Designer Jeans reviews
This is my second review on the blog. This one will be on an actual pair of denim, I reviewed the J Brand Corporal Pants a few months back. I will be reviewing a pair of the J Brand Kane Slim Straight jeans in Raw Selvedge for this one.
I took these in a size 30. I find them to run a bit smaller in the waist, about a size and a half, compared to their Corporal pants, but that may be due to the fact that they are denim and not twill. I find the fit in the leg to be a bit baggy on me, but that is just on me though. My legs are more on the skinnier side. I don’t mind wearing baggy styles, it’s just these are cut straight so they look like they are hanging on a hanger when I wear them. Hence why I lean towards women’s or tapered styles. Another reason is also length, many of the men’s jeans run on the longer side, around a 34″-36″ inseam (these have a 34″). Tailoring can fix that though.
The material of them is really great. The weaving is what I like. When I see weaving like this, I can stare at the jeans all day and be amazed each time. They also feel really sturdy, yet they still feel really soft. Many of the jeans that are on the sturdier side tend to be really itchy for me. Especially with this Southern California weather that has an identity crises and it goes from cold to burning hot within an hour of just throwing jeans on.
Now for the wash. This has to be my favorite part of the jeans itself. They remind me of a pair of Levi’s that I had quite a few years ago that I wore to death. The wash pretty much goes with everything and for everything (well not formal events of course). They are a dark blue wash with navy/black undertones. I find this to be the perfect combo when getting a pair of dark clean denim. I’ve seen quite a few pairs that tend to be on the more indigo side which I don’t really like, but these don’t. The wash is one of the best dark blues, in my opinion.
Though the fit was off for me, I would still recommend these for other people. I have seen quite a few instances when they do fit and look amazing on the person. The wash itself will make just about anyone fall for them. Out of all the styles from their men’s collection, the Johnny and Dylan might be a better fit on me since they are tapered. You can click here to purchase these jeans from the J Brand website for $196.
I know I was asked to do a review (by a reader) on the jeans from the new James Couture collection and I was really excited to be able to! James Jeans sent me this pair, the Couture Skinny 1210 in Vesper, and I was so intrigued by all of the hype the jeans had got, trying them out was something I couldn’t wait to do!
We announced to you before that the James Couture jeans collection was completely different to other premium denim jeans, especially their own jeans. They are much more unique and you can tell the expertise that has gone into making these. The jeans are each supposed to have suction thigh wrapping, vortex waist contouring, hip padding and sculpted bottom volume. It also says that the power denim appears smaller than normal James Jeans because they expand to hold your body in order to achieve maximum hold and lift. Everything said here is actually true! And I will go into more detail now.
The fit of these jeans is actually incredible. I was a bit skeptical at first about the whole concept. A lot of times in the past, some brands have said their jeans would be different and fit amazing, but there wasn’t much of a difference, but that is not the case here. I was really shocked to find these actually do everything they said they would. I chose the 1210 skinny as I prefer a lower rise (they come in different cuts and rises). These ones have around a 7.5″ rise, a 10″ leg opening and around a 29″-30″ inseam. All of this is perfect for me, that’s how I love my jeans!
When I first put these one, I was so suprised! They do squeeze you in and hold you tight and they make your legs look really slim. The suction thigh wrapping seems to suck your thighs in and make them look thinner and smoother, if that’s even possible, but they do. The waist band is very contoured, it has some slight padding around it and it’s very stretchy so it fits very well and is sculpted to sit on the hips perfectly. The best part though is the back pockets. Those have some padding in them and they are shaped and cut differently to normal James Jeans pockets, they appear higher as the positioning is different and they really make your butt look like it sticks out and up. I love that! They do give the illusion of a pert butt.
The first pair I tried of the James Couture was actually the Matte Black wash. I got those in my regular size of 27, but they were so tight I could barely move, they definitely run smaller. I exchanged them for the Vesper wash in a 27 and these fit perfectly. I thought I would include that for reference to let you know the Matte Black seems to run a bit smaller than the Vesper. At first though, when you put these on, they are very tight. You have to wear them for a while so they can mould to your body and fit you perfectly. They do expand to fit your body shape, so they become like your personal pair of jeans.
You can see (as I included two outfits) the purple top pictures of mine at the bottom of the gallery, this is the first time that I wore them and they did give me some muffin top, slightly, as they were very tight. The second time I wore them (white shirt), although they still suck you in, they didn’t give me any muffin. They fit much better now than they did the first time. I’m just waiting for the lower butt area to stretch out a bit more so the creasing is minimised. I always get creasing below the back pocket area due to my butt and thigh shape, but hopefully that will go away a bit more yet.
Seeing as these are made from cotton and power stretch material, they are super comfortable. They are just like denim leggings, but they fit a lot more flattering because of the contouring. I could happily wear these most of the day and still stay comfortable (as I have done) and that’s something that is very important for me when choosing jeans. Comfort is on the top of my list a long with fit. These tick both those boxes!
The Vesper wash is actually really pretty too. I do own a lot of classic dark blue washes, but luckily these have a sheen to them, so they look quite rich and strong. They don’t look matte and dull. That’s something I always look for in a dark wash, the sheen. Usually the darker jeans attract all of the fluff and hair too, but these barely even did that. That’s another bonus.
I was trying to think of anything negative about these jeans, but I honestly can’t. I usually like to list all points about the jeans, but I can’t think of anything bad to say about them at all. I have fallen in love with them and these are actually my favourite pair of dark washed jeans that I own now. I did have some other favourites, which I thought wouldn’t be beaten, but these did beat them. They are wonderful. They actually make me feel ‘sexy’ so to speak. I’m not saying I look sexy, ha ha, I mean in the sense that they fit and feel really nice, it’s definitely a nice feeling to wear them, I feel confident in them instead of conscious, like I have done before in some jeans.
If you haven’t yet tried the James Couture jeans, I would definitely say you should! I’ve been doing denim reviews and have been passionate about denim for many many years now and I can say that these are definitely a pair of jeans that have really impressed me. Especially since they are a classic as well! The best part is that if skinny is not for you, they come in bootcut and straight leg as well as a higher rised skinny. There is something for everyone. All of these come in the Matte Black and Vesper. The Matte Black do attract hair and fluff though, I had a big issue with that one, ha ha, as I do with all black jeans! And as always, I’ve given my honest opinion on these jeans and I am never influenced by anyone in my reviews. I genuinely do love these. I was also thinking of doing a video of these, to show you all of the details and padding on them from the inside. Let me know if you would be interested in that! Buy these jeans online at James Jeans for $194.
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 ┬ú65.
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.