Designer Jeans reviews
For this review, I will be talking about the Nudie Lean Dean in Dry Cold Black. I have been slowly gravitating back to stiffer/thicker denim that have as little stretch as possible lately and I looked no further than Nudie as I have been a fan of their jeans for quite some time. I also love the story behind the label as they focus on the authenticity and heritage of wear…even with their pre-worn washes. Plus they have a variety of fits to choose from, so I wasn’t limited to the typical straight leg fit and having to go through the wet molding process for the custom fit.
I went with a size 28 in these as that was the smallest size on the site that I ordered them from. I am usually a 27 in Nudies, but a 28 worked just fine compared to my usual 27 that I go for with the Tight Long John. They are 100% cotton, so they stretched out a tad, but not enough to merit the necessity of going two sizes down. They actually stretched out to the perfect fit at the waist and are quite comfortable after the two weeks of wearing.
The length is a bit long at 34″, but that is expected. Though they weren’t as long as I thought they were going to be. I initially thought they were going to swallow me with the stacking, but they actually don’t and ended up being a good length for the cut on me as it helps balance out the slimness a bit.
The fabric was the main reason why I chose these jeans. Like I stated earlier, I have been gravitating towards a pair of jeans that were on the thicker side for multiple reasons. One being the weather and two being that brands lately have lost the main focus of what denim is. Many have leaned towards how much they can push the stretch factor and fashion trends which has taken away from the fabric that we all know and love.
Being 100% cotton, I have found that they even still have better retention and retraction than some of my stretch jeans. As they don’t have the stretch that can lead to bagging due to the strain that stretch goes through over time and they also don’t have any slipping due to the softness that stretch tends to cause.
The fabric definitely has a good hand to it. They are gentle against the skin compared to other 100% cotton that I have tried over the years. It just adds to the comfort of wearing them daily as they don’t feel abrasive against my skin.
Overall, If you are looking to try a pair of jeans that are classic to the heritage of denim, these are ones to try. They definitely brought back my appreciation to denim and have me excited to see the story that it will create as I wear them in. You can click here to purchase these jeans from EAST DANE.
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.