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Shopping Hits and Misses: Denim Edition

The best jeans size 14 hits and misses reviewed by Wardrobe Oxygen

It has been some time since I did one in every of my purchasing hits and misses! I am making an attempt to buy much less, however I am in actual want of denims. I am in search of a slim minimize (not painted on however not straight), barely larger waist. I discussed this quest for denims a pair occasions in earlier weblog posts and within the Wardrobe Oxygen group on Fb and lots of of you provided suggestions. Under are 9 pairs of denims I attempted and whether or not they have been hits or misses. For reference, I’m 5’three″ and often a 32 in denims. If the denims are a clothes measurement, I range between 12 and 14 and sometimes discover petites to raised match.  These photographs have been all taken the identical day, similar underpinnings, similar lighting to provide a extra correct depiction of the denims. 

Mott & Bow Excessive Rise Skinny – 32 x 30

Mott & Bow reached out some time in the past asking if I might wish to attempt their denims.  I allow them to know I solely work with new manufacturers that go as much as a minimum of an 18; in the event that they prolong their measurement vary to let me know.  Nicely, they did! Mott & Bow now carry a few of their types as much as a measurement 40!  Mott & Bow was created to supply premium denims with out the premium worth. With 30 years of denim expertise, Mott & Bow denims are handcrafted of their family-owned facility. Mott & Bow has a cool at-home try-on program the place you decide the denims you need, you possibly can decide two sizes, attempt them on, maintain the dimensions that matches greatest and ship again the others with a pay as you go UPS bag. Full disclosure, I acquired these denims at no cost however the selection of doing a evaluation and my ideas are utterly my very own. 

A review of Mott & Bow High-Rise Skinny Jeans by Wardrobe Oxygen

The web site is superb; full element of cloth composition, what measurement the mannequin is sporting, and in depth buyer critiques that will help you make a sensible buy. For instance, this pair is 44% Cotton; 42% Tencel; 13% Polyester; 1% Elastane The wash known as three Month Wash. To realize it, resin is sprayed onto uncooked denim, after which the denims are pre-cured after which curated in oven, hand sanded, stone washed, dried, sprayed, rinsed, and dried once more. With 125 evaluations only for this reduce of jean, the type receives a four.6 out of 5 stars from Mott & Bow clients.

A review of Mott & Bow High-Rise Skinny Jeans by Wardrobe OxygenA review of Mott & Bow High-Rise Skinny Jeans by Wardrobe Oxygen

I used to be in search of a darkish wash high-waisted skinny jean.  I attempted the Excessive Rise Skinny in common and curvy, the curvy in 32 and the common in 33. The 32 match nice and I’ve worn them a number of occasions.  Actually, these denims have been washed and machine dried 4 occasions and that is the third time sporting them since their final washing. These denims from Mott & Bow are stretchy, however not spongy or skinny.  The colour could be very saturated, did not bleed on different garments, and has remained saturated. I feel subsequent time I am going to go for a 28″ inseam as an alternative of 30″ so will probably be an incredible size with flats.  This particular fashion of denims from Mott & Bow is $108, out there as much as measurement 40, two colours, and two lengths. 

Liverpool Denims ‘Bridget’ Excessive Rise Skinny Jean – 14

I acquired these denims in a current StitchFix field.  I’ve tried Liverpool Denims earlier than, nevertheless it’s been some time.  Whereas I felt the denims up to now match nicely, I discovered the denim too skinny for my liking.  I felt every thing was on show they usually bagged out actually shortly.  I’m pleasantly happy to seek out 2019 Liverpool Denims are larger high quality denim that’s thicker, a tighter weave, but nonetheless has a very good stretch.

A review of Liverpool Jeans by Wardrobe Oxygen

The waist on these denims was a hair too massive for me.  I additionally discovered the denims did not have sufficient curve to accommodate my rear, inflicting the butt to stretch out and subsequently sag some after sporting.  Whereas this particular reduce is not for me, I am glad I acquired this pair to place Liverpool as soon as once more on my denim radar.

A review of Liverpool Jeans by Wardrobe OxygenA review of Liverpool Jeans by Wardrobe Oxygen

Liverpool Denims can be found at department shops like Nordstrom, Zappos, Bloomingdale’s and Lord & Taylor.  Nevertheless, on the Liverpool website, you’ll find the broadest vary of sizes and types plus a number of buyer critiques. This particular pair of Liverpool Denims is $89; the ‘Bridget’ is available in different washes as nicely. 

Democracy Trendy Excessive Rise Jegging – 12

A couple of of you over the months have requested me to evaluate Democracy Denims.  I used to be excited to seek out many types obtainable by means of Amazon Prime Wardrobe and determined to attempt them that was so I did not should pay until I needed to maintain them.  At this hyperlink, you’ll be able to learn my unique Prime Wardrobe assessment.

Democracy Women's High Rise Ab Solution Jegging by Alison Gary for Wardrobe Oxygen

The “Ab” answer know-how in Democracy denims is a hidden elastic waistband with slimming mesh panels to mould and maintain. On the surface, these denims look utterly regular, however inside there’s elastic as broad because the waistband, which can “mould and maintain” however does rather more. No folding over, no muffin prime, no gaping if you bend over, no stretching out the waist so the denims may be slid off with out unzipping come the top of the day. All this and the flamboyant waistband makes the denims much more snug.

Democracy Women's High Rise Ab Solution Jegging by Alison Gary for Wardrobe OxygenDemocracy Women's High Rise Ab Solution Jegging by Alison Gary for Wardrobe Oxygen

I feel the aspect view exhibits that their “Ab” answer know-how does suck within the stomach a bit, and you do not even really feel it.  These denims are fairly snug.  For jeggings, I discovered the load good and thick, extra like a thin jean than a jegging. These have been by far my favourite denims from this evaluation.  Nevertheless, they’re a bit lengthy to put on with flats and brogues, the identical shade as my AG Denims, and the identical leg tightness as my Mott & Bow so I could not justify buying them.  Do know that my not shopping for doesn’t suggest these aren’t nice.  They completely are and have made me a Democracy Denims convert so thanks all for suggesting them to me!  Democracy Denims could be discovered at Nordstrom Rack and Amazon, and occasional smaller department shops.  This particular pair of Democracy Denims can be found in 4 washes and price $78 on Amazon.

Democracy Trendy Excessive Rise Jegging – 14

Since I did not understand how Democracy Denims match, I additionally ordered these in 14. Since they have been a unique wash, regardless that the 12s match I took photographs to share the distinction.

Democracy Modern High Rise Jegging Review by Wardrobe Oxygen

One measurement makes a serious distinction.  These felt ridiculiously excessive rise and have been clearly too giant.  Once I bent over the denims stayed in place which isn’t a classy look (LOL). Similar high quality, however a reminder that when you’re unsure which measurement to order from Democracy denims, measurement down.  You may as well see that that “Ab” answer know-how works higher whenever you put on a smaller measurement.

Democracy Modern High Rise Jegging Review by Wardrobe Oxygen Democracy Modern High Rise Jegging Review by Wardrobe Oxygen

With Amazon and Prime Wardrobe, totally different sizes and colours could have totally different costs.  Whereas the dimensions 12 was $78, these have been solely $58.50 on Amazon. 


Democracy ‘Patriot’ Straight Leg Jean – 12

Once more, I acquired these denims from Amazon Prime Wardrobe. And just like the leggings above, these denims have “Ab” answer know-how with a hidden elastic waistband with slimming mesh panels behind the entrance pockets.  Not understanding how Democracy denims match and understanding I’ve curvy/thick ankles I ordered this straight leg type considering it might match like a slim jean on me.

A review of Democracy Patriot Straight Leg Jeans by Wardrobe Oxygen

These denims by far have been probably the most snug denims reviewed on this submit.  They curved in the place I curved in and went out the place I went out.  The denim is not tremendous heavy, these are nice weekend denims the place you need to be cozy however look extra put collectively than in case you went out in yoga pants. 

A review of Democracy Patriot Straight Leg Jeans by Wardrobe OxygenA review of Democracy Patriot Straight Leg Jeans by Wardrobe Oxygen

Nevertheless, they’re too lengthy and I discovered they gave me “camel toe.”  I additionally am not a fan of the colour.  I feel I might want these denims in a correct petite reduce and size to suit correctly.  For those who’re taller than 5’four″ these denims are fairly nice.  They’ve 4 colours to select from; if between sizes measurement down. These denims are $67 on Amazon.  As an FYI, I additionally ordered this fashion in 14.  I didn’t embrace them within the assessment as a result of the denims arrived from Prime Wardrobe clearly worn and washed.  The denims had no labels, the pockets have been all pilled, they seemed stretched out/stretched to an individual’s physique, they usually smelled very strongly of Achieve detergent. Since these match, I did not even put them on and stuffed them proper again within the Prime Wardrobe return bag.

PAIGE ‘Hoxton’ Straight Leg Ankle Jean – 32

PAIGE denims have been additionally beneficial to me by lots of you. I hadn’t tried PAIGE denims in a few years and once more used Amazon Prime Wardrobe to order some with out having to pay earlier than deciding. Prime Wardrobe did not have a ton of PAIGE choices out there in my measurement, however I discovered the ‘Jacqueline’ which was a straight leg and got here in my measurement.  I ended up getting the ‘Hoxton’ in a totally totally different wash. 

Paige Jeans Hoxton straight leg ankle length jean review by Wardrobe Oxygen

These have been the second most snug denims of the whole assessment.  They actually appeared reduce for my form, moved nicely with me, felt costly too. Nevertheless, these denims are by no means what I used to be in search of in regard to chop or wash.

Paige Jeans Hoxton straight leg ankle length jean review by Wardrobe OxygenPaige Jeans Hoxton straight leg ankle length jean review by Wardrobe Oxygen

And I can not even discover this actual jean anyplace on Amazon or on-line.  Loads of the Hoxton Straight Leg, however few which might be each ankle and with a hemmed edge.  And do you see the bizarre line on the bum? I’ve a sense these are tremendous previous denims that sat someplace folded for an extended whereas and the solar pale them alongside the fold. I positioned an order with Prime Wardrobe considering I might share this can be a nice option to attempt quite a lot of denims from the consolation of your personal house with out spending quite a bit upfront however there isn’t any means I can advocate it after the standard of denim I acquired.  I can not discover these actual denims anyplace on-line; these at Bloomingdale’s are the closest I’ve discovered they usually’re on sale for $99. 

PAIGE ‘Margot’ Excessive Rise Straight Jean – 32

Once more, it was slim pickings by way of Amazon Prime Wardrobe to seek out any PAIGE denims in a measurement 32.  These have been approach above my price range for denims however I ordered them anyway considering they’d a minimum of give me a great really feel for the denim model and I might hunt down an identical match at a less expensive retailer like Nordstrom Rack. 

PAIGE Jeans Margot Straight Jean review by Wardrobe Oxygen


FYI, these are the ‘Hannie’ wash.  Once more, these denims really feel superb.  They transfer with me, do not bind, do not dig, are tremendous versatile with out feeling like leggings.  However like the opposite PAIGE denims… I like them quite a bit however I do not love them.  There’s one thing not fairly proper with the waist and the leg under the knee.  I want I might clarify it higher, they only do not make me see my reflection and nod in satisfaction.

PAIGE Jeans Margot Straight Jean review by Wardrobe OxygenPAIGE Jeans Margot Straight Jean review by Wardrobe Oxygen

I additionally understand I like a darker wash.  I used to love this type of colour however now it appears dated… on me.  I see it on others and adore it however I discover I like myself in a darker wash or a pale black/grey as an alternative of blue.  And nicely, these denims value $215 and that’s madness for a pair of denims that are not perfection from waist to hem.

Signature by Levi Strauss & Co. Gold Label Ladies’s Trendy Skinny Denims – 12 Brief

A bunch of you proceed to rave about Levi’s for denims.  I used to put on Levi’s solely, however as I received older and my physique obtained softer and rounder I did not assume they seemed so good.  However Levi’s has a particularly in depth denim choice and lots of get constructive evaluations from brief tender curvy individuals so I made a decision to attempt what I might discover in my measurement by way of Amazon Prime Wardrobe.  And this was the one pair out there in my measurement that wasn’t bedazzled, frayed, distressed, or some wackadoodle shade.

Levi's Midrise Skinny Jeans Review

In my pocket book the place I tracked these denims between shoots, I wrote for these denims, “Ego Crushing.”  These denims are positively horrid.  These denims are a reminder that the issue shouldn’t be me, it is the garments.  I can put on $215 denims and discover them a hair too massive and the identical supposed measurement in Levi’s and discover them approach too small. 

Levi's Midrise Skinny Jeans ReviewLevi's Midrise Skinny Jeans Review

The outline says these are tremendous stretchy, they usually do stretch, however not like jeggings or a pair of Previous Navy denims.  These are extra like Common Normal in that they stretch sufficient that you would be able to bend over and sit and squat with out being in ache, however you should not be sizing down.  Truthfully, I feel I want these in a 16, however assume then they’d be all saggy within the learn.  These denims are available 14 colours and are simply $24.99.  The worth is the perfect a part of these denims. 

Common Normal Petite Siene Denims – 12

For some time, I have been raving about Common Normal denims, however to be trustworthy they’ve all the time been allllllmost good.  The common was a hair too excessive rise, inflicting them to slip down a bit on me.  The petite… the petite really feel superb in regard to the rise and torso.

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Nevertheless, as I discussed on this publish, they’re only a hair too brief with the 27″ inseam, and 32″ is just too lengthy.  I feel I’ll get a 32″ and take them to the tailor to hem to the size I want since I like how a lot they match in any other case.  These denims BTW I’ve owned for a number of months.  They have been washed and machine dried extra occasions than I can rely and that is the fourth time sporting them since their final wash. 

Universal Standard Petite Siene Jeans ReviewUniversal Standard Petite Siene Jeans Review

I do not love the wash of any of the Common Normal denims proper now (distressed black is the one I put on probably the most), and I do not love the size (as I discussed above)… however dude these denims are by far the highest quality denim of this entire publish.  Heavy however not too heavy.  Stretch the place you want it however not all stretchy and unstructured.  They maintain their form, they maintain you in, however they’re additionally tremendous snug.  These really feel extra like $200 denims, however they’re solely $90. 

What I Discovered from this Denim Assessment

I completed this evaluate not including any new denims to my wardrobe.  However I did achieve one thing from this hit and miss – information.  What I discovered:

  • Amazon Prime Wardrobe is just not a dependable solution to attempt clothes. As with a number of Amazon, the standard is not constant and clothes comes from so many various sellers there isn’t any high quality management.  I feel it is inexcusable to obtain each clearly worn and washed clothes and clothes that has been broken from sitting round in a warehouse for too lengthy.  And to get one thing utterly totally different from each what I ordered and what was on my order listing? I am simply glad Amazon took all the things again and did not assume I used to be the one who screwed up the order.
  • Simply since you’re a measurement in Model A doesn’t suggest you are the identical measurement with Manufacturers B, C, or D. Howdy Levi’s!
  • Colour issues.  The identical denims in two totally different washes could make the physique look drastically totally different and may match drastically totally different.  Darkish denim typically is snugger than lighter washes. Discover what works for you, not what’s fashionable or owned by your favourite influencer. Fashion is selecting what works in your distinctive physique, fashion, and perspective.
  • It isn’t you, it is the garments.  By no means let clothes make you are feeling dangerous about your physique.  Clothes is made to suit one individual, a match mannequin.  No two our bodies are the identical form or measurement.  Whether or not you are you otherwise you’re Jennifer Lopez, you want a tailor for a customized match.  This is not since you’re bizarre or dangerous or fallacious, it is since you’re human.  For those who want a tailor, begin first checking in together with your dry cleaner.  Most cleaners supply at the least primary alterations.  If they do not do extra in depth tailoring, they could know somebody who does.  Additionally examine with bridal salons, anybody in your space who’s within the pageant business, and native theatres who might have a seamstress on name for costumes.  Alterations could also be pricey, however for those who add up all these by no means proper however on sale/bought in desperation/appeared good till they have been worn greater than an hour denims you’d possible have sufficient to customized match each pair of just about perfects in your drawer!

The Particulars:

For these curious, the highest I’m sporting is the short-sleeved t-shirt from the Common Commonplace Basis assortment, measurement XS.  The footwear are from LISSOM; learn my LISSOM flats assessment.  The earrings are from Jenny Hen. The lipstick is from L’Oreal, the colour is Matte-Traction Pink.

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