Why is shopping for jeans so hard? I mean seriously, I'm a shopping editor, and I still end up tearing my hair out when trying to decipher the minuscule differences between straight-, slim- and regular-fit jeans. But as always seems to be the case with these things, you spend months hunting down the perfect pair, and then three come along at once.
I haven't ordered much over the last six months. However, on a whim, I decided to order a few straight-leg styles from ASOS, hoping that out of three pairs at least one would turn out to be a winner. One was from Topshop, one from a brand called Reclaimed Vintage and one from & Other Stories, and you know what? They're all fab. I have a dilemma on my hands: Which one do I choose? From Topshop's longline high-waisters to & Other Stories' classic appeal, scroll down to see the styles and read my verdict.
& Other Stories
Style Notes: I've heard lots of good things about & Other Stories' denim. However, for some reason, I've never taken the plunge and bought a pair myself. This Keeper cropped-leg pair really is a classic straight-leg style with its slim leg and waist-hugging fit. I opted for my usual size, W28, and they are true to size, but the denim fabric is quite rigid, so take note if you prefer a stretchier fit. They also come with a multi-button fastening, which is a nice touch, and an oh-so-subtle distressed finish—ideal if you want to embrace that true '90s-throwback feel.
SHOP THE STYLE
& Other Stories Keeper Cut Cropped Jeans (£65)
Style Notes: I have to say I am a real Topshop-denim devotee, and some of my favourite pairs have come from the store. I didn't think I would love this pair, which comes with a longer leg length. However, thrown together with the super-high waist, it offers unexpected leg-lengthening benefits. That being said, it probably isn't so good for petite individuals. I'm just over 5'7", and they were a good length for me. They are probably the most distressed out of the three, but the color still feels like a suitably classic blue. This is a great pair for those who want a more dramatic silhouette and some serious waist-cinching appeal.
SHOP THE STYLE
Topshop Buckle Detail Carpenter Jeans in Mid Blue (£40)
ASOS: Reworked Vintage
Style Notes: The Reclaimed Vintage pair comes in a more uniform true blue with subtly distressed edging on the pocket. It's worth noting that I went one size up, following the advice from reviews, and they were a perfect fit. (I would usually get a W28 but bought a W30.) They were also snug on the bum so possibly not as good for those with a curvier silhouette. However, they were just the right amount of high-waisted and had a nice trouser leg width, which will pair well with both sandals and boots. A solid nine out of 10 from me.
SHOP THE STYLE
Reclaimed Vintage Inspired 90s Straight Jean in Mid Stonewash (£32)
Plus, shop my sandals:
Dune London Lockstockk Double Strap Flat Sandals in Blue (£110)
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