I’ve honestly only started wearing denim much again in the last several months, since I got my AG Stevie jeans; it’s hot most of the year in Texas and I’ve gotten used to wearing skirts/dresses more often. Generally though, I think the perfect denim wardrobe is four pairs of jeans: a nice pair of dark denim skinny jeans, black jeans (skinny or straight) for going out, a pair of bootcut jeans to wear with heels, and maybe a skinny distressed pair or boyfriend style for the weekend. I have a zillion pairs of jeans now, but as I lose weight, I look forward to finding just 4-5 pairs I can live in. They would be:
As for designers and the way they fit on me, my holy grail jeans right now are my AG Stevie Ankle jeans. I was a huge fan of AG in the beginning and had the legend and angel styles, but when Adriano Goldschmeid left AG, I didn’t think the jeans fit the same, so I went to his new line, Goldsign. Goldsign was perfection all around for me, every pair of jeans I put on, fit like a glove, felt amazing, and make everything look like it should. For many years, my Goldsign jeans were my only jeans, until I started acquiring lots and lots of other designers, mostly through sample sale sites.
Now, I tend to only wear my AG Stevie ankle jeans because they FIT, they’re comfortable, and I think they look good; I don’t have to think about them at all. I have tried on the Angel and Angelina (petite) styles and like the way they fit, I just haven’t felt the need to buy them. Overall, I do think the brand fits me well, and tends to be cheaper than Goldsign, so they’re a nice alternative. But if I had my way, and all the money in the world, I would wear only Goldsign jeans. They’re that good. And just a little luxurious.
About my body:
Pretty much since I started blogging, I’ve taken a size 32 in high-end denim. I am short (5’3″) and have very thick legs (ankles and thighs included). I have a small waist relative to my butt/hips so my biggest challenge in finding denim that fits, is that it doesn’t sag in the waist while fitting my hips. AG & Goldsign do that best. I like my jeans with as much cotton as possible in them, preferably 98%, although that’s hard to find lately.
**updated 5/2/2013 – I’m down to a size 29-30 in most denim now, and a size 28 in my new favorite Rag & Bone slouchy/skinny jeans (the “dash” style). I also love my AG stevie ankle sateen jeans/pants in black. They’re the perfect black pants, but they do attract a lot of lint. Honestly, I have just ruled out any jeans without a higher percentage of cotton, the rag & bone jeans have 98%, which is perfect, and the AG’s have 80% I think. I need that.
Below is a list of jeans I have, and jeans I’ve tried and my thoughts on them all. Let me know your thoughts on any of them in the comments!
AG leggings ankle – I really don’t like these at all on me now. They fit well in the waist/hips/butt, but get VERY VERY saggy in the knees and around my legs after wearing them for any time at all. They’re comfortable for long plane rides for example, but really look a mess when you get up…Maybe sizing down is the answer to this problem, but I’ll stick to jeans with more cotton in them from now on.
Beija Flor – They sent me two pairs of jeans to review and I really loved both of them. They did tend to start sagging a bit in the knees after wear, but overall fit my curves nicely.
MiH Paris slim leg jeans – I got these recently on super-sale and I love the way they look, but they are lower rise on me, and pull a bit at the thighs, again, not a great fit for my larger thighs. I also have to pull them up a lot, which is weird for me. I would definitely recommend them if you’re not thick-of-thigh though, they’re nice.
J Brand – I have many pairs of J Brand jeans, mostly from sample sale sites, and I generally like them, but they always pull in the thighs for me, J Brand just isn’t made for ladies with thick thighs IMO
Genetic Denim – I recently got a pair of their slim bootcut jeans via Gilt (or some other SS site, I forget!) and am very pleased with how they fit on my body. Nice in the thighs, perfect in the waist/butt/hips, and very comfortable to wear.
Goldsign – Passion (bootcut), Desire (flared), Leia (wide leg) – as I mentioned before, if I could afford them all the time, I’d wear Goldsign exclusively. Over the 6+ years I had my three pairs (I paid full-price for all of them), they still look brand new.
Current Elliot boyfriend – I love these to death, the denim is so soft, and they’re so comfortable, but they make me look like I don’t have a butt, and get very saggy, which isn’t a very flattering look on me.
Joe’s Jeans – their “original” boyfriend style, they were distressed, and fit me when I was at my heaviest. I loved them…I haven’t tried any styles lately, I never really liked their “honey” bootcut fit, although it was specifically supposed to be good for my body type.
Paige Skyline skinny – These were perfect on me, but I missed out on getting them at a discount so I never bought them. I’ll keep them in mind for when I need a new pair of skinny jeans after losing weight.
Rag & Bone – I don’t remember the style I tried on, but they weren’t that impressive. They fit kind of like J Brand on me, very small in the thighs.
7 for all mankind – believe it or not, I don’t one one pair of 7 jeans. When they first came out, I tried to find a pair I liked but couldn’t, until the ginger style, but I never bought a pair…
What are your essential jeans? How many pairs do you have? What would your ideal denim wardrobe consist of?