Alice Takes a Trip is an indie brand that changes up basic pieces like denim jeans and plain t-shirts with quirky designs like floral motifs, embroidered quotes and distressing. By the way, I’m describing them they sound so much more boring than they are! In reality, I think they’re a mix of Kinderwhore cute and grungy style.
But I digress!
I’m here to talk about two pairs of jeans I bought from them recently when they went on sale. The Bees Knees Ripped Jeans and Love Me Hate Me Mom Jeans. Both have a high waist and are black denim, of course! But they’re both super different in style and fabric.
I’ve bought from them previously: this Alice Takes a Trip backpack featured in a back to school outfit of the day. But that was their Asos Marketplace store rather than their Big Cartel store.
Buying & Returns at Alice Takes a Trip
Firstly, let’s talk about the buying process.
I had some issues with the buying process that stem from the fact that they don’t have a sizing chart. If you look at their FAQ page, they write: “If you are unsure about your size please contact us stating the item you are enquiring about and provide your chest, waist and hip measurements. This enables us to get back to you asap with the correct size to order.” This is a bit irritating because we don’t all have time to directly email them. Especially since I did email them later in the process and they never wrote back!
My jeans were both a size too small. It wasn’t any particular designs. Each pair of jeans is made from entirely different fabric – the bee’s knees has an incredible stretch, while the mom jeans are a very hard and firm denim.
Anyway, I emailed them asking if I could swap sale items due to incorrect sizing because generally there are no returns or available swaps on most sites with sale pieces. They never responded, even months after I had returned the jeans. They never emailed letting me know they received my returned package, or that they were sending out any swapped items. It’s a bit irritating because I wasn’t sure if my package had even reached them. I thought it was lost in the mail!
Check out the outfit post these images are from for the full look!
The Bees Knees High Waisted Black Skinny Jeans
These jeans are so stretchy and comfy, perfect for the skinny jean style. The torn holes in the knee area are a little low or high depending on how tall or short you are, but that isn’t the fault of the company. I’m quite short at 5″2 and they rest a little high on my knees. Due to the stretch though, it helps changes the knee positioning more easily for different sizes.
When wearing these, the knee gap does widen over time. But they strink back down when you aren’t wearing them. Sometimes they feel far too open though and I can feel the fabric swimming around my knees.
The Love Me Hate Me High Waisted Mom Rose Jeans
The Love Me Hate Me jeans are another story. The denim is so thick and strong! They certainly can’t be worn as skinny jeans or regular fit jeans. The style is very straight up and down. It helps add shape by cuffing the bottom and wearing a belt. Actually, wearing these without a belt is a little uncomfortable. I have large hips, so they fit perfectly there. But they always slide down from my waist within minutes of readjusting them. Then again, wearing them with a belt is also super uncomfortable. To take these pictures I actually pulled a muscle trying to put on my shoes because the waist is so thick! You really have to bend in an awkward way to lean down.
They’re not very flattering jeans, but they are mum jeans. Great for a masculine look or paired with a super tight fitting crop top.
Even though Alice Takes a Trip’s customer service wasn’t the absolute best, I still love these jeans. They’re both incrediably good quality. Which is great because they did cost quite a lot! In total with shipping and the exchange rate into Australian Dollars it cost me around $180. That was before having to pay to return them. Do you think they’re worth the price? Are you a sucker for good customer service? Let me know!