With that said, I’m excited to kick off the first review of 2017 with an item that was purchased last year. A few of you requested reviews for items that I purchased that I thought I would love, but in the end may not have kept. Today’s review is highlighting one of these items.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post and these jeans were purchased on my own. While Betabrand is one of my ongoing partners here on the blog, I have been a customer and huge evangelist of their products even before we started collaborating on posts.
With that said… Remember this outfit from October 2016?
I love the way these jeans were intended by design: 2-way stretch, classic 5-pocket design with 2 sets of invisible zippers for extra pocket storage on the front and back– nothing short of what I would want in a perfect pair of jeans for the road! Sadly, my hopes may have been set too high.
Material & Fit
For starters, you can see that the jeans are quite fitted. They make quite the nice pair of skinny jeans, especially with how stretchy the denim is. As someone with slightly bigger thighs, the jeans fit beautifully from the thighs to ankles, providing lots of comfort through the stretch without feeling like my legs were being stuffed in sausage casing.
The biggest downside to the fit was the waistband. While the material was great and stretchy everywhere else in the jeans, the thread used to attach the waistband to the rest of the pants did not feel like it had the same amount of elasticity. Every time I sat down, I would feel the wasitband cutting into my muffin top (haha.. TMI?). I made the mistake of wearing these pants out to a big lunch once and felt so uncomfortable because of how constricted my waist felt by the end of the meal. Not going to lie, I had to unbutton these jeans just to make it through the walk home without feeling like I was being squeezed to death.
Design & Practicality
The amount of storage in these pants is unreal! I always feel like there are never enough pockets (or the pockets are too small/shallow) on women’s jeans. On top of the classic 5-pocket design, there are 2 extra pockets on the front and back of the jeans via invisible zippers. While they’re not super deep, they are handy to carry extra cash or cards in.
As much as I wanted to fall in love with these jeans, I couldn’t. The waistband issue made these pants almost impossible to wear for long durations of time. I cannot imagine even attempting to wear these on a 5+ hour plane ride after feeling the way I did sitting for a 1 hour-long breakfast date. This is the first purchase from Betabrand that I was disappointed by. For $120, I would’ve rather purchased a couple extra pairs of the Dress Pant Yoga Pants.