Hey everyone, Lana here again with the second installment of my AYR reviews! My last review featured the AYR Skinny in Little Fishes, and here is the AYR Ciggy in Dove Wings review! As mentioned in the previous review, AYR is an amazing new denim brand that answered the shopper’s frustrated call about the “saggy butt syndrome” after a few wears and jeans that are too specific in the types of bodies that they fit correctly. The brand also provides a better online shopping experience by offering free shipping and returns to make it more convenient to find just the right size for you.
Also as mentioned in my review for the AYR Skinny in Little Fishes, the brand is an offshoot of the popular menswear line Bonobos, also centered around building a great fit but mostly focused on khakis instead of denim. CEO Andy Dunn joined forces with Maggie Winter (formerly the senior merchant of J. Crew’s retail division) and designer Jacqueline Cameron (of Calvin Klein/Madewell), who simply decided to start their own brand after their own frustrations of trying to find the “perfect jean”. AYR jeans aren’t only meant to keep you tucked in just right, but also promise great shape retention and softness with the best premium denim fabrics from around the globe. AYR jeans are also made and crafted in Los Angeles! The line is currently made up of three fits: the Skinny (fitted from hip to ankle, long and lean, standard 30” inseam with two other inseams to choose from), Ciggy (cropped straight leg, mid rise, standard 27” inseam with two other inseams to choose from), and Skinny Flare (“skyscraper legs”, fitted down through calves and breaks into a baby flare). I discovered AYR through a PureWow newsletter, and promptly emailed the brand to see if they’d be interested in doing a review with Denimology. I initially went with the jeans featured in this review, the Ciggy in Dove Wings, which is a beautiful, vibrant turquoise-ish blue wash with amazing fading, or “a unique indigo base shade…a rich, oxidized hue that can’t be replicated,” as AYR puts it. I’m not usually one for cropped styles, as they often make me look stumpy, but that color caught my eye and I thought I’d try something different! I requested my usual size of 26, and AYR actually sent me two styles – I not only received the Ciggy, but also the Skinny in Little Fishes which was featured in my last review. What I found amazing I got the Skinny in a size 26 and the Ciggy was sent in a 27, but they both fit pretty much the same! I wonder if, like many brands, the sizing runs differently from style to style, but AYR was aware and made sure to get me the right ones?
The wash on the AYR Ciggy in Dove Wings is as vibrant as it appears online, especially under sunlight. I was impressed with how thin, yet durable, the fabric was, and as I wore them only for a few minutes, they seemed to soften up (they weren’t rigid…they have a nice stretch so were already fairly soft, but over just short of an hour’s worth of wear, they became much softer!). I’ve worn them for several days now and they have not stretched out or lost their shape. The 91.5% Cotton, 6% Poly, 2.5% Lycra blend fabric feels so nice in the warmer weather we’ve been getting here in California (what’s winter?), as it is nice and cool and breathable. The AYR Ciggy and Skinny styles both come in a choice of 3 inseam lengths, and I took the longest in this cropped style since the opening is 13.5” and I wanted to avoid, as I mentioned, the stumpy look I often get from capris. The Ciggy comes in 25”, 27”, or 29”, and I took the 29”. It’s not a bad length for my 5’6” height, hitting me about three inches above my ankles, but I think this jean might look even better on petite girls. The 8.5” rise fits right over my hips comfortably (I think this is my new favorite rise height), but the only thing that I’d change is that there’s a slight gap in the back of the waistband, probably just because I have a smaller waist in proportion to my hips. However, it doesn’t cause the jeans to slip down at all; they stay in place just fine throughout the day because they are snug enough around my hips and around the area under the waistband, so it doesn’t bother me at all! I think I can conclude, just like the Skinny, that seeing as how well they stretch and by the look and feel of the cut, the AYR Ciggy in Dove Wings should fit all sorts of body types, but I wonder if this one may even fit more straight up-and-down body shapes better than mine, as the Skinny hugged my waist a bit tighter…but it could possibly just be because I tried a 27 instead of a 26…but again, no real complaints, and I cannot get over that color!
I really like AYR, and I’m glad I got a chance to review two of their denim styles for Denimology! Their claims of an amazing fit without the “saggy butt” after several wears are definitely true, and they are a new favorite of mine. I’ll get a lot of use out of these! This AYR Ciggy in Dove Wings review and the one for the Skinny in Little Fishes showed me just how versatile AYR jeans are; I’d both dress them up and wear them casually from season to season, and they just seem to get more and more comfortable with wear. I hope this brand has a long, long life ahead, because if this is just the beginning, I can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future.
The AYR Ciggy in Dove Wings can be purchased here.
View the previous review for the AYR Skinny in Little Fishes
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