Meet Pivotte Pants

Apr 15, 2019

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.

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  1. sarah says:

    oof. hard to get behind a brand where you need to size up, AND they only go up to a 12.

    • Rebecca says:

      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.

    • lexi says:

      Whoa, only up to a size 12?

    • Jess says:

      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.

  2. Christine says:

    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!

  3. NS says:

    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?

    • Belle says:

      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.

  4. Jules says:

    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).

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/niczoe-the-perfect-slim-ankle-pants/4538565

    • anna says:

      Interesting. Ankle pants always make me look like a triangle, and I’m 5’6″. I might give these a try.

  5. Xiobhan says:

    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.

  6. Bv says:

    Have you ever tried the Foster pants from Mm LaFleur? Curious how these compare.

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