Updated Denim Review: Citizens of Humanity Rocket Leatherette in Black

I thought it would be a good idea to do an updated review on these Citizens of Humanity Rocket Leatherette jeans in Black. I did my original review on these when I got them back in October, but they quickly became a favourite of mine and I have worn them countless times since.

In terms of stretching out, these jeans have barely stretched out at all. I don’t mean that they are not a stretchy fabric, they definitely are, they are like elastic and really mould to the body, But I mean they haven’t stretched out permanently and remained baggy or looser fitting. I have probably worn them about 10 times now, with full days wear each time, and they still fit as skinny as they did when I first put them on. They may have given a little in the waist, but that’s more due to the fact they have moulded to my body shape more than anything. They do retain their shape really well and I love that about them. I have included 3 different outfits in the gallery below, I did also wear them for Halloween with my cat outfit, but I didn’t include those pictures in this review.

The coating is still there in full form as well. I was expecting it to maybe fade a little or crack, but it hasn’t. It’s doing really well in terms of staying, however I am yet to wash them, so I hope it still stays intact after I do wash them. The coating hasn’t lost any of its shine either, I thought they might dull down a little after being worn a lot, but they haven’t, they are still incredibly shiny and much like leather.

My biggest plus with these jeans though it the comfort. I can literally wear them all day without feeling restricted, claustrophobic, annoyed or uncomfortable. They are very much like a thick, heavily coated legging, so they stretch out and in every time you move. They move with your body, a lot like a pair of regular cotton leggings do. I wore them for the entire day when I went to London for press visits, which included 2 hours travel there, walking and taxis and then 2 hours travel back home and I was fine the entire time. So if you are looking for a comfortable jean then these are one of the top on my list.

So many celebs have been caught in the Citizens of Humanity Rocket Leatherette jeans, mostly the black shade, but we have seen the red as well. I can definitely understand why we are seeing lots of celebs wearing them. They look incredibly stylish, they are very versatile as they are black and the comfort level is perfect. I honestly can’t find anything wrong with these and they are now in my top 5 pairs of jeans that I own.

Since they are higher rise as well, it makes them great for winter. I don’t usually like high rise jeans, but they hide any muffin top and you can wear your longer sweaters over the top so the rise doesn’t show. Plus they keep you warm as there is more fabric to cover your upper hip area. The slight scent they had to them in the beginning has almost gone now as well. I love these so much that I plan on investing in a pair of the lacquer red colour! Burgundy is one of my favourites! Buy these online at Shopbop for $229.


  1. You look grat in these jeans! I’ve never tried this style of jean, but I love Citizens. They tend to fit great all over.

  2. Thank you! And yeah, they do fit really good. They are definitely a brand I am very fond of and I never used to be. A few years ago I counted them as maybe an older ladies jean, but the moment I tried them I changed my mind almost instantly.

  3. Hi Lorna, I would please like your opinion, if you would have to chose on leather like pant, which on would it be? COH rocket? J brand? 7FAM coated? Paige? Another brand? I really want one and at this time I can only buy one pair, which one would you recommend considering fit, durability, comfort, etc.
    Thanks a lot!

  4. Hi Coral! It would definitely be these! These are the best coated/wax jeans I have ever tried. They are really stretchy and comfortable, flattering and very versatile. They are still denim, but with coating, so they are not made of faux leather material. But they are very cool!

  5. Hi Lorna-
    Have you found that the coating still stays on them? I bought a pair of these and ADORE them, but find that some of the coating is coming off the knees. That could be because I wear them 5 times a week 😉 I want to buy another pair (or two) for I love them that much.

    Figured I would get your opinion. I LOVE your blog- and it is so helpful to see all the reviews on denim. Saves me time!

    Hugs- Beth

  6. Hi Beth! I haven’t worn them excessively like 5 times a week every week, but I have found the coating stays on quite well 🙂 I’ve not washed them though so I don’t know how they are after washing, did you wash yours? They are amazing jeans aren’t they!

  7. Lorna- they ARE fabulous. And no, I only dry cleaned once. I think I need to get another pair for I haven’t found a pair that fits this well and makes me look this good! Just trying to figure out how to make them more “spring” like as we transition out of winter.

    Thanks for the blog- and the response!!! You are helping this mama of two young boys feel a bit more chic!

    Hugs- Beth

  8. Oh thanks for that lovely comment! That’s really kind! I’m glad it’s helpful to you and that you like DenimBlog! Black is a hard one to wear in Spring, I know what you mean, but you could try it with some florals perhaps?

  9. Hi there…love your post and the jeans look great on you! i have them in both indigo blue and the black…the only thing I noticed with the black is along the legs, on the outside, they show the stretch along the seams a little bit. They are tight on me, but they are supposed to fit that way….

  10. Hi, do you mean in the coated or normal denim version? It happens a lot in super stretchy jeans actually, it’s nothing to worry about. Quite a lot of mine are like it.

  11. Hi…I meant the coated version….either way, they are fantastic jeans….so comfy! My first time trying citizens and I love them. 🙂 They look great dressed up or down.

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