I know Spring just got here but I seriously can not wait for Summer, not only for the warmer weather but I am eagerly awaiting my 17 day road trip across the United States of America with one of my best friends. We are moving to Los Angeles, California. This will be his first time there but I have lived there before when I attended Otis College of Art & Design. Los Angeles is a really neat city if you know where to go and it is so easy to get inspired by the city’s personal style. I thought it was cool when I got another pair of Paige Premium Denim jeans because they are based out of Los Angeles, CA, maybe I’ll stop in and say hi when I get there!
When I first saw the Normandie in the McKinley wash, I was not sure if I’d like the jeans for a few reasons. First of all the leg opening is 16.15″ and I normally wear jeans with 14 ¾”. Also the 34″ inseam seemed as if they would be way too long for me and they are 60% cotton and 40% polyester. After all these doubts I figured I shouldn’t judge them before I wear them. Upon putting the jeans on, all these concerns went out the window. The feel of the jean is so comfortable, but it is not sacrificing style for comfort, the wash and look of the jean is awesome. The 34″ inseam is just a little too long for me but I as mentioned in my last post, I love cuffing my jeans, or I could just easily get them hemmed. They are made out of a nice 12oz denim. The back pockets are simple with PPD’s signature mark on the pocket that is very subtle but a nice detail.
This particular wash pretty much goes with anything. So it was very easy to put this pair of jeans with an outfit. I went with a few of my favorite pieces to wear with the McKinley’s; a wool tie by Alexander Olch, a light blue gingham shirt from Uniqlo and an awesome vest I found at a vintage store in Boston, MA. These jeans can easily be worn from day to night. The fit is a little bit more relaxed than my other jeans but if slim straights are your thing, these seem pretty ideal for that. My only concern left is the mix of the fabric 60% cotton and 40% polyester, I did not have a problem when wearing them around but it seems to me they might stretch out a little bit. I recently read that a pair of jeans that are not made of 100% cotton hold their color longer so that is a plus.
Overall the McKinley in Normandie are pretty cool jeans, especially if slim straight is your preferred style.