Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Look For Less: Old Navy vs Lilly Pulitzer

For the past two seasons, I've been a huge fan of the Travel Pant from Lilly Pulitzer. I have a few pairs in several colors, but I have to admit that I'm not a fan of the $98 price tag. So when I found an alternative for around $20, I was thrilled to see how they compared.

Here are the two pairs of navy pants side by side. I ended up getting the petite length from Old Navy, an option that is not available from Lilly Pulitzer. Both pants are a deep navy color and are fairly structured, considering that they are basically luxury leggings, if such a thing exists.

For the waistband, the Old Navy pants are the winner. The waistband is thicker and sits a little bit higher on the waist than the Lilly Pulitzer pants. Neither waistband twists or turns while wearing the pants.

Both pants have a center seam running down the front. The option from Old Navy has some side seams, too. Overall, the fabric of the Travel Pants is more substantial and stronger than the Old Navy pants. Both pants are very figure flattering and are completely opaque in addition to hiding any flaws or bumps.

The petite length of the Seamed Ponte Knit Pull On Pant from Old Navy is a good thing for me. I'm 5'4" and the Travel Pants scrunch up a little bit at my ankle. They're not overly long, but the petite option is really the better choice.

In all, I love both pants. My favorite pant is the Travel Pant, but I'd probably choose the Old Navy version in basic colors like navy and black. Then I could purchase the Travel Pant in more unique colors like charcoal gray and almond. The option for petites (and tall!) is fabulous for special sizes. Old Navy almost always has a deal for 20% off a purchase or more, so you can pick up their pants for about 75% less than the Lilly Pulitzer version. I say go for the less expensive option in basic colors and splurge on a bright pink Elsa or Murfee scarf.


  1. Target currently also has a version of these! They offer navy and charcoal gray.

  2. You just made my day! I need navy pants and was not looking forward to paying a fortune on them! Thank you!

  3. I love being a savvy shopper! I wonder though how they will hold up against each other over time. I'd love to hear you thoughts on that down the road.

  4. Great post! I just bought the gray and black Travel Pants and love them. I am a bit taller, so the length is perfect. It's so good to know, from you, that there is another option for around the house. The Travel Pants are 'for good' in my mind, I suppose because of the price. They look great, as you said.

    Thanks, Kathleen



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