My New Favorite Work Pants: An Honest Review of Democracy Absolution Pants

by - May 22, 2023

As a teacher, I'm always on the lookout for professional yet comfortable clothing that I can move in easily. Democracy's Absolution brand pants absolutely fit that bill, and I feel it is my duty to share the goodness of these pants with the world!

I was first introduced to the Democracy brand through a Wantable box. I almost didn't even try on the olive green pants because I had a similar pair already in my closet. Also, the price tag was a bit of a turn-off at first, and I definitely balked.

But in the end, I decided to try them on, and I fell in love.

Why I Love Them

When you visit the Absolution section of the Democracy website, you'll see this message splashed across the top of the page:
Democracy® Clothing is a denim-based casual lifestyle brand that celebrates women of all shapes and sizes by designing size-inclusive, body-positive fashion. Built from the bottoms up, our jeans are made with "Ab"solution® Fit Technology that flatters your shape and hugs your body in exactly the right way.
All of the pants you'll see featured in this post are non-denim, but the construction is the same. These pants are designed with super stretchy material and feature hidden mesh panels for tummy control. They also have a sweetheart-shaped back yoke and strategically-placed pockets.

My favorite feature, though, is the hidden elastic waistband that prevents gapping and rolling, meaning the waist lays flat all day long. This has always been my biggest issue with all kinds of pants, so to finally find a brand that has solved it is huge for me!

Sizing info: I'm 5'2" tall and weigh about 135 lbs. I typically wear size 6 in bottoms.

We'll start with the first pair I invested in. These Democracy Absolution Ankle Skimmers quickly became one of my most-worn work pants. They are so versatile! I wear them with blouses and t-shirts, sandals, sneakers, and boots. The olive green is light enough to work in all seasons, and they're surprisingly almost a neutral with the number of color combinations possible.

I'm wearing these in a regular size 6, but they do offer petite and plus sizing. This specific color green, olive, is no longer available, but they do have a darker version called Laurel Oak.


They also no longer have this fabulous fuchsia color, which they simply call pink. These are also the ankle skimmers in a size 6. Sadly, right now they don't have anything comparable in color, but I wanted to show these ones as well. With the amount of pink-patterned blouses I own, adding these pants to my closet was a no brainer. I especially like this color paired with navy blue, as you can tell from these two pictures. They've been a fun addition for spring.

The best part about the ankle skimmers is that I can wear them cuffed at the bottom or not. The length works either way, and it helps to create different levels of casualness.

Last, but certainly not least, is the newest addition to my closet, the Itty Bitty Boot. These I'm actually wearing in a petite 6. I tend to like petite sizing in this style of pants so that I can wear all my shoes, not just those with a heel (although that's my usual preference for wider-legged bottoms). In fact, I've only worn these with a pair of sneakers and flat sandals.

This color is called Blue Spruce. I can't decide if it's more green or blue. I think it depends on the top and lighting. Anyway, this color is available in limited petite sizing as well as regular sizing. I did not see these in plus sizing.

I definitely plan to add more Democracy to my closet. I'm excited to try their jeans the most, but they've also got skirts, dresses, and tops. Pricing is a bit higher than I usually go for with clothes, but the quality is definitely worth it.

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