Hey there, everyone. Caroline here, this time with a review for the Hudson Stark Moto Pant in Crimson Wax
. We saw the moto trend take over the women’s denim market this fall, and we’ve been actively covering the trend on Denimology since the first fall previews. Almost all of the top brands have introduced a moto jean in some form, and we’re seeing even more iterations of the trend popping up in the Spring and Summer ’14 collections. Most of the moto-inspired denim we’ve seen featured zipper details, padded knees, quilted details, or ankle zips. While the details are unexpected on true denim, I love them even more combined with an unexpected color, treatment or fabrication, and especially when the jeans are waxed or coated.
Waxed and coated jeans have been quite popular over the last two years as a price conscious way to get the leather-look. I love a good pair of coated skinnies, since I love the super slim and sexy look of leather skinnies, without the $800+ price tag. In addition to the price being much nicer on your wallet, coated jeans often maintain their shape and offer more stretch than leather, since the coating is applied over a stretch cotton denim. However, it’s important to find a pair with a high quality coating. Poor quality coatings (or if the process if not done correctly) can often look cheap, and take on a plastic “pleather” look, or the coating can rub off after a few wears. It’s important to look for a coating that actually looks like real leather off the rack, and is from a brand you trust for quality and great fabrics. My favorite coated denim always comes from [search]Hudson[/search], where I think their coated and waxed jeans consistently look high end, and leather-like, while keeping their shape and maintaining the sheen after multiple wears. Other brands have improved their treatments and processes over the past few seasons so there are definitely some other good options in the market, but I’ve been consistently impressed with Hudson since the trend started a few seasons back.
For today’s review, I’m excited to be highlighting one of Hudson’s great coated options: The Stark Moto Pant in Crimson Wax, especially because this pair covers multiple trends: color, coated, and moto. With that in mind, you might expect the combo to be less wearable than other trend items, but I instantly loved the look and felt like it fit in perfectly with my notoriously dark (New York transplant to SF) wardrobe. I’m not usually wild about colored denim but the dark crimson color looks rich, and matched easily with my usual palate of black, navy, and grey. For this look, I paired the jeans back to Frye motorcycle boots, a black Splendid top, a black leather jacket I found at the flea market in London, and a pair of leather-wrapped cat-eye sunnies from House of Harlow. The red [search]Hudson[/search] jeans broke up my usual head-to-toe black look, and combined for a full moto-inspired look that wasn’t too over the top (especially for lunch in San Francisco’s Mission District- the hipster capital of the Bay). In addition to the coating, and the unique crimson color, these Hudson Stark skinnies have two other “moto” details that I loved: the side zippers on the hips, and the textured ribbing-like detail on the knees. Instead of quilting like I’ve seen other brands so, Hudson created a unique patch for the knees made of tiers of fabric, sewn over each other to give a trendy look without the bulkiness of quilting. I love the effect and felt pretty bossy in these babies. Considering I’m terrified of motorcycles and am definitely not bad ass enough to jump on the back of one, I loved rocking this look … and attempting to earn just a little bit of street cred. The Hudson Stark Moto Pant is also available in a true denim wash (called Blue Wild) and Jet Black coated (which I LOVE).
The Hudson Stark Moto Pant in Crimson Wax is available here.
outfit credits// jeans: Hudson // top: Splendid // jacket: Portobello Road Market, London // boots: Frye // sunnies: House of Harlow
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