As you know, I don’t often wear pants to work. But when I do, I wear Pivotte pants.
Last fall, the founder of Pivotte, Evelyn, reached out to me. She essentially dared me to try Pivotte pants. She promised that her pants could make me a believer in wearing slacks to work. I was doubtful, but what did I have to lose?
I chose the 24/7 pants because they’re Pivotte’s best seller. All of the styles are on the slimmer side, but these looked the most like work pants to me.
When I first took the pants out of the package, I wasn’t impressed. The fabric felt like The Editor pant from Express. So I wasn’t expecting much. But even though the fabric has a similar feel, it wears much differently.
On the first day I wore my Pivotte pants, I was running around like crazy. In my old work trousers (from J.Crew or Banana), I would have been tugging and pulling and pinched by 3:00PM. But the Pivotte pants seemed to stretch and move with me all day.
I won’t get into a textiles lesson, but Pivotte prides itself on the superior quality and comfort of their fabrics. Their Briosleek Twill pants are water and stain repellent fabric that I think would be good for parents. The fabrics also made with an eye to sustainability and social responsibility. And many of the pants are made and manufactured in NYC.
I wore my Pivotte pants a few times before I washed them. But I was glad that they were machine washable, since the dry cleaning options in Montana are expensive. They came out of the wash, I air dried them, and steamed them to smooth them out. I think they would be great for frequent travelers.
On sizing, the fit guide is very helpful. Usually, I would have chosen a size 6, but the guide was accurate when it recommended an 8. So take the time to figure out your measurements, and consult the guide.
Lastly, I know these pants are not inexpensive. $220 for a pair of pants is a spendy proposition. But if you wear trousers regularly, have a job that requires a comfortable, flexible pant, or need a pair of dressy pants that you can wear on the plane, give Pivotte a try.
I almost never wear pants. But when I need to, these are the pants that I reach for. They’re comfortable, wrinkle-resistant, and good for long, difficult days.
Full Disclosure: I did not buy these pants with my own money. I was approached by the Founder, and asked if I would be willing to try them. I was gifted a pair of pants, no money changed hands, and the content of the post was not dictated to me in any way. If I had hated them or thought they were meh, I could have said so. But they were comfortable and the fabric was surprisingly good quality, even though it didn’t feel like it at first touch.
oof. hard to get behind a brand where you need to size up, AND they only go up to a 12.
I wish these came in more sizes. I’ll stick with the foster pants by MM lafleur since they go up to my size. They are a good machine washable, comfortable option.
Whoa, only up to a size 12?
It looks like it’s a smaller, new brand so they likely stuck to the range of sizes they could build off a single fit model. Generally the base pattern is made for the median size (it looks like they used size 6) & graded up & down for the surrounding sizes. But the original pattern stops working once you get too far out and you need a new fit model & pattern for an additional range of sizes. Don’t hold it against them—a good fit model is expensive so it makes sense for a startup to begin w/ a limited size range. If they’re successful, we’ll probably see an expanded size range. If we don’t, then hold it against them.
These look like a promising candidate for my post-partum wardrobe – how high is the rise?
Love the colors too – I just had to retire a very old pair of burgundy wool minnie pants. It’s such a versatile color!
I would call them mid-rise.
thanks for sharing! I always buy what you recommend because I find you so honest & trustworthy.
I’m pear shaped, so always worry about pants making my butt look huge. Did you notice that at all?
They weren’t the most flattering pants I’ve every tried, but they weren’t unflattering either. I hope they make a wider leg version.
I rarely wear pants either, mostly because as a 5 foot tall pear, they’re not incredibly flattering. Nonetheless, every woman needs a pair of well fitting, comfortable black pants for work. My favorite pair were reaching the end of their life so I braced myself and went shopping for a new pair. These are incredible, come in both regular and petite, machine washable and feel like yoga pants. I couldn’t recommend them more (and I bought them when they had been discounted elsewhere so Nordstrom pricematched and took $20 off).
Interesting. Ankle pants always make me look like a triangle, and I’m 5’6″. I might give these a try.
I just tried BetaBrand after giving into all the Fb and Insta ads and you know what? I like ’em! I like ’em a lot! I have a closet full of black slacks as I am in search of the holy grail for fit, fabric and durability and these are pretty close. (I also love a pair I got at Target, and they have a million options in the Prologue/New Day line that are affordable and in larger sizes.
Have you ever tried the Foster pants from Mm LaFleur? Curious how these compare.