Red Engine Scorcher Super Skinny Ankle Jean in Sugar Review - Front View

Summer and warmer weather bring lighter and brighter apparel. This is the time of year when fashionistas everywhere begin sporting their pastel colored, neon, or white jeans! The very thought of white denim strikes fear in many who otherwise desire the very flattering look that white jeans can bring, and I’ll admit I’m one of those people…always afraid they might be see through or that I’ll get them dirty on the first wear out of the house. However, I like a good white ankle skinny, and I had one once from Express that I loved until I started getting into shape and they became too baggy. I had it in the back of my mind to be on the lookout for another, better fitting pair, and I got the chance to try out the white denim trend again thanks to Red Engine! So today I’m happy to present a Red Engine Scorcher Super Skinny Ankle Jean in Sugar review!

I first learned about Red Engine at a local boutique I used to design print collateral for, and they’ve been on my radar ever since. I was excited to finally try them out for myself! The brand was created by denim fans Jim Boldes and Kristy Harlan, and is based on the appeal, both in look and in feel, of vintage denim. They are another on the list of denim brands proudly made in the USA, specifically Los Angeles. Red Engine imports quality fabrics from Japan and Europe, and every pair is built and detailed by hand. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this brand, and I can attest that those rants and raves were well-founded after finally trying them out for myself!

Red Engine Scorcher Super Skinny Ankle Jean in Sugar Review - Back Angle View 2

Red Engine sent me three pairs for review: The Vamp High Rise Skinny Crop Zip Jean in Cashmere, the very silky Scorcher Super Skinny Skinny in Moonlight, and the subject for this review, the Scorcher in Sugar. I received my usual size 26 in all of them, except for the Scorcher in Moonlight in which I got a 25 due to availability. The high-rise Vamp was a perfect fit and kept its shape over several wears, and the Scorcher in Moonlight was stretchy and soft enough to fit perfectly. The Scorcher in Sugar is a stretchy twill style and was sent after a previously-sent pair, the Scorcher in a light destroyed wash with a thicker, mostly cotton blend, stretched out about a whole size! With stretchy fabric, I can often size down to a 25, so I was given the opportunity to try a 25 as well as the 26 in these. The 26 was a perfect, not-too-tight but a nice flattering fit! As usual, fit depended on fabric content/thickness and amount of stretch! I haven’t experienced twill jeans stretching out too much, and these did loosen up a tiny bit, but they are so dang soft against my skin and stretchy enough that they feel looser than they are. A quick glance in a mirror will confirm that they haven’t bagged out a bit. For my curvier figure, I find this great because they are flattering without being too tight and va-va-VOOM! That’s the tough thing about white jeans…either they look nice, or they make it look like you’re trying too hard, in my opinion!

The white wash in the Red Engine Scorcher in Sugar is very, very white, but the denim is thick enough that I can’t see through them unless I’m wearing something bright or neon underneath! At 60% Cotton 37% Rayon and 3% Poly, they are durable, of a medium weight and oh-so-soft, and they are fairly stretchy, as mentioned. They hit right at my ankle, as their name suggests, and aren’t too legging-like; they have a little room around my ankle which I like because it rounds out the more muscular parts of my legs. The rise hits me just right, at about an 8.5” rise and stays put! I haven’t needed a belt with these at all. White jeans, like black, are very easy to style, and I’ve worn them with all sorts of colors and patterns and accessories. They are a very nice, versatile summer jean, with no showy embellishments or contrasting stitching, so the sky’s the limit with these! One by one, white jeans are proving my fears wrong, and the Red Engine Scorcher in Sugar has played a big part.

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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.