When it comes to pants, I've never shopped for comfort. I love leather pants that I can barely sit in and make incredibly loud squeaky noises as I walk. I love pants that are oversized to the point of inconvenience. I love vintage jeans so worn-in they rip right near my butt after only a handful of wears. In college, when everyone else was wearing sweats, I'd show up to class in thrifted flared denim from the ’70s that I had dragged through the snow. Some people have a high tolerance for uncomfortable heels (not me!)—mine is for uncomfortable pants.
This also means I don't have a pair of pants I can just "throw on and go." My beloved collection requires a little bit more planning. But on super-lazy days, that can be a bummer.
One day, as I was scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled across a photo of Eva Chen (the platform's director of fashion partnerships)—she was on vacation, looking chic as hell in a pair of wide-leg pants with an elastic waist.
Not long after, she posted again, wearing the same pants but in a different color. At first glance, they weren't something I'd typically wear—but they just looked so comfortable. I really, really wanted them.
I wasn't the only one. Every time: Eva Chen wore them, her comments section was flooded with inquiries about the pants. "Can you take pity on my and link your pants one more time??" one user begged. Another asked, "I need these pants!!! Are they tagged?" And some were so astounded by the pants they couldn't even write in complete sentences with comments like, "Pants!!!! PLS!!!!!"
Eventually, Chen shared the link to the magical pants in her Instagram Story. Turns out, they are $28—and from Amazon.
Soon after, I ordered them in black. And as soon as I got them in the mail, I put them on.
Suddenly I could understand the fervor of those Instagram comments. They were incredible. They fit like a dream. I didn't want to take them off. They also make the perfect base or canvas for any outfit: I love that I can easily pair them with pieces like my neon-green YanYan Knits sweater and a pair of Maryam Nassir Zadeh sandals. (I could never wear these two together, because all of my pants were…too much of a statement. But with these $28 Amazon pants, there was no issue.)
At work I discovered that Glamour assistant culture editor Samantha Leach had, too, been influenced by Chen into buying the $28 pants. "I love her style, but she's usually wearing things way out of my price range, so I was really excited to see that she was wearing something that I could actually afford," she told me. Over the weekend I saw my cousin was wearing them as well—turns out, she also bought them from Chen's Instagram.
They're not at Amazon Coat status just yet, but if any one item inherits that mantle, I think it should be these pants. Every single time I wear them, someone stops me on the street because they want to know where they're from. As soon as I tell them they're under $30 and from Amazon? Forget about it.
Shop the Eva Chen–approved pair of comfortable Amazon pants below in all five colors.
Originally Appeared on Glamour