I’m hard pressed to tell you guys, I don’t want to look like a babe. When the opportunity presents itself, this 34-year-old (tired) mom of three heartily accepts it. This is why I bought a pair of Sailor Pants by Jesse Kamm. I feel like a babe every time I wear them. The second reason why I bought them is because of the durable and timeless construction. The fabric is thick and tough, set to withstand years of wash and wear. The design is one that has spanned decades.
The first person I saw wearing these was my inspiring blogger-friend Lee, who runs Style Bee. She has an eye for keen silhouettes and when I saw her wearing Kamm pants in white, I did a double-take. Since then, I’ve seen them all over the place – or so it seems. And like most things I see over and over, eventually, I become sort of obsessed with them.
But there was a learning curve for me to get the size right. I Googled the heck out of my questions and couldn’t find answers. So today, I’m sharing a few tips so you learn from my experience and, hopefully, get the correct fit right off the bat (unlike me).
Sizing + Fit
VITAL STATS, pants: size 6/M / high waist (preserving the natural dip): 28.5″ / hip: 39″ / inseam: 28″ / rise: 13.25″ / Made in California
VITAL STATS, me: size 6 / 28 in denim / 5’7″ / 140ish lbs (I don’t own a scale) / waist: 30″ / hips: 39″
I find Kamm Pants to run slightly small but still true to size. In other words, these 6’s are a small 6. The first pair I bought, I erred on going with a bigger size because I was worried they would be uncomfortable. I use the term ‘looser’ loosely. They still looked very fitted and hugged my hips. They were just easier to get on than the size 6. So I bought the 8, in-store after trying them on, even though I typically wear a 6. It turns out, buying them slightly looser made them more uncomfortable. After a few months of wear they had loosened up a touch and, because they weren’t completely snug on my hips, they rode up when I sat down and were very tight on my crotch. Not a good feeling. Every time I stood up, I had to tug them down – which is tricky because there are no back pockets and the front pockets are small slits – not conducive for the task at hand.
Thankfully, I was able to sell them and recoup 75% of what I’d spent. I ordered a pair of 6’s online and prayed they’d fit. When they came, they fit straight away, though getting over my hips required some shimmy-ing. I’ve only had my new pair for about a month, so I can’t address any breaking in/loosening up yet.
Are they comfortable? This is the million-dollar question, right? The answer is yes and no (but mostly yes). When I stand up they are 100% comfortable, and I don’t usually have to tug them down anymore (now that I have the proper size). When I sit the waistband stays in place (instead of riding up toward my boobs like the 8’s did) and the hip area sort of creases into place. However, they are not good for extensive sitting. If I worked an 8-hour day at a desk I probably would not wear them. Same goes for a road trip. After extended sitting they start to feel tight in the crotch area. If I’m sitting on the couch it’s all good, but something about the position of sitting at a desk or in a car just makes things a little tighter. That being said, they are nowhere near as uncomfortable as my raw denim jeans were. The Kamm pants have excellent movement and do not feel restricting on my legs at all.
Inseam: The length of these pants is one reason why I favor them over most wide leg pants. I have slightly longer legs, and too often crops show more ankle and leg than what I’m aiming for. Kamm pants hover just above my ankle, which makes them closer to a year-round pant than the ones that are shorter. A critical factor to make them worth the price point. I believe these were intended to be a true pant, not a cropped or capri style, so they look best longer, in my opinion. But I wouldn’t wear them long enough to have them touching my shoes. Of course, ultimately, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and personal preference should have the final say.
Fit across the colors: I’ve tried on the Salt White, the Street and the Midnight. It’s really hard to say if the fit varies across the colors, though I’ve heard others say this. When I tried on the Salt, I had similar results to the Midnight, the 6 was tight, but with a little work I got them on just fine. When I tried on the Street, those ones seemed slightly smaller and harder to get on. But I’m not sure if it was the pants or if was me. I have not tried the denim and chambray pants, I imagine those would vary due to fabrication. If you can, trying on in person is best, or buy from a retail site that offers easy returns.
Sizing Recap: Kamm pants are made from 100% cotton canvas. The fabric is thick and structured, but it does give a little bit — keep this in mind when making your purchase. You want them to cinch to your hips and flow down from there. This way they will stay where they need to stay on your body. The manufacturer’s website notes that the hips run slim on these pants, but to make sure they fill well in the butt and have the waist taken in if need be. These seem very accurate to me. My pants are snug on my hips, but they don’t look like they are painted on to my rear, they hug it, but not too much.
Are they worth the hype? What about the investment?
I’m my opinion, yes and yes. But I fully realize my outlook on clothes and the budget I have to spend on it may be different than others. Yes, I’m just a girl who likes to get dressed well, but I also run a blog that affords me a bit of extra income to invest in my clothing. However, that being said, if I didn’t run a blog, etc, etc. I would still have probably worked hard to figure out a way to save and buy these pants. As I noted in the intro, I find them to be incredibly timeless, sturdy and swoon-worthy. My husband absolutely loves them on me. And he tells me every single time I wear them. If I want to feel good, I wear these pants. If I want to make a simple style statement, I wear these pants. If I want to spend time around my house cooking and picking the kids up from school, I wear these pants. They feel like do-it-all pants.
I love the button-fly. It holds me in a little better than zip-fly pants, which sometimes cause a pooch I’d rather not display. My favorite jeans are also button-fly. It’s a feature I wish more denim and pants designers would incorporate. The rise is higher than anything I’ve worn before. It almost seemed outrageous at first, but I’ve quickly come to love it. It makes my waist look narrow and gives my backside curves exactly where I want them.
As mentioned above, they are made from sturdy 100% cotton canvas. I estimate the weight of this fabric to be around 13 ounces or so. I am really impressed with how stain-resistant the fabric is. When I was wearing my lighter colored pair, dirty spots were inevitable. Each time, I took a damp cloth and blotted or wiped out the mess and it went away. The textured fabric lends itself well to deflecting dirt and stains. Now that I’m wearing the darker color instead of the Street, that hasn’t been a problem for me. I’ll note that the Midnight has slight variations in the dying, almost like denim, and I look forward to seeing how the color wears in as I wash and wear them. Hopefully, not too much, but enough to lend some character.
While I contend that these are worth the investment, I don’t see myself needing a second pair. Midnight covers the bases so well for me. I love the white, but I am not sure I’ll ever live in a universe where expensive white pants make sense. But I still love them, so maybe don’t quote me on that.
If you’re looking for a less-expensive alternative to Kamm pants, I’ve pulled together a list of places you should start:
Esby – Beautiful, full-length wide leg pants, including their new denim line (love the white!)
Ozma – Wide leg, full-length denim
Eileen Fisher – Ultimate in comfort, this pair runs shorter, (love the paprika color!)
Lauren Winter – Wide pant, these are a personal favorite of mine!
Everlane – Cropped wide leg pant, love these, just wish the inseam was longer
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