Designer Jeans reviews
This is a guest denim review for our male readers on the Diesel Thavar 8QL jeans from a long time jeans lover.
I have been a fan of the Diesel brand for many many years now, back in the days of the Farco through to Slammer and now currently with the Thavar jean, with many different cuts in between. I had a bit of a break from them for some time, mainly as they seemed to lose their way with some quite shocking washes, but I have been drawn back in recently with the much improved wash designs. They are still a long way off classics like 772, 71B and my personal favourite 61x though, but the past few months they have been getting better again.
These Thavar 8QL jeans are a darker blue jean which have a slight dusty wash and have a few distressed holes on the front. One is quite large, perhaps too large, as it has been responsible for getting my foot caught putting them on! The details on these jeans are really nice even though they are pretty basic, even down to the simple stitching on the back pockets, plain rivets and button. Compared to Diesel jeans a few years ago (like 71J, 772 etc), they are what could be considered boring, but these days I prefer the more toned down look, not all covered in rust and lots of bullet holes!
I am a big fan of the Thavar cut, it’s a slim straight leg, quite fitted below the knee and it has a medium rise. It also has a zip fly. I own quite a few jeans in this cut as I find them very comfortable and easy to wear. This wash is one of the comfiest I own, the denim is pretty thin so you don’t feel too constricted, yet after some wear, they haven’t stretched out, unlike other washes in this cut. They seem to keep their shape quite nicely. I took the same size in these Thavar 8QL as my other Thavar jeans and they fit well.
Overall, I like these jeans a lot, not my absolute favourite jeans, as I have jeans with better washes, but they are definitely my go to pair if I want a more comfortable jean with a nice simple looking wash. Buy these jeans at Very.co.uk here OR at Littlewoods.com here.
As promised in this post, here is the second review of the week and it’s on the J Brand Houlihan skinny cargo pants in Vintage Tigers Eye which Trilogy sent to me. This wash, along with 3 others, is brand new for Spring/Summer 2012. You can find out more about J Brand’s Houlihan re-release in my guest post for Trilogy here.
When J Brand first released their Houlihan cargo pants, back in 2010, I reviewed them then in the Vintage Olive wash. You can see that review here. I still stand by what I said back then, about them being a wonderful cargo pant and very comfortable, but I will elaborate more. I’m sure most of you DenimBlog readers actually own a pair of the Houlihan cargos by now, but for those of you who don’t, I think you should definitely consider it!
The fit of these is still one of my favourite skinny cargo pants to date, they are in my top two along with the Rich & Skinny cargos. It’s a very close call between those two, but I would say the Houlihan wins for the colder weather because the fabric is thicker. They are made from Japanese Twill which makes them very soft and gentle on the skin, it also means they are really stretchy and very comfortable. When you usually think of cargo pants, you think of rigid material and masculine fits. The Houlihan pants are none of those, they really changed everyone’s opinion on the trend in my mind.
They are cut very skinny, just like a jegging or super skinny jean, they hit at the ankle, they have a lower rise (not super low, more between medium to low), they have angled trouser style front pockets, long ankle zips, stitching around the knees (similar to a moto jean), the cargo pockets on the sides of the legs are in the perfect place to look good and also be flattering at the same time and the back pockets just have flaps instead of actual pockets. All of these details make these pants perfect! There isn’t one thing that I don’t like about them. I usually always insist on having back pockets, but these are flattering without. The flaps actually look really nice on the butt.
The Houlihan has literally been released in almost every wash possible, bar a few, and it’s been one of J Brand’s most famous selling pants and I can honestly understand why. I’m glad they have released them in a few more washes. Especially this Vintage Tigers Eye! Orange is the colour of Spring 2012, so you can expect lots of orange jeans to be popping up all over the place, but J Brand really made this orange perfect for the cargo trend. They made it dusty, almost rusty, vintage and aged looking, just like they have been worn and washed a lot of times so the wash looks really worn in and exactly how you would expect a cargo pant wash to look. You wouldn’t really think that colours like these would work on cargos, you usually think browns, greens and khakis, however J Brand know exactly what they are doing.
Everything about these pants, I love. The material is thick enough to be worn in Autumn and Winter, which is a plus point for me as living in England it’s often cold, the fit is wonderful, so flattering and as feminine as possible for a cargo pant and the wash is pretty! I love colour and wear it at any opportunity, so these definitely make me smile! I also took my usual J Brand size of 27 in these and they fit well. You can size up one size if you want them to be a bit looser. I know a lot of people like cargos to fit slouchier, but I stayed with my usual size so they can be fitted, which is how I prefer my pants to look. I actually hope that the brand releases more vintage colours too, that would be great! Buy these J Brand Houlihan pants in Vintage Tigers Eye online at Trilogy.
I’m doing two reviews this week and the first one is on the MiH Vienna 5 pocket legging jeans in Joplin wash. I got these jeans as a Christmas present from MiH Jeans and I am very grateful to the brand for that!
MiH Jeans have always held a little soft spot in my heart as it’s so close to home. I’m English and have lived in England all my life, just like MiH Jeans was born in England and remains true to its heritage. I took these in a size 26 because of them being super stretchy, I knew I would need to size down. I’m usually a 27 in MiH Jeans, however I am a 28 in the Pinetop and Breathless washes due to the material content and stretch. Hopefully that helps with sizing. I would definitely say size down one for these.
The Vienna cut is wonderful! It’s a low rise jegging and it’s so soft! I honestly can’t get over how soft the fabric is and how silky and comfortable they feel on my skin. They are amazing to wear! If I could change one thing though it would be the calf area, from the knee down I like my jeans to be really skinny, like proper leggings almost, but the Vienna cut is cut a little looser from the knee down. This is a good fit for most people, but for me, I have very small calves so I struggle finding super skinny jeans because of that reason. Having them fit like this though makes them look and act like regular jeans, but with extra comfort, so it’s not all a negative.
The fit of MiH Jeans is definitely one that’s flattering for ladies with smaller butts as well I find. The back pockets are cut quite square and positioned very central on these, so they are nice. They sort of lift the butt up, but they don’t make it round if you have a bigger butt. I myself find the rise always to be really low in the back, but that is because my tush does stick out ha ha. The inseam is quite long for me too, but that’s purely because I have quite short legs. In general though, I think these are gorgeous! They are definitely my favourite cut from the brand so far! I honestly can’t even explain just how soft, smooth, comfortable and almost delicious the fabric feels. They are honestly incredible to wear. You could wear these all day, like I did, and still be as comfortable as the moment you put them on!
The Joplin wash is also one of those washes that is classic and timeless, but it’s my favourite kind of dark wash because of the subtle sheen that it has. Under the light, it gives off that look of depth and richness, rather than just a normal flat dark blue wash. These jeans could literally be paired with anything though, any colour and fabric pretty much and they can definitely be worn casual or smart, they are completely versatile, so that makes these a very good classic jean to own.
I would say if you are looking for an English jeans brand and a very soft and silky pair of jeggings, these could definitely be one that I recommend to you. Make sure you size down from your usual MiH Jeans size and they should be fine! If any of you have tried the Vienna cut let me know, I would love to know how you got on with it too! Buy these jeans online at MiH-Jeans.com for £148.
This is a little video I put together, showing you the differences between the new Paige jeans and the old Paige jeans. We announced to you a little while ago that Paige has re-launched the design of her jeans to fit the growth of the company and marry the men’s and women’s styles together. This video shows you the new buttons, rivets, labels and tags in comparison to the original ones. Both of the jeans are Verdugo Leggings, one being Paige Blue and the other being Tumble.
You can also see below the new and old tags. The new tags are from the Tumble jeans (tie-dye) and the old tags are actually from my collaboration Lorna jeans. These are the only tags I have from the older styles, they are pretty much exactly the same, just without it saying ‘special collaboration’ and they are usually blue, rather than pink.