My 7 Must Have Premium Skinny Jeans – I Live In Them!
When it comes to denim, I’ve been working with it since I was about 18 (almost 12 years). I have written about my back story and how I got into jeans and premium denim in the first place (read it here), and even though I own The Jeans Blog, which is where I publish everything denim related, including my denim reviews, I thought it might be nice to share something jeans related here too!
I know a lot of you aren’t always interested in my other blog as it’s not personal, therefore missing my reviews etc, so I’ve decided to put together my Top 7 Premium Skinny Jeans that are a must have! These are skinny jeans that I live in and have found myself reaching for at all times. I own over 400 pairs of jeans in my collection, so narrowing it down to the final 6 was actually easier than I thought. I’ve got a lot of jeans that I love, some that are sentimental, and some that are collectors pieces, so I went for the jeans that I constantly wear and that go with most of my outfits. These are my staples and they’re in no particular order either – they’re all of value in different ways!
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I own two pairs of the GRLFRND Candice Skinny Jeans in Love Hangover. I own the full length version and the petite version (seen above) and I love them. I was introduced to these a couple of years ago when I found out about the brand and these were my first pair from them. The petite version is much more suited to my shorter frame and they hit at my ankles, making them the perfect length at 27″. The rise is a mid to high rise as you can see as well, so they fit incredibly well. The back pocket placement is ideal for lifting and making the butt look fantastic and the washed black wash is stunning, especially with the ripped knee holes!
The best part though? They are SO comfortable! I’m so fussy with my denim now and I refuse to wear anything without a lot of stretch and comfort, and these fit the requirements perfectly. They have a legging stretch to them that’s so comfortable you can wear them all day. Plus, with their fit and look, they are also unisex! Adam has the same pair in full length and lives in them too (you can read our joint review here). They get a 10/10 from me. I wear them often and regular readers will notice that!
The Citizens of Humanity Rocket Crop Jeans in Aura are a pair that I’ve had since 2014 and have probably worn the most out of any pair of jeans! I actually own two pairs of them because I was afraid they would sell out and never be available again, so I had back up. They’re not as stretchy as other jeans I have, but they really are so comfortable and soft! I’ve probably worn them over 50 times so they are really moulded to my body.
I love them because the Rocket Crop is the perfect fit for my body. The ankle length is full length on me without bunching (26″), but I can also roll them too so they are cropped. The high rise is flattering, the back pockets are amazing, and the wash… wow. The Aura wash is what made me love them in the first place. It’s an authentic looking blue with whiskering and fading, but it’s one of those blue’s that goes with everything! I just can’t ever get enough of it! There’s only a few sizes left now, but they are definitely worth it! I’m sure you’ve noticed I live in them! There’s other Rocket Crops available here too if you want them. They truly get a 10/10 from me.
These J Brand Maria Skinny Jeans in Dove I got back in 2015 and they have been my go to grey pair of skinny jeans since. Grey is a very hard colour to get right when it comes to denim as it can be too flat in appearance, too dark, too light… the list goes on. With the Dove wash though, they’re literally perfect. They’re a mid grey with lighter areas on the thighs and butt, and they go with everything. Since grey is so hard to get right though, I give these a 9/10.
The reason I knock a point off is because they have a 30″ inseam and they are a bit long for me so I need to tuck them under to fit, plus the back pockets are a little high and aren’t as flattering. However, that doesn’t really detract from how gorgeous they are! The wash alone is what makes these jeans one of the best grey jeans I have ever seen! I love them and have worn them loads.
Now the Hudson Barbara High Rise Skinny Jeans in Hideaway are literally my most comfortable jeans that I own! They have tencel in them and are a really lightweight, thin denim that’s ideal for summertime as they keep you cooler, but the amount of stretch they have is extreme! They’re like a denim legging and that is amazing! You can dance or do yoga in them if you wanted, so it’s no secret that I’ve lived in them since last year when I got them!
Like the J Brand Maria, the inseam on these is around 30″, so they are a bit long for me and I do tuck them under, but the back pockets and the light mid blue wash are so good that the length doesn’t even bother me. I know Adam owns these too and he actually owns two pairs as they’re one of his favourites (see them on him here), so they can be worn as unisex jeans too! The Barbara in Hideaway is sold out though as they are over a year old, so when the summer comes around, there’s hopefully more to choose from with the lightweight tencel denim! These get a 10/10.
Now these are my oldest jeans out of this top 7 selection. These are the Citizens of Humanity Rocket in Black Leatherette that I got in 2012. Almost 6 years ago! And the fact that I still love them as much now is proof how amazing they are (check out my first outfit here). The Rocket is a fantastic cut and unlike the cropped version, these are the original full length, so they’re slightly longer, but that works with the coated style!
These are SO stretchy, they’re like a legging jean, and the coating they have on them is literally the best leatherette style waxing I have ever seen. I’ve seen and worn many coated jeans and they don’t even come close to the amazing coating that these have. It’s thick, shiny, and stretchy, so it moves with the denim and isn’t stiff or restricting at all. I don’t know how Citizens of Humanity did it, but it’s amazing! So much so, they’re still in stock and available after 6 years! I’ve worn these with literally everything and I can never get enough of them. The sheen and leather look is nice for jazzing up black denim. They definitely get a 10/10.
These AG The Farrah Ankle Jeans in 13 Years Daybreak Destroyed are newer as I got them in the summer, but I quickly fell in love with them from the moment I tried them on. They’re so stretchy and comfortable that they feel like you’re wearing nothing. You can live in them!
The best thing about AG though is the fact that they own their own wash house and they literally have it perfected when it comes to making authentic and vintage inspired washes that look real. These are no different as they’re a mid washed blue with fading, but the rips on the knees actually hit my knees! The whiskering around the lap area is also nicely done, and the back pockets are so flattering that they really enhance the butt. The hems on these are undone and raw, but I like to wear them rolled up sometimes so they’re a bit shorter on me. They’re so nice though I’ve even been wearing them when it’s cold outside because I love them that much. These also get a 10/10.
Finally, the Citizens of Humanity Rocket Sculpt Crop in Spritz. These are a couple of years old and are the same fit as the Rocket Crop in Aura, however they’re made from the brands Sculpt denim. This has a multiway stretch that fits like a legging, but never stretches out or gets baggy. They’re just really stretchy and clingy, while always holding their shape. The fit is what I explained earlier as I love the way they enhance and mould to my body, but the Spritz wash is what I also love. It’s a mid to dark blue that has faded thighs and slight whiskering around the lap area so it does look worn in and vintage inspired, but it’s got an undertone to it that pairs with anything you want! These are actually still available in some places and they’re part of the original Sculpt collection, which was much better than the new versions as I have some new ones and they don’t feel as nice.
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Final conclusion – I’ve noticed that I am extremely fond of the Citizens of Humanity Rocket cut, especially in the cropped version, but it’s very evident how much I need my skinny jeans to be full of stretch and comfort otherwise I don’t want to wear them. I’ve got all of the staples here as I have light blue, a mid to light blue, a mid to dark blue, grey, washed black, and coated black. These colours make up a full denim wardrobe in my opinion, so if you’re looking for staples, these are definitely 7 jeans that fit that bill! I’m not sure I could choose one favourite pair out of them all as I love them all for different reasons… But if you would like anymore denim advice from me or if you have any questions about my top 7 premium denim jeans that are a must have for me, comment below and let me know! What are your favourite jeans? Lorna xx.