You know those denim brands that pop up on Nordstrom and you’re like, “Can they REALLY be all that (and a bag of chips) for under $100?!”
I’m here to figure that out.
I haven’t always been a designer denim gal. In fact, I didn’t know what designer denim was until my friend Tracy filled me in during a slow day of lifeguarding the summer before our senior year. Tracy took me to the Short Hills Mall for my first pair of designer jeans, Citizens of Humanity low-rise (shudder), compliments of many swim lessons, lifeguarding shifts, and a Bloomingdale’s credit card I opened for the 15% off (and promptly closed between shifts the next day).
KUT From The Kloth Denim: A Review
Although I live for a pair of MOTHER jeans, I am also tempted by any denim under $100, which is right where KUT From the Kloth falls. KUT jeans come in a range of styles, some featuring Ab Fab technology (a front pocket technique for comfort and fit…sure, why not?), and all hovering around $89 full price. From my arduous work at The Mom Edit Research Institute, I’ve found most of KUT’s jeans involve some stretch material (important in deciding what size to buy and if they’ll sag by day’s end). I’ve rounded up several pairs of KUT jeans in varying styles and sizes to see if they make the “cut” (that was too easy — I’m ashamed).
I mentioned in the TME FB Page that the Reece Raw Step Hem Ankle Straight Leg Jeans are great dupes for Mother The Insider Crop Step Hem; the only differences are the mid-rise, longer inseam and lower price. The Reece jeans are one of my favorite pairs that I tried. If you are over the high-rise trend and want to venture away from skinny jeans, Reece by KUT from the Kloth are the jeans. I love the step hem and the fact that they are ankle-length. Perfect for spring!
Details: 28″ front inseam; 13 1/2″ leg opening; 9 1/2″ front rise; 14 1/2″ back rise (size 8). Fabric: 98% cotton, 2% spandex
Fit Notes: KUT From the Kloth runs big on me. I’m usually a 10, but these are an 8. I still could have afforded to go down to a size 6 on account of the spandex in the jeans (no one wants saggy crotch at the end of the day).
I was shocked by these Kelsey Fab Ab Ankle Flare Jeans. I did not expect to like them (between the style and the material) but they are absolutely fabulous. The flare isn’t too extreme nor does it shorten the appearance of the legs. They are definitely a lighter-weight denim and not rigid at all. The rise is also at my sweet spot; not super high, but definitely not low-rise. (Knowing what rise I feel most comfortable in makes a huge difference when I’m shopping for jeans.)
Details: 27 1/2″ inseam; 17 1/2″ leg opening; 10″ front rise. Fabric: 64% cotton, 21% polyester, 14% lyocell, 1% spandex
Fit Notes: I’m wearing a 10, but really need an 8 or a 6.
I think I love these Catherine Ripped Cuff Boyfriend Jeans so much because I totally owned a similar pair from Abercrombie & Fitch in college (I think? Years, time, blah). The nostalgia is real. The wash has a bit of a throwback vibe and they are just the ideal, weekend hang jean. In terms of comparing them to my favorite boyfriend jeans from J.Crew, the denim isn’t as heavy or stiff on these KUT From the Kloth jeans. A nice weight for spring/summer.
Details: 25 1/2″ inseam; 14″ leg opening; 9 1/2″ front rise; 14 1/2″ back rise (size 8). Fabric: 99% cotton, 1% spandex.
Fit Notes: I tried on a 10 (way too big) and then an 8 (pictured above). The 8 is ideal for a baggy fit, but if you want a little more definition, particularly around the waist, size down by 2.
The Rachael (not to be confused with “The Rachel”) Ripped Hem Mom Jeans are a solid under-$100 alternative to pricier denim. I really dig the undone hem and the 10.5 inch rise. They’re a good pair of jeans. I’m not #OMGOBSESSED, but for the price? They’ll get the job done.
Details: 26″ inseam; 13″ leg opening; 10 1/2″ front rise. Fabric: 99% cotton, 1% spandex
Fit Notes: I’m wearing a 10, which fits, but I wish I had sized down to an 8 or a 6.
Andddd the flop. Elizabeth Fab Ab High Waist Raw Hem Ankle Straight Leg Jeans. These jeans are massive. I’m swimming in my normal size 10. I need a 6, maybe even a 4, they are that big. A full-length, straight-leg jean is something I’m on the hunt for, but I think I’ll stick to my Abercrombie Dad Jeans for a similar price.
Details: 28″ inseam; 15″ leg opening; 11″ front rise; 15″ back rise (size 8). Fabric: 93% cotton, 6% polyester, 1% spandex
Fit Notes: I ordered a 10 and as you can see they are way too big. I needed to size 2-3 sizes down.
While there were some misses, this occasional denim snob was overall impressed with KUT From the Kloth. The jeans do not feel cheap, particularly those that are mostly cotton with a little stretch. If you are someone that wants lighter denim and more mid-rise options at a mid-range price point, KUT is definitely the denim brand to check out. They can hang with the best of them.