It’s Spring Denim Month over here at TME. Usually we just declare a theme week and be done with it, but we’re having a few issues with this one.
When I first brought up the concept of finding a go-to pair of lightwash denim for Spring, it was met with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Laura was all I LOVE IT OBVIOUSLY MORE DENIM YES…..Cam piped up with ‘do shorts count cause it’s hot already’ (rub it in, Carolina, rub it in), Scotti couldn’t seem to grasp what constitutes light wash (Is this light wash? No. Is THIS light wash? No. Is thi- No.)….and I could see Amanda, sitting there in her black jeans, giving me side-eye through the screen. (In hindsight those were probably leggings.)
I know, I know, I know.
Denim trends have been driving us all crazy for months now, and lightwash denim is no exception. Actually, there’s so many more things that can go wrong with lightwash denim: a too-flat, completely uniform wash that perfectly outlines each lump, bump and muscle….or distressing that doesn’t quite hit in the right spot, creating a squeeze situation right above the knee, to name but a few possibilities.
So here’s our compromise: Finding a perfect pair of lightwash denim for Spring is probably going to take a few attempts. So in the interest of shopping helpfulness (it’s only enabling if it’s good)….we’re bringing it all to TME: the good, the bad, and the ugly. And we’re comparing our real-life pictures to the pics on retailers websites. Why? Because soooooo many retailers, where lightwash is concerned, have fallen into a really bad habit: they’re grossly over-exposing the denim, and you end up with a pair that looks nothing like what is shown online.
So….here’s my first attempt. I found some strong contenders, but not the lightwash denim of my dreams. I’ll keep looking. In the meantime….enjoy and good luck!
Grlfnd Karolina Jeans (in petite)
The GOOD: Ok – these were *almost* the lightwash denim of my dreams. They come in petite sizes, have a modern cut (aka ‘mom jeans’), coupled with maybe the best wash I’ve seen. It’s that perfectly faded blue, with distressing in allll the right places (probably thanks to both petite and regular sizing options). Shockingly, Mike thinks these things are soooo sexy. Mom jeans FTW.
Yet, NO: They’re made from old-school, non-stretch denim. Which would be OK….except….it means the high-rise waist isn’t comfortable. YesIKNOW we all did this in the 80’s….but on a daily basis, I need a soft jean. I’ve had these for a while now, thinking that I’d get used to them, but these have become a strictly date-night jean.
AG Jodi Crop Jeans
AG Jodi Cropped Flares (24 for reference)
The GOOD: These are the softest, high-rise jeans I’ve ever worn. They seriously feel like pajamas. Sizing down is probably a good idea. I also love the wash, the cool distressing, and the modern shape.
But…. However soft and comfy, these are still cropped flares, a jean that is very tricky to wear. Cropped flares look amazing with heels (duh – but I rarely wear heels), cute flats or flat sandals, and….that’s it. Sneakers? Not always. I haven’t totally given up hope, but first I have to crop these a bit more. Happily it’s just a raw hem, so I just need to get the scissors out and have at it.
Here are a few pics to better illustrate….
Rag and Bone Dre
Rag and Bone Dres (size 24 for reference)
The GOOD: Time and again, these are some of my very favorite jeans. And you guys agree – they’re the top-selling jean by TME readers last year. The Dre’s are considered a girlfriend jean – a cross between a baggy boyfriend and a tight skinny, and I tend to wear mine all summer long. (NOTE: In this wash, I went down a size. Typically I do NOT.)
HOWEVER: Unless you adore that bottom hem, or are handy at doing DIY embellishments, don’t get this wash. Instead, I’d go for this one. In a moment of weakness, I bought these, hacked off the hem, and decided I’d do something totally unique to these jeans to make them AMAZING. In all likelihood, that ‘totally unique’ thing will probably be when Pax accidentally draws on them and I forget to wash it off. Sigh.
AG Cropped Stilt
AG Cropped Stilt (size 24 for reference)
The GOOD: AG is my go-to right now for skinny jeans. The denim is always soft, the washes always spot-on, and while I typically get the AG legging jean, the Cropped Stilt has a slightly wider ankle that is especially cute for showing off summer sandals. In this wash, I sized down one size.
Close, but No Cigar: These were cute, but not distressed enough. Too….”nice” I guess. I want something a little rougher.
Frame Denim Skinnies
The GOOD: Suuuuuper soft denim in a pretty wash.
NOPE: I just….[snore]….was looking…..[snore]….for something….more. [zzzzzz]
Tortoise Shiko Highwaist Cropped Skinny
UGH, WHATEVER: I pulled these out of the box and immediately thought, “I need to start getting more sleep.” The retailer pic, however, cleared things right up: DUPED. I was duped. Nowhere in the retailer pic does it show that weird blue line outlining the trim. Or that annoying keychain which is really hard to get off. Or the fact that this jean has wide calves. Which is fine, but #truth, Revolve Clothing. #TRUTH matters.
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Anyone try the jeans below? Spill the deets! And if I were to do another round of try-ons….which pairs do you want to see? Leave a message in the comments…..