Hey there denim lovers! Today I’m reviewing the TEXTILE Elizabeth and James Debbie Skinny Jeans in Ripped Midnight. I have to start off by saying that I’m quite obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (the designers behind the brand). I love their style, and all the clothing and shoes that they’ve designed with their Elizabeth and James brand, as well as their brand The Row. So naturally I was stoked when given the chance to review some denim from their TEXTILE line. The TEXTILE Elizabeth and James line was launched in 2010, and it is inspired by vintage pieces. Being the vintage fanatic that I am, I was instantly drawn to their denim styles.
I’m a big fan of distressed denim, but I believe that there has to be a good balance. Some distressed styles are too over the top – holes and slashes everywhere and no real symmetry. I love the distressing on this pair. It’s straight down the front of the thighs, but because the jeans are dyed black, the distressing blends well with the rest of the jean. It’s not as noticeable as distressing on a pair of blue denim (that shows off the white threads at the distressed points). I also like how the strands of denim, in the distressing area, are still connected to the jean. No pieces are hanging and there are no real holes visible. It’s actually a clean look for a distressed style.
The stretch in these jeans is fab-u-lous. The denim hugs every curve, and feels like a second skin. It’s comprised of 98% cotton and 2% elastane. The jeans slip on with ease, and are very comfortable throughout a day’s wear. The material is thinner than most denim I’ve tried (almost as thin as a denim legging), but this doesn’t take away from the quality of the jean. These jeans are made very well and it shows. The 8 inch rise and the 32 inch inseam were perfect for me (I’m 5’10). I went with a size 28 (which is my current size in denim), and the fit was spot on.
I love the minimal look of these jeans, besides the apparent distressing, of course. The back pockets are free of patches and logos and the only way you can identify the brand is by the engraved button closure in the front. The look is simple, but when these jeans are styled right, they can be oh-so-chic.
I can easily see myself wearing these jeans from season to season. They are an instant fave for me. Since they are black in color, they can easily transition any look from day to night, simply by swapping flats for heels or by throwing on a blazer. I’d say these jeans are equal parts grunge and chic. I received loads of compliments while wearing them.
Stay tuned for some more TEXTILE Elizabeth and James denim reviews, and in the meantime, check out my fashion blog Belle de Couture to stay up to date with all my daily outfits and fashion musings! Xo!