The Pants I’ll be Living in this Winter (& probably Every other Season too): Buddha Pants. {Review}

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The first thing I did when I got back home after spending seven weeks in South Africa was open my Buddha Pants delivery.

I’ve been lusting after a pair of these since I met their founder, Rachel Raab, at a yoga show in London last year. I honestly don’t know why it’s taken me so long to get some.

They’re the kind of pants (or trousers, if you’re in the UK like me, otherwise you’re talking about your undergarments) that look like heaven to climb into…and move around in.

I’ve always loved a good pair of harem pants, but these are pretty unique for a few reasons. They have pockets, which is weirdly uncommon for harems, (or Hammer pants, if you grew up in the 80s like me). They also make a great travel companion because they pack into their own pocket.

They’re perfect for yoga too as they seem to be just baggy enough to allow free movement but not so much as to get in the way, which has been my complaint about other harem pants in the past.

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I must’ve spent easily an hour on the site deciding on which style to try.

There are so many patterns to chose from—over 35 in fact—and unlike the other harem pants I own, these come in a warmer winter material too.

I totally recommend the Savannah Winter Pants, not only because of how awesomely comfy their cut and fit is, but also because the Buddha Pants solids line is all organic cotton, and dyed with plant based materials. The cotton is thick and snugly at that and available in seven earth tone colors in five sizes.

I figured these would be a good choice to see me through the next few months, but even on some pretty warm days this late September in Oxford, they’ve felt perfectly cool paired with a tank top.

But if prints are your thing, Rachel and her team source the material for their printed pants, which is what I got for my two boys, at local Vietnamese markets. The pants are then designed and made by local people near their Ho Chi Minh facility. So although not all the pants are organic cotton, they are all ethically handmade. Rachel is clear that their mission is to create fun, comfy clothing and in doing so make sure that all their practices are as green as possible.

And after wearing my Buddha Pants most every day since I took them out of the neat little canvas bag they came in, I think I’m going to have to order myself a few more pairs so I can actually put them in the wash. I’m not sure my old jeans are going to see much daylight this winter, or ever again really. When I left the corporate world a few years ago, I stopped wearing heels altogether, and now you’d have to pay me to get me back into a pair. I’m starting to feel the same way about my Buddha Pants versus any other item of clothing I own.

But no matter how good I feel in them, there is no way that I look nearly as cute as my two sons look in theirs. I couldn’t resist ordering them a pair each too.

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My eldest said, “I love these trousers mommy, I want to wear them all day and sleep in them!”

Yep, pretty much.

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Author: Khara-Jade Warren

Photos: Author’s own & @buddha_pants on Instagram

 

 

 

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Khara-Jade Warren

Khara-Jade Warren is a mom, writer, editor, and yoga teacher who believes in a straight-talking, no bull approach on the mat, on the page, and in life. She was born and raised in South Africa and, after spending most of her adult life in London and Oxford, she has just made the great trek home with her family. She now lives, outnumbered by too many boys, in a house full of equal parts love and chaos, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. You can connect with her on Facebook or Instagram.

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Khara-Jade Warren Sep 23, 2016 9:06pm

Thanks for the compliment Valerie. :-) Also, these pants are waaaay better for the environment and everyone generally ;-) http://www.elephantjournal.com/2015/01/the-day-i-broke-up-with-lululemon/

Valerie Jabin Alon Sep 22, 2016 2:04pm

I agree! Y'all look great! I bought some similar pants this summer even though I own a drawer full of Lululemon because: (1) I wear them all day every day, (2) It is too hot in Los Angeles to be wearing "performance" fabric; and (3) everybody and their mom is in yoga pants and I am tired of seeing everyone's butt.