Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is on an older style of jeans, Current/Elliott’s The Roller jeans in Kentucky Blue. I got these from Hautelook when they were having a Current/Elliott sale a couple of months ago. Usually I only like the brands skinny jeans and sometimes their Low Bell flares, so it was a change to try these out.
The Roller fit is one that I find slightly awkward on myself. On loads of other people it looks really good, but I think because I don’t have very long legs, having the cuff at the bottom and the slight dropped crotch, it makes my legs look even shorter and because they are not a fitted skinny, they are slouchy, that also makes my legs look a big wider. I don’t have a problem with them being slouchy, I’m quite fond of that in jeans, but the cuff as well is what makes my short legs look even shorter. I think this style would be so flattering on the longer legged ladies though, it’s a really well cut looser fitting skinny.
I took a size 26 in these, which is my usual Current/Elliott size, but I think I could have done with going up one size. They are slightly slouchy on me, but I would prefer them to be a bit more loose, I think it would add to the boyfriend effect more. They are very soft though, just like most of their jeans, the denim is a soft and thin denim which feels nice against the skin. Since they are supposed to fit looser, the rise is very low, as you can see. This isn’t something that I mind at all, I prefer low rises, but I know a lot of you like higher rises, so I find it important to mention if jeans have low rises.
The Kentucky Blue wash though, that’s my favourite part of these jeans! I love it! I’m always a fan of Current/Elliott’s lighter blue washes, Emily and Meritt always do such a good job of adding the right amount of fading and whiskering in the correct places. They really do have it down to an art form in my opinion. I know they have been straying away from lighter blues in favour of the bright colours and trends of the moment, but I would love for them to bring out some more blues, much like this one.
Overall, it’s a complicated feeling that I have with these jeans. I really like the actual jeans, very much, but I find they are not the best for my body shape, so in essence what I would like is to make my legs longer, ha ha. What are your experiences with The Roller jeans? I did get a lot of compliments on them though, a few people said they were really nice. I plan on wearing them more though because I am hoping that once they stretch out, they will mold to my body shape more and fit me better! Buy these jeans at Revolve Clothing for $198.
This weeks review is on the Hudson Nico Mid Rise Super Skinny jeans in Scarlet Coated. Sorry that I haven’t reviewed anything for a couple of weeks, unfortunately over the holiday period I had flu and as it was the holidays, I decided not to review anything for that time. I actually got sent these as a Christmas present from Hudson, but I have decided to review them anyway!
I did review a pair of their Nico jeans a few months back in the Chelsea wash (which you can see here) and I mentioned back then that the cut was a mid rise super skinny. As I am used to wearing low rise jeans though, these feel almost high rise to me. Usually I am really bothered by having jeans that have higher rises because I find them to not be as flattering on the butt and restricting around the stomach, but as these are like jeggings, I don’t have any issue with them because they are so stretchy, I barely notice where the waistband hits, which is a good thing. Also, unlike a lot of other higher rise jeans, the back pockets remain in the same position. Some brands will place the back pockets higher on high rise jeans, which annoys me a lot because it makes them less flattering. I’m pleased these don’t.
The Nico is also one of Hudson’s more simpler jeans, they don’t feature their signature pointed flap pocket. These have normal flat pockets with a small raised V shape on them. This is also another thing that pleases me about these jeans because I find that the regular flap pocket jeans are not very well suited to my body shape. I feel that they don’t flatter my bum very well and generally I find flap pockets to have ‘too much denim’ on the butt. The Nico is a really nice change from the classic Hudson’s.
Since they are jeggings as well, they are very clingy and super skinny, they are a lot like how a denim legging should be. However, this particular pair, the Scarlet Coated, do fit slightly more awkward than the regular denim Nico’s. This is purely because they are coated though. The waxing finish on the denim gives them a stiffer appearance and feel so they make the fabric a lot more creased. I’m not saying this is Hudson’s fault though, this is something that happens on every single pair of waxed jeans and honestly I think it can’t be avoided. I have tried many coated jeans in the past and they all do the same thing. It’s not something that bothers me, I don’t mind that wrinkly look that they have, but I know some of you might. If this is the case then I probably wouldn’t recommend any coated jeans to you.
The colour of these though is beautiful! I have a passion for dark red denim, it’s one of my favourite colours when it comes to jeans and these are a really good shade! They are a dark red, but not too dark and they are not an orangey red either. I find these to be the perfect shade of deep red. I would say though (as I included some stock photos too since it’s very cold outside and I wore a lot of layers making it a little harder to see all of the jeans) that the photos of the jeans on me, is very representative to the colour of them in real life. The stock images seem to be a little lighter. Of course this does depend on your screen as well though.
The only bad points I have to make about these jeans is that they are one of the worst hair magnet jeans I own. Again, this isn’t specifically because of this pair, but in general, the coating on waxed/coated denim really attracts fluff and hairs. After wearing these for a while with my coat, they were covered in a lot of white fluff and it’s not that easy to get off either. I will give a style tip for coated jeans and obviously that would be ‘don’t wear them with items of clothing that malt or are fluffy’, that way you can avoid it as much as possible.
One other point is that I would love it if they were even more shiny, I really love coated jeans and I haven’t been able to find a pair yet that are extremely coated. I’m wondering if that’s because adding too much of it to the denim will ruin the jeans or because not many people want to make them too shiny. That’s just my personal preference though and it’s not something I’m desperate for, I am perfectly happy with these how they are.
I would absolutely recommend these to you though! Based on the cut (which is a wonderful cut) and the deep red shade of the denim, they make a really good combination and they are also a prefect colour for the colder months. They have that Winter shade of red to them. Plus, I find the coating on the denim keeps you a little more warm than regular jeggings! These are also even more perfect for me in the fabric department too! So many waxed jeans have polyester in their denim blend, these don’t! They don’t irritate me at all like a lot of other coated jeans have done.
Just for reference in sizing too, I took a 27 in these and they fit me fine. I would say they were true to size as I am a 27 in most premium jeans. However, I do have a couple of Hudson’s in a 28 so I might be inclined to say these run a tiny bit bigger than the brand usually does.
Have any of you tried Hudson’s Nico skinnies yet? In all honesty, I wear my Nico in Chelsea a lot, they became one of my go to pairs of jeans as soon as I got them, they are wonderful so I hope these turn out the same! You can buy these jeans online at Hudson for $198.
This weeks review is on a pair of jeans from c.r.a.f.t which I got sent to try by the brand. It’s their Rock & Roll Queen skinny ankle zipper jeans in Comfty2. This is what the tag says, but I can’t actually find these jeans online unfortunately as I believe they are a new wash. I was really intrigued with trying this brand as I have seen them around quite a lot and I loved the look of them.
The fit of these jeans is very skinny but the inseam is quite long. As these have ankle zippers on them it means that they don’t fit me quite right because my legs are not super long. The zippers bunch up a lot and don’t lie flat against my calves which is how I like them to look. This is always a problem when you get standard inseams on jeans and they have aesthetics like ankle zippers. I always think it’s best to add these kind of details to ankle peg jeans so then they have that universal fit of being slightly cropped on the longer legged ladies but normal fitting on the shorter legged ladies. The inseam runs at 31.5″ so hopefully that can help you out.
The one thing I found really funny when I put these on was that they actually button up the other way! The button is on the other side so it feels like you are buttoning them up in reverse. This is a little hard to get used to but it’s not something that’s a problem. Some of the belt loops are diagonal which I think is really cool too.
The little details on these jeans I think are what makes the brand. The signature thread going through the middle of the back pockets in a running stitch is really pretty! I’ve always been fond of that when looking at the jeans. I heard you can actually pull this out and be left with lighter lines of denim underneath too. The back patch is actually made of a papery fabric which has their big label attached to it. You are supposed to cut this off, as I did, but I don’t think this patch will actually stay on for a really long time, I think once you wash the jeans a few times, it might disintegrate. I haven’t washed these as they are brand new but it rips quite easily. I could be wrong though and it would be great to get your input on the back tag if you have owned a pair of c.r.a.f.t jeans for a long time.
I took a size 27 in these which is my usual size and they fit me, but they fit me quite tightly. It’s sort of a strange fit because they are very tight in the waist band and the butt area, but they fit me in the legs, so if I were to size up to a 28, they might be better in the waist and butt, but they would be too baggy in the leg area. What I have concluded is that c.r.a.f.t jeans will be amazing for the slimmer ladies who don’t have a bigger butt and who don’t have a lot of hips. I can see them fitting perfectly on fashion models which is why I think they fit Kate Moss so amazingly! She does look incredible in them.
The fabric for these is 98% cotton and 2% polyurethane so they are quite stiff. I found it hard getting used to normal jeans again after I have been living in jeggings for so long. These don’t have much stretch to them and feel quite rigid, but I haven’t worn them enough to stretch them out properly to my body shape. The back pockets on these, although they are super pretty and a really good shape, I find them to be slightly too spaced apart. That’s my personal preference though as I am incredibly picky about the back pocket placement. This could be due to the butt area being quite small though. I find these jeans flatten my bum quite a lot combined with the cut and the thicker fabric, but like I said, I haven’t let them mould to my body shape yet so this might not be the case after quite a few wears.
The wash of these jeans though is really pretty. It’s a medium blue with faded areas and like the classic c.r.a.f.t jeans which are famous, they have the 3 lines at the knees, to create the illusion of motorcycle jeans. I love this! None of the lines go right across the front of the jeans though, they are both short on each side of the knees which I think is cute. I think this is one of the brands nicer washes actually!
I also wanted to point out just quickly, if you plan on buying these jeans at all for a gift for someone younger, the button actually does say what the brand stands for (can’t remember a f*****g thing) but without the stars. The label inside is starred out, but the button isn’t, so I just thought I would mention that just in case. I did find a similar wash pair of these jeans on ASOS.com in the sale for only £56!
This weeks review is on a pair of Diesel Jegonfire 880A Moto Jeggings. I chose these jeans because they are so different to the Diesel styles that I usually go for. I loved the look of them when I saw them in the store after seeing the new collection in London. They just stood out at me and I fell in love with them right away! These jeans are courtesy of Diesel UK.
The fit of these jeans is really nice. It’s super skinny, just as a jegging should be and it has a lower rise as well as being super comfortable. One thing that I have always loved about Diesel is the fact that they had different cuts and each of those cuts would fit differently all over, so the back pockets would be different as well. That always made the brand so versatile because if one cut didn’t work on your butt (instead of it being like most brands, if you don’t like the back pockets then all of the styles wont suit you) it’s completely different, you can try all of the cuts and one will work for you.
I used to be the biggest fan of Matic and Lowky as well as Nevy and Cuddy, but since those are going to be no longer available, I’m happy that I found these. I will be honest in saying these are definitely not as nice on my butt as Matic or Nevy though, the pocket placement isn’t as low down as on those two cuts, so I find these not as flattering on my butt as those, but in general, if I wasn’t comparing them to an old Diesel cut, I would be happy with how they fit me. They are flattering, especially from the front! As for sizing, I took a size 27 in these and I am usually between a 27 and 28 in normal Diesel jeans, but because they are so stretchy and lightweight, a 27 fits me really well.
The 880A wash is what grabbed my attention with these jeans. If I am honest, I never gave these a second look on the Diesel website, I glanced straight past them as I thought the wash looked too grainy and light so that put me off of them. I didn’t actually realise in the store that these were the same jeans I had seen online, that’s how different the online photos look to the actual jeans. I’m so glad I saw these in store instead because I am in love with them!
The wash is a mid blue but it has a lot of lighter and darker areas all over it. They are in the correct places though, like the lighter areas are on the knees and on the butt so it gives the illusion that they are worn in a bit and faded in those areas, as those are areas that fade the most. These also have subtle whiskering at the lap area which always adds more detail and depth to a wash in my opinion. I love the small distressed patches on these too, they are scattered around the jeans, but one of the things that I fell in love with the most with this wash was the hole at the knee. The right leg has a rip and I have always found that virtually impossible to find on a moto style jean. Purely because the moto jeans have so much knee detail already, adding rips can sometimes be too much, but not on these. I think it really makes them unique!
The front pockets on these remind me of miniature versions of the old Hush style pockets. They are really cute! Also the signature Diesel coin strip is much smaller on these so it doesn’t stand out as much. I love the moto style stitching at the knees on these too. It reminds me a lot of how c.r.a.f.t denim have their stitching. They have two full lines, one above the knee and one below and then the middle line is split so it’s just 2 short lines from each seam. The back patch is also made from bronze coloured sequins so that adds a feminine touch to them.
Overall I think these jeans are amazing and I am so glad that Diesel finally came out with jeggings! These are so comfortable and soft as well as being really pretty and detailed! Plus, these are one of Diesel’s lower priced jeans so you can’t ask for more than that! I’ve worn them quite a few times, even to the cinema and I only ever wear comfy jeans to the cinema! Buy these jeans online at Diesel for £120.