I was stalking these babies for a couple months before pulling the trigger.
What initially caught my eye: that elongating high fitted waist and structured leg that’s perfectly loose. These are the perfect skinny non-skinny pants. Are you growing tired of skinny jeans too?
You all know I’m a sucker for utilitarian garb. I imagined these pants pairing so well with my military jacket, work shirts, and boots. I love its masculine sensibilities. More girly girls might want to opt for the lighter shades.
Did you know a “Ranger” is a member of an elite branch of the army, just like the Navy Seals are to the navy?
Before buying I had two reservations: 1. These pants look really long; will I be able to get them tailored without ruining the silhouette? and 2. Should I trust the JK size guide that says I’m a size 10? I even e-mailed customer service and told them I’m usually a size 27, between a size 4 and 6. They asked for my waist measurement and very bluntly told me I should order a size 10. (wtf?!).
So when I read Andrea’s helpful post about sizing on her Kamm pants, I went ahead and bought the size 6 with confidence. And they fit nicely. The pants are slightly snug around the waist and probably a tad too loose around my hips and thighs, but I’m OK with that.
Dearly Bethany made a nice video on how she got the hem taken up a few inches without messing up the shape of the legs. I still need to get mine tailored but think they look nice with the hem folded up as well. I’m going to take them up about 3 inches so they sit about 1 cm above my ankle boots. I like my socks to peak out a little bit with boots.
The cotton fabric is a bit stiff, which allows it to hold its shape nicely, but sometimes it can feel too stiff when sitting down or bending over. I hope they soften up with washing.
The very high waist and button fly means getting these pants off and on in the restroom can be pretty time consuming. And if you have a big tush (which I don’t) the button fly might buckle and bulge out, so you gotta take that into consideration when you choose your size.
I’ve tried these pants with almost every top in my wardrobe and in the end, they look best with a simple white T-shirt tucked in. Less is more here. They look even better with an open jacket on top.
I’m looking forward to wearing these pants into the fall and winter months. With the amount I paid, I really wanted a pair of pants that I could wear year round. This is one reason I opted for the Ranger over the Sailor pants. The tapered leg will keep the cold out and looks great with ankle boots, oxfords, and under rain boots.
They don’t look like jeans, so you can pull them off at work too.
I’m loving the midnight blue color, but also love the pale grey and brown ones. If these soften up with washing, I might actually invest in the brown ones too. They are expensive but if you’re looking for an investment piece, I’d highly recommend you give them a try. They will last a lifetime, and if they don’t work out, you can either return or get a couple wears in and re-sell them easily online.
bonus material! jesse kamm in her beautiful home on the apiece apart blog.
[outfit: everlane t-shirt, jesse kamm ranger pant size 6, madewell mules]