Outfit Crisis : One Teaspoon Bandits Shorts Review
I've never shared a review before, but after researching and wanting a pair of One Teaspoon shorts for ages, I finally got not one but two pairs! I bought one pair second hand on Tradesy (more on that experience below) and the other pair online from Free People. Both pairs are the Bandits style which feature a higher rise, light to medium distressing, concealed four button closure, half-rolled hem and signature five pocket design. One Teaspoon is known for their baggie, rocker chic fit and for making shorts that looks super short but actually aren't. The Bandits are cut in a U shape so that they're longer in the back and shorter in the front. They're also longer on the inner thigh than the outer. Basically, you get a super flattering fit that's also really comfortable.
Originally from Australia, One Teaspoon is a denim company that was founded in 2000 by a woman named Jamie Blakey. She'd worked in fashion for a few years, and had been making her own clothes since she was a kid. She wasn't finding inspiration in what was currently available, so she scraped together $3,000 and started her own line. Over the last few years I've noticed the iconic shorts pop up on fashion blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. They're super flattering, and I finally couldn't resist.
Before I pulled the plug and bought my own, I did a ton of research. I found the size guide confusing since the goal is to wear them slightly big. Reviews were mixed on which size to pick. Some people sized down--I knew this wasn't what I wanted since I can't stand really tight denim shorts. The remaining reviews were split between suggesting people order their regular size or one size up. I suggest actually measuring yourself where you want the shorts to sit and checking out the One Teaspoon size chart.
I ordered one pair in my regular denim size, which is a 27, and one in a 28. All my designer denim is size 26 or 27, but on the One Teaspoon size chart, in the 'drop waist' column I'm a 27. The true to size pair fit well, have a good baggie fit, and are comfy. The butt isn't super loose, and I haven't experience the diaper look that some reviews talked about. This is the pair I purchased new from Free People. They're the Hustler wash, which I'd say is true to what is pictured on the website. The fabric is a bit stiff, but I think it will soften up with wear. The only downside is the top button is super difficult to button and unbutton. When I first got them I thought maybe it was me, but my boyfriend had trouble when I made him try, and they're just as difficult on as they are off. I've thought about returning or exchanging them, but I think they'll get better with wear.
The 28, which are one size up from my regular or more loose and extra comfy. I like the wash on the 28 better, and the fit is definitely more comfortable. The butt is a little loose, but not too loose. In the 28, while the fit is relaxed, there's no way they'd fall down or slip too low while I'm wearing them. I can push them down and wear them at hip level, or pull them up and wear them closer to my natural waist. The 28 is the pair I got from Tradesy, and they look like they've been worn only a few times. The tag, pockets and color of the metal buttons are different than the new pair from Free People which makes me think that they're a year or two old--which is fine by me! I scored them deeply discounted, so I didn't care that they were a size up. Also, the posted photos were pretty horrible. They were super dark and greenish, and you couldn't tell what the actual wash looked like. Luckily, I love the medium blue wash and rose gold metal details. Buying and shipping from Tradesy was simple, and was done with some communication between me and the seller. Initially when I 'purchased' the shorts, the seller was on vacation. She couldn't ship within three days, which I said was fine, but Tradesy canceled the order. Tradesy credited me back my purchase cost in full. The seller messaged me when she was back from her trip, and let me know she was going to relist them. The second time around everything went smoothly and shipping only took three days. The shorts weren't exactly clean, but honestly since they were so cheap I don't mind throwing them in the wash. Also, since they're a bit big, I can wash and dry them without worrying that they'll shrink!
Hopefully warm weather and sunshine will return soon so I can wear them on repeat!