Just when you think they’ve done all they could with a certain trend, like, say, with colored denim… something comes along and makes you fall back in love. When I found out about Joe’s Jeans Oblique Skinny Ankle ($179), the small details actually took my breath away. Slight cuts of black that optically slims your silhouette from the front, and from the side, adds an edgy twist to a playful classic.
The Oblique is rather the modern answer to the chino (even chinos are still around…) whereas chinos are stiffer and more causal, the stretchy twill of the Oblique allows for a sexier cut without comprising comfort. I am finally back in my regular 27 size and found them to be as comfortable as leggings, but of course, very much pants. They broke in relatively quickly, within a few minutes of putting them on, they contoured to my shape and kept that shape quite well. The sateen fabric is a bit more formal than ordinary chinos (and denim for that matter) and the recommended care is to be dry cleaned, though the care tags also allow for cold wash and hang dried… so unless you really like going to the dry cleaners, these jeans wouldn’t be your “everyday” jeans. All in all, I found these to be a special pair of jeans, they have a trendy element that doesn’t broadcast “2013″ you know, like some of the trends, like say… color blocking. So you could well wear these jeans for several years, making them both a trend piece and a classic.
How to Wear Joe’s Oblique Skinny Ankle
The great thing about the Obliques is that they can be dressed up for a night out, or when dressed down, can be cozy without being sloppy. Here I’ve broken the “no mixing navy and black” and paired it with a fancy jacquard sweatshirt from J Crew and Equipment Signature Silk Blouse. Throw on a pair of gold heels and it’s mixing this season’s metallic trends with everyday comfort. However, if you’re not doing anything fancy these jeans can just as easily be worn with a white tee-shirt and loafers, and the jeans still make the outfit.