Designer Jeans reviews
This weeks review is a guest review for the guys. The J Brand men’s Kane slim fit jeans in Night Hawk are being reviewed by a long time denim lover!
These jeans are a low rise, straight leg jean which are fitted but not too tight in the thighs. They fit very snug which is how I like my jeans to fit as I find them more slimming. The inseam is pretty long; it runs at 35 inches which is not the best for those of us with shorter legs so I will have to get these hemmed. These jeans have a zip fly instead of a button fly which is not really to my preference, I much prefer a button fly as it doesn’t keep slipping down. The leg opening is just the right size to fit over shoes too.
This Night Hawk wash is a very pretty, dark blue with lap whiskering. The whiskering is subtle but it’s not cheap and tacky looking. It’s done really well which makes it look as authentic as possible, especially as they were not created naturally. They look more worn in on the back than they do on the front as well. The rivets and buttons have a green rusting effect on them. They look kind of like they were pulled off the titanic at the bottom of the ocean which is pretty cool. The simple leather patch on the back of the jeans is also a nice touch.
The back pockets are true to J Brand’s style and are completely plain which is a nice, refreshing change. They don’t have any tacky nonsense on them which can get quite annoying when you are looking for simple jeans. The pockets are also positioned quite central which is good because the wider apart they are, the less flattering they look. It’s suprising how a really good fitting pair of jeans can change the way you look.
The denim feels quite grainy but of good quality. They are 100% cotton but they are a thinner denim which feels like it will stretch out quite quickly. I’ve worn these once and they felt like they were expanding a bit as I wore them from the start. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it’s always good when the breaking in process is shorter.
Overall, I would recommend these if you are looking for something simple and plain. They would be a great pair for night time wear as they are pretty smart and close fitting. Buy these jeans at J Brand for $224.
Jeans courtesy of J Brand.
This weeks review is on the new Paige Premium Calvary Jegging in Felix wash. Trilogy sent me these a while ago as they were an exclusive to their store here in the UK. They are also exclusive to a couple of stores in the US. Since I live in England, I am expecting to be using my umbrella a lot for photos now as we are known for a lot of rain from now on until Spring.
I’m absolutely in love with them! I’ve always loved Paige’s denim leggings because they are so comfortable and soft. They are also very flattering and they fit really well. Paige’s jeggings have been in my top 2 since I first tried them. These new Calvary jeggings are a different take on the trend as they have black denim panels on the inseam at the knee areas. The contrast from blue to black is not very noticeable because the felix wash is a very dark blue so it blends into the black quite nicely. The panels don’t make them fit or feel any differently to a normal jegging and they definitely don’t feel uncomfortable either.
The Calvary fits exactly like the Verdugo jeggings with the rise and the skinniness of the legs. The only thing different, like I mentioned above, is the paneling. I think these are a great way to try out the paneled denim trend. It’s very subtle and not too in your face. They are extremely stretchy as well. These run just like the June Lake, which is slightly bigger than the other Verdugo jeggings. I could have sized down to a 27 in these like I could have done with the June Lake wash.
The wash is so pretty! I would love a pair of Verdugo’s in this Felix wash. It’s a very deep and rich blue, it has a beautiful depth to it and it shines so nicely in different lights. The wash is very soft and it feels nice on the skin as well. It doesn’t have any polyester so it’s very comfortable. I can see myself living in these for a while now, I will be switching to these from my June Lake Verdugo’s. Those have been my go to pair since I got them! Buy these jeans at Trilogy for £230.
I was lucky enough to be sent these jeans by MET Jeans to review and I am so happy I got them. After I saw them on Elle MacPherson a few times a little while ago I completely fell in love with them. I’ve always loved the look of leather pants/jeans but I didn’t want a full pair of pants that were made entirely from real leather. This pair works out perfectly because they are more light weight than real leather and a lot more breathable and stretchy. But the bonus is they look and feel exactly like real leather.
I wanted to talk about the fit of these because it truly is amazing! They are one of the most skinniest pairs I have ever tried and they fit like second skin. They have a super low rise of around 6.5 inches and they only have a zip fastening, they have no button closure or anything else, just a zip. I found this weird to get used to at first but it’s actually quite a lot more comfortable than a button closure because it’s not so tight against the stomach. The inseam is not really long, I would say it runs at roughly around 29-30 inches but I haven’t measured it exactly. The length is perfect for me though and they seem to fit Elle great as they are more cropped on her. They do fit very much like leggings and they have both back pockets and front pockets.
The material is incredible, they are 75% cotton and 25% polyurethane and they are made to feel just like leather. They even have that matte and wrinkle effect like real leather. They have moto stitching around the knee area which can feel a bit tight at times but I am hoping they will stretch out quite a bit. Although these are thicker and coated, because they are cotton, they are very breathable, not as breathable as normal denim but they are easy to wear. I do find the knee area to go quite wrinkly though, I’m hoping that will sort itself out once they mold to my body more. It’s because they are so stretchy and the stitching around the knees kind of throws the sitting of the material off a bit, I think.
The sizing on MET Jeans I find to run a little on the smaller side in comparison to most premium denim brands. The back pockets are quite small (which I love) and in the perfect place on the butt as well. I’ve only recently just tried MET Jeans and I am very impressed so far. They are an Italian denim brand which doesn’t really get much mention, but they definitely should!
I’ve included 2 sets of photos, I dressed these down for a trip to town and I dressed them up with heels to show the versatility of these pants as well. I think they can be worn with almost anything. They have quickly become my favourite pair in my closet! I’m really glad I managed to find a pair of jeans that were just like leather but tonnes cheaper, animal friendly and breathable. I would absolutely recommend these to you if you love the leather jeans look!
I have always had a love for Diesel from the very beginning, they are a brand that really know what they are doing when it comes to fabric, quality and fits. My review this week is on a pair of Diesel Staffy 8W7 that I bought for myself as an early Christmas present.
Since I got these jeans, I have already worn them loads. Diesel actually makes up most of my collection, I think I have in the region of 30-35 pairs from the brand and most are in the Matic cut, followed by Lowky. Those 2 cuts used to be my favourites until they changed the fit of Matic and made it bigger in the calves and smaller in the waist. I also kind of grew out of the Lowky cut because of how low rise it is. It was really refreshing for me to try a completely different cut that I had never tried before, I took a chance buying them online and it worked out very well which I am over the moon about. It’s always hit and miss with online buying.
The Staffy cut is a skinny boyfriend fit with lower down back pockets. It’s very tapered at the ankle and slim fitting in the calves. I find it to be pretty slim all over to be honest but it has that boyfriend feel to it because it’s slightly loose. The rise is quite high but it’s designed to sit on the hips so the crotch drops down a bit rather than being fitted. Unlike most of my jeans, these also has a button fly which is different, but I like it. Although I got a 32 leg, these definitely run shorter than that and fit me more like a 30-31 inch inseam. I also got a 28 which is my normal size in Diesel and they run true to size.
One thing I always love about Diesel jeans is the unique details they add to their jeans, they always add pretty buttons and cute patches on the back, random stitching and sometimes fabric inside the hem line. They really care about the tiny details that make their jeans so special. This particular pair has a silver sequin patch as you can see in the photo. I have had pairs with crystal buttons and patterned lining too.
This particular pair was made in Romania and not Italy. You can tell they weren’t made in Italy because they have no Italian flag stitching on the back like most Diesel jeans do. People have always assumed they all have the Italian flag stitching but only the jeans that were made in Italy do. I learned that a few years ago. I find where they are made to actually have no impact on the jean itself though, these are wonderful and so are a few of my other non Italy made Diesel jeans.
The main reason that I actually bought these jeans was purely because of the wash. When I first saw it online I was mesmerized by how much character it has to it and how beautiful it was. I have always been looking for the perfect pair of medium to light washed jeans with the right detailing and depth. These definitely fit that criteria. The wash is just gorgeous, it’s one of my favourite washes that I own, I think I like it even more than my 81M Matic and that is really saying something!
For a while, Diesel, for me, went a bit off track with their washes. They went quite extreme with the patterns and faker looking washes. When I originally fell in love with Diesel it was when they had the most amazing washes out like the 81M, 772, 61X, 71L, the first run of 71J and a few others. The washes were incredible and attracted everyone to the brand. For a little while after, they just weren’t the same, and now they seem to be doing the best washes again. I’m really happy about that but I don’t think my bank balance will be! If only they would release 61X again! It’s too stunning for words.
Sorry for the incredibly long review but I had to share with you my love for the brand. You can buy these jeans at Diesel online for £110 by clicking here.