Have you guys seen the Facebook ads for the Betabrand dress pant yoga pants? I feel like I’ve been seeing them nonstop for the past few months and they’ve finally worked their way into my subconscious of things I have to try.
I mean, pants that LOOK like dress pants but FEEL like yoga pants?!
It just sounds too good to be true!
I did my due diligence and read though most of the hundreds of comments and reviews on their website. Then, I did some googling to see what other bloggers thought of them. Finally, I just went for it and ordered my own pair. You know, for blogging purposes.
I decided to try the Straight Leg Black Dress Pant Yoga Pants. My goal was to have a pair of well-fitting work pants that didn’t look like a wrinkled mess at the end of the day. I was hoping that I could top them with a blouse and/or blazer and have them pass for “real” pants… with the comfort of stretch. Lofty goals, I know!
The pants don’t come in numeric sizes, but X-Small, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and 2X-Large. After reading a bunch of comments, I knew that I needed to measure myself and use their size chart to determine the proper size. Also it was recommended to size up if in between sizes.
According to their chart, I needed a 2X-Large. I’m typically a size 12 in pants and wear a large, so this was a little karate chop to the ego, to say the least. Also, if I’m a 2X-Large, how are ladies above a size 12 supposed to wear these? It’s a little disappointing to say the least.
When I got my pants in the mail a week or so later, the fabric was definitely really thick and stretchy. In fact, it was much, much thicker than any yoga pant I’ve worn. I chalked that up to the ‘business’ style of it… but they were actually quite hot and not in a ‘oooh girl, you’re looking hot kind of way.’
There was also a TON of fabric. Not only was the waist so large it bagged out, but the hemline was incredibly long. I’m 5’7” and had to wear 3 ½’ heels just to do these pictures.
As you can see, they are fitted through the thighs and then loose from the knee down. They actually don’t look too bad in the pictures, but in person they really do look worse. This size was too big on me everywhere except the upper legs, but when I would yank them up to where they belonged on my waist I’d get some major unattractive camel-toe action. Also, the ‘straight leg’ was much more like a floppy boot cut. Although the fabric was pretty darn thick, they somehow showed the outline of my panties (which typically don’t show at all).
Here is a close up of the front where you can totally see my panty-lines and my super white tummy:
And here is the back, where you can see how fitted the thigh-area is on me:
I didn’t want to give up on them though… I mean, the promise of comfortable business pants was just too attractive! So, I held onto them and placed a second order for an X-Large size.
I was hoping that most of my ‘too much fabric’ problems would disappear with the smaller size, but instead I just got more problems on top of the ones I already had.
Here’s the difference between the 2X-Large and the X-Large:
The waist certainly fit a lot better, but all the rest of the problems remained. They are too baggy everywhere… except the backs of my thighs and my crotch. Which is a good look for no one.
By fitting tighter, the pants showed off every single lump and bump on the back of my thighs and the camel-toe problem somehow got even worse. Not exactly the look I’m going for in the office. Or, really anywhere.
While the larger size could have possibly passed for business pants if you squinted and didn’t look at them straight on, there is NO WAY that the X-Large could pass for anything but ill-fitting yoga pants. Believe me, I LOVE me some yoga pants and often run – in public – in my capris. However, you’ll notice that I didn’t post a picture of me in the size that actually fit me… because they were HORRIBLE!
So, I’m confused. There are a ton of people that LOVE these pants. The reviews go on and on about how comfortable they are and how they totally pass for trousers in an office. And I’m just not seeing it. To me, they didn’t look professional at all and they certainly did not seem worth the price of $78.
Which brings me to my last picture… of me taking advantage of those free returns.
I’m not ashamed to say that these pants look pretty terrible on me, but I’m sure that they do look good on some people. If you are very fit and thin with little-to-no lumps or bumps, these may fit you great. Also, the regular length is quite long which can be a bonus for taller ladies. However, even then I’m not quite sure how they’d pass for anything other than stretchy yoga pants with a button and fake pockets.
They are very comfortable though and for a couple days I was thinking I’d keep the larger pair and just tailor them myself so that the waist fit. But then I remembered that they were $78 and even tailored they wouldn’t really meet my goal of looking business-like. Such a bummer.
Have you tried the Betabrand Dress Pants Yoga Pants? What did you think?
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored review. Duh.