Following up with a lot of requests from our readers asking about stretch jeans that really keep their shape, I wanted to give you all my personal opinion. This said, please note that I am not telling you an absolute truth, or giving you THE answer about all stretch denim. I am just going to explain about my very own experience with different kinds of skinny jeans.
My favorite pair, if I choose to go skinny and with just a bit of distressing is the Denim x Alexander Wang Slim Fit Skinny Jean, because these are pretty sturdy, made of a heavier denim, and only have 2% of stretch which guarantees that the jeans do not get out of shape or baggy, they may stretch a tiny little bit when you wear them a lot of times without washing them, but they DO NOT BAG! Stretch out for me is: a bit slouchy in a cool and edgy way.
Same goes for the just now re-launched Levi’s 505 C’s, even though I am always on the hunt for the original vintage 505 pair with no stretch at all. The 505 C does have a few options with a little stretch (1%), and they are actually a straight leg, not a skinny. Good for rolling up the cuffs when you want to show off some shoes/booties/sneakers.
The big mistake is thinking that the more stretch the jeans have, the less likely they sag. There are, for sure, some exceptions, like the L’Agence jeans, which are made of a very sturdy (patent) denim. These jeans – for me – are in fact one of the few stretch skinnies I always go back to, because they REALLY do keep their shape, even after a 20+ hour flight, when I wore them changing airports, flying, sleeping and running around. I sagged, but my L’Agence didn’t LOL!
Some others, like Frame and J Brand – not the Photo Ready, though – do have a few stretch jeans that hold your stuff together. But my experience is that 98%cotton with 2% stretch is the ideal combination.
Also, your best bet is going for a heavier weight denim, as the light weight – again, in my view – stretch out just by pulling them up!
Siwy has come out with an interesting pair of really stretchy jeans, the seamless. And these jeans are almost like leggings. I have worn mine quite often in spite of not being a fan at all of super stretch jeans, these were a big surprise. No sagging, and no bagging at the knees, even after wearing them quite often before washing them. Sometimes I do wear jeans just to test them, so I can write about them, as do our product reviewers 🙂
7 for All Mankind – they are top line, the Slim Illusion and their (b)air are un-beatable in the black washes. I am not so sure about their blue washes, as I always preferred their black skinnies and only do their boyfriends (the Josefina is one of my favorites) in other washes.
And of course, very very great skinnies, and my go-to for comfort and edginess – Parker Smith, their Kam and the Bombshell are VERY stretchy, but the do have some “secrets” (we’ll tell you about these at some other time!), they simply keep their shape. I cannot explain, I only know that the Parker Smith jeans challenge practically all I have said above. They are mostly of a lighter weight denim and have A LOT of stretch, but, they hold up. Long crosstown rides in the car and spending weekends running around, sitting on the floor, and man, they “spring” back LOL!
So now – Happy Skinny Shopping 😉