How Do I Choose the Best Tap Pants?

Madeleine A.
Madeleine A.
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Choosing the right tap pants may depend upon the circumstances in which they will be worn and the type of fabric the wearer prefers. Tap pants, or otherwise known as french knickers are shorts that got their name from tap dancers who commonly donned them for practice sessions. Tap pants are typically fashioned with a short slit up the side to allow for easy movement, and they are generally very short and expose the majority of the leg.

They can be worn over athletic pants or alone, and even as undergarments to replace underpants. In addition, tap pants are generally made from a breathable fabric, such as cotton. This is important to the runner or other athlete who needs a sports garment that will not trap heat and that will absorb perspiration. Cotton and other natural fibers wick moisture away from the body, keeping the runner cool and comfortable. Cotton is also less likely to stick to the skin, which can affect performance and mobility.

Although tap pants are typically worn when playing sports, they can also be found as part of lingerie sets. Generally, tap pants or slit leg pants can be purchased at sporting goods stores and sometimes at large big-box retailers. In addition, depending upon the fabric and quality, prices can range from low to expensive. Because tap pants are so short, they may not be an option for those who want a modest looking garment.

Silk is sometimes preferred over cotton because it allows for easy movement. It is important to note, however, that silk may not feel as comfortable as cotton or other breathable fabrics when excessive perspiration is a problem. Both fabrics, however, have their pros and cons. For those who wear them simply as a fashion statement, silk or man-made fabrics may be preferable to cotton or other natural material.

Caring for tap pants is easy. Most are made from machine-washable fabrics that can either be tossed in the dryer, or left to air dry. Some fabrics, however, are prone to shrinkage, so letting the pants air dry may help them keep their shape and reduce the risk of shrinking. A better alternative to machine washing is hand washing in a mild detergent to prevent fading and weakening of the fibers. Also, unless suggested by the manufacturer, chlorine bleach should also be avoided because bleach also can weaken fabric fibers.

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