Swelle Review: G-Star Jeans. You read right.
Now, I must admit I wouldn't normally think of G-Star when it comes to choosing jeans for myself, a situation which presented itself recently when I was asked to review an item of my choice from www.box-clothing.co.uk. As you may have guessed, I'm not really the typical G-Star girl, I like things that are more understated that quietly hope for attention. Clothes with good manners that invite polite conversation. G-Star, or G-Star RAW I believe is their proper name, from what I gather from what I see around town, are a bolder, darker, raw and youthful brand, though they seem to be leaning toward refinement in the finishes and cuts of their New York Fashion Week showpieces.
I really needed jeans but wasn't sure I'd find something that would suit me. It's tough with jeans, you know how it is. You don't see anything you like after unfolding at least two dozen pairs, or you see a pair that looks appealing, you get them on and suddenly your bum has been transformed into something that resembles a dehydrated apple (actually, that image is from observing Mr. Swelle trying on jeans a few months ago - it's no easier for guys. My 'apple' would be the opposite of dehydrated.)
My criteria for a potentially viable pair included the following: not too light in colour or weight, not overly 'whiskered', pockets not too long, pockets not too small (we've all seen that, tiny pockets that looked lost in the middle of each seemingly disproportionate cheek and I must ask 'Why?'), a good wash without being overly done (I've seen jeans that I swear were meant to look like a flock of pigeons splattered all over them), and very important - good stretch.
And I found them! There was one pair from G-Star RAW, their Ocean Slim Fit Track Wash that looked like a winner, the wash was exactly what I like, the pockets were proportionate and they have a neat zipper on them. When I received them they were just as they looked on the site - the photos here are mine - and the jeans have really good stretch which you want and need in a skinny.
Now here's the rub. They're too small. That's because I ordered a bit smaller than my regular size. Why? Because there was no way I was wasting a new pair of jeans on my 'temporary body'. Temporary because I'm trying to shed the weight I gained unwittingly while on a medication and I don't plan for it to stay this way for much longer. I know you're laughing and shaking your head. 'You silly, silly girl', you say. Well, maybe. But we all need something to shoot for.
Based on appearances, I think they're good value at £109 considering you can spend double or triple that on a pair that uses cheaper denim, doesn't 'give' or looks weird. You can see more of the range here.
So when my new jeans fit - and they will! - I'll be back with an outfit post. Accessorised with a giant smile.
My bum will be filling these out one day. Soon I hope.