This weeks denim review is on the James Jeans Couture Virgin 1285 skinny jeans in Lafayette. You may remember my review I did on the Vesper dark blue wash Couture jeans a long time ago, this Lafayette wash has a slightly higher rise and a much lighter wash, but the concept is the same.
The Couture line from James Jeans is designed to mould to your body. After wearing them for about half an hour, they really form to your shape and fit a lot better. They also have a sculpted waist bad, slightly padded pockets for a lifted butt and suction thigh wrapping. This has been the idea behind their body sculpting jeans from the beginning. With my Vesper wash, this is really the case, I feel like they hold me in all over, really sculpt my butt and look good, but with this Lafayette wash, they are almost the same, but I feel like they aren’t as strong. This could be down to the higher rise, or the simple fact that they have a lighter wash, so the denim has been treated and washed more, making it more flexible and soft. They still fit really well, but just not as well as the Vesper wash in terms of body sculpting.
These have a mid rise and a regular inseam for a skinny jean, which hits just below my ankles. It measures around 29-30 inches, so it’s pretty standard for a super skinny jean. As you can see they are incredibly skinny, a lot like a jegging actually. They are very stretchy and soft, so they could pass for a thicker jegging for sure. Both the front and back pockets are functional as well.
The Lafayette wash is pretty much identical to how it appears in my photos here and on the James Jeans website (taking into consideration your computer screen). It’s a mid blue with whiskering around the lap and upper thigh. It also has distressed areas at the hips; one on the coin pocket and one on the other side just under the regular front pocket. The blue is pretty intense, it’s more like a powdery pastel blue in a darker tone as it has some white undertones to it, but don’t assume that it’s pale in colour as it’s not, it’s quite strong. It doesn’t go with everything though, it’s one of those blues which I find works well with contrasting colours, or something completely neutral and light. It wouldn’t look very good with black or brown in my opinion, and if you wore grey, it would need to be a lighter version.
These are made of a cotton/poly/lycra blend and usually I don’t like jeans with polyester in them because I have sensitive skin and they scratch and itch, but you can’t feel the polyester in these. They have been treated a lot and blended well so you can’t really feel any irritation in the denim, which is definitely a good thing! I did take my usual size of 27 in these and I actually find them to run a bit bigger than my Vesper pair. I would say these ran at least half a size bigger than those, so you may want to take that into consideration. If I could choose between the two pairs, I think I prefer the dark blue Vesper wash, but they aren’t really a summer jean, so these are good for the warmer months. If you haven’t tried the Couture collection yet from James Jeans, I definitely recommend you do! They really sculpt and lift your body! Buy these online at James Jeans by clicking here.
Jeans courtesy of James Jeans/All opinions my own.
Written by Lorna Burford