“ Brand: Current / Elliott / Type: Skinny Jeans „
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Current/Elliott are an American designer brand with denim being the main focus of their line. Ever since I saw Jessica Alba wearing a gorgeous pair of their Stiletto jeans in a glossy fashion magazine, I had a major fashion crush. I wanted these jeans badly! After adding them to my wishlist on my-wardrobe.com I decided to splurge out and treat myself, despite the eye watering RRP of £200 - I managed to buy mine with 25% off making them £150, but this is still hugely expensive for a pair of jeans and I think I have learned my lesson now...
Product description: "Soft pink, leopard print skinny jean featuring a classic five pocket design, zip fly, button fastening and belt loops. CURRENT/ELLIOTT jeans have a 28 inch inside leg, 8 inch rise and a 10 inch leg opening. Model is a standard UK 8 and is wearing a size W 26. This item runs true to size."
The Stiletto is Current/Elliott's signature cut and features a classic style which is modernised with on-trend colours, prints and patterns. They have produced several versions of the Stiletto jean with an all-over leopard print pattern, including tan, grey and pink. I originally fell for the grey version, but decided to buy this pink version when they were released for SS12. The pattern is subtle thanks to the muted colour palette used, with a very pale washed pink background and an ever so slightly deeper rose pink tone marking out the leopard pattern. I often think that animal prints can look quite garish and tacky, but this toning down of the pattern by using lighter shades makes it easily wearable. It looks girly and feminine with a casual edge and can it works well with many neutral shades. Jeans have the added benefit of going with anything, and this stylish leopard look adds an instant fashionable touch to even a basic outfit.
The Stiletto jeans are supposedly skinny fit, but I found that unlike the description, the fit was not true to size and the cut was a lot looser than I would expect from a pair of skinny jeans. I'm a UK size 10 and have a 28" waist, so purchased the 28W size option, which should have been perfectly suited to my clothes size. However, although the jeans fitted well on my waist they seemed to be oversized around the hips and crotch area, which meant that I had to wear them with a belt to keep them held up in place properly, and there was some unattractive folding where the excess material bunched up from being tightened by the belt. They also looked really saggy around my bum which is definitely not flattering! The legs were quite loose cut, not too much, but they did not have the close skin-tight feel of proper skinny jeans. On the plus side, the length of the jeans is very flattering as they are slightly cropped above the ankle and this helps to give the illusion of long slender legs. They can be worn with pretty much any type of shoe, for example chunky ankle boots add a harder edge to the soft tones of the jeans, flats are perfect for a casual day out, and wedge heel trainers give a fun youthful look. The shorter length also means that they look particularly cute when worn with the cuffs slightly turned up, and this gives a simple summery feel.
The jeans are made of 98% cotton, 2% elastane, although I did not find them to be stretchy, they had a standard cotton denim feel and there is not really any give in the fabric. They can be machine washed on a cool setting, which works fine for me as I do all of my washing on a 30 degree cycle. The denim is hardwearing as you would expect, but it requires some care and attention to avoid marking or staining the light coloured fabric. The jeans do seem to crease a lot particularly around the knees and upper thighs so I would recommend gritting your teeth and forcing yourself to run an iron over them after washing and drying.
Overall I do regret making this rather extravagant purchase, as even though I love the look of the jeans, they do not flatter my body and I don't see how the price tag is justified. The materials do not seem to be of any better quality, and the cut is actually worse than any of the high street jeans I currently have in my wardrobe. Not recommended unless you have money to burn.