Jeans are the apparel item that women overall are most finicky about. Whether she’s a size 0, 6, or 14, if the jeans aren’t cut right, she’ll feel fat. Denim needs to make a woman feel lean, confident and sexy or there’s no way any company is getting $200+ dollars from us. That being said, Baldwin Denim took on one of the biggest challenges in the debate…
When I first peeped the Baldwin’s online, I (like everyone) instantly thought they were the sexiest jeans I’d seen in a long time. However, they were on a model, so the true test would come when I received them and tried them on in person.
When I took them out of the package, I instantly fell in love with the wash- a deep blue with an almost grey undertone- perfect for wearing from day to night. I appreciated the small details Baldwin took to make the denim that much more special- the selvedge edge detail on the fifth pocket, the white painted rivet on the back pocket and the slim sized (oh-so-feminine) leather patch on the back.
The tag was thoughtful listing not only the size and fit description, but also the “batch” (which I learned was the material that the denim is constructed from). Printed on the inside of the pocket is stamped the date you start wearing your jeans, the batch, care instructions, and Matt Baldwin’s signature of approval. This shows me that consumer awareness is important to their company, and that is something that gets good marks in my book.
The true test came when it was actually time to slip these puppies on. To give you an idea of my body type, I’m slim with hips. My waist to hip ratio is a 10” difference (24”/34”). So though I’m small, my main problem with finding jeans that fit, is finding a pair that gives me enough room in the hips and butt, but that are small enough at the waist to avoid the ever-dreaded gapping in the back. (I cannot wear APC petite standards for this reason. I’m a true size 26, but would need a 28 to get over my curves. At that point, the waist is too big because they’re not cut for curves.) But back to Baldwins…
I slip them on. The zipper has a smooth pull, the button fits straight in the button-hole and the side seams run straight. All good things. They feel stiffer than the washed denim I am used to and hope they will soften up as time goes by. (I’m told this is part of the process.) I walk over to the mirror to take the first look and three words instantly come to mind- Long. And. Lean. I am impressed! I walk around, do a few spins, cuff ‘em up and I’m happy. I then do some squats and notice some extra fabric around the crotch area that puckers more than I’d like. Maybe if the rise was a little lower in front this could resolve the issue? I don’t know.
But overall, they are great. And that means something coming from someone who owns 30+ pairs of jeans, who eats, breathes and sleeps in denim. I’m excited to see what happens in the next 4 weeks. Great job, Baldwin!