Lane Bryant’s new Right Fit jeans? Are awesome.
(Top is, of course, Sweet Pea.)
Colleen’s already done a review that touches on most of the important points about them, but I have a few additions.
- I cannot emphasize enough that Colleen is exactly right about trying them on before you buy. Going by the website, I thought I’d be a Blue 1. In the store, I discovered that I’m a Red 2. (How much would it have ruled if I was a Red 3?) Turns out what I consider my “natural waist” is about 2 inches higher than what LB does — the woman in the store measured me around what I would call my “low waist.” So the number I gave the site was lower than that measurement, resulting in a size recommendation that was too small. As for the color thing, I am so used to feeling like my waist-to-hip ratio is utterly freakish, judging by the waist-to-hip ratio of most pants, I just assumed I’d need the curviest fit. But Lane Bryant does not fuck around when it comes to curves. The Blues I tried on fit in the waist but were TOO BIG in the hips and thighs, which has NEVER EVER EVER happened to me before. Unbelievable. I mean, in an ideal world, I’d probably be more of a Purple than a Red, but the Red still fits incredibly well, relative to… any other jeans, ever.
- These jeans have stretch, and plenty of it. They will get bigger once you’ve had them on for a couple hours. So unless you like your jeans baggy, you need to buy them in a size that’s right on the verge of being too damned tight. (See above. That’s right out of the bag.) As the woman in the store said to me, “If they’re not binding anywhere, they fit.”
- The petites are, as always, too long.
- The reds and blues only seem to come in flare (above) and boot cut at the moment. (Yellows also come in a “Classic” fit.) And, as with the old LB jeans, the boot cuts are cut straight through the thighs and knees, meaning they look like this:
(Oh, and that’s after a day of wearing, so you can see what I mean about the stretch.)
THAT is what they really look like, even though on the website, the boot cuts on the model look pretty much like the flares through the knee. And YMMV, but I would much rather show off my big thighs in all their glory than wear jeans that make it look as if my entire leg is as big as the top of my thighs — however, I would also rather have boot cuts than flares, so I’m not super happy about these being the only two choices. (I will probably solve that problem by having a tailor take in the flares a touch, so they’re more boot-cutty.)
Other than that, AWESOME.