The author. Not. (Photo courtesy of prAna.)

Michelle Schusterman tries out her new prAna pants at rock concerts and extreme happy hours.

I do not buy clothes online, nor do I enjoy shopping in retail stores. In short; I don’t buy clothes very often. My reasons are mostly 1) a lack of fashion sense and 2) the fact that my waist size fluctuates depending on my mood, what I ate for lunch the previous Thursday and whether or not Jupiter is in the third house.

I’ve always envied those that can order from a catalog, or grab something off the rack and hit the cash register, bypassing the line for the dressing rooms. So when my prAna pants arrived in the mail, I unwrapped the package with some trepidation. I’d checked them out on the website – convertible pants? Pants that zip off to become capris, which, along with an old t-shirt and my trusty Havaianas, make up the outfit I would wear every single day for the rest of my life if I could?

A two in one deal too good to be true, I figured. They won’t fit.

They fit.

They fit good. Even after a regrettable Thursday lunch of fish n chips washed down with two lattes. Even though I’m 5’10”, which I don’t consider freakishly tall yet seems to have doomed me to a closet full of flood pants.

I debuted my prAna pants at a rock concert. Hiking, biking, yoga – that’s all well and good, but if pants can survive a little moshing, a little swaying hip-to-hip with strangers clutching drinks, a little intoxicated trying-a-new-dance-move-in-this-giant-puddle-of-sweat-and-beer action, they’re good for any athletic activity in my book.

Bonus: They look cool. After the show I helped the band move equipment off the stage, and was handing off a mic stand when I got the old “dude, those pants are awesome!”

Due to my aforementioned lack of fashion sense, compliments on my clothes are a rare and welcomed thing. So I naturally did what I do when I find something that works; I started wearing these things all the time.

Like to happy hours. I train for Seattle happy hours the way some might train for a marathon – slow, steady persistence and dedication is key. I imagine that the convertible aspect of these pants would probably come in handy when trekking through a marshy area. But I can guarantee that they do when your pant cuffs end up drinking more stout than you. Just hop off the bar stool and whip those legs off.

I mean, capris with argyle knee-highs are fashionable, right?

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