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Mid-Winter Denim Refresh.

By: Jen Shoop

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Judging by how many of us have been buying jeans the past two weeks, I think we’re in a collective mid-winter fashion rut, and in search of new denim silhouettes and washes to recharge the batteries. I ordered three pairs to try on: SLVRLAKE’s London Crops, Citizens of Humanity Florence Wide Leg Straights, and Agolde Riley High Rise Straight Crops. Based on reviews, I ordered my true size in all three pairs. I am petite (5’0) so was specifically looking for pairs that would not need tailoring.

I was particularly excited about the SLVRLAKES. I loved the wash and fit, as shown online. They are just the teensiest bit too long IMO — they look cute barefoot but I think pairing with shoes will make my legs look shorter than they are and/or it will prove difficult to find the right shoe to pair with them. You can see the effect in the final photo, where there just isn’t enough ankle showing to make the straight leg feel/look flattering? At the same time, these were very comfortable and I love the way they hug the hips without feeling constraining. I’m wearing below with my beloved Leset pointelle tee. I am sitting here debating whether or not to go through the expense of hemming. I really like them. I think taking them up 1/2″ to 1″ would be the perfect result…

The second pair was Citizen’s Florence, which hugged in all the right places and have an unfinished hem, meaning I could trim them maybe 1/2″-1″ to reveal a touch more ankle. I think the straight leg is a nice departure from the kick flares I’ve been so into lately. Such a cool black wash, too — Citizens does the best washes! I’m wearing with The Great’s The Slim Tee. If you are tall, you need this t-shirt. It’s overlong — I wish I’d taken a picture of it untucked — but it goes down to like mid-thigh on me. Great, ultra-soft material.

Finally, I tried Agolde’s Riley jeans. I have a few pairs of Agoldes, all of which I adore, and these might be the most comfortable pair from the brand I’ve tried on?! Wash is interesting (more casual because of distressing at pockets — I feel like the SLVLRLAKEs could be a bit more versatile, e.g., you could dress up with a blazer and nice flats for a slightly nicer occasion, but these really feel dressed down), and THE LENGTH IS PERFECT. If you are a shortie like me, these have your name written all over them. No hemming required! Again, I’m 5’0 and I think they hit the perfect part of the ankle.

A few other pairs of jeans worth a look:


+Citizens Gaucho Vintage Jeans. Run big – go down a full size – but work surprisingly well on petites IMO. The color is amazing.

+Citizens Dahlia Jeans. A more approachable take on barrel / gaucho jeans.

+Veronica Beard Dylan Jeans. Cuffed jeans have been a major trend this fall/winter season. VB tends to offer well-tailored / more polished and elevated takes on the trends, and here is no exception. Love the dark wash and front-leg seam. Super sharp! For something more on-the-fashion-nose, Agolde’s Dames are all the rage.


+Pistola Lexi Jeans. Garnering some buzz at the moment!

+Good American Palazzo Jeans. The wash and fit are lengthening!

+Khaite Vivian Jeans. SO many Magpies adore these! Better for taller girlies.

Last but not least, two of my tried and true favorite everyday jeans: Citizens Charlotte (classic) and Agolde Rileys (in a different wash — less stretch than the pair seen above, and I feel they have a different look/fit).

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2 thoughts on “Mid-Winter Denim Refresh.

  1. Denim! A perennial favorite subject for me 🙂 I love the SLVRLAKEs on you and concur that bringing them up 1″ would probably work wonders! (I am a big proponent of the ankle crop, though, which I know is sort of outmoded these days) I have always known conceptually that tailoring is key, but have really been putting it into practice over the last few years, and I really do feel that it’s always money well spent, especially for the “hero items” in your closet (which, for me, is always denim!)

    Also, I am happy to have the reminder to pull out my AGOLDE Rileys, which I have in this same wash (Frequency). I have had them for a couple of years but they are one of those pairs I sometimes forget about! I find that I like having a bunch of pairs of jeans on hand (within reason) so I can wear the ones that fit best for a time, and then cycle something else in. I do feel that it is a form of giving oneself grace when it comes to body fluctuations!

    Keeping an eye on those Citizens gaucho jeans in that Ponytail wash … I love them and don’t have anything like them!!


    1. Agree with you SO much on the tailoring point!! I am always so happy I tailored something to fit me properly — makes you walk / move with more confidence!


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