Pants-Free June!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Nearly 7 years ago I tried giving up pants for a month... And decided to give them up for good! Since then I have hosted a few "pants-free July" challenges for friends and followers to join in, and since the weather is finally warming up and I need to figure out which wardrobe gaps need to be filled in my closet right now, I thought I'd host a Pants-Free June challenge this year!

Disclaimer: I do not think wearing pants is sinful. I don't think you're a bad mom for wearing pants. I don't think every single woman in the world needs to bend over backwards, throw out every pair of her pants, and wear nothing but burkas.

(YOU know this about me, because you've been following for a while. But strangers on the internet get weirdly offended when I say I don't wear pants, so... Try not to get offended, please?)

The main reasons I don't wear pants are:

1. I have had 7 babies. I have been pregnant and/or nursing since 2008! My waistline fluctuates so much that it's just plain depressing trying to find a pair of pants that actually fits...

2. Even when they DO fit, pants just aren't comfortable to me! Part of that is probably my lingering Diastasis Recti, but I think my body just isn't shaped properly for pants anymore, and skirts are much more forgiving for fluctuating body measurements.

3. I look a lot better (and feel a lot better!)in dresses & skirts, and I (mostly) don't get asked if I'm my kids' babysitter when I dress nicely!

So... What's the point of this challenge?

Honestly, I'm bored! Combine that with warmer weather+the desire to purge clothes that don't fit/don't work for me and the need to figure out what wardrobe gaps need to be filled, and this seems like a good way to get that done in a way that actually forces me to be accountable. We'll be doing this on Twitter and Instagram, and I'll post a weekly roundup with my outfits + some favorites that other people post over here! 

Want to join in? I'd love it if you did! I have a different challenge every day if you'd like extra structure, but definitely don't feel the need to be strict with it if it stresses you out!

Need a couple items to fill the gaps in your wardrobe before we get started? It looks like longer skirts are in style this season!! Here are some skirts and dresses that caught my eye (affiliate links below!):

Ethical shops (you won't get these quickly, but if you have time and money, I've found my linen dresses are SO breathable and are total workhorse staples:

And I always, ALWAYS check ThredUp before buying anything new, because I would rather shop secondhand first! Here's $10 to shop if you're not already a member, and they've got a great sale right now! Definitely filter by size/length/condition and that'll help pare down the results quite a bit. And if you've got clothes lying around that you know you won't be wearing anymore, you can order a Clean Out Kit for free and repurpose those clothes! (I have not gotten a huge payout, but it's better than donating everything to Goodwill)

As far as layering, I highly, highly recommend a few pairs of cotton Pettipants so you don't worry about wardrobe mishaps, or bike shorts/shapewear if you're wearing something that hugs your figure a little more. It boosted my confidence so much just to have the right foundation underneath!

How about some cute dresses and skirts?

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And bonus, most are on excellent sale right now!

So what do you think? Have you been considering wearing skirts and dresses more often? Do you just need a little help getting dressed every day? Join us!

Here are some of my favorite outfits from previous years if you need inspiration:

Hopefully that gives you a little inspiration! Check the widget below for more ideas - I hope you join in!


  1. I love eShakti for skirts and dresses, because they will tailor to my weird long torso and short legs -- and they include pockets unless you ask for them to be deleted!!!

  2. Hi Rosie. I have to start by saying I can be slightly irreverent, am Irish / Australian and a Granny. Everytime you say 'Pants Free' I immediately think of Underpants!! And I know that is not what you mean! We tend to call 'pants' slacks or trousers. As a nurse, as soon as we were allowed to wear slacks to work (1980's)I embraced them, they were practical and most of all modest. I do like a pretty dress, but I mush prefer well made slacks and a long line top. Keep up the wonderful work with your family, and keep well and safe.

    1. Where is spell check when you want it! Much not mush!

    2. Oh my!! That was not my intention, for sure 😂😂😂

  3. This blog really made me chuckel , brilliant reading material and beautiful outfits.x

  4. I love the idea of skirts and find most pants (I mean trousers!) to be too much pressure on my poor old hip joints. Not even tight pants--any pair of pants that isn't extremely loose and stretchy. But WHAT do you put on your feet? My feet get painfully cold so easily and I can't figure out what practical shoes to wear with practical skirts on a daily basis. Because I need my wool socks 8-9 months of the year!

    1. I wear boots for cold weather! I have a pair of short booties and a pair of tall boots and my wool socks fit perfectly inside them :) Once it's warm again, I wear sandals or Toms.

  5. Help me with maternity, Rosie! I'm due in August, and most skirts for my "condition" are long... Ideas? :)

    1. I've seen a lot of REALLY cute maternity things at Old Navy! Plenty of maternity midi dresses, and I think their button-front skirt would probably work pretty well on a growing bump, and then would work really well post-partum too.


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