Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Review: J.Crew Foundry Pant

The J.Crew Foundry Pant (item #50160) retails for $158 and comes in size 00-14. The J.Crew website describes the pant as: "This season's breakout utility pant has an easy straight leg and a laid-back loose fit that's the perfect anchor for fall's more fanciful, feminine styles. We're rolling them at the ankle and pairing them with animal print pumps and a silk blouse (or anything sequined) for that boy-meets-girl effect we adore. Cotton. Belt Loops. Button Fly. Front and back patch pockets. Import. Machine Wash.
  • City fit-our lowest rise.
  • Sits just above hip.
  • Fitted through hip, eased through thigh, with a straight leg.
  • 31" inseam."

From the time I saw these pants in the Fall 2011 Look Book, I knew I would want to give them a try. I love their relaxed-look and they remind me of a pair that Current/Elliott offered not too long ago. Plus I have been on the hunt for a pair of casual pants in a neutral color to wear with my blouses, lace shell, tees, and blazers, so these seemed to fit the bill.

The pants are 100% cotton, are a heavier weight, and appear to be made very well. I don't get the feeling that these will develop a hole or come apart at the seams anytime soon, but since they are all cotton, I would definitely wash in cold water and hang to dry to avoid any shrinking.


Based on the measurements I received from the online CS Chat Rep, I ordered the size 0 and they fit nicely...perfect at the waistline with no need for a belt, while still remaining roomy throughout the leg. I am normally a 2/4 in J.Crew pants (every now and then a 0 depending on the style), so I would say they are running slightly large, but they do have a higher rise, so keep that in mind if you decide to try them.

In the pic above I have thePerfect-fit Snap Tee tucked into the pants so that you can see the rise and how they fit at the waistline, but I would more than likely wear the tee untucked like in the pic below. 

The pants are very comfortable, and I like the way they look and feel on. The only hesitation I have is the color, which is more green IRL than it is online. I couldn't capture the color correctly, but it is definitely darker than the online pic would have you believe. The actual color isn't necessarily a deal breaker for me, but I do need to try pairing them with all the tops and blazers I had planned to see if the color is going to work. It also seems as if this pant has had mixed reactions due to the fit, so this means it may hit the sale section soon, and I would much rather get them at a sale price if possible. :)

What are your thoughts on the Foundry pant? Have you seen them IRL? Tried them on? Are you planning on getting a pair or are they just not for you? Please do share! :)


*Just a reminder that my J.Crew $25 Gift Card Giveaway ends at 5pmEST time today, so be sure to enter if you haven't already. Plus, I have another giveaway coming up later on today, as well, so be sure to stop back by and check it out!:)

Have a lovely day!

xoxo,

33 comments:

  1. Hi FFM,
    Thanks for posting your review of the Foundry Pants. I love the look of them and have been wanting them since I first saw them. I hesitate because of the price. Why so much? I can't wait to hear if they work with your other pieces. Thanks, as always, for your blog!

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  2. There is no doubt in my mind that these will make it to sale at $49.99, eventually. But 0 is a popular size and will be even more popular since they run large. Tough decision! They do look really cute on you.

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  3. Lizzy T: You're welcome! It's hard to capture the way they truly look on in a picture, but they really are a cute fit in person. I'm not sure why they're priced so high to begin with. The quality is good though, so they would be an extra great score on sale. :)

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  4. I didn't really care for them in the model shot, but on you they look really cute. Good to know that I should size down. The smaller sizes always seem to sell out fast,especially on sale items.

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  5. J.CrewJD: I agree...they'll definitely make it to sale, but will the smaller sizes be around then? Very questionable. It's possible to maybe do a size 2 though, so that's an option if the 0 sells out completely.

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  6. I don't even wear pants but I would consider these. I really like the straight full leg that is also not a flare bottom. They just seem very wearable and comfortable.
    I think you would get lots of wear out of these pants in Florida: you can wear them all year round.
    Thanks for the review!

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  7. Hi FFM,

    Thanks for the review. These are adorable on you very classy and comfortable. I cannot wait to receive a pair of these! Let the Fall begin and I will pair these with a turtleneck when the first chill arrives!!!

    Thanks for sharing:)

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  8. Great review. I had no interest in these pants from the catalog shot, but seeing them on you makes me change my mind. Maybe it's a mental game knowing I should size down:) they would definitely be a sale purchase for me.

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  9. I like these as well. I'm trying to stick to a lot of neutrals this fall. I will need them to come WAY down before i can purchase. Thanks for the IRL. It always helps.

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  10. These pants look much better on you, and IRL than on the website. I wouldn't have taken a second look. I suppose the only thing that seems out of whack is the price. $158.00 for a pair of casual cotton pants??? Even with 20% off promos going around, the price just seems quite high. I would def. give them a try if they were reduced under $75.00 though! Thanks for the great review and pic!

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  11. I really like these pants on you! Will you hem them or wear them cuffed? I agree with everyone that the price seem high - however - for your lifestyle (and mine), the cost per wear will probably end up being quite low. I hope they work with all of your pretty tops, tanks and jackets.

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  12. I just saw these TODAY in the catalog and they caught my eye. Thank you for your honest review - and thanks for the tidbits of what might pair nicely with them. Definitely a "pair to watch"...

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  13. DaniBP: I agree that I would get a lot of use out of these here in Florida, especially since they're roomy and comfy to wear. Plus they have that *durable* quality which a definite plus when raising 4 boys. I could easily see throwing these on with a tee or sweater (when it cools down) and a pair of sneakers to take the boys to the park. Cute and comfy at the same time. :)

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  14. Tish: You're welcome! As I said before, these are extra useful for those of us with boys. I would love it if J.Crew would make them in other colors AND lower the price. :)

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  15. dfwmom and Nantucket Daffodil: You're welcome! :)

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  16. Thanks Suzy! I'm not sure what's up with the super high price tag, either. I do hope they go on sale soon though. They are sold out in most sizes, but I'm sure that's probably because others wanted to try them on as well, so they could possibly get restocked anytime. I'd be surprised if they all sold at this price and then were never offered again. I do hope you're able to get a pair. I think they'd look great on you!

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  17. Thank you JulieStyles! You know, I won't even need to have them hemmed. I have a long inseam even though I'm only 5'4", so I can easily wear them uncuffed with a pair of flats, though I think I prefer the way they look when they're cuffed. I agree that our CPW would be very low on these even if we did pay full price. I could easily see myself wearing them at least once a week and in every season, too. Please let me know what you think of them if you get the chance to try them on. :)

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  18. Megan: You're welcome! I'm glad my review was helpful! :)

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  19. Thanks for buying these and giving them a review. I love wide legged pants---I have a tomboy body at 5'4" and wide legged trousers look best on me. I had my eyes on these too. Just curious, are you interested in the Farrow pants? Those are next on my list!

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  20. Thanks for the review, I did notice these in the catalog I got in the mail yesterday, but I'm not sold on these pants...they kinda look cool, but I don't know, they are so straight and baggy and boy looking, not sure how they'd look on my curvy figure...I'm still wanting the No. 2 Pencil skirt in the cat print :-)

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  21. I'm just catching up on posts. I would definitely pass them up at their price. I realize the price of cotton has gone up, but come on, they're basic utility pants/chinos. If I want something that basic and green, I'll just go to one of the outlets, J. Crew, BR or Gap. Thanks for reviewing!

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  22. pathos: I hadn't even noticed the Farrow pants before! The silhouette reminds me of the Matte Jersey Curator pants from last year, only in a longer length. I would definitely give them a try. Probably in the 'Burnt Umber' color since I already have a similar cropped style in grey.

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  23. Karen: I've tried the No.2 Leopard pencil skirt and really like it a lot. Unfortunately pencil skirts aren't the best silhouette for my figure, but I would still consider getting it on sale. :)

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  24. Anon@8:34pm: I agree about the cost of the pants and think J.Crew really should have offered them at a lower price to begin with. I'm sure there are many other less expensive alternatives out there like you said. I was just thinking the other day that Old Navy will probably come out with a look-a-like pretty soon. :)

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  25. FFM,

    Thanks, left a comment on your Polyvore review, before I ready your blog (sorry). I am a T2, or size 0 skirt, so I don't know what size to choose. Guess going up to a Regular 4? Agreed, darling pants, but still not believing that these are almost sold out on line for the price. I appreciate all your pictures and comments. You have no idea how you have impacted the way I dress! Thanks, all!

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  26. Karen P: You're welcome! :) I've noticed that the size 2 and 4 have been popping back online recently. What is your inseam length? Perhaps the 2 would work since you normally wear a T2 or 0 skirt and they run slightly large? Did you decide to order a pair? Please do post your thoughts if you try them. :)

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  27. Hi FFM,
    Do you still love the Foundry Pants? Do they go with many of your tops? I love them and hope that they make it to a great sale.

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  28. Hi Lizzy T! I do still have them but haven't worn them yet, nor have I had a chance to try them with any of my tops since we were gone for several days. I still wish the color was a bit lighter green, but have been wondering if they might fade with washing. I am going to need to make a decision on them soon, so I'll try styling them with different tops/sweaters, etc this week and let you know what I think. :)

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  29. FFM,
    Just got the pant and UGH They look terrible on me! The rise it way taller than described. They come to my navel! Im not into high waisted pants, and they are much much to long on me. They look great on you though. Did you keep them?

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  30. SJs Mommy: I am so sorry to hear that they didn't work out for you! I did end up keeping mine and have worn them numerous times since I received them. Since they stretch out a bit when wearing them, I'm able to push them down so that they don't feel as high on my waist. I have worn them at my waist with a belt too, though. I know the fit hasn't worked for others, but I still really like them and find them to be comfortable.

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