I’ve mentioned the importance of doing sit-down tests before you commit to an item of clothing, and it bears repeating. It’s top of mind for me because it was the reason I passed on a potentially fabulous pair of red tartan pants last week.
Then I remembered to do the sit-down test to ensure that the crotch point, thigh area and waist was comfortable. In less than a nanosecond the fit problem was clear. The high front rise was fine as long as I was standing and striding, but poufed out making the zipper buckle as soon as I sat down. There were multiple creases across my crotch point and belly area due to too much fabric in the rise. When I stood back up, the creases did not go away and looked awful. A little pant creasing is fine, but this was excessive. Unfortunately they were not nearly as good a fit as my other checked J.Crew pants, which have a slightly lower rise. Back they went.
Remember to sit down and move around a bit in clothing before you pull off the tags. Make sure you can drive in outerwear, that necklines aren’t too low, that hemlines aren’t too high, and that the buttons of shirts and blouses don’t gape.