Sunday, September 18, 2011
Product Review: Pajama Jeans "As Seen On TV"
So I bought a pair on impulse when I saw them on the shelf at RiteAide. $39.99. Are you kidding me? That's one expensive-ass pair of sweats. But I'm doing it all for you. Do you believe me?
I had watched the commercials, and seen them on some talk shows, watched some YouTube reviews and read some online reviews. For the most part, they get very positive (not revolutionary) reviews.
A few reviews mentioned that the dye transfers really badly...like so badly that you end up with it on your skin and underwear. So before I even try to wear them, I washed them alone, with my regular detergent, a couple of tablespoons of salt and about a half cup of vinegar (both of which are known to retard bleeding colors and to set dyes). We'll see how that works. I flung them over a kitchen chair to dry and then air fluffed them in the dryer. I'm a bit afraid to have them shrink.
I tried them on before washing them. I would have to say that I'm between sizes. The next size up would have been too large and the one I bought is a little snug. And the waist doesn't give as much as I would like. I have to shimmy a bit to get them over my hips. This might be a challenge when I have to pee. I don't have a strong bladder. Sometimes I have to run for it.
Overall, they look like jeans to me. A dark wash, boot cut, mid rise jean. I'm tall (5'8") and the length in bare feet was adequate. I won't be wearing heels with them anyway. Cuz if you don't like pinch pants, you really don't like uncomfortable shoes. They ride a little lower than I would like, but I never tuck shirts into my pants...I think that ship has sailed...I'm chunky. So I usually wear a bit longer shirt, untucked to cover the waistline of my clothes anyway...so who cares.
After wearing them all day, I must say...I really like them. And I went to my mom's...fashion police expert. I didn't say anything. At one point, she said "Did you get new jeans, those look really good." OK, if it passes the muster of "Mrs-What-Not-To-Wear", they must really be OK. They have a bright pink drawstring...what? So I just pulled that out. I hate drawstrings. They also seem to really grab lint. So if that bothers you...it will bother you. I really don't care that much. That probably means they will hold animal hair like crazy too. But I don't have animals, so again, I don't care. But if you do...note to self. Later, Mom also mentioned that she saw the dreaded "Camel Toe" effect. Oh dear God! I better keep a watch out for that. I'll get hubby on camel toe patrol and get back to you.
I'll keep you posted on how they wash, wear and hold their shape (and dye).
Here is the TV commercial, a Rachel Ray review, a Jay Leno's commentary and an SNL ad for "Mom Jeans" to enjoy. I think Jay sort of misses the point...it's not about being lazy and fat, it's about comfortable clothing you can move in that looks a bit better than sweats. Or that's my take.