Light Colored Denim (Review: Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean)


Banana Republic Skinny Ankle Jean (wearing a size 30), Anthropologie top, LV Speedy 30 bag, Havainas Sandals

Since we decided a few weeks ago that my boyfriend jeans needed to be retired, I have been craving a light colored pair of jeans for Spring/Summer. Encouraged by the cuffed jeans experience I had with another Banana Republic pair, I scooped these jeans up in a hurry during a recent 40% off sale. Without even trying them on, I figured that with the added stretch, high rise and tapered leg, it couldn’t be so bad. Wrong. I, of course, hastily ripped off the tag after putting these babies on without proper analysis and totally regret it.


For starters: these jeans do weird things to my knees. Maybe it’s that they show through the fabric too much? Have weird fading in that area? I don’t know but I reaaaally don’t like it especially after seeing these photos.

Second thing I hate is that the leg isn’t tapered enough. It is sort of half wide half skinny and is difficult to cuff.

Finally, these jeans have way to much stretch to be flattering. Normally i’m a fan of a good amount of stretch especially on the bottom half for us pears, but these pants felt like leggings and I felt like I was jiggling down the street all day.


Needless to say, these are a “to donate” item. Man, what a waste. Have any of you tried on any BR skinny jeans you like? Please do share!

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  • stylearua
    • lhaber

      thank you! 🙂

  • Luci’s Morsels

    What a sad story! Haven’t tried on any BR skinnies. I normally detest stretch. I have one pair now and they look good (yay!) but the lack of structure is so annoying. I don’t like thinking about the fit of my pants unless it’s thinking about them looking good! 😀

    Luci’s Morsels – fashion. food. frivolity.

    • lhaber

      So sad isn’t it? What a waste of money… Still continuing my search!

  • I hate when I do that! Live and learn, I guess. Cute necklace and top, though 🙂

    • lhaber

      Thanks Emily! I don’t do it often but sometimes I get too excited… haha

  • I could NEVER buy a pair of pants without trying them on! My ass is a totally weird shape. I was thinking these looked cool on you – quite tight, but then they are skinnies 😉 Someone will love them one day when you donate them.

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.

  • Debbie Hercock

    I was thinking they look really nice on you. Shame they don’t feel right. I can’t ever buy jeans without trying them on personally. I have a nightmare finding jeans that fit just right. The top is amazing. Where is it from?

  • Ugh such a bummer! I’ve been there — I get so excited that I rip the tag off or pull the trigger on a final sale online only to be disappointed. 🙁 You could always sell them on Poshmark or Threadflip!

    xx Jen

    • lhaber

      Glad to know i’m not alone! xx

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