Johnny Was The Tomboy Jean in Indigo Vintage Review

Hey everyone! It’s been awhile, but I’m back with a review for a new brand that I’m excited to share with you all! If you haven’t yet noticed, most of my reviews have to do with skinny jeans (which usually are my choice fit), but the industry is changing—more and more people are opting for looser fitting styles nowadays, and brands are quickly jumping to the chance to feed the changing tastes. Skinnies will always have place in everyone’s closet (thanks in part to the rise of leggings and athleisure, I believe, and improved stretchy denim fabrics), but vintage, laid back looks are taking over. So here’s something a little different for you guys: the Johnny Was The Tomboy Jean!

Johnny Was isn’t really a new brand, but they are to Denimology. Born in 1987 and inspired by beach life in Southern California, Johnny Was mirrors the Bob Marley song with the line of “Johnny was a good man…” and creates apparel that goes against the grain of trends while crosses cultures with a strong bohemian, relaxed accent.

When asked to review the brand, I was given the choice of a skinny, flare or the Tomboy. I went with the latter to mix things up a bit…several months ago, I would have jumped at the skinny!

The Tomboy is a super casual but fitted denim classic, in an Indigo Vintage wash. It features a mid-rise of 9 3/8” and an easy, straight leg silhouette. I was advised to size down in this style, as it is a little stretchy and more relaxed than the skinny, so I went with a size 25. One thing I usually notice with relaxed fits is a saggy crotch or a waistband that doesn’t seem to sit in the right place, but these fit like your favorite straight leg jean from years past.. perfectly soft and comfortable in both touch and fit! At 98% cotton and 2% spandex, with a lightweight but sturdy feeling fabric, they are sure to become an essential favorite. The medium blue wash is accompanied by a few light distressed details, and they truly feel like a favorite jean pulled off the racks at a vintage shop. Over a few wears, they did loosen and soften up a little more, but not so much that they were baggy. I wore them to work and around town running errands and they sit nicely on my hips without needing a belt! The only thing I noticed is the knees did stretch out a little, but not enough to really make a huge point of it. I’m completely enamored by the contrast red binding on the inside seams, which offer a fun pop of character at the cuffs when folded up! The inseam is about 31.5” so wear them down as a full straight leg or fold them up for a boyfriend-jean type look. Johnny Was Blue also finished these off with larger back pockets to make your “bottom look brilliant.”

Johnny Was The Tomboy Jean in Indigo Vintage Review - back view

The Johnny Was Blue Tomboy Jean is definitely a casual closet staple. Dress it up or down, but I like wearing them when I am in a relaxed, laid back mood. However, I’m sure you’ve seen some of the super distressed and baggy vintage styles going around lately paired with heels and a nice blouse, so the sky is the limit when it comes to styling!

The denim market is full with so many exciting, beautiful fits that sometimes it can be tough to know where to start if you’re looking for a new favorite pair. Johnny Was Blue sticks to the basics, while keeping a light, feminine aesthetic, so I’d say if you want something comfortable and well-fitting without the fluff, this would be a great jean for you! Nestled between the world of slim fit jeans and boyfriend jeans, this is a cool middle ground, for those of you who want something fitted but not tight and not too stretchy…just remember to take one size down from your usual size!

Spring and summer are right around the corner, and this lightweight number would look great with a white tank and your favorite pair of sandals. There’s no harm in stocking up now for that warmer weather!

Shop the Johnny Was Blue Tomboy Jean here.

4 COMMENTS

  1. unusually good back pockets. The sat on a chalkboard affect in back is unfortunate. These would have looked much cuter worn a size larger. At this size, they may be adding the illusion of bulk.

    • Well…I do spend a lot of time at the gym doing squats, soooo… 🙂

      Anyway, these jeans are meant to fit like they are here. Not too baggy. The brand let me know this style runs a bit big. But of course, wear them as you wish.

      As for the chalkboard effect…when you wear jeans enough they will wear there (obviously from sitting). It’s part of the worn look that all fades emulate.

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