Wayyyyy back in March (or February? eek) I won an awesome giveaway for $1000 worth of Anatomie wear. Initially this post was delayed because I exchanged two of the things I ordered, so I was waiting for my new items. Then, life got busy and I got lazy and just didn’t get around to posting about it.
On the upside to my tardiness, I have now worn most of my Anatomie items and can speak more to how their clothes wear, feel, and perhaps most importantly how they wash/hold up.
So let’s talk pants. I ordered a tank and a cute jacket as well, but I feel as if the pants are really why people shop at Anatomie and are probably the most useful traveling item.
Since Anatomie pants are what they are known for, I had to try more than one pair! These Skyler pants are straight-legged (more so than the Paola and almost matchstick), and probably one of their most popular pairs of pants. Unfortunately, I had to return the first pair I received because the button wasn’t attached when I received them. I pulled them from the bag and out it flew. I think it was a fluke as of the three pairs of pants I received, there were no other issues and the replacement pair looks just fine.
These pants also fit me like a glove, are the same material as the Paola, and seriously pack into the tiniest space imaginable. They are very, very cute but just a bit too tight for me to comfortably wear to work. For travel, they are fantastic. I just put them on last weekend to run to the store, then flew in them to Jamaica. They were perfect in Kenya–lightweight, breathable, and really comfortable.
They do not collect smells and they do not stretch out more and more each time you wear them. Big points.
Like the Rosella Jacket, the Susan Pant adds a little bit of super cute detailing to a pretty simple design. I love the zippers on the back and on the pockets. The only thing I don’t like about these pants is that the low-rise fit doesn’t work for me quite as well as the Skyler and the Paola. But that’s ok, I like them anyway and they are a bit dressier which is perfect in places where you need something functional, too. Disclosure: I initially ordered these pants in khaki, and felt the material was just a bit too revealing for me and was just a teensy bit see-through with dark underwear. I don’t enjoy when I have to pay attention to things like that (because I always forget until I’m dressed and about to leave the house), so I just exchanged them for navy, problem solved.
Let’s talk wear and tear:
These pants have washed extremely well. I do wash them on the cold, delicate cycle, and hang to dry. In terms of wrinkling, I am not always diligent about pulling them out of the wash quickly, but even when I forget, once I put them on any existing wrinkles just seem to disappear. I’m pretty wrinkle-phobic and I’ve never decided not to wear them because I thought they looked too wrinkled. And in terms of durability, so far, so good. They seem to be holding up great after many washes, wears, and sliding in and out of the land rover in Kenya.
This fabric is unique, and I’ve not really come across anything like it before. Even when it’s hot, these pants don’t make you hotter (and I don’t like pants when it is hot). And when its cool, these pants provide way more warmth than I was expecting considering their paper thinness. Even three pairs of these pants might equal the thickness of one pair of yoga tights. They are that compact. So I can see why these are revered as “the perfect travel pant”. But they are pricey–it’s really personal choice whether you want to make the investment or not.
They also dry in a flash. Which is good if you have to sit in the sun and sweat–literally it takes just a few minutes for the fabric to dry again.While I didn’t wash these by hand in Kenya, they would have been dry the next morning I’m sure.
And the elephant in the room:
Anatomie pants aren’t cheap. I had honestly considered buying a pair before I won the giveaway with my own money, but didn’t because I couldn’t find any reviews from people who hadn’t received a pair for free (in exchange for a review on the blog). Sure, mine were free too, but I won them rather than being compensated for them. I know, I know, all bloggers say “I only review things I actually love and would buy myself” but how many of them would really buy $200 travel pants? There is nothing wrong with being compensated with an awesome pair of pants–but I just couldn’t quite decide if they were THAT awesome.
Anatomie frequently has some good items on sale, and I would say–without any hesitation–that buying these pants on sale is definitely worth it. If you frequently buy $200 pants and aren’t concerned with the pricetag, these are definitely worth it. If you want to splurge on yourself, these are definitely worth it. But even I, who spends quite a lot on clothes, does not spend $200 on a pair of pants. And while I love these pants, I really do, I still cringe at thinking of spending $200 on them. So I hope mine last forever.
And honestly, the price tag (yes, I know, which I didn’t pay), is the only negative I can really find with these pants. So if money isn’t holding you back, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
And again, a huge thanks to Anatomie and the giveaway hosts. I love my items and they have already gotten a ton of use.