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Women’s Back Beauty™ Skinny Pant


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Style# 1482651
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Style# 1482651
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Stretch properties in this flattering woven pant provide comfort during dynamic activities and UPF 50 sun protection is built right in, but the real beauty is in the fit; the Back Up waistband construction conforms to your curves and gives you perfect coverage where you need it most.

  • Omni-Shade UPF 50 sun protection
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency
  • Back Up™ waistband for contoured fit and coverage
  • Inseam: 27.5” SHORT, 30” REGULAR
  • Imported

  • 89% polyester/11% elastane Max Lite double weave
Water and Stain Repellent
Sun Protection

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Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 65 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wish they were offered in LONG length! Love these pants! Fit perfect except for the length. I'm 5'7" and they are just a couple of inches shorter than I like. Please, please make these same pants in a LONG length!! September 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best All Round Pant My favorite pant-- Great for all seasons and tuck in boots easily without coming out! I have the black SM/short and the Grill in a MD/short. Both sizes work for my 5'1" 125# frame, no hemming. Pants launder really well, holding their shape and look new. Love them with my Tamiami LS shirts, Global Venture vests and Sunvent Boat shoes! Please bring back the Grill and add other colors. September 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wonderful travel pants I spent several months buying and returning black skinny pants in the quest for a pair that were comfortable, easy to wash and good looking. I settled on Columbia's black beauty pant and couldn't be happier. They run short. After buying the short size, I returned and got the regular length which was fine. I'm 5' 4 and am wondering about women who are taller and what options they have? Wore them throughout Europe - hiking and then out to dinner. They dress up and down easily. Very inexpensive for what you get! August 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Absolutely the best pant I own! Have worn & washed these pants MANY times. They still look great and I am often asked where they can purchased. I have recommended them to at least 7 others who have also purchased them. Each one is pleased with the pant. I have grey and black and am ordering another black. Please make in grey again and possibly other colors, too! July 20, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Greatest pants!! This is my third pair of these fabulous pants. They fit perfectly (I am 5'6" 135 lbs) are great for travel (lightweight, wrinkle-proof, and quick drying) and can be dressed up or down as needed. Just wish they came in more coors. July 4, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by My new favorites I just ordered my second pair of these pants. Great for travel. Can be dressed up a bit with a tunic. So comfortable. July 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these! Love the clean lines and flat waistband, nice enough to wear at my business casual workplace, comfortable enough to wear hiking. Great for travel! For reference I am 5'3", 107 lbs, 27" waist, 36" hip. I have the Back Beauty Skinny Leg pant in both Small Short (skims over curves just right, hits at ankle bone) and XS Short (more like a legging, great under tunics/dresses) and the Capris in S (fit is in between the other 2). Love them! May 27, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these pants! These pants are great! Comfortable and stylish. I wear them to the office and then outside when I get home. They make bending and moving easy. Please offer them in more colors! April 28, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT Pants Bought prior to 10 day trip to Europe. Wore them many times....they always looked the same! Very comfortable, nice zip thigh pocket on left leg, thinking of getting another pair with some reward points. Liked higher rear coverage too. April 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Good overall pant I am 5'3". After reading reviews, I got the regular length.. I would have been better off with the short length... wearing flats or regular shoes they are a bit long. Long enough to get wet. March 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love love these versatile pants. In the past 2 weeks, I wore them hiking in Mexico where it was hot. Came home to snow and cold so I wore them over long underwear to cross country ski.....and they look nice! I love that they are available in a short. I did not have to shorten them...oh and I have 3 pair! I am 5'1" and wear the medium-short. they fit perfectly. February 23, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by LOVE THEM!! These are the first pair of pants that I have found that fit through the waist and hips, while still maintaining a flattering appearance! The moderate height waist does not fall down in the back and are roomy enough through the hips and thighs with the added stretch. The length is great for what I use the pants for...golf, outdoor activities, and all rainy games/practices with my 5 sons! I am 5'8, 165 lbs. I ordered the large size and they are absolutely perfect! They ward off chilly winds and some rain/water. I use a base-layer underneath if in colder outdoor actitivies and the pants still fit and look great! At 5'8 with long legs, I do not find the length to be too short. The tapered leg is flattering and also great for tucking in a boot! I purchased these initially in black, then purchased them in the gray and a second pair of black! If available in other colors, I would buy at least one of each! Additionally, there is only one small zippered pocket on the left thigh. Additional pockets would be great! February 7, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by love these pants I loved these pants so much in gray that I also bought them in black. They are sporty enough that I wear them for indoor winter tennis, and are tapered enough in the leg to work great with boots. Love the stretch waist, side zipper pocket, and fast drying material. They often look quite crumpled when coming out of the dryer, but that seems to disappear once you put them on and start moving around. Wish there were other colors so I could buy more! February 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very well made Shipping is always awesome! Here in a couple of days. January 29, 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by RUNS VERY SHORT! I wanted to love these. I even took them home to try them on again at home, but my mirror at home didn't change the short length of these pants. They run very short. I am 5'8 and 140 lbs, but I can always buy pants off of the rack. Always. My height is in my torso so fitted dresses and swimsuits are my usual fit problem. Never pant length. Other than that pretty big problem the pants looked really nice on me especially from behind. I hope Columbia fixes this problem because I would love to own these pants. January 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Finally, pants that fit! These fit so well, like they were made for me at 5'1 and 98 lbs; XS was perfect. Love the high back. January 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Slim fit, technical fabric trouser for all occasions I'm excited to find an affordable, slim fit technical trouser that has clean lines. I'm not a fan of baggy hiking pants. Excess fabric is not flattering or easy to pack. I am 5' tall and weigh about 115 lbs but have 37" hips so I decided on the size small in a short inseam. I found a perfect fit in terms of length and I wanted a slim cut so I'm happy with the trouser overall. However, the crotch seams are not the most comfortable and would've benefitted from a different type of construction. The trouser fabric definitely resists liquids and looks fine even after a full day's wear. December 9, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice pants but too short in length I really wanted to keep these pants but they run extremely short! They looked very high watered on me and I am only 5' 7. No option for a taller length so I returned them. November 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Too short! I love these pants...don't get me wrong...but a 30" inseam is too short for me and I am only 5'5". I SO wish they would make an option for a 32" inseam or greater - I would buy several pair. As it is I have to return them and am disappointed. October 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Already bought another pair I love the fit of these pants. The legs are perfect - not tight fitting, just "skinny" enough to be very flattering. The regular length is perfect for me. I'm 5'2" but my legs are long. I already ordered another pair. August 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very Flattering Bought these with the boot cut as well. Am 5'4", athletic build but 32DDD and shortwaisted. So VERY hard to find pants that don't make me look "matronly" and squat. These (as with bootcut) are terrific! They fit smoothly at the front with no bulging pockets and are very flattering at the rear. Was a great investment, and will purchase both colors now. Very accurate sizing and length is perfect. June 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fits perfectly I bought size M/short and it fits perfect, 5'2" and 120 lbs. It's not a winter pant; but I wear a base layer under when out for fast walks in 30 degree mornings. I bought another pair in grey color. Like the looks. I am still looking for a warmer material for the cold weather. March 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Very nice pants I bought this pants both in grey and black and am very happy I did so. Being short (5'2), it's very hard for me to find short pants that also fit nicely. This pants do it all. Nice flattering cut, light fabric, comfortable and stretchy. Omni-shade UPF 50 and Omni-shield advanced repellency make me completely protected from all the elements on the golf course. I wish they come in more colors. The short inseam fits me fine, although I wouldn't mind if it were half an inch longer. Overall, exceeds my expectation. February 20, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Please make in more colors! These are one of my most favorite pants of all time. Super comfortable and versatile. Fit me perfectly and no weird muffin top lines from those extra holiday pounds! Love it. My only complaint is that I wish there were a khaki or stone color, please make one! January 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great fit! These pants fit and wear well. They are comfortable and look stylish. They are perfect for travel! January 24, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by great fit These pants fit great...love that they are cut higher in the back so you don't have to worry about showing anything you don't want to!they are also comfortable...already used them for 2 hikes.also nice that they are feminine...a lot of these type of pants look masculine and unflattering but these have a sexy fit. December 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Run Small Sad to say I had to return the pants. I would have loved them, but they ran small for me. I will order larger size. I have other size medium columbia pants so decided to go with same size. Should have paid attention to reviews which I believe said they ran small. December 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great i am 5.2 inches tall and my weight is 160 pounds this is so comfortable I want to buy the another color of this, I wish if Columbia can make white color of this. December 14, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Nice pants...but the are way too short for me I was excited to get these pants in the mail. The material is really nice, perfect weight, no wrinkles and stretchy. They seemed to run a little small to me, I'm 5'10" and 160lbs...they also were SUPER short. I was sad they were not long enough...I even exchanged them for the XL - they too were way too short. They were also too big, so I guess I am a large plus not quite XL. Too bad, as these seemed like they'd be such a great functional pant. December 12, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by 5'1 and are amazing! I am 5'1 and am extremely athletic and weight about 135 lbs. I bought these in a medium short and they are the first pair of pants I never have had to hem and they are so nice looking that they almost look like dress pants but feel like sweat pants! I might try and wear them to work! the skinny leg looks amazing too! I just bought another one in grey!!! December 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Back Beauty Skinny Pant They are really comfy and fit true to size! They aren't as skinny in the ankle as I expected but still love them and they do swish a little when I walk but not annoying enough. November 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Slimming Pants Great to wear tucked inside rain boots on a warm, rainy, muddy day when you have to be outside since the material is water repellent and thin enough to keep you cool. I'm 5'1-1/2", 115lbs, 26" waist and the size small/short fits perfectly. November 16, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect travel and all around activity pant Absolutely love these pants! I bought them for our trip to China and not only were they perfect but I discovered they are great for everyday use as well. Great style. I highly recommend them. They run true to size. November 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by pants love these pants!! So comfortable....:) October 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by The best fit ever! I love these pants! They fit great and are so comfortable. I can wear them all day, exercise in them and they don't stretch out at all. October 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FAVORITE pant! THANK YOU for making these in a short size. These are PERFECT if you are petite - excellent length, good fit and coverage in the waistband, and very comfortable. I can still wear long underwear underneath if I use them for winter hiking, or wear them on their own year round. These are my go to pants - have used them for everything from hiking, climbing, camping, gardening, hanging around the house, and they hold up very well! October 15, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Disappointed Pants ordered online do not fit the same as identical pants that I love purchased at a Columbia store . September 21, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love these pants!!! Odered these pants after reading the good reviews and now I know why everyone likes them. They are light weight and soooo comfortable. I can wear them to work and hike in them. Looking forward to traveling with them. Wasn't sure about sizing, but got a XS. I am 5ft 4" and 115 lbs and they fit perfect. August 15, 2013
Rated 3 out of 5 by Great all around, except the length I am 5'8", pear-shaped, about 135 lbs. (just for reference). Most of my issues with this are not related to the quality, but the shape of the pants. Being kind of tall, the pants hit at my ankle without shoes, so with shoes they looked weird. And, since I am bigger on bottom, the skinny pant shape was not flattering on me. Other than that, the pants were very flexible and comfortable! I returned the pants, although if the shape were more flattering for me, I would have definitely kept them. August 7, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect black pant for travel or just about anything! I was looking for a perfect black pants for travel that was comfortable and I could dress up or down. I looked at all the competition from all the workout companies and these are the most comfortable, attractive and versatile. I love them!!! July 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great pants These pants look and feel great. Will be awesome to travel with as well. They run true to size. July 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by It is good. My sister likes your products. So I send it, but it is more cutting design better. She likes it. June 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Functional and cute I bought these pants to substitute for my beloved black skinny jeans when I travel to Rome this summer, and while I haven't actually worn them *in Rome* yet, they've already served as an immensely comfortable but cute option for the hot, humid climate where I live. The fit is great, too—I was pleased to see that these pants fit both waist and hip measurements, especially because it's far more common for me to find pants that fit one, but not the other. The only thing of note is that the short length in these pants is several inches shorter than the short in, for example, the Silver Ridge convertible pants (which the product description notes). Overall, a great product and one that I look forward to using more in the future. May 24, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great fit I am 5'4, 125 pounds - the small, petite is a really nice fit for me with the length being just at the ankle where I like it for this type of pant. Comfortable, versatile pant - zipper is subtle on the leg, nice addition and useful. I would buy any and all colors if available. May 17, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LOVE these pants Fit fantastic, very comfortable wore them 3 days in a row when they arrived. The water repellent material was great when it started to rain, they are stretchy but don't stretch out. Nice enough to look dressed up but also casual. Also got the straight leg version love those too. April 28, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by great for travel and everyday wear In the cool months I live in black slim straight-leg jeans, but I never found my warm-weather ideal till now. Bought 2 pairs for some hot-climate travel and they were perfect! No wrinkling, no bagging at knees after two days of wear, kept me cool and super comfortable. I dressed them down with a T-shirt and up with a tunic for dinner. I even wore them hiking on a 90-degree humid day and they were more comfortable than my summer hiking pants! The discreet side pocket was the perfect place to carry my hotel card key. Now that I'm home I'm wearing them to the office. Love them so much I just bought two more pairs. I'm 5'2" and the short length is perfect. April 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by I am ordering a larger size I ordered a medium and found that it was too short. I also thought I might like it a bit looser as they looked like yoga pants. I sent it back and ordered a large so am hoping I will like it better. The medium fit fairly well except it was just to short for me. I am 5'7" and usually wear an 8 or 10. March 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by perfect fit I was concerned about the fit after reading reviews...I am 5'2" and weigh 120...I purchased a small\petite and the fit was perfect.... February 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Pants I ordered all of the different fits in the black beauty line (bootcut, straight and skinny) These were by far my favorite and I'm not a skinny pant kind of person. Based on other reviews, I ordered an XS Regular (5'4" 110 lbs) and the fit was perfect. (even though I ordered a size small in the other two fits) These are not super tight around the ankle, they are more of a straight cigarette pant (simliar to J.Crew matchstick jeans) Very flattering and very comfortable. FYI, the material is a stretchy nylon which would be more suitable for outdoor activities (running, hiking, biking) than it would be indoor sports like aerobics. Highly recommend. February 8, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by great outer shell pant for winter These are a great pair of pants for keeping out the snow and wind. Only thing I wish that had is a soft liner inside. This is solved easily by wearing yoga pants underneath. Have worn them running and cross country skiing this winter.. work great (again only light yoga pants underneath)! Temps 19 degrees (F) or higher. January 30, 2013
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Modern Classic
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Bust 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 25.5-26.5 27.5-28.5 29.5-30.5 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 34.5-35.5 36.5-37.5 38.5-40 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
Size L
Bust 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
How to Measure
  • 1. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 2. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 4. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

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