If you’ve read newinspired before, you know that there’s one topic that I particularly love/hate to talk about:
Vintage Levi’s jeans.
Those jeans are extremely elusive and mysterious to me.
As a result, I’m always after jeans that mimic their style, but don’t require the work involved with sourcing and tailoring them.
Enter: Boyish “The Ziggy” Jeans.
With high hopes, that these oversized Boyish jeans could be my low-effort straight leg 90’s-esque vintage Levi’s, I ordered a pair.
Here’s the scoop on Boyish jeans…
Boyish Jeans REVIEW
BOYISH Jeans SIZING
For reference, I’m 5’5.75” and weigh 115-117 lbs.
For comparison, here are some of my other denim sizes:
–Acne Studios denim shorts, size 25
–APC jeans, size 26
–Levi’s, size 25
–Rag & Bone jeans, size 24-26
–Re/Done Original jeans, size 25 (sometimes a 26)
My Boyish The Ziggy jeans, in Footloose, are a size 25.
Boyish’s size predictor said I would be a size 25-26… and considering that I wanted them to look like they do on the model, I sized down.
As a result, I would definitely say that Boyish jeans run a pinch small.
The waist is totally comfortable in a size 25, but…
I’d say they’re a pinch small, because the Ziggy jeans give me a slight (and unfortunate) V shape from the front.
They don’t work overtime to make my bum look good, but they also don’t do a bad job at making it look OK.
BOYISH Jeans QUALITY
Let’s put Boyish’s The Ziggy jeans to a “pseudo-scientific lab report” analysis!
For the sake of fun, this denim series is called the “Denim Dance-Off,” because I’m gonna write about everything you wanna know about this pair of jeans and how easy it is to dance in ‘em (tbh, this isn’t important to me, because I don’t dance, I just wanted to make the series an alliteration).
Note: These are my opinions, yours could differ.
1- Do They Flatter Your Bum?
2- Is There That (Unfortunate) V-Shape From the Front?
A litte bit.
3- How’s the Overall Quality of Material?
Boyish Ziggy jeans feel suspiciously soft, but that’s because they’re made from 17% Organic Cotton/43% Recycled Cotton/40% Refibra x Tencel Lyocell.
The Refibra x Tencel Lyocell that softens them up and allows them not to feel totally rigid.
4- How Do They Hold Up to Washing? Does the denim wash fade?
After washing them in cold water and letting them air dry, there were no issues with the wash fading, bleeding, or shrinking.
5- Can You Dance In Them?
Put on “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins and cut loose in these jeans!
PROS & CONS
–More Sustainable: They really do seem to meet their current sustainable goals and have set a high bar for their future.
–Climate neutral: Sure, they might buy credits to be carbon neutral, but at least they do it!
–Reusable packing box: Love when a brand really sticks to their “sustainability” claims.
–A lot of branding: I hate the “Boyish” in big red letters on the outside — but since it’s on the back, I guess I don’t have to look at it…? There’s also a little “Boyish” tag on the right front pockets.
… not a “Pro” or “Con,” but just a note that these have a button fly.
“Been working so hard
I’m punching my card
Eight hours, for what?”
-Kenny Loggins, “Footloose” (1984)
When it comes down to the perfect pair of vintage jeans, I guess you gotta work hard and go digging for them.
… but, while I’m not obsessed with them, Boyish’s jeans are, admittedly, an easier shortcut to that elusive lived-in look and are a relatively OK price.
Boyish jeans are available from Anthropologie, Free People, Shopbop, or Revolve starting at $168 USD.
You can also find them directly from Boyish and receive 20% off your first purchase when you sign up for their emails.
Alternatively, you could be even more sustainable and buy your jeans from The Real Real or Vestiaire Collective.
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