So, on the last Friday of every month, I’ll do this little segment… a review on some clothes I bought online.
Why? Because I was looking for something like this myself when I was going to buy them, so I think it’ll be helpful.
Product: This month’s article of clothing are these bondage-style Japanese pants from Punk Rave. You’ll most likely find them on ebay if you search “Kera”.
Info: Now, I’m a size 8 or 9 in average pants sold in the United States. I bought a size XXL of these pants to be safe. They were pretty baggy around my waist, but were fine with a belt, (they fall off without a belt). I think an XL would’ve been good for me.
The legs of the pants fit well… not too tight, but not really baggy.
When I got these pants, the buckles weren’t fit like the photo, but it was easy to undo the buckles and put them that way if I wanted to.
Things I didn’t like about these pants were: The belt. It had sharp edges that stabbed me often… and then it wasn’t that sturdy around the buckle so it broke somehow. But this is an easy fix with a different belt; not really a big problem at all.
The second thing was something I was anticipating anyway, which is on the pants’ legs, there is shredded material on top of the basic pants. When you wash these pants, this material will most likely rip in a few places… especially if you don’t take off ALL the buckles before you wash/dry them. It’s not a big deal though. It’s supposed to look shredded and a few rips around that area aren’t really noticeable. Maybe putting them in a washer bag would help?
Also, the material of the pockets really sucks… the pockets ripped and are unusable.
I probably wouldn’t pay more than $50…. It obviously has great visual, and it’s unique enough; you’re going to get a lot of stares and/or compliments. However, it’s not a super well-made product. Random metallic grommets in the belts kind of started coming off after just 3 days of wear. Perhaps it’s good as just a special occasion pair of pants.
Overall: Very happy with these pants. I got a lot of interested stares and compliments wearing them… however, I feel slightly irritated that I paid $70 for something that’s already falling apart a little bit in certain places. They’re very comfortable, just not very sturdy in the pocket area.
UPDATE: It’s been a little over a year and these are probably my favorite pants to wear when going out. After the few grommets fell off the first week or month, they stopped and I don’t think it ruined the overall image of the pants at all. They have not fallen apart in any other way this past year.
However, since owning them, I’ve probably only washed them twice, haha. I’m too scared to do more than spot clean. I’m still extremely happy with these pants though.
Where I bought mine: I got mine from JCPUNK on Ebay. I was wary since they’re based in China, but they arrived in just a week in good condition. You just have to remember to send a message asking if your size is still available before ordering from them.