Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is on a pair of pants that I bought from ASOS.com in the sale a few weeks ago. They are the Rockstar Jersey Biker Jeggings in Blue Black wash. I have always been a fan of the brands fit, I find them really flattering and I adore soft jersey material, so I definitely wanted to try these. Having a biker pant in soft comfortable material was definitely a bonus to me!
The Rockstar biker fit is actually one of my favourites, I love it! It’s just like a pair of biker jeans with the seams around the knee areas and on the thigh, although the knee placements don’t quite fit me in the exact place due to my legs being shorter than the inseam length, but that’s fine, they are only a little bit out of place. I do find the stitched seams to be quite tight though, I have quite small legs anyway, and I still find them to be quite tight and a bit restricting around the knees. I would definitely say that these are more suited to those with slimmer legs due to that. They are very flattering though. I find with biker jeans, sometimes they make your legs look quite padded out and thick, but these definitely don’t due to the jersey material.
The fabric of these is incredibly soft! It feels just like a pair of sweat pants, it’s really stretchy, comfortable and cosy, although it’s a tiny bit rough on the inside. I love it though! It’s really nice wearing a pair of jean style pants that are not made from denim, it makes a nice change actually. The only downfall to this material though is that it’s the worst hair/fluff magnet fabric I have ever had. The first time I wore these, they got covered in dust and fluff all over, it’s that fabric that draws the air particles to it unfortunately. That aside, they are definitely gorgeous! I took these in a size S as they don’t come in waist sizes and they fit me perfectly, I’m usually a 27 for your sizing reference.
The Blue Black wash of these is really nice too. It’s not fully black and it’s not blue, it’s a mix in between and it also has some dusty grey undertones to it. It’s a very vintage looking wash as it has streaks over it, much like they have been worn quite a lot and the black has faded. I think that’s a great touch to add to the biker pants because it suits the tougher look of the style.
Just like Rockstar’s classic Biker jeans, these have the zippers above the back pockets and the inseam ankle zippers. I love these little touches. The back pocket placement is something that I find amazing about the brand, they have such a good fit, they really make the butt look good in my opinion. I also really like the inseam ankle zippers more than I would if these had outerseam ankle zippers. They look more classic and they give the open seam effect without being too obvious. I would definitely recommend these to you though, they make a fun alternative to denim, they are flattering and very comfortable! Buy these pants online at ASOS.com in the sale for £65.
This denim review is on a pair of Closed Denim Cropped Biker Pants in Sunny Yellow. I had to adjust the contrast and lighting a lot on the picture below because every camera I tried wouldn’t pick up the colour of these jeans properly. The adjusted photo below is as close as I can get to the real colour. They are literally fluorescent yellow, much like the colour of a yellow highlighter pen. They are just pretty much exactly like that, really strong and bright, which is a colour cameras struggle to capture correctly. The cameras seem to make them look more like a pastel or muted lemon which is very inaccurate. Even the photo on the Closed website isn’t correct. Hopefully you can get the idea of how bright these are.
I did a review on their full length Biker Pants before (here) so these have a similar fit, except for the fact that they are cropped. They hit around mid calf, or just below on me, and the leg opening of them is a bit wider than my leg so they are not fitted all the way down. For some reason though, these don’t seem to fit as nicely as the full length ones. I really liked how flattering and nice the full length version was, but in comparison to these, it seems like quite a difference. I feel like these don’t fit so good on the butt, the pockets are quite high up and I think it might be the fact that they are cropped, they just don’t fit so well. Maybe if they were fitted all the way down while being cropped, they might be better. They also make my hips look quite small I think. They might look nicer worn looser, like the stock photo from their website. Maybe it might be wise to size up from your usual size, so they have more of a slouchier fit perhaps.
I covered the colour of these jeans above, but I didn’t mention just how hard I found these to pair with things. I did two outfits for these, the first was with a denim shirt and this is the second one. Both outfits I’m not all that fond of, but I had such a dilemma trying to find things to match the intensity of this wash. The shoes were the hardest thing, especially because they are cropped as well as being incredibly bright. It was tough. I think if the weather was boiling hot, these would be easier to wear, you can just wear t-shirts and flats and it would look fine. I wouldn’t really recommend trying to dress them up like I tried.
Usually with most lighter coloured denim, the fabric is see through, this is the case with these as well. You can see from the photos that you can see my skin through them a bit and you can see the pocket bags at the hips through the fabric too. You would definitely need to wear nude or light coloured underwear with these, or it will show through quite a lot.
I am still trying to figure out my overall opinion of these jeans though. I do like Closed Denim a lot, they are a wonderful brand and make really nice jeans, but I am not sure if I like the Cropped Biker pant as much as the full length. I think moto style jeans are more suited to long lengths, rather than cropped. They would make a really nice pair of fun jeans for hot weather though, I can imagine them being great for a happy/fun day out and the colour is really cheerful. I think having them for hot weather is definitely best as then you can just throw on a white t-shirt and and some flip flops/thongs and you will be good to go. Layering doesn’t really work too well I found. If you are brave enough to wear fluorescent yellow and you like moto style jeans, these might be the pair that suit you well. I don’t know if I would be brave enough myself to wear these out though, I think they are really loud. We will have to see when Summer comes around. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions about these jeans. Buy these jeans online at Closed.com.
Jeans courtesy of Closed Denim.
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.