The ’90s may have come and gone, but they forever live on in my heart…and in my closet. From overalls and fanny packs, to oversized pant suits and (my forever favorite) bike shorts, I just love it all, SO MUCH.
Many online publications have referred to the ’90s as a “golden age of denim”, which is certainly intriguing, especially since I was a very young kid in that decade and pretty much stuck to bike shorts with my colorful windbreakers. My personal favorite denim styles when I look back were those of Julia Roberts, Princess Diana and Cindy Crawford (to name a few!).
FRAME Le Jane Jeans Are A ’90s-Inspired Dream
So when an advertisement for a new pair of jeans flashed across my social media with the words “the fit ’90s supermodels swear by” it didn’t take me long before I was scouring the internet to order a pair.
As I added Frame’s new Le Jane Crop to my cart, I noticed the same Le Jane style came in a longer straight leg and, for research purposes, added one of those to my cart as well.
But first up, Le Jane Crop.
FRAME Le Jane Crop: The Straight-Leg Fit Made For ’90s Style Fans
I have only tried one pair of jeans from Frame prior to this (Le Original), and while I really liked them, I knew they weren’t exactly the pair I would want to wear on a daily basis. Le Jane Crop, on the other hand, was right up my alley.
Frame describes the Le Jane Crop as a waist-defining high rise that is fitted through the hips and seat, and has a leg-lengthening straight leg with a cropped hem that hits above the ankle bone.
Once I got my hands on Le Jane Crop, I immediately I noticed how soft they felt. The fabric grazing my legs was light and almost silky as I walked around. To my surprise, the jeans are actually considered a rigid denim, made from 100% premium cotton and are meant to break in with time.
I can only imagine that these would turn into straight up pajama pants after breaking them in, the softness, as far as a rigid denim goes, is kind of nap-worthy.
These jeans are available in a few different washes (all ’90s-approved). Upon deeper research, I discovered that the wash “luster” is actually made with 100% biodegradable cotton, and you can join the waitlist on Frame’s website for a new sustainable wash that’s coming soon, which is made with 15% re-used cotton.
FIT NOTES: Frame’s Le Jane Crop is intended to be oversized. I’m somewhere in-between a size 28 and 29 in most denim brands, and chose the 28. They are plenty roomy, and perhaps still a little oversized in the waist. As recommended by the brand (and now me) you can size down if you’re seeking a more fitted look. Stick to your true size for that perfect 90s comfort look!
*While Nordstrom labels these jeans online as a “flare”, the brand Frame does not, nor did the tags it came with (and yes, I even got out my measuring tape). This “Le Jane” style does not currently exist in a flare, so rest assured it’s the same style despite the labeling discrepancies.
Styling Frame Le Jane Crop Jeans
Naturally, I had to try on some of my best 90s-inspired ‘fits to really take these jeans for a spin.
Outfit 1 | Add A Belt, White Sneakers & An Oversized Blazer
Belts, white sneakers and oversized blazers — three of my fave ’90s-inspired clothing items that make a stellar outfit when all paired together. For good measure, I grabbed my Gap tee that was specifically a style they made back in the 90s and re-released this spring. This outfit immediately became pinned in my mind as “one to wear on repeat.”
Outfit 2 | Top ‘Em Off With A Classic White Blouse & A Black Belt
One of my fave ’90s fashion moments is a young Reese Witherspoon in a simple white, tucked-in blouse with a black belt and jeans. I think she was sporting a perfect rosy cheek, too, which I need to apply when I wear this look out and about!
Outfit 3 | Make A Statement With An Oversized Blazer
Oversized jackets and blazers make me think of Brooke Shields, Julia Roberts and Princess Di specifically. They would rock these so well, and I think it’s a look I will personally love forever.
Outfit 4 | Show Full-Length Socks With Sneaks
I love how full-grown adults and children of the ’90s rocked sneakers with full length socks. Long live ’90s comfort.
Frame Le Jane Straight-Leg: The Full-Length Denim Full Of ’90s Nostalgia
Let’s not forget about the longer leg version of Frame’s Le Jane denim.
The Le Jane Straight Leg is made with the same ’90s nostalgia as the crop, but with a full-length leg that just skims the ground when I’m standing barefoot (for reference, I’m 5’9”).
The Le Jane Straight Leg jeans are a total throwback when I pair them with ’90s-inspired sneakers! This pair is made from 100% cotton, with 15% of that cotton coming from recycled sources.
My first impression was that these are totally fun…but I’m not crazy about the distressed knees. While on some of the models these look more natural and worn-in, something about them straight from the box turned me off. I would imagine as these become lived-in though, that the distressing would loosen up and have a more attractive look.
The positives? They are totally comfortable and have the same perfect booty as the crop version.
Fit Notes: The Le Jane Straight Leg come with an inseam of a whopping 34” — perfect for tall girls! The models on Frame’s website are listed as 5’11” and the jeans look amazing on them, if not still a little bunched up at the bottom. The waist fits just as the Le Jane Crop fit on me, a 28 was loose and just slightly oversized.
The Best Shoes To Pair With The Le Jane Straight-Leg Jeans
These full-length straight leg jeans really gave me pause when it came to styling them with shoes. While the sneakers are sporty and fun, I realized a lot of my other go-to shoes weren’t working with these. After some trial and error, I love three styles of shoes paired with these jeans best: two of them are Birkenstocks (’tis the season!), and the third is a pair of strappy sandals.
1 | Birkenstock Salinas
While I did not enjoy the look of my Birkenstock Arizona sandals with these jeans, the Birkenstock Salinas really works for me. Something about that pretty little sideways strap peeking out make it looks just right.
2 | Birkenstock Clogs
For whatever reason, when most other shoes don’t seem to be working right for me, the Birkenstock clogs step right up and get the job done. This is a total daily, comfort go-to look.
3 | Strappy Sandals
And since this girl just acquired a pair of strappy heels for the first time in over a decade, I had to try them on with the jeans. Of course they’re perfect…and it makes me think that any little strappy sandals, even flats, would work great (a flat would cause some gathering of the jeans at the bottom, but I love that).
In the end, I’m a major fan of both styles. They’re incredibly comfortable and perfectly on-trend, since the ’90s style trends have come back with arguably more power now than during the actual decade itself. While I’d love to see different washes (or just different distressing) of the longer straight leg, I think the Le Jane Crop is perfection!
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