Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is one I have been very excited to do for some time now. These jeans are from the new denim brand Koral Los Angeles and they are their Skinny in Merlot. For those of you who are not familiar with the brand, we recently announced their launch here on DenimBlog. The brand was founded by the founders of 7 For All Mankind and has been flying off the shelves in stores! I can honestly say I am not usually so fond of brands that are completely brand new, I usually prefer to stick to my classics, but with these I am completely smitten and I can’t wait to tell you why!
Koral Los Angeles pride themselves on having an amazing fit that brings classics to life by making them fun and fresh, so the fit of these is actually amazing. I’m sure some of you will know that I put a photo on Instagram (@DenimBlog) of these jeans when they arrived and my initial reaction was ‘wow, this wash is incredible’ and that also flows into the fit, the details, the design, the packaging… everything is incredible.
These are super skinny all over with a lower rise and an amazing fabric that has great retraction. When you put these on they stretch out to fit your shape, yet they feel like they hold you in at the same time and fit really securely and snug all over. The back pocket placement actually reminds me of 7 For All Mankind in the sense that it’s perfectly positioned and equal on both sides, as well as being the right shape and size to be flattering. These pockets are a little bit narrower than 7 For All Mankind though and I think it makes them just as flattering.
The fabric of these is really really soft, even though it’s a poly blend, it doesn’t itch or irritate my skin one bit because it feels so delicate and smooth on the skin, which I find really impressive as usually there is always some irritation or scratchiness when polyester is involved for me. They do fit skin tight, so they do wrinkle a little bit at first, but I have worn these twice already and that goes away as they mould to your body shape more. These haven’t stretched out either or lost any shape, they seem to maintain that really well and I know the brand have worked hard on making this an important factor in their jeans.
As for the details, everything is so well thought out. They come with an authenticy card which is grey with silver edges and a care card as well, both of these are inside a grey envelope which is tucked neatly in the back pocket. They have one single rivet on the right back pocket, a little tab at the hem on one of the legs which features the brand name (image 9), their hardware is a really pretty colour and unique to the brand with their logos, they make their patches coincide with the colour of the wash and they came wrapped up in a beautiful silver box with ribbon. All of these little details really say so much about a brand, it shows me they care about every single part of their product and they want the customer to know they are getting a great pair of jeans. It reminds me of the old Diesel jeans when they used to have cool rivets and inside hem linings on some of their pairs, it would make each individual jean unique and well thought out.
Now my favourite part of these jeans is the wash. Since I don’t drink, I was thinking of a way to describe this wash, however having seen the colour of Merlot a few days ago as someones drink, I can definitely say it’s fairly accurate of that. It’s a really rich and intense shade of deep red (more like the full length photo above) that has a sheen to it. Because the fabric is so gorgeous, the jeans actually look like they have a depth to them and the wash stands out, they really are the most beautiful shade of deep red I have ever seen on a pair of jeans and I am completely in love with them. Since burgundy and reds are one of my favourite colours when it comes to denim, I have seen my fair share of shades and none can come close (so far) to this Merlot wash. I don’t think the pictures do it justice, you need to see it in person to see its beauty. I have lightened some of the close up photos so you can see the details easier, but the jeans are actually the darker shade you see in the full length photos or the video on Shopbop in the link below.
I took my usual size of 27 and these fit me perfectly, so I can say they run true to size with the likes of J Brand, Paige and 7 For All Mankind for sizing reference. I honestly can’t think of one negative point about these jeans. Like I mentioned above, I usually am not so welcoming with the new brands that come along because I have usually seen the same thing over and over again, but there is something about Koral that I have welcomed with open arms and I am very happy to have a new brand that I love! The only thing I could possibly think of is the fabric is quite a hair and fluff magnet, which is a little unusual for red jeans, but it’s not a huge issue at all. I can’t wait to see these on celebs and see what other jeans they come out with!
Also, as a heads up, I will have an interview with the brand for you very soon! I think you will love it! What do you think of them? I would definitely recommend trying Koral to any of you! You can buy these jeans online at Shopbop.com here for $170.
Here is my second review on a pair of women’s jeans, well leather in this case. I thought it would be nice to review a pair of leather pants since it is one of the biggest trends this season. This review will be on the new Rag & Bone RBW23 Leather Pants that I got as a gift from Rag & Bone.
First I’ll talk about the fit. It has the classic Rag & Bone Skinny fit which is slim all the way down with a an 8″ mid rise, but unlike their skinny though, these have a 28″ inseam. The length is great as the way I wear my pants/jeans is just hanging on my hips, so they still have minor bunching and go over my feet a tad. When I did wear these at the level that many would normally wear them, they hit me at mid-ankle (I’m 5’8″). The sizing is pretty much true to size as well, I got my regular size and they fit me exactly the way that I like them to.
The material is what I really love about these. When I first tried them on at a store, I instantly fell in love. The lining is really soft and the leather is thin, so you don’t feel bulky, but it’s not too thin though, they still have enough thickness to them that will hide any bumps here and there. The look of the leather is sort of a cross between leather and suede. There is some sheen at certain angles, yet matte in others, but since it is mostly matte, these can be worn easily just like any pair of black jeans and another plus about the material is that it is breathable. It is still Summer here in Southern California (well it is just about everyday of the year) and I can easily wear these just fine without feeling suffocated. I can even say that they are more breathable than denim. Sorry denim, I love you, but I think these beat you in that department by a little.
The details can’t be left out of this review. They feature three zippers in the front that ACTUALLY lead to pockets when unzipped! This is a really big plus for me since many brands are starting to come out with more and more styles that have faux front pockets. No front pockets is not something that completely turns me away from a pair of jeans, I just find the front pockets to actually be a functional design aesthetic. The back has their classic patch pockets that have a seam going down the middle and signature on the top right corner of the right pocket. These also have ankle zippers, which I am obsessed with. It is a detail that I just cannot get enough of when they are put on jeans. You can easily unzip them when needed if there is too much bunching at the ankles.
Overall, I was really amazed with these, being that they are my first pair of leather pants. I would say they are definitely worth shelling out the money for being that they are also quite versatile. I cannot wait to try out more leather styles in the future if they are all like these. You can click here to purchase these pants at SINGER22 for $935.
This weeks review is on a pair of Mavi Serena Ankle skinny jeans in Mint which I received as a gift from the brand, but since I haven’t reviewed Mavi before, I thought I would review these for you all.
This was my first time trying Mavi jeans and for a cheaper denim brand, again I was quite suprised with them. The fit is really nice, it’s very flattering all over and the back pockets are really nicely positioned as well. The rise is a lower/mid rise and the inseam is supposed to be at the ankle, but since I have shorter legs it actually bunches a little bit. So they work perfectly for long length skinny jeans or for cropped ankle jeans. I can say I’m quite impressed by the Serena fit, I found it very flattering on me and they passed my strict butt flattering tests!
The fabric of these jeans is pretty much like a jegging. It’s very thin though so it can be a little bit on the see through side and also, as I’m sure you can see, it shows up any bumps/lumps that you may have so it’s not a jean that would suck you in and hold your shape, it’s a jean that sits on you and shows your shape. If that makes sense. Because of how stretchy and thin they are, they do wrinkle quite a lot as you can see, but the comfort of these definitely overrides that issue, for me anyway.
Now the best thing about these jeans is the Mint wash. I absolutely love it! I have some mint leggings, but not any mint jeans, which is shocking I know since it’s a very popular colour. It’s such a bright and fun pastel shade of green, it’s gorgeous. Depending on your computer screen, it does look like my photos, it’s not as pale as the photo on the Mavi website in my opinion. Mine seem a little bit brighter than that. But it’s definitely beautiful, I really like the Mint wash.
Overall, for $92 or £62.90, depending on your country of residence, they are a great pair of jeans. They are cotton and elastane so very soft and comfortable, they have a great fit and the colour is stunning. They are perfect jeans for warm weather due to their thinness, I wouldn’t say they are great for the winter though as you might get cold in them, but definitely great summer jeans! You can buy these online here at Mavi for £62.90.