Everlane Denim Review: High Rise Skinny and Modern Boyfriend

Everlane Denim Review High Rise Skinny and Modern Boyfriend
Featuring a delightful (& ridiculous) vintage hat!

Everlane recently came out with a Denim line produced in a factory that recycles 98% of water used in production, air dries their denim, and turns the "sludge" byproduct into bricks for affordable housing in Vietnam. I know of no other denim brand with production as eco-friendly as their's, so I was eager to try it out.

I originally purchased just one pair: the High Rise Skinny in Dark Indigo in my normal size 28.

They were too tight at the hip and waist, so they went back. But by the time I went to reorder more, everything was sold out, so I patiently waited until their recent restock to purchase a larger size. While I was at it, I also purchased the Boyfriend Jean in Mid Blue in a size 28.

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Ethical Details: Sweater - old; Jeans - Everlane; Shoes - Julia Bo

High Rise Skinny in Dark Indigo

Size Ordered: 29
Usual Size: 28
Measurements: 28" waist, 39" hips, 5'7" height

I've been having body image issues after gaining 6 pounds over the last few months, so discovering I didn't fit in my typical size was a bit of a blow to my self esteem.  It also threw me for a loop because Andrea at Seasons + Salt said that the jeans fit 1-2 sizes too big on her. But here's what I realized: it's not just weight gain, it's about rise.

The area between my crotch and waist is longer than "standard." That's always been the case, but it wasn't until a reader commented on my mom jeans post that I even considered that when shopping for denim and pants. I gravitate toward high rise partly because they fit me more like mid-rise. But if they're riding lower on my waist than intended, there's bound to be a fit issue.

The Size 29 fits me pretty well. They're a tad wide at the waistband, but tight at the hips. This is normal for me since I'm "pear shaped." The length is really good, especially for winter when I don't want exposed skin. They're also reasonably comfortable when I sit, though they do pull a bit at the butt and feel slightly tight at my knees. They loosen slightly with wear without losing their shape. The fit is skinny without being skin tight - I think that makes them more timeless.

Verdict: Probably Keeping
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Ethical Details: Top - Everlane; Jeans - Everlane; Cardigan and Hat - thrifted; Shoes - Julia Bo

Modern Boyfriend in Mid Blue

Size Ordered: 28
Usual Size: 28
Measurements: 28" waist, 39" hips, 5'7" height

When I first tried these on, I didn't like them. I put them on after eating a big meal at the end of the day and tried to pull them up to my natural waist and the fit was just...off.

But after wearing them around the house and pairing them with clothes, I think I might keep them. You can see that the model on the site wears these slung low. The rise is just as high as the skinny jeans, but they're intended to sit lower on the hips for a laid back look. I think it's best to wear them this way because the hip proportion and length is intended for a lower fit.

I don't need these like I need dark wash jeans, but I do feel effortlessly cool in them. And getting a bit of confidence back about my body is a good thing.

Verdict: Probably Keeping

My fit suggestions, if you're shaped like me

Size up in the skinny jeans and take your normal size in the boyfriend jeans. Also, remember that these are made of heavier weight denim with an almost vintage feel, so they're not as comfortable or flexible as jeggings.

Update: After wearing each pair a few times, I've decided to let them go. For my comfort level, these are just a bit too stiff. If you prefer thicker denim, though, these might still be for you.

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In case you're wondering, I'm not hoarding jeans. I consigned the ill-fitting mom jeans and plan on selling the other pairs of jeans I purchased this season because they fall down on my waist. Jeans shopping is the worst!

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