I wanted to kick off the week discussing one of my favorite topics – denim. Mid to high rise jeans are everywhere and when it comes to this style, Levi’s have pretty much been my go-to. (I recently talked about how to score a great vintage inspired pair for less than $100.) The only thing that gives me hesitation when it comes to slipping on a pair of Levi’s, is that you have to get through the break-in period. As anyone who’s sat through a long car ride or 3-hour brunch in brand new jeans can attest, the break-in period can be rough. They’re stiff, barely give and are usually the first thing you take off when you get home.
I recently came across Citizens of Humanity Liya jeans and found the answer to my break-in woes. With a selvedge denim wash, they achieve the perfect broken-in look and feel. As soon as I slipped them on, I knew I’d struck gold. Substantial and super soft to the touch, the are true mid-weight denim. No stretchy legging vibes here. Comfortable to wear all day through numerous errands, they maintained their shape and didn’t stretch out.
One of the dangers of high rise jeans is looking a little too mom-ish. Don’t get me wrong, a vintage silhouette is great, but we don’t want to throw it back too far. With an 11 inch front rise, button fly and tapered leg, the Liya’s achieve the perfect balance between vintage and contemporary.
I highly recommend giving these jeans a shot if you’re looking for a slim, high rise pair. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing:
- Size down – I went down a full size and panicked that I’d barely be able to button them, but they fit perfectly.
- Fold them, never hang – This goes for all of your jeans, but because these are selvedge denim, you definitely want to fold them in a drawer as opposed to hanging them to avoid damage. No knee creases!
- Don’t wash them – to sanitize, put them in a ziplock bag and store in your freezer for 24 hours.
- Enjoy! These jeans are high-rise, slim fit, mid-weight perfection. No ugly mom jeans or flimsy legging style here. Their cropped hem looks great folded or worn down. They seriously go with everything!
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