Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is on the long awaited James Jeans Moto Jeans in Black Out. As you know I have been a fan of these jeans since I saw them on Nicky Hilton quite a while ago. I was gutted I couldn’t find them in my size anywhere but then a lovely reader said they were on Bluefly so I managed to get them from there. International shipping always takes so long though but I finally have them and I am in love! It was windy and raining a bit again so you will have to excuse my hair in this one, ha ha.
The thing that makes me love these jeans a lot is that the moto stitching is only on the front, so bending and sitting down isn’t uncomfortable and tight on the back of my knees. Normally I think that moto jeans don’t look so good with only the biker print on the front but these are en exception. I love that the stitching goes up really high, past the mid thigh, that definitely adds something extra to the jeans which makes them stand out. This moto stitching is actually my favourite I have seen on any jeans, from all brands. It’s just perfectly done and looks really really good! Well maybe second to Balmain!
The fit of these is exactly like the Twiggy fit from the brand, they are super skinny and really stretchy as well as being incredibly comfortable and flattering. With James Jeans I always find that they elongate your legs so much, they just add inches and make your legs looks slimmer in my opinion. I don’t know how they do it but they do! The pockets on the back are also one of the most flattering, they are perfectly positioned in the center but not too far from the middle seam so they really flatter your butt. These do run a little small as I did some research and sized up to a 28 for a more comfortable fit, I’m sure I could do a 27 which is my normal James Jeans size but I find with the moto stitching can get quite uncomfortable when worn too tight. These also have quite a high rise of 8 inches but I always wear longer tops to cover that. The inseam I thought would be too long because they seem to fit Nicky perfectly but it’s actually just the right length!
The wash of these jeans is also just perfect! It’s black but it’s so washed out that you can still see your body shape and figure through it, it doesn’t hide and disguise so it makes them more real. It’s faded in the right places to enhance areas like your butt and the front of your legs as well to really give you a shape. It’s definitely not the typical faded blacks you see normally and I also think it’s the best shade for a moto jean!
These jeans have since transitioned into James Jeans other line, James Icon, and they will be released in more washes like pale pink, bronze, green and grey as I mentioned before in the Look Book post a couple of weeks ago. I still think the Black Out featured here is the best colour though. I would absolutely recommend these jeans to anyone who loves skinny jeans and the moto trend, they are the perfect combination and so comfortable! Buy these jeans in the sale at Bluefly for only $79.99. They are beyond worth the money!
UPDATE – I have updated this review with better photos because the original ones were not very good. The lighting was bad and they were not very clear. The original post was made on the 11th June 2010 in case you were wondering.
This weeks denim review from me is for the brand new Rich & Skinny cargo denim leggings. I got these 2 weeks ago and they are so cute!! I fell in love with them when I saw them in their Fall 2010 Look Book that I published a while ago. I had to have them as I am loving the cargo pant trend and having a pair of denim ones I really like the idea of. I hope to be reviewing more denim cargos soon too!
I found these denim cargos run quite small, I’m normally a 26/27 in Rich & Skinny and these leggings are a 27 and super tight in the waist, I would definitely prefer to size up to a 28 with these. I know it’s always really hard to judge your sizing in jeans, they vary from pair to pair so much! It all depends on the denim and it’s stretch factor as well.
Putting the sizing issue aside, I find these cargo leggings to be really hot! They are of denim legging material so they are extremely stretchy and soft, they mold to your body shape and fit really snug. They have 3 buttons at the waist band to add to that cargo feel and the pocket placement on the legs is in a great place, I think they are perfectly positioned. I really like that they are on the front of the legs instead of on the side, that makes them quite unique.
The wash is also a rich, deep, dark blue, it’s gorgeous! It has such a depth to it and it looks really premium. Some washes on jeans you can get and they don’t look very nice or they look a little cheap. This wash doesn’t look cheap at all, it looks like it has a lot of strength in the colour and boldness to it. The back pockets are also really nice, they are quite different to the normal Rich & Skinny pockets as they have flaps on but they are still very pretty. They also have the trademark R on the bottom of the back pocket but it’s a very dark blue. I find the copper coloured hardware on these jeans really matches the wash beautifully, it stands out and I like that as well!
I’m doing a new layout for the reviews now to help them load faster, 1 main images and then the rest are gallery images so you can select which photos you want to view or scroll through them. If I don’t do it this way I will put them with a more button so you can click the post and view every image. I don’t want to take up the whole of the DenimBlog front page with my reviews, haha.
I’m definitely not disappointed with these Rich & Skinny cargo leggings at all, they are just as I expected them to be! Flattering, soft, stretchy and very pretty. If you love these as much as I do and want to get a pair then I definitely recommend sizing up one size from your normal Rich & Skinny sizing. I want more of these cargos in different washes! Especially the Aloe wash which we are running a contest for right now! I’m not sure when this particular wash will be available but I will definitely keep you informed!
This weeks review is on the brand new pants from J Brand, the J Brand Earhart flight pants in Vintage Pendelton. J Brand sent these to me to review and I’m pretty sure they are going to be the trend for the Summer, just like their Houlihan pants were last year. Please excuse some of the photos, I was having issues with the sun shining on the lens and then unfortunately it started to rain so there are rain spots too, ha ha. Nothing like English weather!
The comfort of these pants is the most amazing thing about them, they are even comfier and softer than most sweat pants. They are made from a 6oz twill fabric, so you can imagine just how soft that is, and it’s thin enough to keep you really cool in the hot weather. Because these are looser, they make moving in them really easy, I could quite happily do anything in these without feeling uncomfortable, I’m sure.
I took a 27 in these which is my Agnes and Houlihan size, although I can fit a 28 in the Houlihan, a 27 is perfect in these because I didn’t want them too baggy. My one big issue with these Earhart pants though is the leg opening, it’s designed to sit mid calf but because I have very small calves I find they slip down a lot on me, they fall down into full length pants quite often. If I put them up higher, they bunch too much and look silly so that’s my biggest flaw with these. But like I said, I do have small calves, so for the rest of you they should be perfectly fine and stay up.
The Vintage Pendelton wash is a shade of brown that reminds me a lot of the woods, it’s very earthy and it was my favourite colour out of all of the ones available. Because it’s brown it will go with many other colours so it’s pretty easy to put together an outfit quickly. There isn’t much to say except that these are twill so they are very soft and gentle against the skin, like the Houlihan pant, but they feel thinner and more breezy.
The lack in back pockets on a loose pant like these does make me feel a bit cautious though, I find that they don’t give much definition or shape to your butt because they don’t have pockets, but the prettiness of these from the front and the overall comfort level gets rid of that all together. I think these will be perfect for dressing up with heels or down with flats, they are very versatile. I also think they will suit a lot of shapes, if you are slim you can get away with them looser or tighter but if you have curves I think wearing them tight would be a lot more flattering to your figure.
Like I said above, I have high hopes for these, I can see the celebs wearing them when it’s boiling hot, I feel like they are going to be the new ‘it’ pant for J Brand. Buy these J Brand pants at J Brand online for $235.
This weeks review is on a pair of O*T*R Renegade Skinny jeans in Notorious. I got sent these by Boutique To You a while ago and I was pleasantly suprised by them actually. I am always slightly hesitant when so many new brands come on the scene and then just disappear so I always tend to stick to what suits me the best but these O*T*R jeans have been a good shock. I hope the brand stays around!
At first I thought they would just be another cheap pair of jeans which were not a very nice fit or have a nice look to them, but I was wrong as soon as I put them on. They are leggings so they are super skinny all the way to the ankle and they definitely elongate your legs. They are a lower rise which is just how I like the rises to be and they run pretty true to size for leggings, I took a 27 in these and they fit just fine.
The back pockets are also in a very good position but they are accentuated by the stitching lines on the butt. They have moto style stitching all around the top area of the pockets and a few lines on the sides of the pockets as well as at the hem line. I find these lines really add some character to the jeans as the wash is very plain and subtle, they definitely make them more interesting. I do feel that the lines definitely don’t make the butt look as good as it could if the jeans were plain but the design is intriguing so I like it.
They are made with cotton and polyester so if you have a irritation to polyester then these do itch a bit. They are so pretty though so it’s worth actually putting up with the slight itching. The denim is really thin and stretchy as well so they hug your body perfectly while still maintaining the appearance of a jean rather than a legging. The wash is a medium to light blue which has a sort of dusty look to it so it’s easy to pair with a lot of colours or just neutrals.
I think these are definitely a fun jean for fashion purposes but for essential jeans which are really sturdy and flattering I would still recommend the main stream brands. These do make a nice change though and quite a few celebs are a fan of them already! You can buy these jeans at Boutique To You for $136.