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J Brand 811 Mid-Rise Skinny Leg in Salem

A couple of weeks ago, I popped into Selfridges to try on J Brand’s Aidan boyfriend jeans, but found that they didn’t really fit me right even when I sized down. I really love distressed jeans, and I came across their skinny jean in salem and the denim was soo soft and fitted perfectly.

However, there are cheaper alternative jeans out there. Topshop Lacey jeans are a slim boyfriend style and I have tried them on, and they do fit true-to-size and aren’t really a baggy boyfriend jean like J Brand’s Aidan. Even Gap have a nice cropped skinny jean which I’ve got my eye on for when the weather heats up…

I much prefer a few rips in my jeans than boring plain jeans – I guess my teenage rebellion years are still with me 🙂

J Brand Salem

J Brand Salem

Topshop Lacey

Topshop Lacey

Gap Skinny Crop Distressed Jeans

Gap Skinny Crop Distressed Jeans



Genetic Denim’s Spring 2011 Collection

I’ve blogged about Genetic Denim on a number of occassions – they are one of my favourite denim brands. I stumbled upon them by chance after purchasing my first pair from clothing boutique, Free People. Subsequent pairs, I’ve bought from shopbop.com (their customer service is second to none). I also understand that the brand is sold in the UK in denim boutique, Donna Ida.

I’ve been waiting for their Spring line, which is now previewing on their website. I’ve already found two styles that would be perfect for the upcoming months…

Cyprus in Dive, Genetic Denim


The Gusset Fever Nectar, Genetic Denim

Love the 70’s style and floral inserts. You can preview the collection:


AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Destroyed Jeans

I do have a penchant for distressed looking jeans – I already have five pairs (2 by Genetic Denim, 1 by J Brand and 2 by Gap), and I’ve been wearing these more than any of my plain jeans.

I sometimes read denimology or the denim blog to get an idea of current styles, and I came across a brand that I haven’t tried before, AG Adriano Goldschmied. I have my eye on their Stilt cigarette style jean (30in ankle length inseam) which comes in a variety of vintage washes as part of their Fall 2010 collection (below):

AG Adriano Goldschmied Stilt Destroyed Jean

AG Adriano Goldschmied Fall 2010

AG Adriano Goldschmied Premiere Jean

Click here to see Cameron Diaz in her AG jeans

Shopbop.com International Shipping

Shopbop.com Denim Guide

I love shopbop.com! I’ve purchased via this American online website twice, they sell my favourite denim brands such as J Brand, Genetic Denim & Citizens of Humanity.

What’s there to love? – Customer service for a start, you can chat online with a representative who will answer and give advice. If you send them an enquiry via their online form, they respond promptly. They stock hard to find denim (and it’s not as expensive as buying from Selfridges or Trilogy). They offer two types of international shipping:

1. Free international shipping within 3 days – Once your order has been processed, you will receive a link to track your parcel. Provided there are no problems with the weather (this can cause delays), I got my purchase within the 3 day time-frame. The only delay was that I had to pay the custom duties before I could have my parcel delivered.

2. Shopbop Global – You still get the free international shipping within 3 days, but you pre-pay customs & duties tax with your order. This means that your parcel isn’t delayed and comes straight to your door. Also, if the original pre-paid amount is less than  the actual customs & duties charge, you will be refunded the difference by shopbop.com.

I would definitely recommend the Global shipping option.

Absolutely fabulous website, and I love their denim guides and look-books 🙂

J Brand’s 23110 Maria in Starless & Citizens of Humanity Thompson in Tempted

My love of high-waisted jeans hasn’t faded. Skinny high-rise styles are perfect for teaming with ankle or knee high boots. I recently tried J Brand’s Maria style (in Clocker) and Citizens of Humanity’s Thompson in Black in Selfridges. Both styles fit true to size on me, although J Brand is more fitted around the waist than Citizens… Unfortunately, Selfridges didn’t have the colourways I wanted, so will have to buy online – soo happy that shopbop.com offer free international shipping within 3 days (although you may still be liable for taxes)…

J Brand 23110 Maria in Starless ($189). Classic high-rise skinny leg that is sexy and comfortable. Power Stretch Denim is an extraordinarily smooth fabric that hugs and shapes your body.

Citizens of Humanity Thompson Tempted ($161). These dark-rinse skinny jeans feature 5-pocket styling and a single-button closure. 11″ leg opening. Very mild distressing. Image from shopbop.com

 I finally succumed to purchasing a pair of J Brand’s Maria in Starless wash after reading a post by a lady called Savannah on the denimology website, click below for more pictures and review:

J Brand’s Maria Starless review denimology

Although you can buy these off the J Brand website, I chose shopbop.com – I have to say I absolutely love their customer service, I got my jeans within 3 days (you can chose the free shipping option and then you’re responsible for paying your customs duties after, or I opted for their new global service where you pre-pay an amout for custom duties and if this is less than what you originally pre-paid, you will be refunded the difference).

Buy J Brand Maria Jeans here from shopbop.com

As for the jeans itself, I’m a 25 and it fit true-to-size as expected. The fit is like that of a legging except that the material is thin (I wish it was thicker like Citizens Avedon), the starless wash is a dark, dressier denim colour.

Trilogy opens store on Kensington Church Street

Trilogy Kensington Church Street

Trilogy, 22 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP  

Specialising in premium denim, Trilogy is the place to shop for brands such as Genetic Denim, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Paige, Dylan George etc… Although you can purchase online via their website  www.trilogystores.co.uk, I always think that when it comes to jeans, it’s best to try them on in store. Usually, I’d go to Selfridges when looking for a new pair of jeans, but now that Trilogy have opened a new store on Kensington Church Street (they also have stores in Chelsea & Marylebone), it’s now a lot more convenient being local to me.

J Brand’s 210 Oslo

I love sites where fashionistas display their love of experimenting with different looks. I did a google search on high-waisted  J Brand jeans (via that I was lucky enough to pickup a pair of J Brand’s Bardot jeans via ebay at a fraction of the price, and it’s new with tags!). However, I came across a post on a website called lookbook.nu, where a woman posted a picture of herself in a pair of J Brand’s 210 Oslo jeans (see below). The difference between the Bardot and Oslo, is that the Oslo has a shorter inseam ~ 29ins – so it tucks into boots very well, where as the Bardot with it’s pencil leg  is best paired with stilettos.

I seem to have a bit of a love affair going on with high-waisted jeans. I wore my River Island Gold pair the other day, and friends commented on how long my pins looked!

J Brand 210 Oslo (image from lookbook.nu)