Designer Jeans reviews
My next review is on a pair of jeans that I have been looking forward to doing since the cut first came out, the Paige Croft Skinny in Howell. As you all may know, I am such a fan of the cut as they are the brands first foray into super skinny for men. They are a pair that I have just been waiting for any brand to come out with and I am happy it was by Paige as they created it in their amazing TRANSCEND fabric.
For the sizing, I based these on the Lennox cut and went with the smallest size which is a 28. The Lennox was a bit bigger on me all around in the same size and I was expecting these to be the same. They were not and fitted all around, which only adds to their appeal even more. They don’t slip down, which is great, and they retain their shape really well.
Though I do prefer most women’s style over men’s, one thing I was happy about with these is the higher rise. Other than the Paige Verdugos and a few other styles from different brands, many women’s styles sit lower. This is a reasonable aesthetic choice, but I am just happy that there is a men’s style that I can appreciate like my other pairs because of this. With the higher rise, it allows more coverage and also minimal to no slipping down the waist. This just made them all the more better.
The cut of the jeans is just as they say, which is super slim down the whole leg. Being that they are men’s jeans, I expected that they’d be on the longer side. They have a 33″ inseam which is pretty long on me, but I wear them with a cuff and that solves the issue. But ideally, they’d be perfect with a 30″ inseam for me.
The Howell wash is part of Paige’s TRANSCEND line. So you already know how comfortable they are going to be. Even with how soft they are, they don’t lose their shape and there is a bit of stiffness to them that I quite like.
The color of them is a classic dark blue wash on the outer shell, but at the lining they have a black tone to them. This detail is interesting and I am interested in seeing how they would look with wear or distressing to see the subtle contrast of the darker threads peeking through.
This is just a personal nitpicking issue, but one thing I am not the biggest fan of with the wash is the stitching. They have a yellow stitching that I find a bit stark against the dark blue/black wash of the denim. It’s something that I found, for me, just takes away from the blue. This is just something I have a problem with, but I’m sure you readers won’t have this much of a concern about it like me.
Overall, they are a great pair of jeans to own if you are a guy that has been looking for a pair that is super skinny, but doesn’t want to buy a pair of women’s jeans. The cut is amazing and comfort is lovely. Once you get a pair, you can see why we have started to see more and more celeb sightings of men in them lately. I cannot wait to see where they take this style over the seasons. You can click here to purchase these jeans from the Paige website.
Jeans Courtesy of Paige.
My next review is on a pair of the R13 Alison Mid Rise Jeans in Dirty Black. I have been waiting to try these jeans out since they first came out and was elated that I am able to now. Check out my thoughts on the style below.
For the fit, these are definitely new all around for the brand. They didn’t just raise the rise of seasons past, but actually reworked the whole jean into something that still embodies the label while showing the growth within. The cut of the leg is less of the super skinny/legging cut that R13 is known for. They are cut straighter while still being skinny. The length is also something that I like about these, which is 30″, as there is slight stacking at the ankle, but not too much. They didn’t just stop there though, they reworked the back pockets as well and enlarged them to suit the cut while still keeping the classic flattering shape.
What I love most about the jeans is the fabric as they feel like actual denim. There is a stiffness and almost rigid feel to them that just makes me really happy after all the super stretch denim the past few years. Though they were comfortable, I have just been looking for something that felt more heritage lately, which these are. There is stretch to them, so it doesn’t leave you immobile as I was still able to run in these.
The wash of these is just amazing, which is expected from R13. They are a faded black wash with fading and whiskering throughout the jeans. One thing that I like with what R13 does (which they did with these), is that they keep the whiskering subtle. More subtle than what most brands consider as subtle to keep an organic feel to them. They truly do an amazing job at this.
Overall, these are an amazing pair of jeans if you are looking for something away from the usual stretch jeans. The wash just goes with everything and just gives a look something extra when worn. So if you are looking for something different from the usual clean black and still looking for something that feels chic, these are definitely the pair to try out. You can click here to purchase these jeans from SHOPBOP for $325.
My next review is on a more affordable pair of jeans, the Rocco in Light Brown by EXPRESS. These jeans are different from the usual styles I review, which is why I chose them. I always loved the idea of a brown or tan pair of jeans because of the ease they have to them. They will smarten a look without crossing the fine line of preppy, which it can easily do. Read my thoughts on the style below.
A Gold E has to be one of my new favorite go-to brands for jeans at the moment. I haven’t found a more perfect pair while showering throw the women’s section than I have with these. The rise, length, fit in the legs down to the ankles is perfect for what I have been looking for.
I first fell in love with the Colette cut after trying them in the Rituel wash (which is a charcoal grey wash) and have been wanting to try out a classic black pair from the brand. So after seeing their Dark Knights wash, I knew I had to give them a try.
I took these in my usual size, a 27, and they fit just like the previous pair that I have. They are slim all the way down, but not suffocating around the ankle. The jeans also have a medium rise that allows more coverage and the way that the jeans are constructed, there is no fear of them slipping down. I would say that the fit is like a medium rise version of the Racer cut by Citizens of Humanity.
The Dark Knights wash does come in a thicker fabric than the Rituel. They first felt on the tighter side, but as you wear them they will stretch to fit. I have worn them for more than a week straight and they have molded to me rather than losing their shape. That’s also what I love about A Gold E jeans. They are a more affordable brand that didn’t sacrifice quality and are made in the U.S. (Los Angeles). This is something that is rare for affordable brands.
I also like the details in the jeans, they are kept very simple with their signatures. The back pocket, which is perfectly placed, has a tab reading the name of the brand. Also a signature on their jeans is the “E” on the coin pocket. It’s subtle, but grabs and brings attention to the brand.
Overall, whether you are a guy or girl, definitely give these a try. They will feel tight at first, but will only get more comfortable as you wear them. After having and wearing them for a while, it makes me want to stock up on more pairs. You can click here to purchase a pair from their website for $99.