Review of the Genie Bra and Pajama Jeans
Pajama Jeans and Genie Bra: As Seen on TV
Have you ever been tempted to buy one of those products they advertise on TV, like a Genie Bra or Pajama Jeans? For a long time, I was tempted but never made the move. However, I was recently able to buy both of those items in local stores, so I’ll tell you what I think about them.
I have purchased these products myself, and nobody has paid me for my opinion
Genie Bra Is the Least Uncomfortable Bra
I’ve Always Hated Bras
They were the most uncomfortable thing. I was small chested, so could get away without wearing a bra for most of my life. However, the past few years, the girls couldn’t so much stand on their own.
I used to resort to sports bras, but they look terrible under clothes. I got an Ahh bra on eBay for a little less than the TV price, but it was so thin it just didn’t do much for me, and the elastic band around my rib cage was still uncomfortable.
I have to tell you that the Genie Bra is much, much more supportive than the Ahh Bra. It has pockets with thin foam pads that slip in, it looks much more like a regular bra under your clothes. After wearing it every day for a week, this is the least uncomfortable bra I have ever worn, and it has plenty of support for a woman my size.
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Where Can I Buy a Genie Bra in Stores?
Genie Bras used to only be available through mail order, but not any more. There are several stores that carry them. I got mine at CVS, but I have also seen them at Walgreen's and Rite Aide.
When I saw it on TV, I thought the Genie bra was pretty much the same as the Ahh Bra, and I was put off by the fact that you had to “buy 3 get 3 free” for $59.99 plus shipping and handling. What if I didn’t like it, why would I want 6 of them? The ad says there’s a money back guarantee, but I doubted that I would ever get my money back, and even if I did it would take forever.
Then I spotted two-packs of Genie Bras at CVS Pharmacy for only $19.99. Without hesitation I bought a pack. They only had medium and large. My normal bra size is 34B. I got the large, and I’m glad I did, I wouldn’t want it to be any tighter.
Expensive Bra vs Genie Bra
I liked this video I found on YouTube, but it doesn't look like the Genie Bras she's holding up have the pads in them. The one she has on looks like it does though. I think she looks great, you can't even tell she's not wearing one of those expensive, uncomfortable bras.
Take Out the Pads Before Washing
One problem I have is that the pads tend to slide around in the pockets. I read on the package, after it was too late, that you're supposed to take them out before washing. After I washed them the pads were all bunched up and when I pulled them out the fabric covering came off of the pads.
Actually now they don't slide around nearly as much without the coverings, so maybe that would be a design improvement. Better yet, they could just sew them in, I never wear the bras without the pads.
After several washes the Genie Bras got a little pilled up. I've always just thrown them in with my regular laundry. I bought another two-pack thinking this time I'd treat them more delicately. The second pair of Genie Bras really did hold up a lot better when I took extra care when laundering them.
They Run Small
On the second two-pack, I increased the size to extra large. They are more comfortable; I was afraid they'd be too big, but it's not a problem at all.
I think the Genie Bras were well worth the $19.95, for a two-pack, it's less than $10 per bra. However, as I mentioned before, I have a severe aversion to bras. I will put up with a lot for a little comfort.
I Used to Love Tight Jeans
When I was a young chick in my 20s, I used to squeeze my sweet little behind into a pair of pants made for a child. The tighter the better, that was the style back then.
That's not me anymore. I am no longer willing to suffer in the name of fashion.
I had seen the commercials for Pajama Jeans on TV. They didn't look too bad, and if they were comfortable...
I was interested, but they seemed a little pricey especially for something I couldn't touch before I bought it.
The Tight Jeans I Used to Love
Now Available in Stores
I was shopping at Rite Aide when I spotted, you guessed it, Pajama Jeans. They were $39.95, just like they have been everywhere I had ever seen them. I was still hesitant. They still seemed a little pricey, and they didn't come with the "free" T-shirt in the TV ad, but at least I saved the $7.95 S&H. I figured I have the receipt, if I don’t like them, at least I can take them back to the store.
Now let’s get one thing straight, I would never be caught dead at the grocery store in my pajamas. But when I’m at home I do like to get comfy. It’s not unusual for me to stay in my PJ’s all day if I’m at home on the weekend.
I know people make fun of them, but if someone showed up unexpectedly, I would feel a lot more dressed if I was wearing Pajama Jeans than if I was wearing my regular PJ’s.
Pajama Jeans Spoiled Me for Other Pants
After I had been wearing them about two hours, I thought they felt pretty good, and they looked pretty good. They were maybe not quite as comfortable as PJ’s, and definitely not as good looking as your favorite jeans. They're kind of a funny color, and the top stitching looks a little odd. But I have seen worse looking jeans (in fact I have worn worse looking jeans). Heck I thought I might even wear them to the grocery store.
Two days later I was practically living in my Pajama Jeans they were so soft and comfy. I wore them to the store, and seriously I don't think one person noticed they weren't jeans. Also, I like that the front is smooth, unlike the fly in some jeans. They are very form-fitting, so if you are self-conscious about your body you may not like them, but if you have a nice butt they'll show it off very well. In fact, you have to be careful what kind of underwear you wear because they do show a panty line.
Even my husband likes the way they look, and he is not one to withhold his opinion. Maybe I shouldn't have bought these, they've spoiled me for other pants.
Oh, one other thing, they only come in one length. They were too long for me. I'm only 5'1" and it's not at all unusual for me to have to shorten my pants if I can't find the ones I want in petite.
What I Would Change About Pajama Jeans
The one thing I really don't like is the hot pink drawstring. If it is left hanging out, it really stands out. Something more like the color of the pants would be better.
I actually would prefer a flat elastic waist to the drawstring. They are easier to pull up and down, and more comfortable, and no chance of the string hanging out. The last couple of pairs I have bought, I replaced the drawstring with a wide, flat elastic. I like them better that way. I realize that most people wouldn't be willing to do that.
Pajama Jeans Get Better With Age
After they've been washed a few times they look more like real denim than they did at first. That funny color fades out and they look more like blue jeans. I think most people with a low opinion of Pajama Jeans have never put a pair on. Maybe the marketing was a bad idea, calling them Pajama Jeans. They're really just comfortable pants, more like yoga pants, not pajamas. That's what I think, but then I am a comfort junkie.
I usually wear my Pajama Jeans when I would wear jeans, except if I'm doing something like working in the yard. Since they are a knit fabric, they are not very tough. If I'm working in the yard I wear regular jeans to keep from damaging my old stand bys.
I don't wear them very much in the summer, when it's hot. I like to wear leggings under them when it's really cold.The pajama jeans are a blessing when you're sitting for an extended length of time, like on a long car trip, or on an airplane for that matter.
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They Still Fit after Weight Loss
When I got my Pajama Jeans I weighed about 138 pounds. At that time my mediums fit pretty snugly, but after wearing them for an hour or so they would stretch out a little and they did not feel too tight.
I have lost some weight, I'm down to 120. They are less form fitting now, but they hold their shape well and do not look saggy or baggy. I think these pants are a good option for someone in a weight transition.
Because of the drawstring at the waist they are adjustable and you will not have to keep buying new jeans as your size changes.
New Styles and Colors!
I still have both of my original pairs of pajama jeans, and I still wear them regularly. They have held up very well considering that they are over two years old, and I have worn them a lot. Still, I was feeling like I wanted some new ones.
Now that I'm sure how they fit and everything, I thought I might as well look into ordering them online. When I first got them, they were only available in the denim blue color, in boot cut.
When I checked out the official PajamaJean website, I saw that they are now offered in black, red, green and purple. They also have a Cranberry Brocade and an Indigo Brocade pattern. All colors come in boot cut and also in Skinny Jean style.
They are continuously adding more colors and styles. They have shorts, skirts, capris and maternity pants too.
The original denim and the black are only $39.99, the other colors are $49.99. I ended up ordering one pair of black boot cut, and one of black skinny. I had a coupon for free shipping that popped up on an ad after I had visited the website, so that made me feel good about ordering online.
It took about two weeks to receive my new pants. As before, they were a couple of inches too long for me, but I'm used to having to hem my pants. I'm happy with the way they look. I'm not used to wearing skinny jeans, I'd like it better if they offered just a straight leg, but these are not too tight on my calves, and I have muscular calves. It's nice to have another option besides the boot cut.
Look for Them in Stores
If you want to try Genie Bra or Pajama Jeans, and you have any doubts, I would definitely suggest that you look around in drug stores like Rite Aide and CVS that have the "as seen on TV" sections. That way it's so much easier to take them back if they don't live up to your expectations. I do love mail order though, as long as I know exactly what I want, and if the price is right, why not save gas, and the aggravation of shopping, and have it delivered to my door?
© 2011 Sherry Hewins