Review: Lands’ End ‘Starfish’ trousers

A great casual trouser for everyday wear.

Starfish trousersI set out this morning to review the Lands’ End Mary Jane Trekker, but since I see it’s no longer available, I’ll turn instead to one of the other items I’ve been living in lately (the shoes are great, by the way – a neat, practical alternative to Crocs, with a memory foam footbed and a useful velcro strap to hold them on your feet). 

The correct name for the Starfish trousers (Starfish is a collection) is Women’s Regular Refined Stretch Jersey Trousers and you can find them here. They come in a wide range of sizes, including plus sizes, and in three lengths. I’m 5’2" and the petite fits me just fine. And currently, many sizes and colours are reduced from the normal £35 to £25. 

These have become my go-to trouser for everyday wear. They could, for me, be improved by having pockets, though these would have to be stitch-down in order to lie flat, so you’d lose some of the slimness. The lack of proper pockets (there is a small one for a credit card) does mean you benefit from wearing a top with pockets. They also have a slight issue in that they can give you a bit of a camel-toe, which is noticeable in the paler colours, so you may need a longer top. I kill two birds with one stone by wearing longish, tunic-style tees or polo-collar tops, with pockets (also from Lands’ End). 

However, when it comes to comfort and practicality, these pants can’t be beat. The cotton jersey/spandex fabric is thick and substantial, with quite a corseting effect, and the waistband lies completely flat and comes up nice and high at the back – these trousers disappear under other layers. Once on, you can pretty much forget you’re wearing them, they are so comfortable, and they also have a very slimming effect because of the fall of cloth. They wash well and don’t give at the knees because of the high elasthane content. 

In black they are smart enough for evening or the office, while in the other colours, they are useful for casual wear. I bought them in charcoal heather and bistre heather (a lovely chocolate brown heather that has a slightly purple tinge), and liked them so much I then ordered them in black and nightshadow blue, which is a good medium airforce blue. I’d like still more pairs in the smoke brown heather and navy. 

Lands’ End have also introduced these pants in a slim-leg style (not good for me) and a legging, which is useful under dresses, as well as a cropped version. 

I once had two pairs of jeans made in thick cotton jersey, from Fenn Wright and Manson, which I wore until they literally fell apart (I looked down one day when I was sitting on the loo and realised I could see daylight through them). I have a feeling that these trousers will fill a similar role in my wardrobe.  

4.5 stars – they lose half a star solely for the lack of pockets.  

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