Work Pants: A Review/Round Up!

February 11, 2019

I would first like to note that we had a weekend that was pretty close to perfect in my book: no sick children, a date night (upland miami – SO good), kids that slept until ~7 am, a workout each day, lovely weather — I feel quite satisfied this morning.

1 – at a birthday party
2 + 3 – it took C about a year to get used to G, but he seems to love her now

I even got the chance to have Josh snap a whole slew of Pants Pictures! So I will share these today.

I am not sure I can call these “Reviews” – after all, I am just one person and since most of my preference for each pair is based on the fit, they are more indicative of how each pair worked for ME rather than anything objective. Furthermore, there is no way for me to comment on the longevity of these pants, which is very important. Maybe I’ll have to revisit this topic in a year.

But for now, I have a few photos to share and I know at least several of you were interested, so why not!

(On a related note, I feel like perhaps now is a good time to admit that I often wear black skinny jeans to work. They seem to do the trick on 100% clinical days, but honestly I feel like in a leadership role it’s not ideal — particularly if I have a meeting with administrators present. I also like wearing dresses on occasion, but black pants seem more like a comfortable default uniform I can just grab from day to day. Hence the purpose of this quest.)

SO! Here we go. I’ll refresh your memory with these Theory pants:

Over $300 and not a perfect fit – they are going back

Pant #2 comes from Banana Republic. These are the Petite Sloan Skinny-Fit Pants, which cost me $53.70 with a coupon code. I wasn’t initially sure about these (they are a little lower rise), but I think they are a pretty solid pant at a decent price. Leaning towards keep.

Petite Sloan Skinny-Fit Pants, Size 2P

Pant #3 is the Cameron pant from J. Crew. I liked the higher rise, but they felt a little constricting on. I think a size up would be too big, but these just weren’t super comfortable. RETURN.  

I do like the name! J. Crew Cameron Pant, Size 2P. Their site is down so I can’t link to price, but around $70.

Also from J. Crew is the Martie. Spoiler – I already kept this pant. Sadly, this photo is not the best (it is taken at too much of an angle, so you can’t really see the pants well). That said, I like the side zip styling and highish rise of these pants a lot.

J. Crew Martie, size 2P, around $80 – have already worn several times.

Several of you mentioned Everlane in my prior pants post, so I figured I’d given them a shot. I ordered The Work Pant in ankle length (and a boxy crop tee that I really like, too — not shown). They are fairly high waisted and I love the exposed zipper. Likely a KEEP. They are quite fitted though so I am going to have to not put them in the dryer.

Everlane The Work Pant in 2 Ankle, $50

Okay, we are almost done! I love Boden for kids’ clothes and work clothes in general, but have never had good luck with their pants. However, someone recommended their 7/8 pants, so I figured I’d give them a try. I ordered navy rather than black for a change 🙂

Boden tends to run very small, so I ordered a 4P. These are definitely a less fitted pant and were a little roomy, so maybe that sizing up was a mistake. I didn’t love them (though I do like the shirt shown there which came in the same order!), so they are going back. I was also slightly annoyed that 7/8 was pretty much full length on me even in the petite size range. Oh well. RETURN.

Boden Richmond 7/8 Pant in Navy, size 4P, $90

Finally, we have one major fail – I know some of you swear by Betabrand, but I think the Dress Pant Yoga Pant thing is just . . . not me. Or maybe I just ordered the wrong size (too small). Josh and I deemed these NSFW. And they are definitely going back. I will say that under a long tunic with just the legs showing they would be fine, but then why not just wear leggings!? I am not a fan of how they look on the model, either (here). Sorry, Betabrand — RETURN.

yeah no. $52.20. Size PXS.

So there you have it! I am likely keeping 3 pairs: the J Crew Martie, the Everlane, and the Banana Republic. I actually don’t mind the Theory ones as much as many of you did, but I don’t feel they are worth the price tag since the fit is not completely perfect.

Happy Monday! Pant-related-thoughts still welcome! Did I skip your favorite pair? What else is great from Everlane? (I am now somewhat intrigued by the brand which seems to be more responsibly made and reasonably priced than many).