My best fits have come from designer brands that usually have to be hemmed, which just adds to the cost. On a whim, I tried on a pair of Denizen Totally Shaping skinny jeans at Target and was shocked at what I discovered.
Slimming and stretchy
Denizen Totally Shaping jeans sound like they’ll feel like support garments. Who wants to wear jeans that make you feel like you’re a sausage? Fortunately, these jeans fit perfectly and have enough stretch to feel comfortable all day long. They don’t lose their stretch if you wear them a few days without washing. They don’t gap at the waist for me, despite my small waist-to-big-butt ratio. For those of us who have outgrown low-cut jeans, the Totally Shaping line has a nice mid-rise that isn’t too high but doesn’t cause terminal muffin top either. I wear a 29 in most designer brands and I found that a size 8 in these jeans fits nicely.
Nice details and quality
I wish these jeans came in more colors and shapes, considering how addicted I am to them and how much I love wearing them. The bootcut jeans in "sunflower" have a back pocket with a button, which isn’t my preference; I find it difficult to tuck my phone into my back pocket when there’s a button flap. The skinny jeans have a nice embellishment on the back pocket that gives them a touch of designer appeal without being too fussy. Denizen jeans feel like high-quality jeans. They’re soft but strong, and wash well.
The final verdict
I now own two pairs of Totally Shaping skinny jeans, two pairs of bootcut jeans and a pair of capris. For less than $30 a pair, these jeans are a total steal. I’ve been wearing them constantly for six months and they haven’t lost shape or shown signs of wearing out in the dryer. The only downside of Denizen denim is that the jeans won’t fit well for tall women wearing heels. If you need extra-long denim, you’ll have to stick to long designer brands or brands like Old Navy that carry a longer length option. I have recommended Denizen Totally Shaping jeans to all of my friends and I haven’t heard a complaint yet. Target is the only store that carries Denizen by Levi's, so pick them up in stores or online (Target, $28).
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