I’ve been looking for a pair of shorts for a while. I don’t wear shorts, as a rule, but I want to. I do have a pair of denim shorts I cut off from my oldest pair of Goldsign jeans (12 years old), but they’re not very comfortable (low-rise) and rather snug on my thighs. So, I’ve been searching for a pair of shorts with lots of pockets, that are much looser overall, and potentially appropriate for wearing in public. I had this pair at Kit & Ace in mind, and tried them on, but they’re shorter than I wanted. Not too short, but short, and stiff. And then I tried on the shorts I’m wearing above. Obviously you see how it ended, but I thought about it for a LONG time, and really struggled with deciding to buy them.
In the end, I decided to get the shorts because while they look “dressy”, they’re not, and since they’re Kit & Ace, they’re entirely washable, pre-shrunk, and sturdy. AND they have lots of pockets, which is a requirement for me if I’m going to REALLY wear them (for life, and things like walking Dagny). The shorts, however, are well outside my comfort zone. But also not. I don’t typically embrace menswear this literally, and I don’t always like low-slung styles on me, but they are gray, and they cover my knees. They’re big on me, since I had to size up to fit my thighs, and could maybe stand to be shortened a bit, and taken in at the waist, but I’m going to wear them as-is for a little while before I make any tweaks.
*a note on Kit & Ace sizing, and sustainability: sizing at Kit & Ace is so wonky – I took a size 10 in these shorts, tried on a size 6 in the others, and my pants are a size 8. For that reason, I have a hard time recommending buying anything online, but they do have a very good return policy, and lots of stores popping up here and there. My shorts are final sale though. And sustainability – I can’t say that the company is “inherently sustainable,” and they don’t provide a lot of information about supply chain, etc., BUT they do pay very careful attention to the quality and longevity of their products, with regular life and wear at the heart of their designs, which lends itself to a more sustainable wardrobe. Everything is made with washable fabric, won’t change shape, and is designed to hold up to lots of washing and wearing. So in that way, the company does have sustainability in mind; the products are meant to be WORN and hold up over time, so you don’t need to replace them, or worry about them falling apart. I can’t really speak to longevity beyond a year, I’ve had my tank for about a year and it still looks like new, and is ridiculously easy to wash/wear.
And here are the Ulla Johnson overalls I wrote about last week. If the leg was a little wider on me, I probably would have kept them, because they’re really cool, but I already sent them back. I knew the leg would be slimmer on me than on the model/Ulla Johnson, because I have thick legs, but I hoped they wouldn’t look as tapered as they do. Oh well. At least I tried them, so now I can get them out of my head; I know they don’t work on me and I can move on. Done, and done. IF you like them, and you are interested in denim overalls, then I do recommend these; they’re sturdy, easy to get on and off, have lots of pockets, and are really comfortable. They’re slouchy, and “different,” but that just makes them more unique and interesting. I don’t like that they’re made in China though….
Finally, I also ordered the James Perse linen romper with their free shipping code last week, and sent it back the day it arrived. I put pictures and more info in the forums if you’re interested. I will use the forums as a place to put short, quick reviews, so please check in over there every so often. You can do the same; post pictures, ask for advice, etc. etc – I’d love to see the community more active, I think it will be a great supplement to the comments section on the blog, and perhaps a little more organized?
OH, and in case you don’t check Shopbop as often as I do, they’re having an extra 25% off sale items code right now: EXTRA25 🙂 (these Goldsign Brigitte jeans are a great pair of gray slim/slightly slouchy jeans if you’re looking for that – they were a little snug on me in the calves, but if you’re more slim of leg than I am, they’d be wonderful!)