I Love My 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. What changed that for me is I was recently able to buy both of those items in local stores, so I’ll tell you what I think about them.
Bras, Love 'em or Hate 'em
How do you feel when you put on your bra?
Genie Bra Review, December 2011
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. I could easily pass the “pencil test” I had seen on Oprah once (put a pencil under your breast, if it stays you need a bra). I could not hold the pencil.
But, the past few years, the girls couldn’t so much stand on their own. I usually resorted 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 figured the Genie bra was pretty much the same thing. Plus I was put off by the fact that you have 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.
So, I was at CVS last week picking up a prescription, and I happened to see 2-packs of Genie Bras 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.
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. I still do feel the need to adjust the band occasionally, but 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.
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.
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.
It's February and I am still Wearing the Genie Bras
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. But 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.
I still think they were well worth the $19.95, for a 2-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.
The Genie Bras are getting a little pilled up, I'm still wearing them though. I think I'm going to buy another 2-pack if they still have them at CVS. I've always just thrown them in with my regular laundry, maybe this time I'll treat them more delicately.
I bought another pair a few weeks ago, this time I got extra large, and they really are more comfortable, I was afraid they'd be too big, but it's not a problem at all. I'm trying to remember to take the pads out first and wash them on delicate.
The second pair of Genie Bras really did hold up a lot better when I took extra care when laundering them.
Pajama Jeans Review, December 2011
As luck would have it, today I was shopping for stocking stuffers at Rite Aide and 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. It seems a little pricey, and it didn't come with the "free" T-shirt in the TV ad, but at least I saved the $7.95 S&H. And I figured I have the receipt, if I don’t like them 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. And 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.
So far I have been wearing them about 2 hours. They feel pretty good, and they look pretty good. They are 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 think I might even wear them to the grocery store.
PS: 2 days later I am practically living in my Pajama Jeans they are so soft and comfy. I have worn 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.
Kathy Griffith "Owning" her Pajama Jeans
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.
Where Can I Buy Pajama Jeans in Stores?
I originally got my pants from Rite Aide, but I just now picked up another pair from Walmart. The sizes were pretty picked over though, and I got the last pair of mediums. (By the way I have purchased these products myself, and nobody has paid me for my opinion).
2 months and 2 Pairs Later I'm Still Loving These
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 them 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.
April 18th, my PJ Jeans Get Noticed (in a good way).
Yesterday, while I was wearing my Pajama Jeans, I got told I had a "nice ass." So it makes me think they must not look too bad, I like them even more now (if that's even possible).
October 31, Halloween 2012
I haven't worn my pajama jeans much in the summer, it was 90 degrees every day. Now, it's Halloween, and the second winter storm of the year is on it's way here in northern California. So, time again for winter clothes. I like to wear leggings underneath if it's cold. It keeps me warm and no panty line.
February 2013, Pajama Jeans are Still a Favorite
We took a long car trip at Christmas time, and boy are the pajama jeans a blessing when you're sitting 12 hours in a car, or on an airplane for that matter.
March 2013, 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.
May 2014 - New 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.
I figured, now that I'm sure how they fit and everything, I might as well look in to ordering them online. When I got mine, they were only available in the denim blue color, and that's still the only color I've ever seen in a store. They were also only offered 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 for me 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.
Buying Online? Try Amazon First
If you are considering buying Pajama Jeans from the official website, you might try Amazon first. Sometimes you can get a great bargain there. In some sizes you can get these for only $11.99.
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