Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is on a pair of jeans from DC. If you remember our post on how the brand has now ventured into men’s and women’s denim, these are from their women’s line. They are the Skinny jeans in Fudge which I got sent to try from the brand. I have always been familiar with DC, as when I was younger I used to wear their shoes a lot, it’s always nice to venture back into a brand for different reasons though, so I was more than happy to try these out.
As you can tell from the pictures, these are a super skinny jean. I took a 27 in them which is my usual jeans size and they fit me just fine so I would say they are true to size. A lot of the time skinny jeans are actually not as skinny as they should be so I was actually quite suprised with just how slim these are. They have a lower rise too and they are plain all over so if you don’t like heavy branding, like I don’t, these will be fine for you.
I wasn’t sure at first about how comfortable these jeans would be. Purely because I know DC is a brand for people who love skateboarding and sports/hobbies like that, I knew they had to be durable and sturdy. These are actually really soft though, the fabric is quite smooth and even though the denim is on the thicker side, they are still somewhat comfortable. I am really used to thinner denim or jeggings now though so it’s always harder making that transition back into thicker denim. Because the denim is thicker, they don’t sit on my bum as well as I would have liked them too. The pocket placement is fine, it’s flattering, but because of the jeans being really skinny and sturdy at the same time, the fabric tends to fold a bit under the butt area. I haven’t worn these long enough to stretch them out properly yet though, but I am sure that would work itself out if I did.
The thing that attracted me most to these jeans though was the wash. I was excited to do something non blue and the grey on these is absolutely beautiful! It’s the perfect shade of dark grey, but it’s lighter in areas and it has whiskering on the lap. It’s a grey that has a depth to it and it looks 3D almost. I was suprised at just how pretty this wash actually is. To be honest, I was quite suprised with everything about these jeans. I wasn’t expecting them to be this nice for a couple of reasons; the brand isn’t a jeans brand, the jeans are made in China and they have a lower price point of $68. You can feel the difference in the denim quality though, but that’s something I have learned over the years. You can buy these online at DC for $68.
This weeks denim review is on a pair of jeans that you regular readers know I have loved for a while now, the 7 For All Mankind Gummy Gwenevere skinny jeans in Dark Violet. The first time I saw these on Shopbop, I was obsessed with them! They just looked so pretty! The colour was what had me hooked, I already have a couple of Gummy Gweneveres and I love how they fit me, so I knew these ones would be amazing!
These got sent to me by 7 For All Mankind as Shopbop was selling out fast. I had to take a 26 which is the sample/model size as they didn’t have any other sizes available. I thought I would just squeeze myself into them as I am usually a 27, but it turned out that I didn’t have to. These actually fit me just fine. They even feel a little bit loose on me actually, but I am not sure if they are miss-sized or if they really run this big. All of my other Gummy Gweneveres and normal Gweneveres are a 27 but by the size of these, I could take a 25 in them. If this sizing is correct.
The one thing I love about the Gummy denim is how comfortable it is! I wore these all day when I went up to London last week (I’ve included some Buckingham Palace photos for you). That involves a 1 and a half hour train ride there, taxis, walking, a lot of walking, and then a 1 and half hour train ride back home. I wasn’t uncomfortable once in them and I am glad I picked them for that day out. They feel just like leggings and you could easily do yoga or stretches in them without any trouble. Even though they feel like leggings, they still fit like jeans at the same time so that’s why I think they are amazing!
Now the Dark Violet wash! It’s perfect! As you know I love the berry tones and purple definitely fits in to that shade. It reminds me a lot of the blackcurrant drink called Ribena which we have over here in England, I’m not sure if you do in the States, but it’s the same shade of purple and it’s truly beautiful! It’s fun to have this shade of purple in a pair of jeans because it livens up your outfit but at the same time it’s still one of the lesser daring colours, unlike a bold red or yellow. If you love coloured jeans then there is not one person that I wouldn’t recommend these to! They are definitely worth it! They are in my top 2 favourite coloured jeans I own! Buy these jeans online at Shopbop for $169.
This weeks review is on the J Brand 811 mid rise skinny jeans in Black Cherry. I have loved the colour of these jeans from the moment I first saw them when they were released. I thought they were the perfect shade of red for Autumn/Winter and I was right. I never got to review any of their bright colours from the Spring/Summer collection but I am glad I got these ones instead.
The 811 mid rise skinny fit is definitely not my favourite cut from them if I am honest. My favourite would have to be the 910 or the 901. These have a higher rise than what I am used to and they are also not as skinny in the calf area but when I wear them with a longer top and cuff the hem slightly, they become perfect! I find that’s something I do quite often actually, if a jean is not working for me then I will change things around with them until the suit me. I think these look much better cuffed anyway. I’m sure this is only a problem for the minority like myself though, I have very small calves so a lot of skinny jeans are always too baggy in the calf area on me, I need a super skinny to wear skinnies really. I took a 27 in these which is my usual J Brand size and they fit perfectly.
They have the classic simplicity that J Brand has in all of their jeans, minimal stitching, plain pockets, no back tag etc and this is something I love about them. I’m not into heavy branding on jeans and I prefer to keep things simple. I think that’s why so many people favour J Brand actually, they are all about the jeans and the fit of their jeans, not logos or branding. These are also made of twill so they are super soft and stretchy. I love twill in jeans, only if it’s in lighter colours though as darker twill is a complete fluff magnet! These are not like that, they are just comfortable and nice on the skin.
The Black Cherry wash, where do I start, it’s amazing! It has to be my favourite from their coloured twill skinnies collection. As you know from my post yesterday, I adore berry coloured jeans and these remind me of the berries on holly bushes as well as some pretty Winter berries that you start seeing around this time of year. It’s such a rich, deep and dark red but it’s not too dark that it looks brown. I think the pictures just speak for themselves really when I say how pretty it is. I think darker reds are one of the easiest coloured jeans to wear because they still remain an ‘acceptable’ colour in my opinion. I definitely plan on wearing these more often purely because of the Black Cherry wash. I think if they brought these out in the 910 or 901 cut, they would be even more perfect! Buy these jeans online at J Brand for $169.
Jeans courtesy of J Brand.
This weeks review is on a pair of DL1961 Jessica skinny jeans in Liberty that I got sent by the brand. I first tried DL1961 about 2 years ago and I really loved how they fitted me.
The fit of these is a classic 12″ skinny with a mid rise so they are a standard style skinny jean but they have a difference. The back pockets feature one zipper above the right pocket. This is a trademark of their Jessica fit and I love it! It makes the jeans much more unique but in a subtle way. The zipper is narrow and not ‘in your face’ like some can be so the jeans still have a classy feel to them. I did take a 28 in these as when I tried the 27’s 2 years ago, they were really tight. I think they have changed their sizing a bit now though as these 28’s are quite loose on me, especially in the leg area. A 27 would have fitted much better I think.
DL1961 make their jeans from their special 4 way stretch X-Fit fabric which means the jeans stretch with your body when you move but they don’t stretch out and they don’t lose their shape, which I think is fantastic! So many jeans become really baggy and loose after a lot of wears and they never fit how they used to. This X-Fit fabric eliminates that and makes them stay pretty much exactly the same as when you first got them. I have only worn these once and so far so good but I plan to wear them a lot longer.
The wash is a pretty dark blue called Liberty. I usually get a bit repetitive when reviewing the same dark blue shades of denim but these have some character to them. The wash makes the fabric look like it has depth and it’s quite bright. It also has subtle whiskering on the lap area and a slight, very slight, fading on the knee area which makes the jeans look a lot nicer. It makes them seem like they mould to your body more because the fading and whiskering is in the correct place. They also feature little faded lines around the front pocket area and the DL1961 trademark logo on the top right of the back right pocket.
A lot of celebs have become a fan of the brand over the last half a year and I know why. They do make amazing jeans, especially for comfort, these are super comfortable and so soft! I love that about them! I would definitely recommend the brand to anyone wanting a pair of classic 12″ skinny jeans that don’t end up sagging. They are wonderful! Buy these jeans online for $178.