Sporty business casual clothes are kind of my jam–I love anything that is sweatproof, wrinkle-proof, and includes an elastic waistband because as a teacher, I basically need clothes to be all of those things. So it was only a matter of time before I got curious about ADAY, which makes sustainable office clothes that are sneakily actually comfy enough for travel and weekends. Here, I review the Turn it Up Pants and Something Borrowed Shirt.
Both of these items were gifted by ADAY–opinions are my own. I would describe the feel of both the Turn it Up Pants and Something Borrowed Shirt as similar to fabric by a couple of my other fave brands– Brass and Athleta. My first impression of both items is that they are cool to the touch, which is so excellent for anyone who has ever taught summer school or tried commuting in July.
Here are some notes on the fit of both items…
Something Borrowed Shirt
This button down shirt has a few tricks up its sleeve–one, the sleeves are really easy to roll and they stay put because of stretch in the fabric. Two, the collar comes unfolded (chic) but also folds down. Three, it has a ton of snaps to avoid the dreaded boob gap. It’s almost like, dare I say it, a woman designed this shirt.
A couple potential things to note: the snaps are quite obvious when the shirt is worn open. On a lighter color, I might not see them as much but there’s no hiding them on the navy option. The shirt also has side slits that make it look super cool untucked but do sometimes show when tucked in.
I’m tall and you can see the sleeves could be a tad longer on me. Anyone under 5’11” likely won’t have that issue. I’m wearing the small so I would say the fit is oversized and there’s no need to size up even if you have a big bust like me.
Turn It Up Pants
I have been on the hunt for perfect pleated tapered work pants ever since I saw Kiera Knightley’s wardrobe in Begin Again so I was delighted to try the Turn It Up pants. They have spacious front pockets, a single pleat on each leg, and an elastic waist. I wore them for a 9 hour professor day on campus Thursday and didn’t notice them at all (a high compliment) while stuck at my desk for hours.
They do have a dark elastic band that is visible on one side of the waistband. It’s a cool sporty vibe–I haven’t figured out a function, though the elastic band has a snap that frees it from the pants?–but if that’s not your jam the black pair looks like the best bet.
I also expected these pants to be entirely wrinkle-free and I can now say they are mostly wrinkle-free. Would I travel on a plane in them and wear them to a conference? Yes. But I would hang them up near the shower to release the small lines that form from sitting for too long.
MOST importantly, tall friends, these pants have a generous hem allowance of around 3 inches. 3! Other brands! Do this!! I am wearing a size medium and they have a 28-inch inseam but I’ll take them to the tailor this week to let the hem out and post a pic when I do (hopefully rocking closer to a 30 inch inseam).
There you have it! These items are a bit pricier but if you’re looking for a few smart buys for your office or work travel capsule I would recommend them. I also have a discount code from now until the end of February for 20% off orders over $150–use PhDinClothes20 at checkout.
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