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Ordered pants

I finally ordered two pairs of pants from eBay. Unlike most other retailers eBay will not start sending me catalogues. The downside is that as soon as the current pants all wear out, I can't continue to get the exact same pants.

Pants-shopping makes me angry. Over a month ago, I tried going to the nearby Goodwill, and found about 10 pairs to try on after looking through around 80 pairs. None of them were any good, and I left empty-handed.

Other recent pants purchases have gone as follows:

1. I had a pair of Lee brand gray herringbone pants I liked quite a bit. I ordered what should have been an identical replacement pair, but the manufacturing standards were much lower for the second pair (flimsy waistband in particular). So now I am nervous about wearing them too often because they are going to wear out prematurely.

2. I tried ordering three pairs of pants from Docker. Two pairs were the wrong size (one case was not my fauly), and the fit of the third pair looked terrible. I returned all three pairs, at the cost of time spent shopping and shipping fees.

3. I ordered some light-blue Lee capris pants off of eBay. They are too light in color (=prone to showing the dirt and stains), and the stitching is disintegrating in one spot (so far). They are currently the most intact pants I own.

In the past, I used to wind up wasting entire afternoons pants-shopping because I would try on a series of pants and: nothing would fit correctly, the price tag would be too high, and/or the fabric and fabrication quality would be garbage. A lot of this is due to how fast fashion happens in the US. I would be happy to support companies that offer good alternatives. For example, I might switch to buying things from Patagonia if I can determine whether their pants will actually fit me.

By extension, it is also difficult to find high-quality fabrics in fabric stores in the US. Unless you go to a specialty yarn shop, most of the common offerings are rubbish as well.

Many of these factors may be why REI basically turned into a clothing retailer.

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trifold_flame
Oct. 18th, 2016 01:18 am (UTC)
Ever since Gap stopped making the model of pants that reliably fit me, I haven't found a pair of pants I can wear. They just don't fit my body anymore. And it's not like there's something wrong with my body!

I decided I was going to join the revolution and wear leggings as pants this winter. I wonder now if the reason so many women are doing this is because many women are also unable to wear modern pants.
rebeccmeister
Oct. 18th, 2016 01:41 am (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's a factor!

I do think that one aspect to all of it is that womens' bodies come in a dazzling variety of shapes in addition to sizes. I don't know to what extent clothing manufacturers factor that in when deciding how to structure their sizes. Personally, I don't find any benefit to that whole "vanity sizing" concept.

Still, pants. Gah.
trifold_flame
Oct. 18th, 2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
I know friends who use eshakti a lot, and they make pants now
rebeccmeister
Oct. 18th, 2016 05:00 pm (UTC)
You know, that looks like a really good option for me. Thank you for pointing it out!
trifold_flame
Oct. 18th, 2016 05:02 pm (UTC)
I hope it works out for you! Let me know how you like it, I might be taking the pants plunge with them. I mean, I gotta have ONE pair of pants, right?
rebeccmeister
Oct. 18th, 2016 05:15 pm (UTC)
I suppose, yes, at least one pair, just in case. :^)

It might be a little while before I try out eshakti because I did manage to suck it up and order 2 pairs of pants off eBay to tide me over for a bit. That said - eshakti looks like a natural culmination of the benefits of the internet plus tailoring capabilities. I mean, if you or I lived somewhere like Korea, we'd just go to a market where the same thing is easily possible.
annikusrex
Oct. 26th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
fyi, patagonia has a retail store in downtown seattle. happy to take you pants shopping next time you're here!
rebeccmeister
Oct. 26th, 2016 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oooo, let's do it!
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