James Perse casual tee | size 1 – made in the US
Elizabeth Suzann Clyde work pants (gift from Elizabeth Suzann to review) | size 6 regular – made in the US
Birkenstock Arizona sandals (mine are James Perse exclusive – sold out)
In May, Elizabeth Suzann sent me these pants to review for you as part of our partnership and launch of the new signature collection, and I sent them back. I wasn’t sure I loved them enough to find a place for them in my wardrobe, and frankly, had a hard time getting behind the hip-enhancing silhouette. BUT. I thought about them all summer, wishing I had them as an easy pair of non-black pants with POCKETS, pants I could wear around the house, to walk the dog, and then run errands, and that I wouldn’t have to “worry” about.
So about a month ago, I asked if I could please give them a try again, and they arrived on Friday. I basically wore them all weekend, so I could give you a REALLY good idea of how they fit, and wear. And also because they’re that good. Is it bad to say my favorite thing about them is the pockets??
I am wearing the size 6 regular, and I have them rolled up about 1.5 inches. I probably could have taken the short, because I won’t wear them full-length very often, but I did want the option to do so. The waistband is super-comfortable, and sits high up on my true waist. The pants are a teeny bit tight on my calves, which is to be expected (all pants/jeans are, really, even straight or boyfriend styles – my calves are 16″); sometimes I size up in pants to fit my calves, but wouldn’t want to in these. Anyway it’s not so bad I find it very uncomfortable, but it’s something to note.*
The cotton twill gives a little, but doesn’t stretch as much as you might expect it to. I thought the pants would stretch a LOT (as most 100% cotton does), and they have really kept their shape nicely. I haven’t washed them yet, but I will wash them on cold, and hang to dry.
If it turns out I wear these as often as I think I will, I may consider the black pair next year. But we’ll see…
Who else has the Clyde work pants? What do you think of them? Any questions about fit/styling/etc?
Oh, and have you seen Elizabeth Suzann’s updated website featuring their diversity project? Each product page for the signature collection now shows how the item fits on different sizes/body types. So beautiful.
*sometimes I feel like I’m truly a special snowflake when it comes to my wide calves. I have such a hard time finding pants to fit my 28″ waist and 16″ calves. Sometimes I can size up in the waist/pant size to fit my calves and then tailor the waist, but with some styles, I can go all the way up to large, size 31 or so, and the calves STILL don’t fit (James Perse I’m talking to you…) – designers just don’t think about disproportionate leg/calf size when designing. Maybe there are just so few of us out there it’s not even worth it, but it’s so frustrating to me. Anyway, if you’re out there, fellow wide calf/small waist body types, say hello!! I know you’re there 🙂