James Jeans Twiggy in Millennium - Front View

It seems that with all the denim trends that come and go, ripped, worn or distressed denim always seems to find its way back into the denim world. As I grew farther into the professional career-woman world, I’ve been more partial to cleaner styles, but I am always drawn into the many styling possibilities that distressed denim has. I like that they can add a little edge or attitude when combined with a nice or basic outfit in the winter or for a night out, and create a breezy, cool and carefree look in the summer. It is truly a year-round style! When I was given the chance to work with James Jeans, I decided to revisit this look and break my wardrobe mold a little with a James Jeans Twiggy in Millennium review.

The James Jeans Twiggy style is a classic, well-known jean with a 8.75” curve-hugging front rise, 13” back rise, and a 30” inseam to hit at the ankle. It is a great curvy style for those who want the flattering look of a skinny without the dreaded muffin top. James Jeans is based in Los Angeles and was founded by husband-wife pair James and Seun Lim. Seun works every pattern by hand and constantly has an eye out to update them as needed for the perfect fit. The brand has been a staple in the premium denim world for a long time, with their classic, basic washes (although there’s a nice selection of fun, crazy ones as well within their line) and great fits, and are easily spotted by their signature darts sewn into the back pockets. They typically run true to size, so I initially went with a 26, but I found that as the legs fit fine, they were still loose around my hips and bagged a bit at the front, and stretched out fairly quickly with their 98/2% Cotton/Elastin, 11.5 oz fabric blend. James was great to work with and sent me a size smaller with a return label to remedy the issue, and the 25 fit so much better! They were a little snug at first as most jeans are, but stretched out to a great fit.

James Jeans Twiggy in Millennium - Back Angle View

The Millennium wash is a really pretty light blue and faded in all the right places to flatter your shape, with very clean looking rips down the left thigh, one above the right thigh, and a small one on each back pocket. I love the placement of the torn areas – they do not sit directly over the front of my knees so they won’t blow out or rip further if I kneel down or squat. The exposed fibers in the rips are a light yellow which I think looks really neat with the blue shade. As mentioned before, the fabric is 11.5oz so it’s thicker than a lot of the stretchy fabrics out there but it is very soft! The Twiggy is advertised as a legging but they don’t feel as skin-tight as a legging usually does, and since the fabric is thicker I’d say they are more like your classic skinny jean. I’ve worn them several times now and they haven’t stretched out any further and look like they will keep their shape after stretching into more of a size 26 from a 25. I think it’s because of my rounder hip shape, but they do seem just a slight looser in the crotch where the inseams meet but when I hike them up a bit it fits fine – it’s probably just because as with many jeans, I always like a tighter waistband when others might complain that it’s too tight! But I’m not pulling them up all day and they stay put very well.

I am really glad I got to do this James Jeans Twiggy in Millennium review because I enjoy wearing these a lot because of their comfort and fun style! I’ve worn them with baggy sweaters and tunics (treating the as leggings) to my jean-friendly workplace but I still prefer darker, distress-free jeans for nights out on the town or when I go out to dinner. That’s my personal preference though and I’m sure they would be awesome juxtaposed with some tall black platform heels and a nice cowl neck top…perhaps I will try that next! I like the light blue for the current winter season (and the thicker denim keeps me warm) but I know they will be perfect for the transition into springtime when lighter colors come forth from the depths of fashionistas’ wardrobes everywhere again, and the ankle-length is just right to show off your cute warmer-weather footwear. If you are looking to revisit the distressed style (or if you are already a fan), these are a great bet, and if a simple, great fitting skinny is on your wish list, I definitely give the green light to the James Jeans Twiggy!

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Lana Ober
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. I am also a graphic designer/web developer and have done design work for two of the biggest designer boutiques in town, which is partly to blame for the 100 plus pairs of jeans I now own in my collection! It always fascinates me how much can be done with the denim fabric alone, and the constant innovations will always keep me hooked.