I found this pair of pants at Buffalo Exchange several weeks ago and I instantly LOVED them–after some googling I found out that they are the Everlane Straight Leg Crop and sell for $68. Not bad for a pair of dress pants. Here’s why I’ve found them to be delightful for work, plus how the straight leg crop pant and straight leg pant, Everlane’s new, longer version, compare!
Straight Leg Crop first: I love the light color of these pants–more of a “bone” or some other fancy word for off-white than my white jeans. The high waist on these makes them look somewhat adult, but there is just something about these pants that says “yeah, I have an office job, but like, whatever, you know?” Which is pretty much how I want to feel and look if I must dress up.
I have worn them for a casual day at school with converse and a striped top. I felt like a mild badass despite my need to proofread a final exam and clean out my office desk. Is it the super-high rise? The ambiguous inseam? That these pants are so borderline-ugly they are cute? Yes, yes, and yes. I usually wear them with flats like this or white sneakers.
Then I switched into a tank top and flats and wore these to dinner. I felt, vaguely, like I was attempting to adhere to a country club dress code. Yet I also felt like a huge hipster, which was very appropriate for our rooftop drinks agenda in Denver.
Some notes on sizing: I thrifted these in a size 6, my usual pant size. The internet reviews say to size down one. I can see how that would make the waist tighter but 1) who wants that after eating a bunch of tater tots for dinner on a roof and 2) I have a pretty straight waist-to-hip ratio (my pants don’t usually gap in the back) so I found sticking to my usual size to be a better choice.
A couple other things: these pants basically always have some creasing near the crotch, even if they fit right. From what I can see, they do this on just about everyone. I have learned to live with it but if it really bothers you you might want to pass.
Also, the pockets make some visible lines on the front of the pants. A weird trick I’ve learned is to sort of scrunch the pockets up (versus putting your hands in them to smooth them out to their full length). Somehow this disguises the lines.
Cropped versus not: Everlane has now released these pants in a full length version and I just had to try them out. Here are my pairs, side by side, for your comparison.
I had the hem on the cropped version taken out from its original 25.6″, so as you can see the inseams are very similar (the straight leg pant inseam is 28.5″). This is exciting for me because I’m 5’11”, so I’m hoping to release the hem on the full-length version to get a little closer to a 30″ inseam. The fit feels exactly the same otherwise.
I was worried that having two pairs of the exact same pant would be overkill, but I love both colors so much. My original pair is similar to the current sandstone color and my new pair is golden brown. The only real dilemma is if I need them in corduroy, too.
I haven’t bought a pair of pants for teaching and work that I have liked this much in a long time. So I had to share for those who are just as picky as me. Want some more Everlane reviews? Right this way!
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