Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is on a pair of Joe’s Jeans The Skinny in Geranium, courtesy of Joe’s Jeans. This was my first time trying Joe’s actual jeans actually and I was pleasantly suprised. I remember trying a pair of their pocket-less leggings last year and they were cut in the shape of legs, so there was more room in the calf area which didn’t work for me as I have small calves. I hadn’t tried any other pair from the brand since, but I was always intrigued by their 55 colours range!
I know pretty much every brand has released their take on the coloured denim trend which blew up last year, but Joe’s really took it to the next level. They released their famous The Skinny cut in 55 different colours and each one of them is different. You can literally find the colour you are looking for and I think that’s amazing! I chose the Geranium colour as the red/orange/pink tones are my favourites and this shade combines them all. Lauren Conrad has this pair too and she looks great in hers.
The Skinny fit is just as it’s called, it’s a mid rise long length skinny with an inseam of around 34″ which is quite long. Since they are very slim at the ankle though, the bunching doesn’t really look bad at all, I think it looks quite nice and they seem like they make my legs look really long. Even when I wear them with flats. I love it when jeans create that illusion on their own!
They are very soft as well, the fabric definitely feels nice against the skin, really smooth and it’s not uncomfortable at all. I took my usual size of 27 in these, but I am thinking I should have taken a 26 as they seem to stretch out quite a lot. They fit perfectly when I put them on, but after half a day of wear they have got quite wrinkly and a bit baggy. I would say go with your smaller size in these, but if you don’t want them to be tight then stick to your regular size. Sometimes having jeans looser makes them even more comfortable though.
The back pocket placement on these is quite nice too, they are positioned central and slightly angled which makes them flattering on the butt. I find with most premium denim brands though, the back pocket placement is always good. That’s the thing with premium denim, it’s premium for a reason. They take care in their fits and really make sure that they fit as perfectly as they can. This is the main reason I love premium denim. Most lower priced brands just have a basic cut and don’t worry about fit at all. Some do, but most don’t. But these Joe’s Jeans are definitely flattering. I really like how they look, fit and feel. Even the branding is subtle, the signature stitching is the same colour as the jeans so it blends in and the little metal Joe’s logo is quite sweet! I like it!
The Geranium wash has to be my favourite one out of all of the 55 colours! It literally looks just like a Geranium flower. You could call it a red shade, but it has orange and pink undertones which makes it more like a bright an intense reddy coral. How it turned out in these photos is just how it looks in real life. It’s absolutely beautiful and I find it so easy to pair with things. I can’t wait to wear them again! They are the perfect bright jeans!
The only thing negative I can say about these is they stretch out loads, but that’s not really a specific problem to these jeans, that happens with most non-jegging jeans. If someone said to me though, can you recommend a good pair of coloured skinny jeans, I would definitely direct them towards Joe’s Jeans. They have a great fit and you can literally choose any colour you like! Plus another bonus point is that they are a little bit cheaper than most premium denim brands. I find most jeans run at around $190 ish and these have a price point of $158. Buy these online at Joe’s Jeans for $158.
This weeks review is on a pair of 7 For All Mankind The Cropped Skinny jeans in Hot Neon Pink. I got sent these by the brand to review. I had a choice of all of their neon colours, but pink is my favourite, so I was more than excited to do this review!
The Cropped Skinny fit is their signature unbranded pocket The Skinny style but in a cropped version. I’ve always been a big fan of this fit, in full length, but it was always just too long and bunched up a lot. I don’t have that much time to hem my jeans, so I welcomed these for Summer with open arms! They are probably supposed to be a bit shorter, but with my small legs they hit just above the ankle. I think they are adorable!
7 For All Mankind really know what they are doing when they make their jeans. They have their flattering fit down to an art form and I love that! The back pockets are gorgeous, they are positioned nicely to be flattering, they are skinny all the way down, the rise is not too high and they have next to no branding on them at all except for their little tab on the right back pocket. The Skinny is my 2nd favourite fit from them as Gwenevere is the my 1st!I took these in my usual size of 27 and they fitted perfectly as soon as I put them on. I wore them around for a few hours and they did stretch out quite a lot, so I would recommend going with your smaller size if you are in-between sizes as these will stretch out about half a size the first time you wear them. I think they will give more, but I haven’t worn them again yet. I plan to soon though. I’m already thinking about what to pair them with.
The Hot Neon Pink wash is beautiful! I have been a bit apprehensive about reviewing neon jeans, since I reviewed those fluoro yellow Closed cropped skinnies and the colour wouldn’t show up right, but these really made me love the trend. The camera even picked up the colour correctly. I would say the close up of my legs in image 4 is about the shade of pink that they are. These are neon, but they are not so intense that they startle your eyes. They are sort of a muted and washed out neon pink, I would say they have a bit of a pastel undertone to them so they are not too bold and unwearable. This is what makes me love these so much! They are bright, but not overly bright like some I have seen. They are definitely perfect for Summer!
Even though these are their normal jeans, they don’t feel stiff or uncomfortable. I’m very used to jeggings now, so I love soft and stretchy denim and these are still soft and stretchy. The fabric is very lightweight and thin so it makes them more comfortable and they have the 2% elsatane in them to help with the comfort. I could happily wear these all day and be comfortable. Which is important to me. It’s nice to find that they still care about these kinds of things when they are making a fashion jean rather than a classic jean. I honestly can’t wait to wear these more!
I decided to wear them with flats because I don’t often show many photos with me in flats and I do wear them fairly often. Plus it shows the actual length of the jeans on me. If I could change one thing, I might make them a little shorter or longer, but that’s purely because of having shorter legs. I think when I wear them again I am going to cuff them a little at the hem! I think these are my favourite neon jeans so far! Buy these online at 7ForAllMankind.com for $169 and you can see the Neon Green pair on Jessica Alba here.
This is my second review on the blog. This one will be on an actual pair of denim, I reviewed the J Brand Corporal Pants a few months back. I will be reviewing a pair of the J Brand Kane Slim Straight jeans in Raw Selvedge for this one.
I took these in a size 30. I find them to run a bit smaller in the waist, about a size and a half, compared to their Corporal pants, but that may be due to the fact that they are denim and not twill. I find the fit in the leg to be a bit baggy on me, but that is just on me though. My legs are more on the skinnier side. I don’t mind wearing baggy styles, it’s just these are cut straight so they look like they are hanging on a hanger when I wear them. Hence why I lean towards women’s or tapered styles. Another reason is also length, many of the men’s jeans run on the longer side, around a 34″-36″ inseam (these have a 34″). Tailoring can fix that though.
The material of them is really great. The weaving is what I like. When I see weaving like this, I can stare at the jeans all day and be amazed each time. They also feel really sturdy, yet they still feel really soft. Many of the jeans that are on the sturdier side tend to be really itchy for me. Especially with this Southern California weather that has an identity crises and it goes from cold to burning hot within an hour of just throwing jeans on.
Now for the wash. This has to be my favorite part of the jeans itself. They remind me of a pair of Levi’s that I had quite a few years ago that I wore to death. The wash pretty much goes with everything and for everything (well not formal events of course). They are a dark blue wash with navy/black undertones. I find this to be the perfect combo when getting a pair of dark clean denim. I’ve seen quite a few pairs that tend to be on the more indigo side which I don’t really like, but these don’t. The wash is one of the best dark blues, in my opinion.
Though the fit was off for me, I would still recommend these for other people. I have seen quite a few instances when they do fit and look amazing on the person. The wash itself will make just about anyone fall for them. Out of all the styles from their men’s collection, the Johnny and Dylan might be a better fit on me since they are tapered. You can click here to purchase these jeans from the J Brand website for $196.
I know I was asked to do a review (by a reader) on the jeans from the new James Couture collection and I was really excited to be able to! James Jeans sent me this pair, the Couture Skinny 1210 in Vesper, and I was so intrigued by all of the hype the jeans had got, trying them out was something I couldn’t wait to do!
We announced to you before that the James Couture jeans collection was completely different to other premium denim jeans, especially their own jeans. They are much more unique and you can tell the expertise that has gone into making these. The jeans are each supposed to have suction thigh wrapping, vortex waist contouring, hip padding and sculpted bottom volume. It also says that the power denim appears smaller than normal James Jeans because they expand to hold your body in order to achieve maximum hold and lift. Everything said here is actually true! And I will go into more detail now.
The fit of these jeans is actually incredible. I was a bit skeptical at first about the whole concept. A lot of times in the past, some brands have said their jeans would be different and fit amazing, but there wasn’t much of a difference, but that is not the case here. I was really shocked to find these actually do everything they said they would. I chose the 1210 skinny as I prefer a lower rise (they come in different cuts and rises). These ones have around a 7.5″ rise, a 10″ leg opening and around a 29″-30″ inseam. All of this is perfect for me, that’s how I love my jeans!
When I first put these one, I was so suprised! They do squeeze you in and hold you tight and they make your legs look really slim. The suction thigh wrapping seems to suck your thighs in and make them look thinner and smoother, if that’s even possible, but they do. The waist band is very contoured, it has some slight padding around it and it’s very stretchy so it fits very well and is sculpted to sit on the hips perfectly. The best part though is the back pockets. Those have some padding in them and they are shaped and cut differently to normal James Jeans pockets, they appear higher as the positioning is different and they really make your butt look like it sticks out and up. I love that! They do give the illusion of a pert butt.
The first pair I tried of the James Couture was actually the Matte Black wash. I got those in my regular size of 27, but they were so tight I could barely move, they definitely run smaller. I exchanged them for the Vesper wash in a 27 and these fit perfectly. I thought I would include that for reference to let you know the Matte Black seems to run a bit smaller than the Vesper. At first though, when you put these on, they are very tight. You have to wear them for a while so they can mould to your body and fit you perfectly. They do expand to fit your body shape, so they become like your personal pair of jeans.
You can see (as I included two outfits) the purple top pictures of mine at the bottom of the gallery, this is the first time that I wore them and they did give me some muffin top, slightly, as they were very tight. The second time I wore them (white shirt), although they still suck you in, they didn’t give me any muffin. They fit much better now than they did the first time. I’m just waiting for the lower butt area to stretch out a bit more so the creasing is minimised. I always get creasing below the back pocket area due to my butt and thigh shape, but hopefully that will go away a bit more yet.
Seeing as these are made from cotton and power stretch material, they are super comfortable. They are just like denim leggings, but they fit a lot more flattering because of the contouring. I could happily wear these most of the day and still stay comfortable (as I have done) and that’s something that is very important for me when choosing jeans. Comfort is on the top of my list a long with fit. These tick both those boxes!
The Vesper wash is actually really pretty too. I do own a lot of classic dark blue washes, but luckily these have a sheen to them, so they look quite rich and strong. They don’t look matte and dull. That’s something I always look for in a dark wash, the sheen. Usually the darker jeans attract all of the fluff and hair too, but these barely even did that. That’s another bonus.
I was trying to think of anything negative about these jeans, but I honestly can’t. I usually like to list all points about the jeans, but I can’t think of anything bad to say about them at all. I have fallen in love with them and these are actually my favourite pair of dark washed jeans that I own now. I did have some other favourites, which I thought wouldn’t be beaten, but these did beat them. They are wonderful. They actually make me feel ‘sexy’ so to speak. I’m not saying I look sexy, ha ha, I mean in the sense that they fit and feel really nice, it’s definitely a nice feeling to wear them, I feel confident in them instead of conscious, like I have done before in some jeans.
If you haven’t yet tried the James Couture jeans, I would definitely say you should! I’ve been doing denim reviews and have been passionate about denim for many many years now and I can say that these are definitely a pair of jeans that have really impressed me. Especially since they are a classic as well! The best part is that if skinny is not for you, they come in bootcut and straight leg as well as a higher rised skinny. There is something for everyone. All of these come in the Matte Black and Vesper. The Matte Black do attract hair and fluff though, I had a big issue with that one, ha ha, as I do with all black jeans! And as always, I’ve given my honest opinion on these jeans and I am never influenced by anyone in my reviews. I genuinely do love these. I was also thinking of doing a video of these, to show you all of the details and padding on them from the inside. Let me know if you would be interested in that! Buy these jeans online at James Jeans for $194.