Reading the latest blogs and reviews, rumor has it that GAP has done a little bit of tinkering with their pants, particularly their black pants. I figured I should give it a go especially with this past weekend's G&G. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you might remember I have a little bit of an unusual issue when buying pants. I am petite--very narrow hips and a short rise on a small frame, however, my natural inseam is unusually long for my height. So if I happen to find a great pair of petite pants that fit me in the hips and waist, chances are they will be too short in length. For this reason, whenever I purchase petite pants online, even if they are "petite-friendly", I don't let my hopes get too high. I purchased two pairs of pants from GAP during the G&G. The Really Skinny Pant and the Slim Crop Pant, both from the Black Magic Premium Black Pant Collection.
The Really Skinny Pant really intrigued me when I saw them online. I've always wanted a great cigarette pant, but I could never find one that was flattering on my boney hips. This pair looked like it had potential (pic taken from GAP.com):
The regular price for these pants are $59.50. The look super cute on the model, my only issue was the lack of back pockets. I really despise pants without back pockets. Without them, unless you have a perfectly curved and shapely rear, a pant with no pockets can really flatten out you out and further emphasize a not-so-round behind. Even just a small welt pocket can detract from that "pancake"-y look, so I always opt for a pant with some kind of pocket in the back. In this case, however, I decided to just go ahead and try it. The pants do have a back yoke, so maybe it could be used as a "replacement" to the rear pockets. If I was going to keep these pants, chances are I was going to [mostly] cover my back side anyway.
For some reason the GAP website does not specify an inseam for these pants, so my assumption was that it is 29 (if you read their sizing charts, they indicate that their petite pants are 29"). If this were a bootcut pant, this would be much too short for me. But given that these were skinnies, there was a chance that this might work out. I purchased these in 00P.
Right out of the bag, I was a little surprised by the material. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this was certainly interesting. From afar, it kind of looked like a wool pant, very matte, but upon further inspection it was definitely cotton and *extremely* stretchy. It is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. Often times, you can find material similar to this in stores that sell clothes of much lower quality; it is usually thinner and a has a shinier texture to it (I've had my share of those pants growing up). These, however, definitely had more cotton to them making them appear thicker and of better quality. Note: Keep your lint-roller handy. I swear, every speck of lint and dust made its way to these pants.
When I put them on, I was surprised by the inseam. By the look of them, they looked to be about 29.5", which is my ideal length for skinny jeans since I like a little bunching at the bottom. When I measured (measuring from the front crotch seam rather than right at the crotch) I did get about 29.5".
The waist? Pretty good. No large gap. The back? Not bad. I do have a little bit of folding as you can see. I don't really have hips, and although I have been doing a lot of lunges and squats at the gym lately I haven't put on enough muscle mass to fill out these pants quite enough. It's not terrible though, and I'm by no means turned off by it despite there being no back pockets. Surprisingly, I think these may be keepers. They are conservative enough for a business casual work day or a night out and I love the length. I'm pretty happy with these. Wow. I didn't think I would ever say that about GAP pants.
The Slim Crop Pant looks really great on PAG (see here). She mentions that the inseam is 24" (again, not stated on the website). This could potentially end up being an extremely awkward length. I am not the biggest fan of cropped pants unless perfectly cut in all aspects, especially the inseam. Below the calf is fine if the pant is cut extremely close the legs. But something around mid-calf really irks me and I'm super, super picky about it. I ordered the Slim Crop in 00P (regular price $49.50):
The material is exactly the same as the full length pant, and these actually have front pockets which can be opened up and back welt pockets. The waist? Actually a little bit snug for me. Keep in mind though that I am ruler-shaped and a little "thick" across the middle, so if your waist is smaller than my own then these will probably fit much better on you. I, on the other hand, have a slight muffin hanging over the side.
As for the rear, I'm not really too keen on the fit. I have quite a bit of folding near the bottom and even on the side right below the welt pocket (which is a little bit hard to see in the pic) and I'm not sure I can look past that. Maybe if I add a belt to help hold up the pants up over my narrow and boney hips (and do more side lunges =/) it will help eliminate some of the folding and bunching. The length seems OK. I'm not sure. I measured these myself and I got a measurement of about 24.5" inseam (the difference between my measurement and PAG's is probably just in the way we measure). I think I like the look better with heels, not so much with the flats. I'm a little on the fence about this pair, maybe I would like them more if they were a little bit longer? What do you ladies think?
Finally, I also got this Skinny faux snakeskin leather belt so I could meet my free shipping quota. The description says "flint gray", but it is actually brown. I purchased it in a Small, and I'm so glad I did. It fits perfectly with my lower rise pants, and if I want to wear it around the waist, I just need to punch a few holes in it. It actually seems like a very good quality leather belt. Regular price is $19.50:
Did anyone end up with some great stuff with the GAP/BR/Piperlime/Athleta G&G? I'd love to hear about it!