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I’ve been searching for a great pair of pants for months. My wants weren’t too wild, but it proved challenging to find the right pants. I wanted pants that weren’t too long on me (I’m 5’2″), weren’t too small, and didn’t feel baggy to the point of ridiculousness. Basically, your girl just wanted a nice, relaxed pair of pants. When I first saw Free People parachute pants on a hanger, I wasn’t sure whether they were for me. Now, I want to order them in more colors. Even though I genuinely love them, they aren’t perfect. Let’s get into the good and bad.
Free People Parachute Pants
I still love skinny jeans (sorry, Gen Z), but I’ve wanted to leave my style comfort zone. After seeing baggy-but-not-too-baggy pants all over my Instagram feed, I felt influenced. I wasn’t ready for how difficult it’d be to find pants that worked for me! Many trendy brands don’t carry my size (we’ll get into this later). I didn’t want to spend more than $100, so many higher-end companies were out of reach. These were the perfect fit (pun intended) for several reasons.
In the pictures above, the brighter green pants on the left are large, while the olive green pair is in a size extra-large. I tried both sizes but ended up going with the XL. While the large technically worked, it was tighter throughout the crotch than I felt comfortable with. The pants don’t come in sizes larger than an XL, which is a bummer. But I will tell you that they run big. I’m a 34 in jeans and usually a 16/18/1X in bottoms. The XL is almost slightly big on me, and I noticed they sag by the end of the day. It’s not noticeable enough to deter me from wearing them, but I think I’m somewhere between an L and XL in these. I guess the XL could be worn comfortably up to a US size 20 or 22.
I don’t feel comfortable calling these plus-size parachute pants because the size range is limited. Still, I think someone in the smaller range of plus-size sizing could easily make these work. (It goes without saying that brands should expand their size ranges to accommodate all bodies.)
The pants cost $78 and are 63% cotton and 37% rayon. I was hoping to find a pair of linen pants when I first started the search, but I realized that 1) linen is expensive and 2) wrinkles very easily. I try to avoid using my iron, so this was a deterrent for me. Are the Free People parachute pants worth it? I gladly paid $78 because I’d been looking for so long. Your mileage may vary, but I think they’re good enough quality to pay the same amount again.
If you’ve made it this far, you already know that I love these pants. Free People has excellent customer service, in my experience, and returning the too-small pair was a breeze. I love styling mine with a cropped tee or oversized shirt/sweater tucked into the waistband. Overall, these are some of my favorite fashion finds this year. YOU CAN SHOP THEM HERE.