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Review: J.Crew Straightaway Jeans

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You’ll have to excuse another jean review, but when they’re good, i’ve gotta share ‘em. And these are just the best.

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They’re from J.Crew and are a cross between a straight jean and a “girlfriend” style: just a bit of room in the hip and thigh, with a tight button front.

The length is meant to be ankle, but given that your girl is only 5’6, i’ve rolled these to achieve the style. My philosophy about length for jeans is that it can always be fixed. If the waist and hip areas fit, just have the length tailored, or roll them.

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And last, a quick nod to these shoes, because they’re just gorgeous.

Plus Size Good American Denim Review

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Let me start off this blog post by stating that these are far and away the most embarrassing pictures of myself that I have ever posted on the internet. Most bloggers select photos of themselves that are the most flattering. In the name of research, and of serving this community well, i’ve been known to do the opposite over the last five years. Evidence here and here. But, I will say, that standing with my legs splayed in ill-fitting jeans might just take the cake.

Enough about me. On to the review of these very hyped jeans.

The story: I purchased three pairs of Good American jeans. Their claim is that they fit all women sizes 0-24W. They are sectioned into types: good legs (make your legs look good), good waist (high waisted), and a few others. I purchased two Good Legs, and one Good Waist in two sizes: 12 and 14. I’m typically just between those two sizes and all of the websites advised to size down. So, here we go.

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First up: Good American Good Legs (distressed) in Black, size 14.

Right off the bat I wasn’t a fan of these. The distressing all of the way up the thigh just emphasizes the exact area that I don’t want to emphasize as a woman with thick legs. Just think about where your eye is drawn. Right smack into the middle of my thighs. Not good.

Next, the distressing was just too. much. Getting these on was a pain because I was so afraid that i’d put my foot right through them.

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Next issue with the distressing: when you have thick thighs and the distressing is on your thickest area, this happens. Your fat pokes through the distressing! Seriously I don’t even know what to say about this. I feel like this wasn’t thought through for the thicker audience.

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On a positive note, I will say that the front of the pants were quite great. They laid flat and had a high waist, coming just to my belly button (i’m a 31″ inseam). You can see a side view of this in the photo below. It is a flattering front cut.

My one and only point of feedback here: there is no logo or engraving on the button or the grommets. Very bizarre when you’re paying $180 for jeans.

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And finally, the back view. I also wasn’t a fan of this view. The pockets are very very small on these jeans, and come up above the lower curve of my butt, making it look like it doesn’t fit into the jeans. The pockets are also set very wide apart. This is great if you’re trying to create a look of a fuller butt, But for someone who has a substantial rear, this wasn’t a win for me.

My overall thoughts on the Good Legs Distressed Jeans: These are going back.

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Next up: Good American Good Legs in Blue 004 wash, Size 14

These are the exact same as the style above, without the distressing and in a medium wash.

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I actually liked these jeans much more than the ones above. The lack of distressing meant they were more flattering on the leg, and the wash was fairly even. There is some overkill whiskering around the crotch, but nothing that would keep me from owning these jeans.

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Overall these had a good fit, minus the issues in the rear just like the ones above. The pockets are small and make me look like I can’t fit into them.

I should also note that length for me in jeans isn’t an issue, as I typically cuff the bottom of my jeans, as seen here.

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Oh, and, in getting these on, I had to do this. The “horsey dance” as my husband calls it. Struggling to get the pant up my leg. Not cute.

My overall thoughts on the Good Legs Blue 004 Jeans: These are going back.

My overall thoughts on Good American for curvy/plus size ladies:
I think these jeans don’t quite live up to the hype. The grommets aren’t engraved, the button feels plastic, the material feels thin and far too stretchy for my personal taste. Most importantly, I don’t think the pockets constructed as they are do much of anything for bigger women.

I’ll also say that I don’t think these run large. In fact, I think they run about half a size small. You’ll notice I never tried on the Good Waist pair, as I ordered those in a size 12. There was no way those were getting on my body.

I could probably size up and see a different fit (something I might do). But overall, my $60 Banana Republic jeans still remain my favorites.

Have you tried Good American?

My Current Favorite Jeans

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Let me just say this: I don’t take jean buying lightly. It’s a painful process, they’re largely uncomfortable to wear, and in the end, few pairs are flattering.

I’ve personally spent many many weekend days, and online ordering binges (as i’m sure you have) trying to find the perfect jean. I’ve come close a few times, but these Banana Republic Sculpt Skinny Jeans are as close as i’ve come as a size 12-14 woman.

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First thing’s first, they’re the right length. They’re about 32″ in length, which for me is absolutely ideal for rolling. If you read this post, you’ll know that i’m a huge fan of messily rolling pant legs and actually prefer a bit of additional length over a perfectly fitted pant leg.

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On the topic of color, these jeans have no crazy wiskering or fading. There’s nothing worse than fading on the front of your thighs (this will make them appear bigger), or on your rear end. These are nice, clean, gently faded dark blue jeans. Perfect.

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Finally, the pocket placement in the back is ideal. Tip from me to you: avoid jeans with pockets that are set too far apart in the back. This will only make your butt look bigger. Closer pockets with a bit of a slant draw the eye inward, perfect for ladies with a substantial tush.

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And last but not least: rise. Ugh. I can’t even tell you how perfect these are. They hit me about an inch below my belly button, with no gaping in the back. They sit flat on my stomach and don’t do that annoying thing that some jeans do when they dig into your stomach when you sit. With a mix of 80% cottom, 13% polyester and elastane, they have just enough give to be perfect throughout the whole day.

Please do share if you try these jeans, and let me know your opinion.

Also also also! I’ll be reviewing Khloe Kardashian’s new denim line Good American in the next week or so after I receive the 3 pairs I ordered this morning. It was designed to fit curvy women, and was made in sizes 0-24. Stay tuned.

Vested

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American Eagle vest, BDG jeans, J.Crew top, Tieks flats, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Alexander McQueen bag

I threw this outfit together quickly this weekend and love it. I’m having a moment with black and love the monochromatic look broken up by the rugged denim vest. Accented with a bold lip and a basic bag, this was the perfect outfit for running errands around the city.

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Have a wonderful week!

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