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Denim Review: Part II


4. Paige Premium Denim

Former denim fit-model, Paige Adams-Geller, decided to put her knowledge and expertise to work and created Paige Premium Denim which debuted in February 2005. Due to the brand’s background, Paige has a devoted following by many fans who claim that Paige jeans give them the best-looking bum and the slimmest thighs, hands down. The styles are on-trend, but not over-the-top and the denim tends to be very easy to wear – neither too stiff nor too flimsy.

5. True Religion

True Religion – best known for their low rise, swing seam and stand-out stitching – has a definite cult following. While their brand has a true Americana, “urban-cowboy” feel to it, they somehow have also managed to pump out some of the most detailed and trendy jeans on the denim map. Unfortunately, the down-side to this characteristic is that some of their styles can look dated rather quickly. For example, if they distress their jeans; the rips are bigger, longer and deeper than those of their competitors and if they bedazzle their jeans; each rivet and button is sure to be replaced by a “gemstone” and crystals are sure to line each seam. You are sure to look very of-the-moment in their jeans, but be prepared to replace them when the trend is over.

6. Hudson

Hudson jeans are the epitome of California casual. Their jeans are best worn with a simple tee or tank, accompanied by flip-flops or a fashion sneaker. They do everything that a great pair of jeans should do – slim and lengthen the leg and hug and lift the tush – and they do it

while looking like they aren’t trying at all. As an added bonus, they have great details like additional stitching on the seams and unique flaps on their patch-pocket styles.

Stay-tuned…3 more brand reviews are on their way as well as my picks of the “lesser-known” denim labels and the denim brands to watch!

True Religion


A Denim Review: Part I

Seven for All Mankind

During my time at Second Time Around, I have exploited my employee discount to the max. As a result, I have owned almost every single brand of premium denim and numerous styles within certain, favored brands. Some pairs have come straight back to the store after one wear due to an ill fit of either my body or my style, some have earned a temporary place in my closet while I experimented with a particular trend and some have earned a permanent place in both my closet and my heart as a denim match-made-in-heaven.

Due to this extensive fit-testing and the additional research that I have done as a stylist for my clients (help with jean shopping is the number one request that I receive…) I feel confident that I can give both an impartial and informative review of the major premium denim brands. So, here goes…

1. Seven for all Mankind

Arguably one of the first - if not THE first – premium denim label to rise to prominence, Seven for all Mankind, affectionately referred to simply as “Seven” by its fans, has been a consistent contributing member of the designer denim phenomena. I view them as the old stand-by – that reliable brand that you can always return to. They follow the trends, but are never too trendy, allowing their customers a chance to look stylish and hip without being fashion road-kill. Perhaps the only complaint that someone could have is that their fit is a bit on the narrow side, prohibiting curvier women from enjoying what they have to offer.

2. Citizens of Humanity

Created by Jerome Dahan, the same designer who launched Seven for all Mankind, I consider this brand a more casual version of the “Seven” brand. They are the perfect weekend jean to throw on with a t-shirt and sneakers and they offer a better fit for those ladies with a curvier figure.

Citizens of Humanity

3. J Brand

A favorite of both models and celebrities, J Brand wrote the book on skinny jeans. Whether you are looking for a stove-pipe leg, a pencil leg or a “jegging,” the brand you want is J Brand. As an added bonus, I think that their jeans have the most authentic and pleasing raw denim color and they have teamed up with the makers of Lycra to inject their denim with the comfort of stretch without the annoyance of a saggy bottom.

Check back soon to read more denim reviews and to find out my favorite lesser-known denim labels as well as my suggestions for denim brands to watch…

~Marisa, Director of Styling, Second Time Around

J Brand