Review by Alex C, Frugi Customer and Crusader
I haven’t always been a fan of Frugi’s trousers, so it was with some trepidation that I road tested the Lined Cord Cargos from Frugi’s Autumn/Winter baby range.
I needn’t have worried; these are everything I hoped they would be, and I’m well and truly smitten.
Where do I start?
As with all Frugi clobber, the fabric is thick and soft – I can identify with that! Crucially, though, these trousers have a bit of ‘body’ to them, unlike the floppy cotton which was used in the summer range. The cut for cloth styling means real nappies are accommodated with ease, but they don’t look baggy and shapeless – the stylish cut is evident from all angles.
My favourite bit has to be the adjustable toggles at the waist – what a brilliant idea, and why don’t more people do this? At 1½ Oliver is far too BUSY to stay still while his ham-fisted mother farts around with belts. Toggles and elastic at the waist are such a fantastically simple solution and can be adjusted in a couple of seconds. I want more of these! In fact, when I rule the world I will make it illegal to manufacture any clothing for toddlers which doesn’t incorporate these.
The bottom of the trousers is ribbed, which is another big plus – it means they can be easily turned up (and they stay up) if your child (like mine) suffers from duck’s disease – a long body and short legs. Good for welly-clad puddlebusting too, of course.
The nice brown colour goes with virtually everything, and the appliqué guitar on the back pocket adds a distinctively Frugi touch, although to be honest I’d like the trousers just as much without it.
Any suggestions for improvement? Not really, although I have noticed the fabric seems to be very quick to pick up ‘bits’ in the wash, and will probably need dabbing with Sellotape after a couple of washes. A bright funky lining might also be a plus, adding a distinctive note to the garment when the legs are rolled up. And I found the zip fly was just not necessary, as the trousers could be easily hauled over Oli’s rump without undoing it.
All in all, a triumph for Team Frugi!