Let's be clear: I don't think shaving should be considered mandatory for any woman, and I've spent plenty of time in sleeveless tops with very visibly hairy armpits due to some combination of laziness and a desire to intentionally buck traditional beauty standards. But there are still plenty of warm days when my refusal to make hair removal a constant priority does not coincide with a willingness to field questions or weird looks directed at my body hair.
When I have those kinds of days this season, I hope to rely on pants like these ones from ethical label Seek Collective to keep my sometimes less-than-groomed legs out of the spotlight. They're made of a lighter-weight fabric than jeans, which is important for scorching New York summers, and the whimsical black shapes help them feel a little more wearable to me than plain white pants would be. I love knowing that these pants were made by artisans in India that are being compensated fairly and treated well in their work environment, too. That's a win for both the hands that made the pants and the hairy legs that will be wearing them.
Miku pants, $270, available at Seek Collective.
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