Review: Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pant

I finally got my hands on a pair of the Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pants. They were released this spring and immediately sold out. I wasn’t sure about them when they first came out, so as I was pondering them they sold out in about 5 hours. I’ve learned a valuable lesson. Just buy the item you are pondering when it is released and send it back if it doesn’t work. Otherwise, you may miss out on an item completely, or have to wait months for them to restock. The one good thing about me not buying these pants when they were first released is that the black ones were re-released in a TRUE black color, as opposed to washed black.

I ordered two sizes. Many of the reviews I read said that people found them to be tight in the hips, so they were taking a size up from their regular size. I ordered both an 8 and a 10 and kept the 8. I didn’t feel much of a difference between the two sizes. The 10 was slightly more roomy, but not significantly so. Perhaps they adjusted the cut. Perhaps it’s because I don’t have big hips. I dunno.

When I picked up the package I was shocked at the weight. Two pairs of these weigh a lot! The fabric is SUBSTANTIAL. Think really thick denim. You are not going to be comfortable wearing these outside on a 90° humid day. They are that thick. You will be OK if you are tooling around in 70° weather or air conditioning. You know how gross it is when you wear jeans on a super hot day…  The same feeling of grossness will occur if you wear these.

The rise is high on these, but that doesn’t bother me. Higher rise pants are great for wearing more cropped tops and it helps to hold in the wobbly bits. Sitting is not an issue. Sometimes higher rise pants can make you feel like you are being squeezed to death by a boa constrictor when you sit, but these don’t. These have a wee bit of stretch to them (99% cotton and 1% elastane), so sitting is fine.

I tried to keep the outfit below super simple so you could see the actual pants. I plan to style these in a bunch of fun ways, so stay tuned. I think these will look great with any fitted or cropped top. I know I’ll be wearing them with a fitted cashmere sweater and boots come fall.

So, what’s the verdict? I really like them. Two thumbs up!

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Wearing: Pants – Everlane, My most favorite t-shirt in the world – Grana, Sandals – Everlane, Bag – Celine, Sunnies – SEE, Lips – M.A.C. (Viva Glam 1).

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have an easy Monday. I’m heading back to work after being off for a week. Pray for me!

XOXO,

Ashley

 

 

PS – I’m sure that all of you have already signed up with Everlane, but if not use my referral link. Full disclosure: If you end up buying something I’ll get a $25 credit.

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My Existential Style Crisis | A Conversation

Lately, I’ve had a difficult time style wise. I look around at the clothes in my closet and am totally uninspired. I don’t feel like my clothes represent who I am at this point in my life and I don’t want to wear anything in there. I’ve heard it said that personal style tends to change every 3-4 years, and I feel like I am on the cusp of change.

What’s driving this?

I think part of the reason why I feel like this is my desire to purchase more ethical/sustainable brands and the majority of items in my closet are not ethical or sustainable. I stopped buying “fast fashion” brands a few years ago in favor of higher quality items, but J. Crew which was my former “go to”, is neither ethical nor sustainable. It’s not as bad as some other retailers, but still…  I plan to keep wearing the items that I purchased from there until they give out. Getting rid of something that is perfectly fine doesn’t make much sense and just puts more clothing out there in the waste stream. I always donate clothes to our church for rummage sales, but there is no guarantee that stuff will sell.

How did I get to this point?

Honestly, I’m a total Pollyanna. I feel badly knowing that many brands have relationships with factories that treat their workers poorly, pay them terribly, and have them working in unsafe conditions. I also feel badly knowing that the environment is being harmed. I don’t want to support those brands. It affects me. It makes me feel like a bad person. I can’t blissfully ignore it anymore.

What am I going to do?

I’m going to throw my money at brands who are known to be ethical/sustainable. I realize that I am very fortunate that I am able to make this choice. Many people cannot afford to support ethical brands. There are certainly affordable options out there, but I have found that you are less apt to get many sales/deals. Perhaps this is for the best. Instead of mindless consumption, this will force me (us) to make more thoughtful choices.

What about work?

I’m not going to lie… Dressing professionally while trying to support ethical brands is going to be a challenge. I push the limits as it is when it comes to “business casual”. I think my strategy will be to focus on simple but good. Pick basic items that are well made that I can wear for both work and play. I’d appreciate any suggestions of where to shop. Do you know where to find an ethically made blazer? That’s the purple squirrel for me at the moment.

Am I going to dress like an earth muffin now?

I really hope not. The thought of that REALLY scares me. I’m going to try to avoid dresses that make me look like a potato, or a high school pottery teacher who tells you that you may not make pipes, bongs, or any other drug paraphernalia on day one of class. True story. I’ve been doing a bit of research and have found options that are stylish, such as:

Who inspires me?

There are a lot of bloggers that focus on ethical fashion/style. The following appeal to my sense of style. Check them out.

So. That’s where my brain is lately…

Thanks for stopping by. I hope I haven’t scared you off. I’d love it if you continue along on this journey with me. I don’t plan to preach to you. I just plan on trying to walk the walk.

XOXO,

Ashley