This blog is probably pretty top heavy: Let's not forget the bottom half of the hourglass!
I am a lazy shopper, so I wear what I have until it falls apart. Well, luck will have it that my 2 alright fitting jeans have ripped from wearing them basically daily for several years, and I am now left with 2 not so great fitting jeans. I struggle with finding jeans due to my proportions and size, so I've dreaded having to aquire new jeans. But, my recent love for online shopping and UK blogs brought me to Evans!
which is just what I was looking for! A sucker for deals, I got 2 pairs of jeans on sale, and 2 pairs of jeggins.
|EVANS PEAR BLACK BOOTCUT JEANS|
|EVANS PEAR BLACK STRAIGHT LEG JEANS|
|EVANS BLACK JEGGINGS|
|EVANS PEAR INDIGO JEGGINGS|
Yes, thank you very much, I know how much one size down is :b First of all, I don't see how that's really a huge selling point - I'm not so uncomfortable with numbers, that just the fact that I can get a smaller number, is promising in it self. If I can get a better fit with the smaller size, then yes good, but I need more guidance than just subtracting a size!
Problem is, a lot of us who need 'pear fitted' clothing have out measurements in all sorts of places - so do they mean I could size down from what my waist fits, top hip, or low hip? I mean, if I size down my low hip, I get a size 22, which is still 2 sizes off my waist.
I really wish they'd made a seperate size chart for the items that have their own sizing! It would only make sense that way...
I settled on getting size 20 for the pear shaped things, and a size 22 for the Black leggins, which had sold out in pear shape. (actually, I ran into that a lot - lots of things were sold out!)
So, here goes!
First up the Black Bootcut Pear Jeans:
They are also really, really high-waisted! I don't mind the waist-band being higher than my belly-botton, but these came up to my natural waist, which would just add bulk. And of course it was additional bulk, due to the large size. I also felt like they weren't really the miracle jeans they were made out to be - the label said they would change my life! A lot of jeans have the ability to lift your butt and shape your lower pouch, but there did nothing - granted, the size might have been the issue, but the fabric didn't feel firm enough to do such thing, even in a smaller size.
The straight legged jeans were the same story, but sorry, no pictures, as they fit my mother pretty well who was visiting me when I unwrapped them, so I gave them to her before I could snap any pictures.
On to the leggins, I got both pear and non-pear, so this might allow us to compare! I haven't tried Jeggins before, but as I have lots of longish tops, and I like skinny-jeans, I thought I'd give it a shot:
Here goes the indigo pear shaped jeggins:
Well, I think they are really unflattering O.o As with regular leggins, they probably aren't made to show the bum, but as a taller girl, a lot of tunics are just that tad too short to wear with leggins, which is why I thought Jeggins were great - a middle ground. But I don't like how baggy they looked at my crotch, and the folds at the bottom of my bum were highly unflattering - they made it look way more square than it actually is.
Size wise, they are pretty good though - so they definitely run a lot smaller than the jeans! The elasticated waist wasn't so tight that it dug in, but not so loose it could fall of at all. The legs were a little tight, but I suppose that's how they are supposed to be!
I found the lenght really off putting too, though - I figured they might come up short because of the tightness in the legs: so that the vertical lenght was used more horisontally, but I measured them, and their inseam is in fact 5cm shorter than on the jeans in the same size! Is there some fashion-rule about jeggins being short is a good thing? I don't really want my socks on dispplay when wearing sneaks!
Ok, let's give the non-pear a shot:
I'd say the fit isn't actually all that different - the legs were a little looser, which only makes sense for a size larger (these were 22, wheras the indigo were 20), but surprisingly the crotch area was less baggy - I tried to make a charicarture of regular jeans vs. evans pear fit vs. my body (including my lowe belly, small bum, and large thighs).
As you can see, though my lower half is fuller than my waist, my distribution may be a little different from what many consider pear (or hourglass), so even a pretty good pear fit, will not be ideal for me.
Other than that, the most noticeable difference in fit, is the lower waist - I don't think they are actually made lower-waisted, but I think because they are smaller in the the area of the 2nd and 3rd line on my charicature, it is using the 'height' to actually wrap around my fullness, so it comes up lower, especially at the front for me. I think for someone with a bigger butt, this would not feel very secure. Since the issue for me was on the front, there wouldn't be much change of accidental flashing.
So all in all, I wasn't blown away by the fit by these 4 denims, and since it cost me a small fortune to ship them back, I am reluctant to try it out again to find the right fit!