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October 24, 2016 8:10 AM   Subscribe

As it is finally cooling off in our area, I am in need of new corduroy pants. I am a plus size, petite (long torso, short legs) curvy (small waist, but hippy) woman. However, where I'm even more of a special snowflake is that I'm a child of the 90s, so this skinny pant/legging popularity is pure torture for me.

At a minimum I'd like a boot cut or a flare leg, but most of my traditional sources for pants are cord free this season. Ideally I'd like a zipper fly (not a pull on all elastic waist), as the elastic waist ones I've found in the past have been called out as not professional enough for work.

Where I've struck out so far:
Brick & mortar - Lane Bryant, LB Outlet, Dress Barn, Torrid, CJ Banks
Online - Eshakti doesn't have cords, LLBean appears to only go up to a 20. I'm pretty certain that the "straight leg" at JJill will need to be altered at the waist if they fit my hips. Kohls only has cord leggings in plus.

Lands End is my strongest candidate so far. I am a competent enough seamstress to hem pants and take in the waist if need be, but not enough to make my own pants. Help me stay warm this winter!
posted by librarianamy to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (8 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've had good luck with Old Navy cords. They have a micro-flare plus size option that could work.
posted by jenny76 at 8:20 AM on October 24, 2016

How about Chadwicks of Boston?
posted by gsh at 8:20 AM on October 24, 2016

For what it's worth, I've had those Lands End pants and really liked them.

If you've never tried, check it out. They are an umbrella site for some plus size brands including Torrid and Ulla Popken as well as their own brands (Woman Within, Roamans, Jessica London, etc.). The quality and sizing can be hit or miss, but people post reviews, so read those.

Here are some bootcut corduroy pants from Ulla Popken, just to start with.
posted by cabingirl at 8:28 AM on October 24, 2016 [1 favorite]

My Patagonia cords were not cheap, but I love them so. They are the best. They do go on sale sometimes!
posted by john_snow at 9:14 AM on October 24, 2016

These pants look good. They have a petite option. I like the Loft for pants in general.
posted by gryphonlover at 10:09 AM on October 24, 2016

My cords from Eddie Bauer are my favorite pants, and I wear them until they're worn out. I am not a petite and can't speak to that, but I am curvy along the same lines you are and they fit well.
posted by The corpse in the library at 11:44 AM on October 24, 2016

I am also a curvy person who wears her Eddie Bauer cords to death. I am 5' 2" on a tall day and do have to get them hemmed.
posted by charmedimsure at 12:04 PM on October 24, 2016

Lands' End is totally what you want. I don't see it in the description of the ones you linked to, but when I bought a couple pairs of cords (5-pocket) from them last year they hemmed to my specified length when I ordered.
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