Designer Jeans reviews
I apologise for not having done a review in about 3 weeks, I didn’t realise it had been so long, but the reviews are quite time consuming and I wasn’t able to do any for a little while. Sorry about that! This weeks review is on the J Brand 811 Mid Rise Skinny jeans in Bluebell though. A pair that have been incredibly popular on Katie Holmes. She’s been living in these for a while.
I got these jeans as a gift from J Brand (not for reveiwing purposes), but I thought I would review them anyway since J Brand is one of the most popular brands on DenimBlog at the moment and I haven’t really done a classic blue J Brand review before. The 811 cut is actually really quite nice. They are more like a thicker jegging than a jean because they are super stretchy, but they are cut like a pair of jeans. The 811 is skinny all the way down, as you can see, right from the thighs to the ankle, which is just how I like my skinny jeans to fit; super super skinny. The rise is higher than most (I took a close up shot in the gallery), I haven’t measured it exactly, but I would say it’s over 8″, but it sits comfortably just above the hips.
The only thing that I am not fond of with this cut is the back pocket positioning. For me, they are placed too high, so you can see a gap from the bottom of the butt cheeks and the bottom of the pockets. I’m not a fan of pockets like this as I like them to fit just right, that being the bottom of the pockets at the bottom of the butt. I know from speaking to people that positioning them higher is supposed to create the illusion of a higher and more pert butt, I know MiH do this on their Marrakesh too, but for me, it never works out that way at all. I find it to just look strange and make my butt look wider and flatter than it is. I think though, this positioning works fairly well for those ladies with smaller tushes as I can imagine the pockets fitting more correctly, more than they do on me.
When I first got these jeans (in a size 27, my regular size) they were quite tight. They fitted really snug all over, but after wearing them just one time they already stretched out. I have worn these about 4 times since I got them and I can say they have given about half a size, so they fit more comfortably now and have moulded to my shape more. So if you buy these, definitely make sure you buy them very snug to begin with because they will stretch out. The denim is 10 ounces of super stretch denim and it is very comfortable. It’s soft against the skin and really nice to wear, I have no issues with that at all. I really like the fabric. The inseam is around 30″ which I think is the perfect length for most heights. It can be cropped on the taller ladies and longer on the shorter ladies.
The Bluebell wash is really different actually. Some people are not a fan of it because they find it quite bland and basic, while others really like it. I’m personally stuck in the middle right now. It is a dull/bland wash with not much to it, but I can’t help but be attracted to it. It’s got this intense blue undertone and a dusty overtone, so it’s definitely a strange one to decide if you like it or not. I think I do, obviously it’s not my favourite, but I do like it, it’s very versatile and goes with most things, it’s easy to wear and can be dressed up or down. I would say it’s a good ‘classic’ wash, one that you would need for versatility more than prettiness. I would say from my photos, the close up shot of the back pockets and the rise is the most accurate colour of the jeans, it looks just like that. On my computer screen anyway. It’s not completely like the J Brand website images in my opinion. It’s a bit brighter.
But overall, I do like the super skinny fit and the comfort of these jeans. I’m not overly fond of the back pocket placement as I mentioned above, it doesn’t sit well on my butt for me, and I do like the classic tone of the wash. What I would love to see though is this type of denim fabric with this thickness and stretch in something like the 910 cut, that would be great. I find the 910 fits me really well, back pockets and all, and then it would be better if it got released in some amazing worn in and whiskered washes. That would be ideal! What do you think of these jeans? They are super popular, so I think many must like them! Buy them online at J Brand for $205.
This weeks denim review is on a pair of Agave Denim Chica Jeggings in Garnet Rose that I got sent to try from the brand a little while ago. These have actually just gone in the sale on their site so they are marked down to $133 which is a great deal.
This was my first time trying Agave Denim actually and usually when I haven’t ventured into a new brand before, I like to try a cut or fit that is something I am used to and something that I know I like. Then I can measure up how they fit me in comparison to some of my favourites. That’s why I chose these Chica Jeggings. I love jeggings as I adore super skinny fits with comfort and these definitely have that. I’m sure you can see from the photos that the material is very thin as they wrinkle a lot, and you can see the pocket bags through the hip area, this definitely does make them incredibly comfortable to wear. Who doesn’t feel comfortable in super soft thin jeans?
I would prefer that they were thicker though. I definitely like more structure and hold in my jeans and I do prefer my jeggings on the thicker side as I am not a huge fan of the strong wrinkle effects they create or VPL (visible panty line). Although I love the comfort, I’m a bit torn between that and structured fit.
I feel like they make my legs look really long from the front, sometimes I have jeans that can make my small legs look short, so I always prefer ones that elongate and these do that because of the inseam zipper. They have a very small zipper at the inseam which I leave partially open, so that it goes further down my leg and onto my foot, I always love the illusion that this creates. I’m a definite big fan of inseam zippers, even more so than outerseam zippers actually.
This wash is actually a hard one to explain too, it’s called Garnet Rose, but I found it more like a dusty and rusty orange red instead. It’s got some pastel in it as you can see a powdery tone to the denim, so it makes the wash/colour less intense. I would say my photos are quite accurate on the colour of the jeans, more so than on the website. It’s definitely not your average sort of red or orange, it’s a mix between them. It’s an easy one to pair with neutrals, but I am not sure how easy it might be to pair with other colours if you wanted to colour block. I feel like it has that awkward tone to it that might not contrast well with other colours, I feel like something would always be off with it. It’s the perfect shade for white, grey or black though. Definitely, as everything goes with those tones.
I did take my regular size of 27 in these and they fit me just fine, although they are clingy due to the material, the actual size of them is correct for me. Another note on these though I found is that the back pockets are not my favourite, they are ok, just not my absolute favourites. The placement of them is fine, but due to the really thin legging material, I feel like they just sit there on my butt rather than enhance it or uplift it, they don’t really add that oomph that some jeans do in the tush department. However, that being said, I think these would be fine for those of you with smaller butts or really toned bodies because you wont need anything from your jeans.
Since the warmer weather is approaching too, I think these will make great summer jeans due to the light material. So I would definitely class these as summer jeans and jeans that you would treat as actual leggings, not jeans to enhance or shape you. I know a lot of people who would work well in these jeans. I do love them from the front though, they look really pretty and fit nicely in the front. I just don’t think I am the exact shape needed to pull these off from behind. What’s your opinion on that? But, that’s why I love trying so many different denim brands and finding out what works for myself and what doesn’t, because everyone is different and has a completely different body shape. What doesn’t work so well for me, might be completely perfect for you. Buy these jeans online from AgaveDenim.com for $133.
This weeks review is on the brand new Current/Elliott The Skinny jeans in Vintage Zebra. I bought these on Shopbop.com as I had a voucher to spend. I originally saw them in London a couple of months ago at the Autumn/Winter 2012 press day and I fell in love with them the moment I saw them. I couldn’t take my eyes off of them. These are the next in their animal print jeans after the famous leopard print and boa print.
The fit of these is their classic The Skinny cut so it features a longer inseam and a slim cut all the way down with a lower rise. Out of all of the Current/Elliott cuts, my favourite would have to be the Stiletto, so these would have gained more points if they were in that cut as The Skinny doesn’t fit me as perfectly as the Stiletto. I still think they are a nice cut because they are skinny all over as skinny jeans should be, but I can’t change my personal preference on jeans. These are more suited to longer leg ladies in my opinion. As I have reviewed Current/Elliott quite a few times before, I wont go into the pocket placement etc again as it’s the same as before.
As for the Vintage Zebra wash, I still think it’s one of the coolest washes around. As it’s faded and more vintage looking, it’s definitely not too in your face at all, it works quite well. My only issue with the print is the horizontal stripes, I feel like they make my legs look a little wider than they are. I know that’s always the illusion with horizontal stripes widening things and vertical lines making things longer, but I don’t suppose there is anyway around this since it’s zebra print after all. I did notice that the stripes do form a line in the middle as they have a gap, so it sort of creates a V illusion. I think if they didn’t have this and the zebra print went all around, they would make your legs look even wider, so this definitely helps where the print is concerned, as it is really pretty.
I took my usual Current/Elliott size of 26 in these as the brand does run bigger than most others, so I always size down. They are quite fitted and tight to begin with, but they stretch out quite quickly so it’s not that bad having them tight. They are lightweight in material and stretchy so they are comfortable to wear, even when tight.
Also, as a side note, please do excuse my hair in these photos, it got wet while taking them because of the constant rain over here. I had to dash out while it stopped, but it started again and I couldn’t avoid it, ha ha. What’s your opinion on these jeans? Do you think you like them as much as their leopard print? I think I am still fond of the leopard print more, but these are definitely growing on me. You can buy these online at Shopbop.com for $188.
I’m excited to be able to review something for the warmer weather! Some denim shorts! I got sent these by the wonderful Siwy for reviewing and luckily enough they arrived when we were having a heat wave over here so I got to wear them a few times! Unfortunately now we are back to rain and colder weather so they have been put back away, much to my disappointment.
These are the Siwy Denim Camilla denim shorts in Mixed Signals and I am sort of obsessed with them because the dip dye/ombre trend is something that I adore! I’m so glad the trend is in full swing because I have always been a fan of it, it’s such a fun take on regular denim and I love seeing more than one colour together, so it just works. The light blue shade of these is really bright, almost neon, but it’s not, it’s just a really intense shade of aqua which transitions upwards into a darker more medium blue denim. It graduates quite subtly when you look closely, but from further away you can see they are 2 colours and you don’t see the transitioning as well.
The Camilla fit, if you haven’t tried it, is my favourite short from Siwy, ever. They are so comfortable and soft and they are just so easy to wear. You can just chuck them on and go out the door and feel perfectly good in them. I always find that about Siwy jeans, they have such an ease to them, it makes styling an outfit quite simple. I took a 27 in these, which is my usual size, but I could definitely size down to a 26. I generally don’t like my shorts really tight though because when it’s hot enough to wear them, I don’t like to feel too restricted. It’s not comfortable otherwise.
It does seem like each time I get a pair of Siwy shorts, I love them more than the last pair. I started out with the Lilt wash which I loved, then Love Song which I adored even more and now the Mixed Signal wash which is now my favourite. One thing I have always found a bit strange with the Camilla short though is that one leg opening is very frayed and the other isn’t so much. I know it’s intentionally like that as it’s on every pair I have. For my personal preference though I would prefer them to be heavily distressed equally. I may need to take that matter into my own hands for the other leg opening and make it more frayed myself.
Even though these shorts are ombre, I think they are incredibly easy to wear. You could pretty much pair these with any colour and get away with it and they will work with so many different pieces of clothing! I chose neon pink as I think it sets the colours apart quite nicely! I think it’s quite bad actually how obsessed I have become with these, I keep staring at the photo below to see how pretty the wash is, ha ha! What do you think of them? You can buy these shorts online at RevolveClothing.com for $162. I would also say that my photos are more realistic for the wash, the Revolve photos are quite washed out and pale, just for reference.