The return of pants for grown-ups
I have mixed feelings about the 80s and 90s being back in fashion. But one thing I’m grateful for is the return of dressy, wide-legged trouser pants for women. Like, just normal, classic pants. The type of pants that Katharine Hepburn might wear. The type of pants that make you feel like a grownup.
The disappointment of Wilfred Effortless Pants from Aritzia
Now, on paper, the Wilfred Effortless Pants from Aritzia seem like a wonderful option. They come in three different lengths, multiple fabrics, a low and high rise option, and sizes 00 through 16. They are definitely pricey at $148. But maybe worth it if they fit like a dream and gave that stylish, classic look that they seem to promise.
The Aritzia Effortless pants definitely were a flop for me. I have a long-waisted hourglass figure, with a small waist and full hips. My usual size pulled uncomfortably across the hips. The next size up gaped miserably at the waist. Definitely not worth paying nearly $150 for. On top of which, the Effortless pants are often sold out or on back order, and Aritzia’s return policy is pretty rigid and inflexible if you end up with a pair that doesn’t fit well.
My top 5 alternative options for Aritzia Effortless Pants dupes
I went hunting for alternative options for an Aritzia Effortless pants dupe, to see if I could find another pair a) at a better price, b) with a better fit, and c) at a site with a better return policy. Here are five options I found, sorted from lowest price to highest price:
Extra High-Waisted Pleated Taylor Wide-Leg Trouser Suit Pants for Women from Old Navy
Yasmin Straight Leg Pants from Dynamite
Contemporaine Fluid Pleated Wide-Leg Pants from Simons
SoftSuit Trousers in Tencel Lyocell from Gap
The Way-High Drape Pant from Everlane
Here’s to your sleek, classic, retro self striding confidently into your next meeting looking like a vintage throwback in your classic wide leg pants. Hope one of these work for you!