Saturday, 23 February 2013

Evans' Pears!

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!

At Evans, some of their clothing is marked to fit certain body-types - for example, it will say

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.


According to the size charts, my waist would put me in 18, top hip at 22 and low hip at 24, so that was not easy to decide on. The sizing advice for pear-fitted clothing is just that you can go down a size

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:
You can clearly see the more pear shaped cut, as well as the boot-cut! Hopes are high...

As you can see, they are much too big. Like, I would not be able to walk without them falling down. Seems like it really ought to have been my waist I had taken a size off of! As I would say these are definitely 2 sizes (maybe even more, if I wanted a snug fit!) too big!
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!


  1. Have you tried looking at Levi's? They have jeans that are supposed to fit very curvy women (Curve ID). I've tried a couple in the store and they did fit (and didn't gap) slightly better than the not curvy line, and they are pretty stretchy (something I prefer in jeans). I'm in the US and checked the website - it appears that they serve Scandinavian countries (I didn't check shipping or how that works). and then click "Global Sites" at the bottom to select your country.
    Good luck jean shopping.

    1. I think I'm probably too large for Levi's - My natural waist is 35/36ish, and Levi only goes up to 34 for their curve ID's as far as I can see. And quite often, that is refering to the jeans-waistband, so that's actually lower, thus at an even wider point for me.

    2. Sorry about that. In the U.S., the Supreme Curve goes up to a 38 waist (but only the Supreme Curve, and sizes 35-38). The size chart for the Curve ID also has seats to go along with the waists, which is why I was recommending the company. Oh well, maybe they will expand their range in your country later. Too bad you can't order from the U.S. site! :S

  2. I don't know if they're remotely easy to get your hands on, but I've found moderate luck with Gloria Vanderbilt Amanda jeans. I have 50" hips and a 36" waist, with something of a tummy in between there, and found the 16 to fit pretty well in a black and green pair I have, but had to go up a size to the 18 for their denim. No gapping in the back on me at least.

    1. I just googled, and they have some at amazon, so I'll look into that! Very reasonably priced, too! So then it's only potential returns that will worry me :b

  3. You don't "look" your measurements! Entirely a compliment!!! I'm very similar, just shorter, so I can alter the height of your torso and actually experience what the jeans would look like on me!!!! At 6:45am ,I'm probably waaaay too excited, but I could squeeze hug you, till you were blue :D So refreshing to see a woman who isn't a "plus size lie". Tineca

  4. I would suggest to try NEXT jeans, any od the sexy high waist line (you have slim, bootcut and skinny). Firstly you can choose up from 4 lengths. ANd it made miracles on me, especially my belly. However it is a cheap jean, so don't expect good quality. However I would suggest to size down as much as possible and to wear them for a couple of hours at home, because theyr strech a lot when on. So size 14 is still ok, but for more fitted look I will get size 12. Don"t be surprised if you can't get the smaller size on, it will strech enough.

  5. I just googled, and they have some at amazon, so I'll look into that! Very reasonably priced, too! So then it's only potential returns that will worry me .
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