I have a love/hate relationship with pants.


I’ve said it before and I will say it again; on a dairy farm, pants are not optional.

This is a problem for me.

I hate pants, as some of our neighbors and a few people wanting to ask me about religion have learned over the years, if I am in my house and you stop by unannounced, I will most likely be sans pants.

Why do I dislike pants? Well, pants are stressful and they never seem to fit me right. I’m 5’8″ but my inseam is longer than 6’3″ Hubs. Pants shopping at regular stores is a joke. I ask for longs and if they carry them, the inseam is like 32″, leaving me looking like a white, female Steve Urkle.

Remember him?

Remember him?

Back in May I got an email from Duluth Trading Company inviting me to pick out a few things from their catalog to try out and review here. I have always loved their products so, somewhat surprised that I was picked to work with them, I excitedly headed for their site to shop!

Here is what I picked out!

Duluth Trading Company Rip Stop Dress

So this dress is super adorable and wildly popular. I know this because it was out of stock in my size and I couldn’t try it. But! They do still have it in Small and Medium and you can order it by clicking HERE. It would be adorable with a pair of boots and IT’S ON SALE!!!

Because I am the most amazing wife ever… and I couldn’t get the dress in my size, instead I ordered some pants for Hubs. Because these pants were from Duluth Trading, I knew I didn’t have to  worry about normal pants criteria like, quality, crack coverage and “ball room” and base my selection on one thing, how good they made Hubs’ butt look.

Duluth Trading Company Cool Dry Jeans

I asked Hubs what he wanted to say about these jeans, these are his words.

“The elastic waistband is a wonderful idea. They are quite comfortable. The cut of the jeans fits well. My only detraction is that they are billed to be cooler than regular pants. I didn’t notice that but I also don’t know how hot I would be in the regular firehose pants.”

I like to see him leave while wearing them, if you know what I’m saying! You can order a pair of these jeans by clicking HERE and guess what!?!? They are ON SALE!

So what did I get for myself to try? After pouring over the website and much deliberation, I picked out two items that are now some of my favorite things ever!

I have been coveting a good leather bag like this for a long time. I am not a purse kind of girl, but a good, heavy leather bag like this is something that I knew I would use. This bag is gorgeous! The leather is so soft and you can tell that the bag is quality the first time you touch it. Since I got it I have been using it like crazy to hold my laptop, cords and whatever else I feel the need to carry with me on my travels. I’ve had tons of compliments on it and when I took it to Kentucky for the Alltech Symposium, I thought my friend Taysha was going to try and steal it from me! She has pretty great style, so I took that as a huge compliment! You can check out the full details of this bag and order it by clicking HERE.

So what does all of this have to do with my pants rant you ask?


This lady is not me. In case you were wondering.

This lady is not me. In case you were wondering.

Ok gals, seriously. These pants rock! Not only do they come in a bunch of colors and have a bunch of pockets and roll up into cute capris and dry super quick, they FIT! When I first started looking around the Duluth Trading Company website, I was hesitant. My ape arms and giraffe legs make clothes buying a pain. I found these pants and the inseam options range from 31″ to 35″, that right there pretty much made my life! I got them home and I … well I didn’t wear them to the barn because I liked them so much that I wanted to wear them as good pants. I really think that a pair of these in Black or Coffee Heather or Khaki could be worn as the most comfortable dress pants you’ve ever owned. Coincidentally, shortly after these pants arrived, I ripped out the butt on two pairs of barn jeans in the same week. Lack of time to do laundry and curiosity got the best of me and I put these pants to the farm test. They passed with flying colors. Even after being splattered with manure, they cleaned up perfectly! I’ve washed them and dried them several times and have had zero shrinkage. Ladies, if you’re on the farm at a desk, or if you have one of those jobs that requires you to look presentable but also get down and dirty, which I think covers about 80% of you, do yourself a favor and order yourself these pants HERE. You can thank me later.

Thank you Duluth Trading Company for letting me try out your products! You guys rock!





10 Comments on I have a love/hate relationship with pants.

  1. Jeanna
    July 8, 2014 at 3:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I don’t have inseam problems like you, Carrie, but ugh for the love of God… my dang midwestern rear-end! A good pair of pants are worth every penny spent.
    After reading your blogs I’ve decided I’ll be buying my hard-to-buy-for-future-hubby all of his Christmas/Birthday presents from Duluth. Their commercials crack me up!

  2. Carly
    July 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks for writing about these pants. They look super comfortable. I’m 5’9″ and have the SAME problems. Can’t wait to check these out!

  3. pikaperdu
    July 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm (5 years ago)

    I feel your frustration. 6’1″ here and I have a 36″ inseam. Eddie Bauer does *real* tall inseams, as does Long Tall Sally. And I got a pair of hiking pants from Prana that were long enough.

  4. Taysha Reitzel
    July 9, 2014 at 6:10 am (5 years ago)

    Beware bc I may still steal that bag in our next encounter! :). But for real that bag and those pants are my next purchase! The pants look great bc they seem tough enough for work but yet you’ve shown you can also dress them up! Thanks for sharing these amazing items!

  5. Stephanie
    July 9, 2014 at 8:22 am (5 years ago)

    I’ve been eyeing pants from Duluth Trading all summer…you’ve convinced me and I just placed my order! I’m hoping these will be great for my overseas work trips – Thanks for the great post!

  6. Dawn Panda
    July 10, 2014 at 1:44 am (5 years ago)

    Carrie, I don’t know how slender you are, but I resorted to good ol’ Levi 501′s. Though no longer made exclusively in the U.S., they’re still an excellent quality jean and even better, I can find my 30″ X 36″ (yeah, I’m kinda leggy) at JC Penney’s. If 30″ is too big, that won’t work for you, since the 28″ and smaller only comes in a 32″ inseam.

    • dairycarrie
      July 18, 2014 at 11:31 am (5 years ago)

      Levi’s have never fit me right. I wish they did!

  7. Katie
    July 10, 2014 at 10:46 am (5 years ago)

    Any ladies out there who have had trouble finding pants that fit (that’s probably all of us!)– check out Red Ants Pants! They are awesome! http://redantspants.com/

    • dairycarrie
      July 18, 2014 at 11:32 am (5 years ago)

      I’ve looked at their site but I haven’t bought any yet.

  8. Azure James
    July 28, 2014 at 11:34 am (5 years ago)

    Duluth’s stuff seems nice. I’ve found out to typically wear the cheapest clothes I can find at the dairy farm. Horses can make things a little fancier, and I wouldn’t mind wearing Carhartts at the stable, but yeah it’s denim overalls and cheap t shirts at the dairy for me. I always wore pants 99% of the year even before I started dairy so I don’t have much of a desire for shorts.