Have you ever met one of those people who is just so passionate about what he's doing, so enthusiastic about taking his company in a new direction, so excited to explain to you his creative process, that you can't help but be excited too? Have you ever had that person give you a pair of pants?
Jeffrey Betcher is the founder and creator of Yamstreet Urban Pajama Pants. His goal is to create street pajama pants that can go straight from comfortable to cool - and can take you from lounging on your couch to a dinner with friends, a night at the movies, or just running errands around our crazy little city.
To top it off, he has them made by local makers (supporting the Bayview neighborhood specifically) with regular pant stitching (so they're more durable than normal PJs) and the fabric is all sourced from "small batch" remnants, so nothing goes to waste. That said, a small batch is like 500 pairs of pants - so if you wanted to buy a whole matching set for your family, that's doable too!
I don't know if y'all have noticed, but the plaids are making a huge comeback this year... so when Jeffrey asked Julia and me to try these on for size (and style), we gladly accepted the challenge!
Since the goal of Yamstreet is to make pajama pants that you could wear out to dinner with friends, Julia and I both approached them from the angle of dressing them up. We paired them with some neutral heels (I am obsessed with these French Connection d'orsay heels I just got on super sale at Piperlime) and I thought this brightly colored statement pendant necklace my mom made me would kick the top half up a notch.
The Cambridge "Batchel" reminds me a bit of Catholic school (not that I ever went to one, but I've seen them on the television) so I thought it was a perfect adornment for the plaid pants!
Both Julia and I were pretty honest with Jeffrey about the pants after this challenge: we thought women would want a bit of a tighter fit (she's wearing a Small, and I'm wearing a Medium, and they're both men's sizing), and definitely some more feminine colors. I said a blue plaid would make my day, while Julia wanted solid colors to make it easier to pair tops with them. Either way, the fabric and the quality were spot on - I can't wait to see what the next installment of Yamstreet pants looks like!
If you want to get your very own pair, the Kickstarter is still going on through March 17th. Not a fan of the orange tones? Don't worry! There will be more patterns and colors available, and you'll get to select yours before your pair is made if you support the Kickstarter.
Be honest - would you wear these out and about? How would you style them?
pants | c/o Yamstreet top | Old Navy (similar) heels | French Connection from Piperlime (on sale!) necklace | Maripat Designs (similar) sunglasses | Carrera (similar) bag | Cambridge Satchel Co. "Batchel"
*all opinions are my own regardless of complimentary items.