Rectangle seeks legwear
February 13, 2019 8:47 AM   Subscribe

Tall, skinny, thoroughly assless woman seeks leggings and pants that won't slither down and fall off.

I'm a trans woman. Even by cis dude standards, my friends used to tease me for having no ass, and hormones haven't changed that. I am tall, thin, and very, very, very rectangular, with skinny hips and a flat butt.

I'm not looking for clothes to change any of those facts. I just want leggings and pants that stay up.

Things I know I could technically do but don't want to do for style or other reasons: wear suspenders, wear a sturdy practical men's-style belt, wear men's pants, wear dresses without leggings in February in Boston. Please don't argue with me about these. I know your favorite tiny cis girl model looks super hot and androgynous-but-undeniably-female in men's trousers and suspenders. I promise I won't.

Fellow womenswear-loving rectangles of the world, both cis and trans: if you've found pants or leggings that actually do stay up, please spill.
posted by nebulawindphone to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (12 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Assless hipless Asian here. Spendy but Spanx leggings are worth it.
posted by sestaaak at 8:50 AM on February 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

My daughter's tall, thin, rectangular and trans. She has had success with pants from Uniqlo and Gap in the male-form department. My AFAB partner, who similarly has snake hips, also shops these stores in the male-form department, with success.
posted by seanmpuckett at 8:50 AM on February 13, 2019

I am short and squatty but have a pancake ass. I have much better luck going down a size for leggings.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 9:04 AM on February 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

Wearing an extra pair of underwear over tights or leggings that roll down is surprisingly effective at keeping them up.
posted by terretu at 9:26 AM on February 13, 2019 [4 favorites]

I have no ass or hips. These are the best leggings ever found on amazon HERE. Opaque, super stretchy, doesn't roll, long inseam and doesn't get pilly. Throw them in the wash with low linty clothing and dryer and comes out like a champ. Does run warm.
posted by tipsyBumblebee at 9:33 AM on February 13, 2019 [3 favorites]

I am the opposite and the pants that don't fit me are Old Navy pants and leggings. Give them a try.
posted by jillithd at 9:44 AM on February 13, 2019

I am also rectangular—fatter than you by a fair margin, but I have remarkably little ass/hips for someone my size. Like, if I buy jeans that look like they fit most of me, I can still pull them off without unbuttoning them. I've had great luck with Sweetlegs leggings--I'm wearing their plus size, but I bet their standard size would work for you. They're *very* soft and don't push my sensory-issue buttons the way that some leggings do. They're also pretty long--I'm 5'8" and they're full-length on me, none of this above-the-ankle nonsense.
posted by mishafletch at 10:38 AM on February 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

I live in Kuhl’s Møva Skinny pants for their rectangle-ass-hugging capabilities!
posted by Drosera at 11:41 AM on February 13, 2019

Ok, this is going to be weird, but both me and my (very very skinny 13yo ) son like these leggings/dress pants from Amazon. They look like dress pants, but are actually leggings! They run a size small. He is a 23" waist, no hips, no butt, and wears the size 2. I bought him a pair so he could have some dress pants to wear. He doesn't fit into any regular size boy pants. I wear the size 12 (I am a 30" waist with hips).
posted by alathia at 12:30 PM on February 13, 2019 [1 favorite]

I'm shaped like a flattish tube and Old Navy and Gap pants work best for me.
posted by JuliaJellicoe at 6:45 PM on February 13, 2019

I have similar fit issues - I just made my own pants and had to grade the pattern pieces between a size 6 waist, size 2 hip, size 10 calf, and add 2" to the inseam (3" would have been better). Athleta leggings work for me and a lot of them come with pockets! My only dress pants that fit are a stretchy pair from Gap. For hiking pants, Prana Halle pants are the closest I've found to an ok fit, and it's mostly because of the drawstring and slight stretch in the fabric.
posted by kiripin at 9:54 PM on February 13, 2019

Hooray! Uniqlo's "ultra stretch" skinny fit men's jeans have an amount of stretch that would be unremarkable in women's jeans, a fit in the leg that would be totally middle-of-the-road for women's jeans, and a pelvis situation that's rectangle-compatible. There's some extra crotch room, because menswear, but it's not as egregious as it would be on a lot of men's pants.
posted by nebulawindphone at 7:57 AM on March 6, 2019 [3 favorites]

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