I tortured myself last week by going to the mall(s) and trying on jeans. You’re welcome. *wink*
Actually, I have been wanting a lighter wash pair of skinny jeans, and almost ordered the Goldsign glam jeans (I tried them last year and didn’t like the fit as much as the higher rise virtual style, but did think they fit my calves well) during Shopbop’s coupon code so I could use my store credit, but went with the Freda Salvador shoes instead. And now, of course, the jeans are on sale, and sold out in my size. But, even better, I think I’ve convinced myself to be happy with and wear what I have, especially since I don’t wear denim much in warm/hot weather, so no big deal.
If you’re new here, or for a bit of background, I have an extremely hard time finding jeans I like to fit my legs (I wear a size 29 typically, have a 26.5 inch inseam, a smallish waist comparatively speaking, and very muscular/heavy legs for my body). I’m also VERY picky about fabrication, wash, style, etc., so I don’t like much. Right now, the jeans I love and wear most frequently are my Goldsign virtual high rise jeans, 6397 shorty jeans, Frame Le Garcon jeans and 3×1 The Principle high rise cropped jeans. None of them are perfect, but they are each very good, comfortable (I find I reach for the 3×1 jeans constantly for traveling lately), and fit my needs right now.
BUT, I love jeans. I love trying out new styles, washes, and the feeling of a really good pair. I love the way a great pair sucks everything in, but is still easy to move in, sit in, and wear for lots of different occasions. I am always, it seems, on the hunt for THE right pair. And with my challenging body type, that is always a struggle.
Anyway, here are some jeans I’ve tried on lately, and my comments on them. If you have any questions about particular pairs, please let me know. Also, if you have any recommendations, I’d love to hear those as well (as would fellow readers)! I wouldn’t have tried the 6397 shorty jeans if not for a reader’s comment on hers, so please don’t be shy to share your favorite denim, even if you don’t have the same body type as me.
Simon Miller wide leg jeans – size 30 + Acne Studios sweater
(I honestly just tried these on for fun, I love the wide-leg style and was curious about the white, but I knew they’d look horrible on me – as they did!)
Rag & Bone/JEAN Dre jeans in “mabel” wash – size 29
(these were my favorite jeans of all I tried on. They fit my legs/calves beautifully and weren’t too loose up top, although they will absolutely stretch with wear.)
Rag & Bone/JEAN Dre jeans in “pike” wash – size 29
(I also liked these very much, for a non-distressed look, but wasn’t a huge fan of the whiskering right at the zipper/top of the thighs…)
Eileen Fisher organic cotton skinny jeans | I need the size 4P, but these were just okay, nothing very interesting or special. Which is fine, just not what I look for right now in denim. They are organic cotton though, and “sustainable,” so a better option if that is your highest priority. If they were available in a lighter wash, I would be more interested.
Eileen Fisher white boyfriend jeans | I liked these, but took a size 6P, and might even size up to 8P if I want them to be loose at all – I always have to size up in boyfriend jeans for them to fit my legs. They weren’t overly compelling for me though…If you like white jeans, they were very good, and also organic cotton, so a great sustainable option.
Rag & Bone/JEAN crop flare jean | honestly, these weren’t that bad, the length was good, the slight flare was pretty cute, but the top/rise was a little off; they weren’t as tight as I’d like there. A fun pair of jeans, but wouldn’t have much longevity I don’t think.
Citizens of Humanity Rocket high-rise jeans | these were horrible. I tried on several pairs of CoH at Nordstrom and they were all just horrible on me. They “fit” but showed every bump and lump in my legs, and barely went over my calves. That was mostly true with the denim made of less than 50% cotton, but these were 98% and were still bad. I’ll stick to Goldsign for skinny jeans.