While I have written about this brand before, I’ve found that with more time spent around it, my opinions have changed slightly.
I own about, oh, seven pairs of Paige denim, most of which were received in my previous life. Of the six pairs, I’ve given one to my sister (they were a size too big and while they still fit, they looked better on her), and still have yet to wear two other pairs. In all reality, I should just get rid of them. One needs to be hemmed still, and I have yet to do this. Why?
Because I’m only sort of in like with Paige Premium Denim. I’ll explain why, but first, learn a little brand background:
Paige Premium Denim, LLC was founded in 2004 by fit model Paige Adams-Geller on the principle that you don’t have to be a size zero to look great and feel great in a pair of designer jeans. As the body behind such brands as 7 For All Mankind, Lucky Brand, Citizens of Humanity, Guess and others, Paige Adams-Geller realized it was time she used her expertise and unique values to create the “perfect fitting jean.” In a little more than a year, Paige Premium Denim landed its signature whipstitch on derrières all over the world. The fit model known for having “the best butt in the business” soon became known as the designer who makes “the best butt jeans” in the business.
After only three years on the scene (and counting!), Paige Premium Denim has entered over 2,000 doors from the United States to Europe and can be found in the top department stores as well as the most stylish and chic boutiques across the globe, including the flagship store on Robertson Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Headquartered and manufactured in Los Angeles—the designer denim capital of the world—Paige Premium Denim offers its signature styles of top-notch jeans as well as a new line of contemporary tops and bottoms, emerging as a strong and innovative leader in the fashion world. In constant development, Paige Premium Denim focuses on diverse fits to encompass all customers, allowing the company to expand beyond the usual women’s line. Offering a men’s, kid’s, maternity, and petite line, Paige Premium Denim has successfully created an inclusive, complete, and quality label.
More information can be found directly at PaigePremiumDenim.com, but this is the main part. And, if you don’t feel like reading it all, I’ll break it down for you: Paige Adams-Geller was THE fit model for denim brands, and from this experience, she decided to make her own denim company. Thus, PPD was born.
And while I usually balk at the list of celebrity/model lines, in that vein PPD isn’t all that bad. She usually quality textiles, her fits are pretty reliable and they make you look good. However, they don’t always feel good.
For starters, virtually every Paige Premium Denim cut runs small. And I’m not talking a little snug… I mean, size-up-one-whole-size-or-you-can’t-breathe small. There are a couple of exceptions, but they’re rare (I believe that the Robertson is the only one that actually fits that bill). This is, supposedly, because the goal is to have a tighter thigh area to create the look of a lifted backside… and while it is effective, it isn’t always the most comfortable.
Plus, if you’re one of those girls who, like me, has a problem with waist gaping, Paige Premium Denim is one of the worst for that. You almost always have to wear a belt with it.
As for their Men’s line, I have no real data… I’ve never met a single guy who has even tried them on, much less own them.
While you’re probably thinking that I’m not really enjoying this brand at all, you’re only half right. One of their pairs, the Roxbury Crop, is actually within my main rotation, especially in summer, and the cut of the Skyline Peg is actually very flattering.
If you have trouble finding petites other than Joe’s Provocateur, Paige’s line is actually pretty great petite-wise, as well as making a size 33 and 34 in some of her cuts, making these jeans a bit more available to people with different sizing (now, if only every designer did this… sheesh!).
But, price-wise, is it worth their average $180-220? Well, it depends on your body style. If you don’t mind wearing a tighter jean and are more concerned with how you look (because while they might not be the most comfortable, I don’t have a single pair of Paige jeans that makes me look bad in any way) rather than a casual, comfortable denim, they’re worth the money. Still, they go on sale often (though the Skyline Peg less often, since they’re a newer cut that just debuted last season, as well as this season’s Tulip flare) and usually around the 60-70% mark, so if you can hold off for a good deal, they’re worth your while.
Otherwise, I’d personally save my money for something that really worked for me. And with as many pairs as I have, I doubt I’ll buy more any time soon.