So after three years of blogging about Everlane I've finally made-it made it. For the first time ever, Everlane gave me a sheet of all the things they are releasing in June and let me choose what I wanted to review! So y'all this is a sponsored post in that I received this item as a gift for review and I'm not ashamed. Granted I had some qualms about Everlane's dubious rating on the Good On You App, but in the end decided that I'm going to trust Everlane that they are vetting their own factories. And even though Zara and H&M are rated better than Everlane on the app, I know they're not better in light of the fact that the one of the things I purchased during my anti-Everlane shopping spree at Zara has fallen apart after 1 wash and news like this. In the end, it's all bit of a gray area and the best we can do is be mindful of our consumption (which I'm working on, but as a blogger it's so darn hard). Anyway I've decided I'm going to stick with what I love, and that's Everlane. And these pants, called the Easy Chino which are being released today are another reason why I love Everlane.
I was a bit hesitant at first about ordering pants from Everlane because historically they've never worked out for me (seriously not once for the last 3 years except for maybe the Cheeky Jeans). So I was worried that I would try them on, hate them, and then have to figure out a polite way to tell my contact at Everlane that I'm returning the pants. Because seriously a pair of $55 pants for free is not worth the integrity of this blog that I've spent 3 years to build up. But man oh man I got lucky because I really truly love these pants.
I was first drawn to these pants because they have the same silhouette as my all time favorite pants, Elizabeth Suzann's Clydes work pants. Plus elastic waistbands are my jam. I got this in my usual size 4 (I have a 28" waist with 37" hips) and I would say they run true to size. I might even be able to go down to a size 2 since I have so much give at the waist and room at the hips, but then I think the fit would be much more snug. As it stands with the size 4, the fit is as easy as the name suggests. The cotton fabric is soft and not overly crisp so it doesn't wrinkle like crazy (98% cotton with 2% elastane). I wore these pants all day on Sunday and the fabric relaxed a bit but because of the waistband it doesn't really sag. Also the shape of the pants falls away just enough so that it doesn't hug your butt. So you don't have to worry about VPL (though I probably wouldn't wear super thick undies like my Thinx with these pants).
As for how they compare with my Clydes? The Easy Chino's aren't as high waisted as the Clydes and the waistband isn't as thick or as snug. Also the Chinos are a tad on the longer side for 5'4" me, so I rolled up the bottom hems twice (I have to get my Clydes in 4 short). I think the butt area of the Everlane Chinos are more flattering since the Clydes tend to balloon out more at the butt. And of course the Chino material is completely different and much thinner than the linen and cotton canvas the ES uses for their Clydes. But the Chinos make for a great cotton summer pant (since I find the gen 4 cotton canvas way too thick for the hot summer months here). I'm just really excited to pair these pants with all my other tops and see how this ochre color goes with everything (it's first pair of ochre bottoms)! Also the ochre color in these photos are way more orangey than in real life (sorry I tried correcting it but didn't know how to make it more brown colored). Also I really like these pockets. Of course they're not as big as the pockets on the Clydes but they're still pretty deep and I can fit my iPhone in it. I love these pants so much I'm thinking of getting them in black (but that might be over-consuming Elaine talking so I'm going to sit on it for a bit and think about it).
But I'm very happy to be able to recommend these pants that are being released today! If you've been thinking about a pair of Clydes or something similar but don't have the budget for it, I do think these pants are an excellent dupe as easy elastic band pants!
P.S. Okay I bought the black ones too. I know I know I need to consume less but I can't help it, I love these pants! I'll be mindful ant not get the ones in Stone because TBH I love that color too!
P.P.S. For those wondering about the rise on these, they sit at my belly button and it measures 10.5". For comparison, my ES linen Clydes have a 12" rise.