Tap pants, as they are commonly referred, are the cuter, silkier version of bloomers.
For practicality purposes, they’re used when wearing light, flowy skirts so that when a gust of wind comes by, people have no excuse to sing the age-old, “I see London, I see France, I see Liz’s underpants.” They’re less bulky than plain undershorts, cooler than shapewear, and they’re adorable to boot.
Most often these days, however, tap pants are used as loungewear. They’re more modest than panties and much, much cooler on warm summer nights than pajama pants or cotton shorts.
In short, they feel nice, look nice, and protect your modesty on windy, skirt-wearing days.
Now on to the review:
I ran across the Cosmopolitan lingerie line in JCPenney a week or so ago, and immediately fell in love with these “satin shorts” as Cosmo calls them. Even better, I fell in love with the price tag.
These shorts are $12, plus tax.
I nearly swooned.
First Impression: These are pretty well-made, considering the price. They’re so light and comfy that I forget I’m wearing them. Sleeping is a breeze, and they stay well-put, not riding up in the crotch area, which is a blessing for those of us with thighs that are best friends with each other. The clever V-slits in the front (marked with the bows) kept my thighs from feeling confined, and the waistband has a good amount of give to it.
Word to the Wise: Since I haven’t had these very long, I can’t tell you how well they hold up. I HIGHLY SUGGEST not washing them by machine, though, because I have the feeling they’ll rip (and you should never machine wash your lingerie - more on that later).
Since the waistband has give, it runs a little large. I’m a size 8, and a Medium is slightly big on me - I probably could have done with a Small, even. There is no drawstring, so you’ll want to make sure these fit you. The only other possible drawback is this - try not to sit on rough surfaces with this, because there’s a good possibility the satin will get caught and rip. (Though at this price, at least they’d be easy to replace!)
So there you have it.
For the price of 3 Frappucinos (or Mochasippis from CC’s), you, too, can own a pair of lovely tap pants!
You can purchase your own here, or in any JCPenny store near you.