The first two chapters of the monograph in which I embarked on a journey to find amazing pants were revelatory, if slightly insipid. I realized that for all my boohooing about believing in finding pants that required neither alterations nor compromise (on style), I eventually have to concede on one front. When confronted with that choice, I think I would undoubtedly choose the more stylistically attractive option and head down the path of pervasive alterations.

I have not yet ventured into department stores for their assorted if slightly chaotic collections and still hold out hope that a mall staple would have something for me. My search took me to New York & Company‘s online store, where its petite collection can be found.

I am not that familiar with NY&Co. since its investment in extended sizes is fairly new and limited to online. I always thought their styles a tad matronly and the workmanship unremarkable.

Having calibrated my expectations accordingly, my experience can be described as satisfactory. The material is more than adequate for the sale prices at which I purchased these pants but the fit had some room for improvement (for me).

I am 5’2 with a long waist and average legs, wear 3″ heels, and fall somewhere between petite and regular lengths at NY&Co.

Style: The 7th Avenue Bootcut City Double Stretch Pant
Fabric: 64% polyester, 32% rayon, and 4% spandex; unlined.
Fit: Best for someone with muscular/thicker legs and proportional waist.
Care: Machine Wash

The 7th Avenue Bootcut City Double Stretch Pant | 0P | Cherry Lane
Waist: 13.5″ | Hip: 18″ | Length: 36″ | Inseam: 29″

Style: The 7th Avenue Bootcut City Double Stretch Pant
Fabric: 64% polyester, 32% rayon, and 4% spandex; unlined.
Fit: Best for someone with muscular/thicker legs and proportional waist.
Care: Machine Wash

The 7th Avenue Bootcut City Double Stretch Pant | 0P | Beating Red
Waist: 13.5″ | Hip: 18″ | Length: 35.5″ | Inseam: 29″

Style: The 7th Avenue Bootcut City Double Stretch Pant
Fabric: 64% polyester, 32% rayon, and 4% spandex; unlined.
Fit: Large to size; best for someone with a proportionally larger lower waist.
Care: Machine Wash

The 7th Avenue Bootcut City Double Stretch Pant | 0P
Waist: 14″ | Hip: 19″ | Length: 36.5″ | Inseam: 29.5″

Style: 7th Avenue City Double Stretch Wide Leg Pant with Silvertone Hardware Detail
Fabric:64% polyester, 32% rayon, and 4% spandex.
Fit: Best for someone with a curvier figure.
Care: Machine Wash

7th Avenue City Double Stretch Wide Leg Pant with Silvertone Hardware Detail | 0P
Waist: 13.5″ | Hip: 18″ | Length: 37″ | Inseam: 30″

Style: The 7th Avenue Gabardine Bootcut Pant
Fabric: 98% cotton and 2% spandex; unlined.
Fit: Regular length pants appear to be tailored for someone who is 5’5.
Care: Machine Wash

The 7th Avenue Gabardine Bootcut Pant | 0R
Waist: 14.5″| Hip: 18.5″ | Length: 39″ | Inseam: 32″

Style: The Crosby Street Double Stretch Tailored Flare Pant
Fabric: 64% polyester, 32% rayon, and 4$ spandex; unlined.
Fit: Best for someone with slim legs and a proportional waist.
Care: Machine Wash

The Crosby Street Double Stretch Tailored Flare Pant | 0P
Waist: 14.25″ | Hip: 18″ | Length: 35.5″ | Inseam: 29.5″

I returned my entire order because I don’t have room for pants that are just “ok”–fit ok and
look ok. I do want to mention that NY&Co. sales associates are incredibly patient and friendly. Many store associates couldn’t help but look annoyed when I return more than 3 items at once but not NY&Co. employees (it could just be the location I visited, but I was impressed).

Previously on Pants Adventure: Banana Republic and J. Crew.

Next up: Loft (where an extra 60% off sale is currently happening)!

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