Rated 4 out of 5 by lissy4real New Favorite Pants
I'm 4'11" and ordered a 12 petite. The leg length is perfect and I absolutely love the way the material falls. I now have these in four colors! Two minor complaints: 1) by the end of the day, the pants are pretty stretched out and saggy, I do wish they retained their shape better; 2) for a petite, the waist is still pretty high and tends toward uncomfortable if I'm bending or sitting. Still, best pants I've tried in a long time.
September 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Weird Buttons
Unfortunately the first time I wore these pants a button fell off. Since then 4 more buttons have fallen off. I would not buy these again although I like the style.
September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by luckyzack Perfect Pants
These pants are soft yet feel durable and can be worn year round. I love the drawstring so if I gain or lose a couple of pounds they will still fit at the waist. I am a size 4 petite and they fit me perfectly. They sold out of the navy in my size so I am going to get them in a couple of other colors.
September 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by LRS1 So Comfortable
These pants are so comfortable. Not too tight, not too loose. It is like wear pajama pants. Can't go wrong.
September 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TravelerArtist Great for Traveling and Everyday
I wore these while working with Syrian refugees last year, and they were neat-looking, not clingy or tight (which I am heartily sick of, & which is also not acceptable in that conservative community). They looked very nice with a dressy blouse which draped below the waistline or even with a shorter t-shirt. The part I dislike is the tie-waist. I am very thankful it has the button above the zipper, but I tuck in the excess length from the tie or else it looks like your stomach sticks out. Wonderfully cool in the hot Jordanian summer & it's terrific that when I am too hot, I can button them up above the ankles. LOVE those side button pockets - changed my camera lenses in Petra & other areas by sliding them in and out. I can trust the secure sewing on them. The other pockets above those are not deep enough to be very useful. I'd buy these again though because of the coolness and those wonderful side pockets, which are also a great theft deterrent. My cell phone goes into them even at the shopping malls. VERY handy for comfort & ease when I am caregiving. I've worn them so much they have started to 'pill' a bit between the legs. Watch out for some shrinkage. Thank you L.L. Bean - these are a winner!
September 1, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Suzie00369 Good for the summer months
I ordered these pants just before a trip to New Orleans in July. If anything was going to test them in high heat and humidity, it was going to be that place. For those like me who don't like wearing shorts, these turned out to be a good choice.
When it got too hot I could roll them up to mid-calf length and get a little air on my legs. For the most part, though, they were light enough that I felt comfortable with them fully down. Plus they kept the bugs off of me when I went on a swamp tour.
The only complaint I have is the drawstring can really stick out if you're wearing a tight shirt. Then it looks like you have a big bulge on your stomach when someone takes a picture of you. For some people this probably isn't a big deal, but it was a bit annoying for me. I tucked it inside the waistband after realizing the problem and found that did help.
The pants are also quite a bit baggier than I prefer so they aren't something I'd wear during anything but the hottest days, but that was the point. To have something more comfortable in summer months. For those wondering, I ordered a size six regular and it fit fine at the waist and was the right length for my legs at 5'5" tall. To caveat that, I do have a short waist and long legs so for some they may not get the same results.
Overall, these did what I wanted and I would recommend them to anyone else with similar needs.
August 18, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by HonestShopper Uncomfortable at the crotch
I like the material of the pants. It is thick enough for cold climates. Again, the design is the issue. The rise is so low that I get a pulling feeling at the crotch. I don't see that any other reviewers mention it. The rest of the pants is too lose and baggy.
August 14, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by NorthbyNorthwest Great pants!
I purchased two pair of these pants, and I absolutely love them. I'm retired, and I am tired of wearing jeans, which after awhile look out of shape and sloppy. Southports are a great fit and the quality of material is outstanding. They are true to LLBean quality and traditionally high standards. Thank you LLBean! You always come through.
August 11, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by lookingforquality169 Price too high for product quality
The good: Twill fabric is soft.
The not-so-good: Pants run short and they shrink up even with a cool dryer setting and several "pulls" on the pants legs while drying. The flat-felled seams on the outside of the pants legs pucker badly, even with constant stretching while drying. The construction quality is just average; "heavy"-looking stitching and pucker-y pocket seams. The front pockets are too shallow. The drawstring is "ornamental" at best; very little adjustment possible. Buttons are unattractive. "Loden" color is *much* lighter and "greener" than shown.
I hadn't bought clothing from Bean for a few years because I felt that the overall quality, selection, and designs in women's clothing had declined significantly from their past offerings. Unfortunately, these pants don't convince me that anything has changed.
August 9, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by TeacherSailor My favorite pants
I bought a pair of these last summer, and liked them so much I have picked up almost one in every color! The 8 Petite fits me at 5'2" and fluctuating between 139 to 145 lbs. I work in a business casual, but professional, environment and these pressed nicely with a button-down blouse or nice sweater fit the bill. The pockets are a good size and quite functional, but the cut is feminine and modern. I've only rolled and buttoned them up a few times, but they look cute like that as well, although decidedly more casual.
July 12, 2014