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Esby Apparel Lucia seamed ankle pant review

September 25, 2017

Whee!  I got myself some fancy new pants, and they’re my first piece from Esby Apparel, so I thought I’d do a proper review here.  They’re definitely an investment, and they’re definitely a statement, but spoiler alert, I’m pretty pleased with them.

SOURCES // tank – Everlane, made responsibly // pants – Esby Apparel, made in Austin // shoes – Marais USA, made in LA (other colors)

GENERAL NOTES

I love the high rise (12.25″ front rise) and look of these pants.  They feel very 70s, but also sort of relaxed and modern because of the organic/natural quality of the fabric.  The color is fantastic.  It’s called camel, but it is a deep camel, skewing more terra cotta than buttery.  It would go well with almost any color I can imagine wearing…reds, blues, greens, pinks, purples, yellows, neutrals.  Maybe everything but orange.

The quality seems great at first wear.  The seaming feels very special (and it is the “feature” of the pant), reminding me of the seaming on my Elizabeth Suzann Clydes.  I’ll admit that $225 is more than I’ve ever spent on pants before (the bulk of the cost coming from a credit I had at Esby), so I was skeptical, but I can see why they’re priced so high now.  It’s a versatile, flattering piece that I imagine will be a staple in my closet for a long time.

FABRIC

The fabric feels sturdy but also very light.  It makes sense that this pant is made in Austin, because I imagine them being great for mild-to-warm-weather year round, so perfect for me.  The canvas is slightly textured, a bit scratchy to the skin, but not enough to bother.  I’m guessing that’s also something that softens with normal wash and wear.  And in typical me fashion, I dripped grease on myself on day one.  With a quick application of cold water and dish soap, the spot came right out, so it seems the fabric is also somewhat stain resistant.  It wrinkles very easily, and from Esby’s own marketing (see lookbook photo above), it seems like slightly rumpled is part of the look.  I don’t mind the wrinkles that come with wear, but creases from being folded hold so well that sometimes I prefer to run an iron over it.

FIT

My size:  4 // My specs:  5’4″ / 130 lbs

I got a size 4, after much deliberation and measuring.  The site lists size 4 as having a 27″ waist and a 37″ hip.  My waist is about 27.5″ and my hip is more in the 38-39″ range, but I normally wear a 27 in pants, so I took the risk.  And the pant fit like a glove.  Comfortable, but not necessarily huge-food-baby friendly.  Maybe a small food baby.  They are pre-shrunk, which I love, but still need to be washed on cold (which I do with all my clothes anyway).  The pants fasten with a zipper and a hidden hook-and-eye clasp, which lays flat against the belly with little fuss.

One of the reasons I was actually drawn to Esby was seeing this post from Julie (and the comments on it), sharing her sizing issues with Jesse Kamm sailor pant vs. Esby’s more hip-friendly Val pant.  With the super high rise, the Lucia pant also seems somewhat similar to Kamm pants, but with much more reasonable sizing for hippy ladies.  Also, go follow Julie right now if you want to see lots of Ace & Jig clothes and cool pieces she sews herself!

As I have short legs, I might get these hemmed a bit to show a sliver more ankle, but I find them totally wearable now–the length looks better in person than my photos.

CONS

No pockets.  Or belt loops.  This keeps the pant super sleek, but as someone who needs to constantly bolt from room to room with my badge and phone on me, it’s a bit of a drawback.

It’s not exactly a low-maintenance piece, in terms of styling.  The fabric is thin enough to reveal every little bump of fabric beneath it, so you better be good at making tucked tops lay flat, and you better have some invisible undies (I recommend these!)  And as mentioned, these pants also wrinkle easily, especially out of the wash, so if you like a crisp look, they require ironing.

Also beware:  Esby has a policy that if you buy anything on sale or with a promo code, you can only return it for store credit.  I think this is a bummer, as someone who can’t make it to their brick and mortar but still likes to try things without 100% certainty–and still likes promo codes!  It wasn’t super obvious when I made my first purchase at Esby, so I just wanted to be super transparent that there is some risk when you order from them at any kind of discount.

Model photos from Esby Apparel.  Let me know if any specific questions!  I’d be happy to answer anything.  Note:  These pants were not gifted, and this is not a sponsored post.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Paige September 26, 2017 at 2:17 PM

    Lo,
    Those pants are so great on you! The color is such a statement neutral (is that a thing?). I look forward to seeing how you style them through the seasons. Maybe you need a chic leather fanny pack for the work days you wear these pants?! It drives me nuts to not have pockets at school for my badge, keys, and phone.
    Have a great week,
    Paige

    • Reply Lo September 26, 2017 at 2:25 PM

      Thank you! They totally are a “statement” neutral–I think you just coined something big. And chic leather fanny pack! What a brilliant idea–I’ll have to look into that.

  • Reply Sooz September 26, 2017 at 6:13 PM

    What a lovely color! And I’ve gotten burned by the “use promo code and only get credit” thing. Thanks for the reminder. The link to the “invisible undies” recommendation doesn’t work — I’m always looking for suggestions, as most of them don’t work for my body.

    • Reply Lo September 26, 2017 at 6:21 PM

      Thanks! And dang, it looks like they’re sold out or discontinued, but it was the Grana Italian Sensitive thong. I guess I’ll have to find something else when I need a replacement batch. I’ve heard the brand Commando is great, but I’ve never tried it.

  • Reply Sooz September 26, 2017 at 7:39 PM

    Thanks for checking the link. I have commandos — not thongs but “high rise panties.” Pricey, but, for me, more comfortable than thongs. And mostly invisible (at least on me). I’ve tired a lot of what is mentioned in this article, and Commandos were the winner. http://www.manrepeller.com/2017/08/how-to-hide-panty-lines.html

    • Reply Lo September 27, 2017 at 11:56 AM

      Thanks for the tip!

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