I started shopping for comfortable pants at a new place earlier this year. We have a brick and mortar store about 20 minutes away but occasionally they run specials with free shipping on-line. I like that because if I don’t like it I can return it to the store but I don’t have to go to the store to buy it. Win-win (even if it doesn’t fit).
However….and there always is a however….
The different lines have slightly different sizing.
*bangs head on desk*
So I did what most people do. I read the reviews.
*bangs head on desk again*
What is it about reviews that people don’t understand?
I want to know the obvious. Is the sizing the same as what you always wear? If not, did you size up or down? Is the color as described? Anything wonky? Pockets odd or stick out? Camel-toe?
What I get are inane comments that don’t make sense.
Here are some of my favs. Keep in mind that these reviewers are anonymous so there is no point in trying to make yourself look good (or thin).
“Love these capris. Too bad they only come in black. I’m 5’5″, 140 lbs. and I took an extra small.” (In your dreams honey!)
“Good fit. I’m 5’1” and weigh 105 and an extra small fit perfect” (Comparing this to the last reviewer, this fabric must have some stretch to it!)
“They changed the style from last year. Last year’s fit better. I liked last year’s better.” (Ok, so where can I buy last year’s style?)
“Love it! Haven’t worn it yet but it looks nice.” (Many things look nice but don’t work out! That’s why we date before we marry.)
“Didn’t like the green color.” (Why did you buy the green? It looks pukey on the internet site. I can’t imagine anyone buying it!)
“The material is too heavy.”
“The material should be heavier.” (You and the previous commenter should get together.)
“Love the pants except the waist, hip and butt didn’t fit right. You will probably be ok unless you are hard to fit in the waist, hip and butt. (I don’t even know what to say.)
At the last sale I got a pair of Capri pants (that are more like ankle length on me) in a different fabric. They are stretchy and comfortable without being baggy or tight. My standard size fit perfectly. The fabric get snags (none of my other pants do) so I wouldn’t buy them again unless they were dirt cheap (which they were).
Reviewers fascinate me. Three years ago I wrote another piece on reviews that discussed other products (and more snarky comments). You can access it here.