Courtesy Citizens of Humanity
I spent a few years searching for the perfect pair of vintage Levis: high-waisted, light wash, make-your-butt-look-perfect. I bought several pairs in this shopping quest, and deluded myself into thinking that they worked. But really, they were either too big and made me look dumpy, or far too small around my hips and butt and therefore incredibly uncomfortable.
I finally conceded that it might be better to buy a more expensive pair of jeans designed to look like a pair of vintage Levis but with a more modern fit, than to keep wasting money on vintage denim that didn’t quite fit.
At our market editor Justine Carreon’s recommendation, I tried Citizens of Humanity, and went with the Liya style in the Archive wash. The wash and fit looked like the holy grail Levis I was searching for.
And when I tried them on, instead of giving me a permanent wedgie, they slid on almost as comfortably as leggings. This is quite a feat considering they have no stretch. They hit at the perfect spot on the ankle, too, which means they look great with heels or sneakers or flats.
It’s a lot to pay for jeans, but I wear them every day I can get away with it. They do stretch out after a few wears, and I prefer them in their snug-out-of-the-dryer incarnation. Whenever I wear them, someone inevitably asks me what brand they are, so now I’m telling everyone. Enjoy!