Every time I ask a sales associate at a department store to show me the brands they think run small, they say, “Oh! Theory runs incredibly small!”
Every time I complain to someone I don’t own any decent dress pants because I can never find any small enough, they say, “Have you tried Theory? That brand runs REALLY small!”
I would like to set the record straight. Yes, Theory size 00 works for a lot of petites, but not ones as tiny as me.
I tried on some Theory size 00 pants because I’m always hoping that some day, somewhere in a land far far away, I’ll find a cut that fits. Here are my results after trying on several pairs of differing cuts. This is the Max C pant by Theory in size 00.
When the pants are pulled up so the crotch is in the right place, the rise is WAY too high for my body type (I believe Steve Urkel sports this high of a rise).
Length = too long – the pants would need hemming = $$
Waist = too big – the waist would need to be taken in = $$
Thigh and leg = too wide – both would need to be slimmed = $$
Rise = too high – invasive and expensive alteration = lots of $$$
Theory size 00 is overall too large for me and in order to make a pair of these pants properly fit my frame would cost too much money for the price and quality of the pant. Everything wrong with the pant can technically be altered, but shortening the rise is way too costly. I don’t suggest anyone pay that much money to alter a pair of unlined wool/lycra blend pants. A pair of incredibly special cashmere pants…maybe…
On the flip-side, if you’re a little taller, curvier, or have a longer torso than me, then these pants might be a good bet for you.
So, sales associates of the world, please don’t tell me to try Theory size 00 pants anymore. It’s just a big tease.