I remember the first time I heard the term “jeggings.” My reaction to these leggings-jeans hybrid can be summed up in one word: NOPE. I was already adamantly anti-leggings. “Leggings aren’t pants!” was my battle cry. Considering I am currently writing this clad in leggings that are most definitely acting as pants, you might wonder when the shift happened. I can tell you exactly when. When I got pregnant. I was down with leggings once I needed pants with some … “support.” I didn’t want to zip up or button a fly. And I also got sick of having to bend down to tuck and fold my pants into my boots. So leggings became my best friend. As for jeggings, I continued to be anti-jeggings during my first pregnancy. I had one pair of pregnancy jeans, and they were the style with the delightfully soft, stretchy belly panel and a fake button. I was sad when I finally had to stop wearing them a few months postpartum. Once I finally tried on a pair of jeggings, I swear the heavens above opened in the Calvin Klein Outlet Store change room, and I saw the light. The look of jeans with the comfort of leggings? YES.
Little Miss Cub, who shall make none of the fashion mistakes of her mother up until she’s old enough to dress herself (so … maybe one more year?) owns many pairs of jeggings. But I’ve found something even better that straight-up jeggings. I’ve found Coton Vanille Evolutive Pants in “Tout en Jeans.”
Now I am definitely familiar with this style of one-size-fits-baby-to-toddler trouser. Sometimes you’ll see them called maxaloones, bum pants or grow-with-me pants. In French, they are called pantalons évolutifs. Makers and users of these pants whose first language is French have taken to calling them “Evolutive Pants” in English. Being the language aficionado that I am, I went down to the basement to my trusty Canadian Oxford Dictionary, and “evolutive” is, as I suspected, not actually a word in English. However, the moniker is apropos because these pants evolve like Pokémon as your child grows from a Pichu to a Pikachu to a Raichu!
Coton Vanille’s maxaloones are designed to fit your child from about six months old all the way to at least three. Of course, depending on your baby, they might fit sooner or later than six months and last until well-past or not quite until age three. What’s certain is that you won’t fall in love with these pants only to discover they’ve become clamdiggers after an overnight growth spurt. Little Miss Cub is a bit small for her age, measuring around 30 inches tall and weighing about 20 lbs. She has lots of room to grow in her Coton Vanille pants, but not so much room that they’re baggy or fall down. These pants are cost effective: get three year’s use out of them and that’s just $11 a year!
Unlike an ordinary pair of children’s pants, Coton Vanille’s design features a bum circle. You can choose designs with a contrasting bum circle, cuffs and waistband, but I was going for the authentic jeans look. What’s so wonderful about that extra fabric at the bum? First of all, there’s a lot of room for cloth diapers. Secondly, your child is more comfortable in the baby carrier because the extra fabric means the pant legs don’t get pulled and bunched up. Plus, the long cuffs keep ankles warm!
The tall, stretchy waistband and long cuffs on Vanille’s pants make for a customizable fit without relying on annoying elastics and buttons. The waistband can be folded down depending not only on your child’s height, but also on the weather. I like to leave the waistband completely unfolded—kind of like a cummerbund—to keep her tummy warm when it’s chilly. Otherwise, I fold it down so it sits comfortably above her hips. No stiff fabric digging into her tummy chub when she’s in the car seat! The stretchy cuffs of the Coton Vanille pants can also be folded up or down as needed.
Coton Vanille was founded in 2014 by Myriam Lavoie, who lives in Rimouski, Quebec. They also make adorable toques, hairbands and infinity scarves for your stylin’ dudes and dudettes. Their products are lovingly designed and manufactured in Canada, and they offer free shipping with no minimum purchase in Canada and the US!
Coton Vanille’s maxaloones are ethically made and affordably priced. But besides that, they’re ridiculously practical, adorable and fashionable.
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