeling like I was in a circa 1950′s girdle. In fact, if I can best describe how they felt, it was this: like a glove. This is how I imagine slacks should fit if they’ve been tailored perfectly for your body. Except that these, the Lisette L’s, were straight off the rack.
I do have a caveat, however. It was only after I removed them from the washing machine that I saw the “hand wash only” tag.
I try to avoid such garments because–well, frankly, I only do such hand washes once or twice a year, so the garments end up in a pile of dirty clothes waiting for me to feel guilty enough that I act.
Had I ruined my Lisette L’s? They were all creased up and wrinkled, so I put them in the dryer. But when I took them out–voila! as they would say at Lisette L in Quebec–they looked just as good as they had when I put them on before my sister’s party. Had they shrunk up, however? I feared as much but when I tried them on just now, they still have that like-a-glove fit. I’m not sure why Lisette L has that hand wash only tag on them, but mine went through the washer and dryer just fine.
There are a number of different styles, colors and patterns. Here, have a look at the behind-the-scenes video of Lisette L’s 2012-13 line:
Lisette L sent me the pair of pants pictured above for the purpose of reviewing them. The opinions are, as always, my own.