Designer Jeans reviews
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.
I’m doing two reviews this week and the first one is on the MiH Vienna 5 pocket legging jeans in Joplin wash. I got these jeans as a Christmas present from MiH Jeans and I am very grateful to the brand for that!
MiH Jeans have always held a little soft spot in my heart as it’s so close to home. I’m English and have lived in England all my life, just like MiH Jeans was born in England and remains true to its heritage. I took these in a size 26 because of them being super stretchy, I knew I would need to size down. I’m usually a 27 in MiH Jeans, however I am a 28 in the Pinetop and Breathless washes due to the material content and stretch. Hopefully that helps with sizing. I would definitely say size down one for these.
The Vienna cut is wonderful! It’s a low rise jegging and it’s so soft! I honestly can’t get over how soft the fabric is and how silky and comfortable they feel on my skin. They are amazing to wear! If I could change one thing though it would be the calf area, from the knee down I like my jeans to be really skinny, like proper leggings almost, but the Vienna cut is cut a little looser from the knee down. This is a good fit for most people, but for me, I have very small calves so I struggle finding super skinny jeans because of that reason. Having them fit like this though makes them look and act like regular jeans, but with extra comfort, so it’s not all a negative.
The fit of MiH Jeans is definitely one that’s flattering for ladies with smaller butts as well I find. The back pockets are cut quite square and positioned very central on these, so they are nice. They sort of lift the butt up, but they don’t make it round if you have a bigger butt. I myself find the rise always to be really low in the back, but that is because my tush does stick out ha ha. The inseam is quite long for me too, but that’s purely because I have quite short legs. In general though, I think these are gorgeous! They are definitely my favourite cut from the brand so far! I honestly can’t even explain just how soft, smooth, comfortable and almost delicious the fabric feels. They are honestly incredible to wear. You could wear these all day, like I did, and still be as comfortable as the moment you put them on!
The Joplin wash is also one of those washes that is classic and timeless, but it’s my favourite kind of dark wash because of the subtle sheen that it has. Under the light, it gives off that look of depth and richness, rather than just a normal flat dark blue wash. These jeans could literally be paired with anything though, any colour and fabric pretty much and they can definitely be worn casual or smart, they are completely versatile, so that makes these a very good classic jean to own.
I would say if you are looking for an English jeans brand and a very soft and silky pair of jeggings, these could definitely be one that I recommend to you. Make sure you size down from your usual MiH Jeans size and they should be fine! If any of you have tried the Vienna cut let me know, I would love to know how you got on with it too! Buy these jeans online at MiH-Jeans.com for £148.
This is a little video I put together, showing you the differences between the new Paige jeans and the old Paige jeans. We announced to you a little while ago that Paige has re-launched the design of her jeans to fit the growth of the company and marry the men’s and women’s styles together. This video shows you the new buttons, rivets, labels and tags in comparison to the original ones. Both of the jeans are Verdugo Leggings, one being Paige Blue and the other being Tumble.
You can also see below the new and old tags. The new tags are from the Tumble jeans (tie-dye) and the old tags are actually from my collaboration Lorna jeans. These are the only tags I have from the older styles, they are pretty much exactly the same, just without it saying ‘special collaboration’ and they are usually blue, rather than pink.
This weeks review is on a pair of jeans that I have been in love with for many months now. The J Brand 901 Leggings in Coated Red. I got sent these by Trilogy Stores to review and I was so excited to get them! I remember the first time I saw these jeans on a celeb, it was on Rihanna (I added her photo to the gallery) and I thought they looked incredible on her! Then when I tried these at Donna Ida for the Denim Clinic visit, I fell in love! I have included one of those images too.
These jeans were actually my first time trying the 901 fit. Usually I find J Brand to be quite sturdy and not super stretchy, so it was a nice suprise to try these and find that they actually are very stretchy and comfortable. They are a legging jean and they fit well with a low rise and a shorter inseam. They are definitely a great fitting legging jean, I am very tempted to try more of their 901 leggings out actually, in normal denim. The only thing I find to be different with this particular pair is the back pockets, they seem to be set wider apart than the other J Brand’s and that’s not something I am fond of. I prefer the back pockets to be positioned in the middle of the butt, not around the sides, so that’s one thing I would love to change about these.
I sized down to a 26 in these (my true size is a 27) and although they fit, they are very tight. They have stretched out a little bit, but from this I would be inclined to say these run true to size. A 27 would have fitted me much better, but unfortunately it was out of stock. The fabric blend of these is also just cotton and elastane, this makes me really happy because a lot of coated jeans have polyester and other fabric blends in them.
Now for the wash, this Coated Red colour is stunning! I love the shade of it, it’s such a rich and deep red and it’s beautiful, it goes with many things and there is nothing negative to say about the colour at all. As for the coating on these, it’s a lot different to most waxed jeans. Usually waxed jeans have a thin layer of coating on them and you can feel the denim through it, but these have a thick layer of coating all over them, which feels quite plasticy actually, but it’s not on top of a thick denim so it doesn’t make them stiff and uncomfortable. The fabric moves well even though it’s very coated. These actually look a lot like leather so J Brand did an incredible job with this waxing technique!
There is one negative to this fabric though, the wrinkling! As you can see from my photos, these wrinkle an awful lot, because the fabric is so thin and stretchy, which makes it clingy, combined with the heavy coating, it really does make the jeans bunch up all over the legs, especially just under the butt area and around the knee/ankle area. I am hoping that this will disappear a bit with more wear, but I am unsure on that due to the material. I would say, maybe, to avoid this wrinkling effect, go up a size? I haven’t tried a 28 in these so I can’t be sure it would eliminate the problem, but I feel like the tighter they are, the more they wrinkle. I have got used to it though and it doesn’t look so bad from the front, I think they look quite nice from the front, it just gives the illusion that you squashed yourself into the jeans, in my opinion. A bit like a stuffed sausage, ha ha. But I haven’t (yet) worn these enough to see how they are with wear. I will keep you informed.
I wouldn’t recommend wearing these jeans in the cold though. It’s freezing cold here in England (in the minuses) and I made the mistake of wearing these out in the low temperatures and my legs froze. As soon as I stepped out, the cold hit my legs really bad, it seems like the plasticy coating on them gets cold very quickly and it makes all of your legs freezing. These are definitely warmer weather jeans in my opinion! One thing that’s really good about these J Brand jeans though is that they are not a hair magnet! Usually every pair of coated jeans I have had attract hair, bits, fluff and everything else, but these don’t. Nothing sticks to them at all, that’s a huge bonus!
Although I have listed a lot of points about these jeans, I do really like them. I think they are one of the best coated red jeans on the market, they look a lot like real leather even though they are denim, they have a wonderful fit from the front, they are very stretchy and comfortable, they don’t attract hair and fluff… They have many good points! I would recommend them to you definitely if you want nice coated red leggings, just don’t size down in them and hopefully that might make the back pockets fit the butt better as well as limit the wrinkling a bit. I did notice that Rihanna’s pair didn’t crease up as much as mine do. Buy these jeans online at Trilogy Stores here.