Hola everyone! AG Stilt in 10 Years Rio is my review today, but first, my name is Lana and I am excited to join the Denimology review team. I’ve been quite the denim fanatic for several years now, and am happy to apply this passion to something that I can share with others who feel the same as I do! I am a graphic designer/web developer from San Luis Obispo, California, and have done design work for two of the biggest designer boutiques in town, which is partly to blame for the 60 plus pairs of jeans I now own in my collection! At one time I wanted to own a pair from each denim brand, but as I quickly realized that not all jeans fit the same, I got more curious to learn about each brand – how they fit different body types, how the sizes run, and how each wash/fabric type can affect both. I quickly began seeing premium denim as an art form and my collection grew as fast as my denim education did.
As mentioned, I’ve tried many different types of jeans, but one of my favorites has been AG Jeans. AG was started in 2000 by denim guru [search]Adriano Goldschmied[/search], who has also worked with Diesel and Citizens of Humanity. I feel this is one brand where the quality, fit and meticulous attention to detail validates its high price tag, especially with the jeans from their AG-ed Vintage Collection, which are named by the number of years they appear to be “broken in” from 1 to 30 (darkest to lightest). These jeans are handcrafted and the brand claims no two pairs are alike! My first pair of AG Jeans came from one of the boutiques I designed collateral for, and was the AG Angel in 2007. At the time, the denim was a bit more rigid, and ran small (so I had to size up), although the fit was immediately impressive to me. Now, I own the Angel in a lighter wash, and two pairs of the Stilt. They are far more stretchy and true to size than they used to be, hug my curves even better, and a lot more comfortable if you ask me!
Today, I am reviewing the AG Stilt in 10 Years Rio. When these jeans arrived at my door, I saw for myself what the hype was about with their hand-detailed washes (very hard to see online!). I was immediately impressed at the look and feel alone. The wash is a beautiful medium blue with whiskers and fading in just the right places. I love the contrasting white stitching and the logos on the back pockets stand out just enough to show off the brand but is subtle enough to pair with anything you might want to wear these with, without being too obnoxious. I have worn these fairly casually but I feel they can easily be dressed up for a night out. They are so soft to the touch as well and the fabric is a little thin – I was kind of amazed at how flat the packaging was that they came in…wondering if I was sent the right item!
I bought my more recent Angels in my usual size of 26, and although they fit great, the super soft stretch (55% Cotton, 43% Lyocell, 2% Polyurethane) made me wonder about sizing down one size as they stretched out a bit with wear. I went ahead and took the risk when I bought the AG Stilt in 10 Years Rio, even though they are a little less stretchy (98% cotton, 2% polyurethane), and I couldn’t be happier with the choice. They are hands down the comfiest, most best fitting skinnies I own! I feel so good strutting around in these! The amount of stretch is perfect – they gave in all the right places without feeling constricting. I’ve worn them for four days in a row so far and they have conformed to my body shape without stretching out or sagging. I am so stoked to finally find a pair that doesn’t get baggy with wear…I know we all share this annoyance! I have an athletic, curvy body type with a rounder bum and smaller waist, and muscular thighs and calves. Because of this, it is very hard to find jeans that I don’t have to wear a belt with. These stilts stay put all day and hug all my curves! I also noticed how well the seams are stitched on the legs – I’ve noticed in the past when seams seem to stretch or separate a little around areas with the most tension, becoming more visible…but these do not. They have a 7.25″ rise which fits very well over my wider hips, 30″ inseam to show off those cute pumps or fit you just right if you are petite, and 11.5″ leg opening which I think is perfect so they don’t fit too strangely over my more defined calves as a legging often does. They are also 14″ at the knee, which keeps its shape well for me as one of the problems I often have with skinnies is the knee stretching out and becoming baggy. I would imagine they fit any body type just as well because of the form-hugging stretch, as long as you don’t usually have the problem with the waistband of jeans being too tight, I’d imagine – jeans like that usually fit me the best.
As we all know, every body is different, but I’ve got to hand it to this brand. If you have a chance to stop by a store, check out AG Jeans in person to see how they fit you. I have a great feeling you won’t be disappointed! These AG Stilt in 10 Years Rio jeans will run you $215 but if you are looking for true quality and versatility, I think it’s a worthwhile investment. This brand has definitely skyrocketed to the top of my list of favorites.
The AG Jeans Stilt in 10 Years Rio jeans reviewed here are available online here.