Caroline Style- J Brand 1550 Grayson Cargo in Vintage Black CR_Front1.JPG

Hey indigo lovers! I’m Caroline, the newest reviewer here at Denimology. I’m a former denim buyer (with a major jean addiction), and I’m excited to bring my love of all things denim to Denimology! I’m a recent San Francisco transplant from NYC, and my style tends to run more downtown and menswear-inspired (you can take the girl out of New York, but I’ll always love black…). These days I’m a menswear stylist and blogger at Bearon & Brothers. You can check out my blog Bearon & Brothers, or follow me @TheBearon on Instagram + Twitter.

Now that the Labor Day festivities are over, and we’ve said goodbye to summer fridays, it’s officially time to talk fall! I can’t wait for the official start of the season, and of course, all of the new denim trends hitting the market. My favorite new trend is the cargo, so I am excited to be reviewing J Brand’s update on the classic style, The Grayson Cargo in Vintage Black.

J Brand is the go-to brand for the cargo trend. They premiered their slim cargo a few seasons back with the now famous “Houlihan” style, which many of my friends still swear by. Not only are J Brand cargos super soft and flattering, but the slim fit makes the style easy to dress up or down. The Grayson Cargo that I reviewed comes in 5 colors, with a “vintage,” washed down look to all of the colors. I’m wearing the vintage black, which looks more like a dusty grey or graphite color than a true black. I love the color since it’s a bit more dressed up than a classic military green or olive cargo.

The jeans are cotton with 2% elastane which makes the jeans really soft and gives them stretch, but still with great recovery (so they don’t stretch out!). The brushed cotton is super soft, and makes the pants feel more like leggings than denim. Because of this, I would suggest ordering true to size. For this post, I wore a size 25. I’m usually a 24 but went for the 25 knowing that I tend to size up in J Brand Jeans. For my outfit, I wanted a slouchier look but if you want a skinnier and smoother look like how the model here wears the Grayson, order true to size.

My favorite parts of these cargos are the details! From the zippers, to the pockets, and the seaming, there are lots of special details that make these really unique. The ankle zippers are longer than I have seen in most jeans (these are 9 1/2 inches long) which I really like. I love the way that they fall over your heels when you have the zipper open. There are two more zippers near the top of the jeans, just below the front pockets which give a cool on-trend utility feel. Two side utility pockets, and button down flap pockets on the back complete the iconic military inspired look. Another detail I love is the seaming on the knees. Moto is also major trend for fall denim so I love that these J Brand cargos have subtle moto-inspired stitching on the knees.

For this shoot, I styled the cargos with a black bomber jacket, black tank (two other fall trends: bomber jackets and athletic details!), and heels for a dressed up but edgy look.

Check out my photos below for more details (or on Instagram @TheBearon), and click here to shop the J Brand Grayson Cargo.

Will you be trying the cargo trend this fall?

Caroline Style- J Brand 1550 Grayson Cargo in Vintage Black CR_Side2.JPG
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Caroline Rooney is a San Francisco based stylist and model. Following internships with American Eagle Outfitters, Diane von Furstenberg, Parfums de Christian Dior, and Condé Nast, Caroline launched socially conscious clothing line The Bearon, in 2008. The Bearon was named one of INC. Magazine's "Coolest College Start Ups" in 2009. In 2011, Caroline joined the buying team at Bloomingdales.com, buying both men's & women's denim. She fell hard for menswear, and grew particularly passionate about the denim industry. Throughout, Caroline has been signed as a print and runway model and has appeared in campaigns for Dodge, Ford, Ella Sven, & Bloomingdales, and worked with Neiman Marcus, Chanel, Donna Karan, and Miley Cyrus. After spending years on sets she developed an eye for styling and in the fall of 2013, moved to San Francisco to launch her career as a menswear stylist. Currently, Caroline is launching the menswear blog Bearon & Brothers, and works as a stylist for menswear e-commerce brand Bonobos. She is also an instructor of fashion styling at the Academy of Art University, and contributor to the denim blog "Denimology".