Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is on the new Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny Polka Dot jeans in Dusty Rose. I got sent these by the brand to try as I fell in love with the polka dot trend a little while ago. Seeing these in Navy on Gwen Stefani just made me love them even more! As I love colour though, I think the Dusty Rose was much more suited to my style.
The fit of these is much like their other Verdugo jeggings. That’s super stretchy, soft and comfortable yet fitted. They have a lower rise, an ankle length inseam (just about) and a super skinny fit all over. The Verdugo is actually my favourite cut from Paige as I am sure you remember me saying a few times before. I love the fact that they fit like jeans with the pockets and everything else, yet they are so stretchy, they are one of the most comfortable pairs of jeans I own.
The Dusty Rose polka dot wash though is what really drew me to these jeans. This wash being in the Verdugo cut was just a bonus. I absolutely love the polka dot trend right now and I have done for some time, I think it’s so much fun and it reminds me a lot of outfits from the 60′s, but with a much more fresher take on it. The inside of these jeans is actually all white, so when you wear them cuffed you end up with a white denim cuff instead of a polka dot print. I know this because I have worn these 3 times already and one time was cuffed. I think it looked quite cute like that though. However cuffing them with a separate coloured hem line did make my legs look a little shorter than they are, but that’s not an issue since I prefer these full length anyway.
Since the lining is white, I was wondering how exactly they did the polka dots. I was wondering if they dyed the jeans red but left circles of white on them, or if they had red fabric already and then just dyed white circles into them. I have no idea which way it happened, but I definitely like how it turned out.
Sometimes I find with polka dots though, they can be too busy and too much, this is usually when the dots are really small and quite close together, so it was such a nice change to see the chunky spots and for them to be quite spaced apart on this pair, it definitely makes them look better and more statement making in my opinion.
I honestly don’t have anything but good things to say about these jeans. I fell in love with them the moment I saw them and I know I adore a pair of jeans when I want to wear them loads of times. I have already been planning other outfits for them. Out of the 3 colours available, the Navy, White and Dusty Rose, I really do think these are my favourite. I know the Navy would be easier to dress up like Gwen did and the white might be more cute for Summer, but I think these are incredibly pretty and they just work so well with my style. So if you love polka dots and want to try the trend, I would definitely recommend these to you! I actually can’t find any faults with them. Buy these jeans online at PaigeUSA.com for $189.
This weeks denim review is on the Kasil Benatar skinny jeans in Hitchhiker which were sent for reviewing by Kasil. I originally saw these jeans on the gorgeous Amanda Seyfried (here) and fell in love with them from the first sight! The wash was what really caught my attention and I was so excited to be able to try them and review them for you all.
When I first got these jeans, my initial thoughts were ‘wow, I’m actually going to be reviewing a ‘blue wash’ instead’ because usually, even though I love the current trends and colours, I am mostly reviewing fashion jeans and on trend jeans and I do begin to miss wearing my classic blues with a pretty wash.
This Hitchhiker wash is actually quite different to Amanda Seyfried’s, I believe she’s worn and washed hers a bit as hers don’t have the sandy undertone and are a more lighter blue. If that is what these will turn out like after a while, I can’t wait to wear them more. What I love about it the most is the deep set wrinkling it has on the backs of the knees (the honeycombs) and down the calves (the stacking) which can sort of compare to a very very worn in and washed out pair of raw jeans. That is the feeling I get when I look at these jeans, especially when they are laid flat, they are just beautiful! The lap whiskers are also very well done because when you sit down, it looks like they crease in the same places that the fabric does when you sit down.
They definitely have a dirty undertone to them, like they have been rolled around in the sand and mud quite a bit and washed out, but some staining was left. They also have a hole at one of the knees, it’s only a small one, but I can imagine that it will get bigger over time, only adding to the look of the jeans. They also have a bit of a blow out hole on one of the back pockets, a bit like if you keep your wallet in there and it wore the fabric down with the corner of it. That’s why these really remind me of raw jeans and I’m sure the name ‘Hitchhiker’ is representative of that. Someone who travels around with no plan and the jeans get really worn in and dirty.
Sometimes I find it really cool how washes can tell a story. I myself always end up picturing how these jeans could have naturally ended up the way they are and the story behind it. It fascinates me. I never really realise how much of a denim addict I am until it comes to getting my hands on amazingly done washes and I can really appreciate them and the denim.
Now the fit of these jeans, the Benatar, is the same as a pair of Kasil jeans I reviewed before, it’s a lower-mid rise skinny jean with quite a long inseam. I did have to tuck the hems under a bit actually to fit into my shoes because they are too long for me. Amanda Seyfried cuffed hers and I was actually thinking of trying that, but such a large cuff often makes my legs look shorter than they are. Next time I might try pushing the stacking down quite a lot or bunch tucking them. The back pocket placement on the Benatar is really good too, it’s symmetrical and you can tell they paid close attention to the positioning because they flatter your butt nicely.
It was nice reviewing a pair of jeans again actually, instead of jeggings. Don’t get me wrong, I adore jeggings and live in them for comfort, but it’s a nice change. It takes some while getting used to regular denim after being in super stretch for long periods of time. These are still comfortable though, they fit quite snug (I took a 27 which is my usual size) and they do give a small amount of muffin top, but since they are brand new they haven’t even stretched out yet. They have stretch to them and are not super thick either, they are a regular weight denim and they feel quite nice too. I’m so glad I was able to try these because I have fallen for them based on the wash alone. I’m definitely a sucker for an amazingly detailed wash! Buy these online at Couture Candy for $172.
UPDATE – I know I wrote this denim review at the end of January, quite some time ago, but I wanted to update you guys on these jeans. I’ve worn them a few times now and they have stretched out a bit, but not loads so that they are saggy and not really wearable. They have kept their shape quite well and are still comfortable.
I find that the tie dye wash is much easier to wear than I thought. It was quite daunting at first as it’s so bright, but if you pair them with black or white, it’s fine. I actually prefer the second outfit above, to how I wore them the first time below, I think it’s more versatile and edgier. It shows the jeans off better, so I definitely think pairing them with black works best for me.
Have any of you braved the bold pattern and bought these jeans? I would be interested to know how you are all wearing them! I love the outfits that Minka Kelly, Olivia Palermo and Heidi Klum put together for them. Especially Olivia’s, it was very pretty! Let me know if you have any questions about these jeans actually, I am more than willing to answer them. You can of course read the original review just below.
This weeks review is on a pair of Paige jeans that I picked up at the press day in London late last year. They are the Paige Verdugo Ultra Skinny jeggings in Tumble wash. They have just been released last week on Paige’s website, so they are available to buy now. This particular wash is featured a lot in Paige’s campaign style photos and I understand why, they are such a statement pair!
The Verdugo cut, like I have mentioned before, is a fantastic jegging. It’s really flattering, incredibly skinny and so comfortable! It’s everything a jegging should be! These are slightly different to the normal Verdugo’s though, they are thicker and they feel more clingy, although I think the tighter clingy feeling is purely because of the thicker denim. These are definitely a lot more sturdy than the normal Verdugo jeggings!
The Tumble wash is really different, every pair is unique, so no two pairs will be the same due to the tie dye process they use. I think that’s really cool and it makes the jeans that little bit more special! My pair has a lot more red in it, which is what I prefer because I love red in denim. I never really thought the pairing of red, orange and then purple would go together. Purple and orange have always felt like contrasting colours to me, but it somehow works really well!
One issue I found with these jeans was clothing to pair with them, I went down the neutral route because the jeans are so bold and bright, I didn’t want too much of an overpowering outfit and other colours might make the outfit ‘too much’ so definitely keep everything else neutral. It really makes the jeans stand out and look amazing, but it does limit your other clothing options. Sometimes I don’t mind that though, if you have a statement piece, you just have to work with it rather than try to style it too much.
Another point is that I feel like these give the illusion that my legs are bigger than they are from the front, when I am walking or moving it’s fine, but stood still, because of the 2 bigger red patches on the front of the thighs, it does create an illusion that my thighs are larger than they usually are. That’s just my opinion, I’m not sure how you readers feel about them? Do you think the print here makes my legs bigger? From the other photos I have seen of these jeans on models and online, that isn’t the case as the other pairs I’ve seen don’t have the big tie dye patches on the front of the thighs. Since every pair is unique, it’s hard to say what illusion each pair will create, that’s something I find really intriguing though, the differences in each jean.
I haven’t worn these out yet, I have around my home, but not out properly. I absolutely love how fun they are, but they are quite bold. I personally feel like I need to be in a brave mood to make these work. They are definitely going to be eye catchers! I did take my usual size 27 in these and they fit perfectly too, so they are true to size for the Paige Verdugo jeggings. I’m really interested to know your opinion on these though! What do you think of them? I would love to see them on some celebs! Buy these jeans online at PaigeUSA.com for $199.
This weeks review is on the G-Star 5620 Super Skinny 7/8 Comfort Piedra Denim jeans in Aged. If you remember my G-Star Spring/Summer 2012 picks post that I did a little while ago, you will remember that these were my favourite pair from the selection. I was very happy when G-Star said they would send them over to review!
It’s actually been a while since I reviewed anything from the brand, I think the last pair I did was the Fender in a coated black. So it’s a nice change to try the brand out again. One thing I will say about G-Star is that they always get their fits so right! I find their jeans are literally tailored to perfection, but in a different way to most. They seem to use thicker denim, so their jeans are definitely more structured, but at the same time they have the fit down to an art form, so combining the fit with the thicker denim really makes them amazingly fitted. It’s nice to wear a pair of jeans that fill so well instead of jeggings. I adore jeggings and live in them most of the time due to the comfort factor, but this particular pair, I’m so happy about wearing.
Originally what drew me to these jeans was the grey wash. I’m a big fan of grey jeans and I don’t actually own that many of them unfortunately, but I thought it was very pretty. Grey is one of those jeans washes that either looks really nice, or really bad, I find there is no in between. This pair has fading in all the right areas to make them flattering (specifically around the knees and butt) and it’s a grey that has a depth to it. It’s not just a flat looking shade. The only parts of the wash I am not fond of are the 2 lighter areas up by the hips at the front. I feel like those throw them off a little bit and make my thighs look larger than they are.
I’m pretty sure you can see from the photos that the jeans are a really good fit though. The inseam is the perfect length and since it has a ankle zipper, that’s something that has to be right otherwise the zipper bunches up and looks a bit funny. The back pocket placement is really good, they are so flattering on the butt. They fit me skinny all the way down to the ankles and they have quite a low rise which is something I prefer in my jeans as it’s more suited to my shape than higher rises are.
The only issue I found with them was that my knees were a little higher (only a bit) than the moto stitching, they fit in the moto stitched area, but you can see in the photos that it’s not quite central, but again this is something that will vary with every person. Since the inseam is the correct length on me, I probably don’t have the same thigh to calf ratio as the fit model or since these are called 7/8, they are supposed to be cropped and my legs are not long enough. I prefer them full length though!
Another thing which I was happy about with these jeans was the fact that they are not heavily branded. Usually G-Star are known for having their tags and big patches quite heavily positioned on the jeans, but these are about as minimal as you can get from the brand. I love that about them because I am really not one for over branding. As for sizing, I took a size 27 in these which is my usual size in most brands and they fit fine. The waist area is quite tight and a little stiff, but that’s nothing that some wet denim stretching wont fix.
Overall, I really really like these jeans and they would be perfect if I could make those 2 minor adjustments I spoke about. You can buy these jeans online at the G-Star website here for £109, but they don’t look like they do on their website, they look like my photos, I think their contrast is heavily done.