Over the past few years I've grown really frustrated with jeans in general - I assumed it was because I had gained some weight and was just unhappy with my body overall. No matter what I tried, I just couldn't find a pair that fit well. I've worked in a professional environment for most of my career and aside from casual Fridays, jeans didn't factor in to my work wardrobe. I have a great collection of leggings that I would wear for business casual (always with my favorite knits, and tops and tunics that covered my butt, because I agree, leggings are not pants!), but I didn't have any jeans I felt comfortable enough to wear to the office.
A few months ago I left my full-time gig to take a break and explore next steps - for the first few weeks I was completely stumped when it came to day-to-day outfits! I have no shortage of clothes (read: shopping addict), but they were either office-appropriate or really casual - I was missing the in-between looks!
So I started doing some research on the most popular jean styles - trolling shopping sites and blogs for reviews. This is how I discovered some of the newer high-rise cuts and reignited my love affair with denim! Enter the J Brand Maria High Rise jeans - my first foray back into denim as a staple. I now have over five pairs of these dream jeans - black, white, grey, dark blue and light blue - all the bases covered.
If you are taller or have a long waist, high rise jeans are a godsend. Especially if you're not a size 2 and have some curves! Actually, I think high rise jeans are flattering on every figure - they create a slimming silhouette with curves in all the right places. J Brand also came out with another high rise cut recently, The Carolina.
Once I figured out it was the rise that was the fit factor that worked for me, I started exploring a few other brands. One of the other incredible pairs is Citizens of Humanity Rocket, especially if it's in their incredible soft and stretchy 'Sculpt' denim. These fit like a dream and I love the pocket placement, a bit lower and wider than other brands.
And I can't forget to mention Paige's Hoxton High Rise jeans - a gorgeous, flattering cut and similar to CoH, they have an amazing denim called 'Transcend' which retains it's shape and fits like a glove.
The one drawback to all of these is the price point - they're expensive and are even more so now that the Canadian dollar isn't doing very well. I'm a fan of designer items - but I'm even more inspired for finding them at a steep discount! I've been able to collect a few pairs thanks to eBay where I've found them all for amazing prices, more than 50% off retail. If you head to a store that carries the brands above (Holt's, Aritzia, etc.) you can try some on to find out which size fits you best, then set up a search on eBay to alert you when your size/cut pops up for sale.
Now that I've found these styles - I am wearing jeans 80% of the time! Love them. What about you - what are your favorite brand and cuts?
Here are a few of the jeans mentioned in this post...