Confession: I’ve been both excited and apprehensive to try out coated denim for months now. I’ve had nightmares in which I appear to be roaming the streets of Manhattan in pleather, and elaborate fantasies where I’m dancing the night away in really comfortable jeans that look like slick, bad ass leather pants.
When these Hudson Nico Mid Rise Super Skinny coated jeans arrived at the office I ripped open the packaging with the vigor and wide-eyed curiosity of a small child on Christmas morning. Their texture is sleek and slightly waxy – you can instantly see the sheen that gives them a leather-esque look.
Right now I feel like you’re thinking to yourself, “Taylor, this isn’t exciting. Those are the same as black denim leggings, and I am not impressed.” But I’m telling you, they’re seriously so much cooler than your average jegging. To explore the possibilities of these pants and try to illustrate their versatility, I decided to take two approaches: giving them a little (a lot of) sparkle for going out at night, and giving them a little Parisian twist for daytime weekend wear.
The shine (that’s a little hard to see above) makes these pants potentially dressier than your average black jeans. Mixing them up with a plain tee, this crazy, shiny sweater-coat and some killer heels is perfect for evening cocktails on a Friday night. Aside from the stiletto heel, it’s what I would call “glamorously comfortable.”
When paired with a tres Francais black-and-white striped boat-neck shirt, a sleeveless blazer and velvet flats, coated jeans become sort of preppy-polished, and a chic alternative to leggings. (After all, leggings are not pants.) Because they’re so fitted, these Hudsons also would look great with tall suede boots or ankle booties. The mid rise hits right below my belly button so I personally wouldn’t tuck anything in, but the right girl could probably make it work.
Fit notes: These jeans have a huge amount of stretch, so if you have a petite derriere or chicken legs, you may want to size down. I normally wear 27s, and I could probably get away with a 26 in this cut.
Do you own some coated denim yet? How would you wear them?
[Photos by Nando Alvarez]
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