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Pants with wide, stretchy, yoke-like waistbands

In catalogs and online, I have recently seen pants, both dressier and in jeans styles, that are pull up with wide, stretchy waistbands that create a flatter look than the typical waistband on front button and zip jeans or pants. These are some examples from Travel Smith that are advertised as travel friendly:

(First link removed because it disappeared from the TS website. Darn. It was the best one!)
http://www.travelsmith.com/classic-fit-going-places-pants/women/pants/804813
http://www.travelsmith.com/original-fit-jag-pull-on-straight-leg-jeans/women/pants/583616

I like to wear pants that have pockets and a stretchy waistband, but I like for the pants to be more like jeans or twills than knit. Most other waistbands don't work for me. That may be because I have a very low waist and a short rise combined with boxy hips, so anything cited as sitting at the natural waist or even below the natural waist actually ends up above my natural waist, which usually means that the waist is too big.

Has anyone worn any of these new kinds of pants, or even tried any on? Is that wide waistband both tight enough and stretchy enough to be comfortable? Are the pockets useful or useless (like the ones in most women's pants)? Do the fabrics look "real"?

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1364 posts

I've had a few pairs of this style, but not this brand. They are very comfortable, feel and look like real jeans, have no useful pockets. You have to be careful of the lycra content. Some brands bag out too much. Usually if you buy them in a shop the clerks know if their product tends to go that way will tell you to buy a size smaller.

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1835 posts

Do they make men's. I have a bit of overhang that needs flattening. Too much of that free wine on Delta.

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13225 posts

I bought a pair of Jag pull-on jeans with wide waistband in hopes they would have a truly flat front---no zipper bulge. The denim fabric was fine, but the fit was not great (I am petite and slender). They were baggy at he waist, so defeated the purpose for me. I wore them once and then sent them off to the thrift store.

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796 posts

Lo, I have a bunch of these and got them from TravelSmith which is a company we have purchased from for years. The fabric looks great and they are stretchy enough for comfort (and to use tiny European restrooms more easily) yet tight enough at the waist to keep them from sagging (I never wear saggy pants). There is a secret pocket in the waist area where you can hide a credit card or your room key or ID. They have jean style and twill style too. I don't put anything in pockets anyway- I like my secret money belt.

Monte-My husband wears TravelSmith's men's version- the Tori Richard styles for men. www.travelsmith.com/tori-richard-comfort-stretch-carmel-pants/men/pants/803531

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524 posts

I like the 3rd one, the jeans. I think they look flattering and comfortable. I was wondering what I would wear on the plane that wasn't constricting around the waist. I get chilly on planes, but want to be comfy. I think these look nice.

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192 posts

I was in a JC Penney store yesterday, and when I was looking through the sales rack I noticed that they had pull-on denim pants with a wide yoke marked down to $12.99! I don't think that they had pockets, though. Normally, I wouldn't wear this type, but I may go back and try them on as they would be comfortable for a long flight.

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1815 posts

I got a pair of Jag pull-on jeans last year. I find the waist needs to be pulled up periodically, but they are comfortable and I like the fabrics that brand uses. I noticed the other day that Dillard's carries quite a selection of the Jag brand. I like Travelsmith, but I am afraid they are going to ban me for returning too much stuff. So, now I try to find places where I can feel the fabric and try stuff on.

Posted by
3714 posts

Thanks everyone for all the responses, reviews and suggestions. Keep 'em coming.

I will definitely check out Dillard's here for this style of pants. It will be great to be able to try them on.

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222 posts

I think I read a post recently with a link about Lee's easy fit pull on jeans. I tried some on the other day at Kohl's. They are as you described with a waist band about 2" and very tight and flat. Got rid of the tummy but not sure how comfortable they would be. I may go back and try again.:)

Barb

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222 posts

Oh yes, and Levi's also has some pull-ons at Kohl's. It must be the new thing.

Barb

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2930 posts

Hi Lo, I like to travel in black NYDJ (not your daughter's jeans) boot leg style (I wear a leg money belt, when I do use one). In fact, I have three pairs of these pants. They are made with stretch material, and yet the firm one up as well if one needs it (This one does)… Extremely comfortable and retain their shape in repeated wearings. Nordstrom carries some of them, but I've ordered directly from NYDJ.com as well. http://www.nydj.com/search/bootleg%2Bjeans In fact, I'm thinking of bringing two identical jeans on my upcoming trip. Wray

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2989 posts

I purchased some pants like you describe at Dress Barn. Sometimes depending on the cut, I wear a large at Dress Barn, sometimes an XL at Dress Barn Woman. (I am tall.) I bought knit pants made as you described, but they had them in a cotton cloth fabric--khaki, I think.

Hardly anything is more uncomfortable on a plane than zip-up-the-front jeans. I used to wear Levis, but as you try to find a comfortable position for sleeping, that top button digs into your waist! Pull-on jeans are much better. Wish I could find them in the design you describe. I may go to Kohl's, after reading Barb's post.

On a plane, knit yoga pants are very comfortable.

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3714 posts

Yes, Rebecca, that top button is a killer.

I went to Dillard's today to try on some JAGs, only to discover that they didn't have anything bigger than a 16. I wear an 18. And they didn't have them in the women's section at all. So I either need to lose 10 pounds or they need to make a regular 18. The plus-size 18W is too big for me in most pants and the shape is never right for this body made out of spare parts. That was well illustrated online at the JAG website. I am shaped like this l l, not like this / \ or this ( ).

Next stop Kohl's for other options. Thanks everyone for all the suggestions.

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I went back to JC Penney today, and again searched through the sales racks. This time I found the Lee denim pull ons. They also had them in regular slacks. The denim were originally $50.00, but were marked down to $7.99! Needless to say, I bought them. I may not wear them except for long flights, but at that price it is worth it.

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13225 posts

I have recommended these before, but will mention them again. My favorite travel pants are these from Eddie Bauer:

http://www.eddiebauer.com/product/bremerton-stayshape-reg-stretch-twill-pants/21107581/_/A-ebSku_0113983526001006__21107581_catalog10002_en__US

They are stretch twill, have no waistband or pockets, and side zip, so no button at the front. They fit well, are very comfortable on the plane, and look nice (not as casual as yoga pants or jeans). I can hand wash them, press the water out, smooth them out, and hang to dry overnight. Or machine wash and toss in the dryer. They come in sizes 2 to 20, in Petite, Regular, and Tall, in an array of neutral colors.

They are not inexpensive, but are on sale right now for $49. Amazon has them too.