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While I’m not an exceptionally picky shopper, I’ll admit that I’m definitely a snob when it comes to my jean collection. I’m a denim girlie through and through, so unless a dress code prohibits me from showing up to an event in my, I’ll opt for the style time and time again. Since I practically live in denim these days (yes, even when I’m simply lounging around at home), I always get excited come fall and winter because the cooler temperatures give me an excuse to stock up on even more jean styles — in my world (or at least my closet), the limit simply doesn’t exist.
While I like to think that myis pretty diverse, I’ve recently been trying to expand on the brands included in it. Sure, I have the staples — think lots of pairs from Levi’s, Wrangler, Abercrombie, and even more high-end . But after hearing rave reviews about Lucky Brand from a few of my girlfriends (and virtually every fashion influencer alive), I decided to give the denim label a try by testing out two unique pairs: the ($40, originally $129) and the ($40, originally $149). Both pants have quickly become staples in my wardrobe, and ahead, I break down what makes each style so great — from their relaxed fit to their high-quality design.
Besides the fact that they’re made from high-quality materials, I love that these pants effortlessly walk the line between being modern and yet still classic. They feel like a dream when on, thanks to their soft cotton composition and looser silhouette. Plus, they have ample pocket space, which is great for me because I prefer to carry a smaller bag and as little as possible when I’m on the go — thanks to their deeper design, I can easily squeeze my phone or credit cards into the front or back pockets. I also appreciate that neither pant is too long, so they can be worn with a variety of different shoe styles and in different seasons. For example, the charcoal low-rise pair looks great with a staple, while the white high-rise pants can pair seamlessly with flats or even a . The styling options are endless, meaning I can wear them for so many different types of occasions and truly get the most use out of them — whether I’m heading out to brunch, running errands, traveling through the airport, or simply tidying up at home. You can’t beat having that kind of versatility in your closet.
My one qualm with these Lucky Brand jeans is that they feel more stretched out and noticeably looser since the first wear. For context, the first time I wore the low-rise pair, they sat perfectly on my waist and fit very naturally on my body — since then, I can no longer wear them without a belt because they feel so much more lived-in in the waist area (and no, I haven’t lost any weight that might be contributing to this size change). Granted, I understand that this is pretty standard with jeans — denim material is expected to loosen up over time, especially after it’s gone through several wash cycles. That being said, the change in fit has felt a bit more noticeable than with some other pairs that I own from brands like Agolde or H&M. And even reviewers on Lucky Brand’s website have noted that both pants boast a larger fit than many shoppers were anticipating, with the low-rise style even receiving a “feels too large” rating.
Frankly, this wouldn’t deter me from purchasing these jeans again, or even just more styles from Lucky Brand in the future. But if you’re someone who’s adamantly against denim with more of a relaxed, lived-in feel (particularly styles that you can expect will loosen up more over time), these might not be for you.
If you (like me) find that you can never have too much denim in your closet, then these jeans are perfect for you. These styles in particular feel like great counterparts to one another, with one having a dark wash low-rise design, and the other being a crisp white high-rise variation. They’re easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion, and I love that both pairs can easily be teamed with a variety of wardrobes staples — like, , , and more.
These jeans are available to shop at Lucky Brand. Select styles and colorways — like the($129) are available to shop at retailers like Nordstrom, too.
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