*These are my own opinions. This is not an ad for a product or company. I was in no way solicited or paid for this post (because let’s be honest – they’d likely pay someone with a little more clout).*
Last week, I posted about stumbling across a local nonprofit business called Oluna while watching the midday local newscast (something I don’t normally do, but what a happy coincidence). The first thing that caught my attention about this company is its mission: “to strive to bring attention to menstrual health inequity by donating a year’s supply of period products to an American in need.” With all of the challenges different groups face, this was one I hadn’t ever really considered, but they’re right. Roughly half the adult human population are women that menstruate, and need hygiene supplies. While many of us don’t think twice about running to the store to pick up a box of pads or tampons, there are a lot of women that don’t have that luxury (never thought I’d consider that a luxury, but awareness is a funny thing). So I decided to give the Oluna website a peek.
The first thing you notice when you go the Oluna website is that these pants are cute! They look flowy and loose and comfortable and come in a pretty decent selection of colors and patterns. I can get on board with supporting a worthy cause pretty easily, but when my support comes with a pair of cute pants, it’s a no-brainer! So I took the plunge and ordered a pair of The Chiara pants.
Now, I’ll be honest: I was a little nervous about these pants. One thing you notice about the models on the Oluna website is that they are all very tall, very slender women, and I was concerned about how the pants would fit me being the exact opposite of tall and even less slender. Regardless, I reasoned that the worst case scenario was that I would end up with a pair of pants I couldn’t wear, but there would be a woman in a local shelter with a year’s worth of period supplies, so no one was really losing.
When the pants were delivered, the first thing I noticed about them was the fabric. The material is super soft. It reminded me of when LuLaRoe was a big thing with their buttery feeling leggings, only no one was bothering me to join their team and sell for them.
Next up: the moment of truth – how do they fit? The website size guide recommended I order a Medium. The caption of the very tall model said that she was wearing a Small, but she and I seem to be built a little bit differently, so I went with the size guide’s recommendation knowing there was a pretty good chance the pants were going to be just a little bit long. I was not wrong.
Vertical challenge aside, I was immediately in love with the way these pants felt. They’re loose and flowy, but as previously mentioned, buttery soft, so the few places they actually touch you is like being brushed by cherub wings (presumably – I’ve never even seen a cherub in person, but their wings look soft in pictures). Therefore, I was determined to make these work somehow that didn’t involve scissors or a sewing machine, because while I have many talents, altering clothing is not among them, and I was not really excited at the prospect of owning the world’s softest dust rags. So I dug into my short girl bag of tricks and tied the ankles, and BAM – new favorite pants!
Paired them with an equally flowy and soft top, and you might never see me in leggings again – and that is quite a claim!
Overall, I have nothing bad to say about the entire experience. The company has a great backstory, a worthwhile mission, and sells a high quality, comfortable product. I was able to support a local, woman-owned business, while also supporting women in need, and I got a new favorite pair of pants out of it. There are no losers today.