Monday, January 4, 2010

Riders by Lee review

One of the most frustrating things for me about being a new mom has been the clothing situation.

Now, I've never been a fashion plate. I don't have a lot of clothes, and especially now, in the post-baby period when I'm still carrying extra weight, nothing ever seems to fit right or look decent. Also, I refuse to go out and spend a bunch of money on new clothes that are going to fit me for (hopefully) only a few months.

Right around the time I had Jordan, I started seeing a lot of advertisements for the Riders by Lee line of jeans. They were even being endorsed by Stacy London from What Not to Wear as a flattering, good-fitting jean. They have tummy control built into them and are stretchy.

I decided I wanted to give them a try.

I contacted the folks at Wrangler and they were kind enough to send me several different styles to try out. For free. As in, I didn't pay for them. Just so we're clear.

I received two different styles of jeans as well as a pair of black pants and a pair of khaki pants. I didn't even know they made those! I thought they were only jeans.

So, since then, I've been living in my Riders. I'm not even kidding.

One of the pairs of jeans I really did not like. They remind me of what I think of as "mom jeans." I didn't like the rise, the legs or the way they fit my body, even though they technically fit. I did not find them flattering AT ALL.


I am completely in love with the other pair. They are a darker wash and more of a boot-leg cut rather than a straight leg. The button is below my belly button, but not so far that my baby moosh (Hey, he's still under a year old, so I can still claim it as baby moosh!) hangs over the top. I don't feel the need to hide under super long shirts.

As a matter of fact, I had two completely unsolicited compliments on the way the jeans look on my butt from two people who wouldn't bother lying about such a thing: My mom and my best friend. Upon seeing me for the first time wearing the jeans, both mentioned that I looked thinner and my butt looked good.

Wow! Thanks! New moms don't get to hear that often, especially when they're still carrying 15-20 extra pounds!

Another unexpected bonus of these pants is the COMFORT. I kid you not, I can sit on the floor and play with my kids without feeling the squeeze.

The dressier versions are the same way. I have worn them to a wedding as well as to church every weekend, and I can honestly say I am NOT dying to take them off the second I get home. Rather, I'll leave them on all day. They are that comfortable.

The dressy pants are starting to get a bit baggy on me (yay!) as the weight slowly comes off, and I am definitely going to go out and purchase some more when the time comes to move down a size.

I would recommend Riders pants to any mom who is still working on losing that baby weight but wants to look good and be comfortable in the process, while NOT spending a lot of money on replacement clothing.

You can find out more about Riders by Lee by visiting their website.


maritza said...

ooooohhh! I'm totally going to give these a try! I don't quite fit my pre baby clothes yet and don't fit my maternity clothes so this sounds like a great buy. I don't want to go out and buy "expensive" jeans when I'm still not down to the size that I want to be. Thanks for the review!

Krystal said...

i got some at walmart for only $18. Totally inexpensive and worth every penny for how much i wear them!