Wearing High Sport's Kick Flares three ways.
I love these pants but something I’ve struggled with is that almost every newsletterer mentioned here (who I also follow and love!) has admitted to getting pairs for free or at a big discount. This is a perk of the job and makes sense but it makes it hard to hear someone tell you how “worth it” these pants are when they didn’t actually pay $860 per pair. I’m certain the quality/style/fit is still excellent but it’s just a tough pill to swallow!
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The pants are almost identical to a pair I bought from Banana Republic circa 1995. And therefore I cannot consider them again (even the cheaper Everlane dupe). Which is a me problem. They are very comfy, tho!
Thank you for demystifying this, and providing less expensive options! I have a pair of the everlane ones on the way to try. Curious about the Spanx ones too, but those don’t seem to have the pleat.
Love this 🙌🏻
oh gosh, great review! We just wrote about these: https://open.substack.com/pub/auxetoiles/p/pant-math?r=1rgl42&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web. Also, for vintage people, Alex Coleman made pretty much the exact same style back in the 70s, can find on eBay. The material in those is def not a cotton blend!
I bought them & returned them & then bought them again. The reason being that I am a shortie (5’2”) & the kick doesn’t hit right for my proportions. So I reached out to Alyssa Zachary& she told me that they will be coming out with a petite version. I wrote her again & she hasn’t answered me yet so I bought them again. In between pairs I bought a pair of dupes by COS, which had enough flare to shorten, so I shortened them. The material is no comparison, more like a thin legging but more elegant due to the flare. I told Alyssa I was just going to cut them, as I do with some of my pants, but she advised me not to. But I still ugly. I noticed in your photos that they are quite long on you too. How do you feel about that? It’s not how it’s shown on the models & it gives a different vibe. Not bad, just different. 😊
How is the Ann Mashburn dupe, I wonder?
There is so much hype about these pants! They looked terrible on me. I’m too short and not thin enough. I’d like to see them modeled by someone who isn’t super thin, or see some indication that High Sport is trying to make clothes for all women, not just thin women. I know this is an industry wide issue, but I like to keep the dream alive!
Such a helpful post! And the comments section is super helpful. I just ordered the Faye Ann Mashburn pants to see what I thought of those. I’ve found some good theory and Vince options in the past. I ordered the Everlane but returned - didn’t like the side zipper. Felt too awkward and uncomfortable
Could someone petite wear these pants? Or would hemming ruin the proportions?
what about the row’s thilde pant? wondering how those (which are a few hundred cheaper, and pop up on resale sites for much less) compare? also stretchy, front seam, cropped kick flare. maybe they give off more legging vibes though? has anyone compared the two?
I bought them and somehow got some sort of discount-- like shopping through an app for 15% off (I can’t remember) and haven’t worn them once! It just feels, as Cher Horowitz once said about her party clothes “so binding!” ... I like the look of the Thilde and the feel (so soft and easy to wear) but I was pulling them up all the time so I sold them. I do like Tibi’s new stirrup. Somehow that feels supportive versus a pain. I look at the high sports and think “I don’t wanna shimmy into you!” -- so thick/tight ... anyway. I do wonder about how suddenly they were everywhere -- how does this happen? Like the Savette bag... Anyhow. Currently ordering pants and writing on them. We need a pant right now. Using “need” very loosely 😂
are we wearing cleats now?? 👀📈
These are a tough fit if you are taller than 5’7”. They cut you off at a weird place; i think she started making them with a longer inseam for that reason-but the regular length ones were a nonstarter for me for that reason.
Are these not fancy "yoga pants?" Remember those? Now I feel old.