It looks like I’ll be heading back to the office soon and embracing the hybrid work life with 2 days in the office and working from home 3 days. As a result of this company directive I’ve been looking for comfortable and work appropriate jeans. I found out about All Year Round (AYR) through an ad on Instagram and I noticed that a few people I knew followed them so I figured I’d give them a try since I like their timeless aesthetic. They’re designed in NYC and made in LA. AYR’s products are pricey but I found code BINGO for 15% off your first order which also worked on top of their 20% off 2 or more tees promotion. I ordered 2 tees and a few of their denim styles/washes to try and both times my order arrived in a two business days since they shipped via a Quiet Logistics facility in the same state (I’m in MA).
The material for the sno cone tee is very thin but it’s not too see through in white with a nude bra. This tee is the perfect length for someone petite (with a shorter torso) and it doesn’t look awkward untucked. For size reference I’m 5′ 2.5″ and between 113 pounds. I kept this tee and I hope it holds up but I wish the material was a bit thicker.
LEFT: Free Assembly Women’s Short Sleeve Crop Box Tee, size XS (click here to view the clip from my try-on) | RIGHT: AYR The Sno Cone, size XS (click here to view the clip from my try-on) | $25 Free Assembly Women’s High-Rise Jeggings, size 0 short | Sam Edelman Loraine Loafers (review here)
Update 3/28/22: As an affordable alternative I would recommend this $10 cropped boxy Free Assembly tee in white which fits similar to the sno cone tee except for the neckline is more relaxed since it doesn’t come up as high (the material is also slightly thicker). When I laid both tees on top of each other the cut, fit and length is the same in size XS. I like and would also recommend this Velvet Lula swing tee which I reviewed here but it’s pricey at $79 full price.
As an older millennial I’m not afraid to admit that I love skinny jeans but I ordered AYR’s popular straight ankle jeans to try. My usual size 25W is very stretchy in this wash. Actually the three washes I tried in this blog post were all soft and stretchy. The whiskering of the Bomba wash is just as pictured online but I didn’t like it in person. I wish I could try the Laid Back wash which looks more work appropriate but my preferred inseam and size is currently sold out. When I tried on these jeans I found that the wash is too trendy for my preference and the frayed hem makes them very casual. The material is 95% cotton, 3% polyester and 2% elastane. Size 25W has a 26″ waist and the waistband stretches to 29″.
I was hoping to try the white jeans but only the black color has popped back in stock. I sized up in these black jeans since some of the online review mentioned that they run small. They’re very stretchy so I’m curious how my usual size would have fit. The material is 95% cotton, 4% polyester and 1% elastane. Size 26W has a 28″ waist and the waistband stretches to 30″.
I originally tried the hi-rise jeans in my usual size and while they’re extremely stretchy it was snug around my hips as seen here. The tag in the back is sewn in such a way that it rubs against your skin. I like the dark wash for the fall and the color didn’t seem to bleed on my hands when I tried it on. This style fits like legging jeans (jeggings) and the waistband doesn’t cut into your waist unlike other brands due to the stretch. The stretchy material is a blend of 42% cotton, 31% rayon, 17% tencel, 8% polyester and 2% lycra. Size 25W has a 24″ waist and the waistband stretches to 27″. For size 25W note that the leg opening is 9″ unlike the 10″ they listed online but the pant legs of this size fit me perfectly compared to the pant legs of the next size up.
I re-ordered the hi-rise jeans in a size up and while the fits is more comfortable through the waist and hips but the pant legs wrinkled at the knees since they’re slightly little less slim through the pant legs compared to size 25W. Size 26W has a 24″ waist and the waistband stretches to 28″.
The material for this long sleeve tee is very thin but it’s not too see through in white with a nude bra on. Size XS has a 43″ chest. I read a few online reviews that mentioned holes in the stomach area so I returned it. The sleeves are loose so they look better pushed up. Usually I end up with holes in the stomach area if I do the half tuck and it doesn’t matter how thin or thick the material is. I think doing a half tuck causes the front of the material to catch on the zipper at the top of waistband which may be the root cause of the tiny holes. I like the idea of t-shirts but I dislike when they end up with tiny holes in the midsection after only one/a few wears.
After AYR finishes processing my returns I might order more styles/washes/sizes to try. I’ve also heard really good things about MOTHER denim and I just ordered this cropped pair which has a 26″ inseam.
Update 10/4: I returned some of the items that didn’t work via The UPS Store on Friday 10/1 and I just received an email from Narvar Returns that my return arrived. I’m happy that AYR processed my return in a timely manner and the funds were back on my credit card within 2 business days.
Update 10/14: I went up one size in The Pop in the magnolia wash based on the other online reviews and I’m glad that I did. In person it’s a soft white (similar to ecru) versus a bright white. This style is very stretchy and comfortable and it’s 96% cotton, 2% polyester and 2% polyurethane. Size 26 has a 9.5″ front rise, 28″ waist and the waistband stretches to 31″. I don’t like the fact that the front pocket lining shows through and it’s a detail I thought that they would address for a pair jeans at this price point. The stretchy denim material is thinner so it’s more suitable for spring, summer and early fall.
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