Denim Review : J Brand Ankle Skinny Jeans

Everyone I know who wears J Brand jeans, calls the denim maker one of their favorites. Even my husband raves about how much he loves his J Brand jeans. Simple, comfortable, and durable…not flashy or trashy, J Brand is a fancy jean without being fancy at all. Admittedly I have not owned my own pair, and though I’ve tried some out, I wanted to give the skinny ankle jean a try, to see if it really lived up to the hype.

The Denim…

The J Brand 10″ Ankle Skinny Jean in Sliver Lake was the perfect pale grey for spring and summer. Upon opening, the package, you could see the fabric was a bit sturdier than other lightweight denims, and stretchier somehow even with the 2% spandex/ 98%cotton. The the subtle wash can really only be noticed if you take a close look, and there is some softness caused by the the distressing, but it’s also quite subtle. They seemed a bit brighter than what they looked like in the shop, so I was a bit surprised when in the pictures they look almost white. They’re definitely a pale gray, a nice alternative to wearing white jeans.

Don’t ask why I ordered a size up (I’ve been feeling pudgy) but I should have ordered my regular size, these are comfortable, but I like my skinny jeans to be a teeeensy bit tighter. I liked the 8″ rise on them, perhaps getting anything less than an 8″ rise would be asking for trouble, even at the larger size, I felt that they were comfortable, not baggy, and held a nice shape to them. I am definitely looking forward to trying out more J Brand jeans and see why they are such a favorite amongst denim lovers.

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Wear it with…

Since the summer is basically here, for those of you who live in normal places, that means hot weather. In San Francisco, not so much. However, I do love the summer colors, muted beige, olive green, gray, mixed with bold colorsĀ  like turquoise or coral. One of the essentials I’m finding this summer is my army jacket, which has been in the seasonal rotation for several years, every time I think I’m over it, the army jacket makes it’s return. Especially since the return of the cargo jean has made it’s way back with a new skinny twist. I’ve been seeing a lot of long t-shirts in the stores lately, and decided to give it a try with the skinny jean, and I quite like the look. As with a lot of ankle length pants, I find it best to wear with a flat or an oxford. Perhaps a high heeled bootie, but I felt more casual today, so flat it is!



  1. May 21, 2010 / 9:59 pm

    totally agree with you! love denim.. its the best.

  2. May 22, 2010 / 1:02 pm

    I have the j brand houlihans and love them (like everyone else currently) – but I haven’t tried their skinny jeans. You look great in the grey denim above!! Love the whole look!! Martin+Osa made a really cute skinny grey that I bought and am over the moon for…maybe I’ll try the j brands in an alternate color. Can never have enough denim, right?

  3. May 23, 2010 / 4:05 pm

    Cool photo of you with the bike. I’m loving the color of those jeans! They look soft, too..

  4. May 25, 2010 / 8:02 am

    “In San Francisco, not so much”!!! OMG SO TRUE!! Although I am a bit south of the city {20ish minute} so for me its a bit warmer…but every time I head into the city, I pack up the car with clothes LOL you just NEVER KNOW!!! I also love the long tshirt look. You look super, love the necklace as well!

  5. Nicole
    July 9, 2010 / 1:35 pm

    I agree. J-brand are my absolute favorites. And I have them all: 7’s, Paige’s, Joes, Odin, Chip and Pepper, AG’s, you name it. J-brands stay in shape the best, and retain their color the best. I have the cigarettes jeans in Ink – they’re narrow cut like a skinny jean, but opens straight out below the calf instead of cinching in. Very flattering for those with fuller thighs and hips, but like the narrow jean look. And I’m a size 10 girl! And J-brand has their “curvy bombshell” fit that makes sure you have enough room in the thighs and the bootie. Can’t beat that. I also have a bootcut and trouser leg – denim for all occasions. I think I’m eventually going to own only J-brands.

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