It’s no secret how disappointed was I with some of the fast fashion brands (I look at you Zara) and as my affliction to clothes seems here to stay with me for my life, my attention were drawn by vintage things. However, it’s not easy to find the perfect things, you need time, energy and determination to find them. And while I love my vintage Levi’s from here (eBay) and there (Urban Outfitters), Re/Done offers a so simple solution to have the most perfect jeans in the world.
I tried to resist in the beginning, having spent months with browsing on the internet, I finally gave in. And I didn’t mind, actually these jeans were one of my the best investments for a while. So because I’m happy as a kid, I thought I would share my experience. I hope you’ll find it useful. 🙂
Which type to go for?
As I observed there’re a huge confusion on sites related to the different fits, but here is what I’ve figured out so far.
Most of the jeans, which are available from the UK, are from the Skinny Straight collection which has a modern skinny, but not too skinny (as the name suggests) fit and mid rise. If you’re not too keen on high rise, you should go for this type.
Then there is the model called High Rise, which obviously has high rise and skinny fit. These usually have 5 buttons on the fly, while the Skinny Straight has 4. These ones come with two different length, one of them with a regular, the other one with cropped length. Both of the lengths are fine, I mean, I’m not tall and the regular one is fine for me.
In my opinion these are the best and worth the price. I’ll tell you why. These are the most flattering and they seriously go with everything. Also I think these ones take the most time to make. While for example the High Rise Straight Cuff looks like the original jeans, and the Relaxed ones like a pair of oversized originals, I’m able to create these looks quite easily. Not to mention the No Waist, Short or the Ass Rip collections. And while a pair of wide leg (High Rise Wide Leg), cropped flare (Leandra) jeans or flare (Elsa) jeans might be a better value for your money, these ones are not impossible, but well, trickier to style.
What about the size?
They’re actually pretty true to size. I ordered my normal size with both the High Rise and Straight Skinny and both of them feels right everywhere (Ok, not on my waist, they are a bit big there, but me and my waist is whole a different story, and nothing a belt couldn’t fix anyway). However, don’t forget the fact, that these are made from vintage jeans and therefor all of them feels a tiny bit different. A lighter pair can be softer and more relaxed, while darker ones more rigid and tight. Anyway, if you’re lucky enough to live or go to the US (especially LA), I’m sure it is worth to try more pairs on.
Are they worth the price?
Well, it depends. For me the slimmer fits (as I mentioned above) absolutely yes. It’s no secret I’m crazy about clothes and shoes and bags :), but I can’t and won’t spend more than £10 on a tee, or more than 40 on skirts, because the first is just a tee, and the second is not my thing. But I know I’m gonna live in these, and if I calculate the what do they cost with regular wearing for years, that’s not so bad, especially if you don’t have anything else (I mean a hobby or bad habit) to spend on. Plus I adore the creativity, time and energy Re/Done puts in these things, they are really unique and really well made.
For others, I’m not so sure. If you’re happy enough in your Zara/H&M/Topshop or insert whatever you want jeans for a few weeks while the trend last, or a little bit longer while the fabric last, or you wear them only on weekends, then those are perfectly fine too. If you’re something like me, than again, go for them.
Where to buy?
The best option is LA, I’m pretty sure of it. Where the selection is the biggest and the prices are the lowest. Good combo, right? Right, except for living in a totally different place. But don’t give up so easily. If you’re not there, then Google is your friend. I spent some time on the net searching, calculating and hesitating and for me Stylebop, SSense and Farfetch were the best options and these handle the import duties and VAT as well. With the last one I was able to save the shipping fee (which depends on the distance) due to free world wide delivery, and extra 10% of the original price as it was my first purchase with them. However, if you live in the UK (like me), it may be worth to wait until the GBP gets a bit stronger again (f.cking Brexit!). I hope it will…
So this is it. What do you think?
Product photos via Farfetch and Stylebop