A big thanks to Yoyo for writing another fabulous review, this time for the ever-popular True Religion Jeans! She’s been a big help both to me and to readers who don’t have a body shape similar to my oh-so-strange one. Plus, she’s giving me some down time so I can set up my next giveaway, going live tomorrow… be ready!
And now, the True Religion review!
Regardless of whether or not you like True Religion jeans, one must admit that they are everywhere. True Religion jeans along with Seven for All Mankind jeans are some of the most imitated, the jeans with the most fakes roaming about Ebay. There is of course a reason for this, the reason being that a lot of celebrities wear these two brands of jeans and they are one of the first well-known brands when designer denim was first getting into the spotlight.
On the True Religion website, it states, “Jeffrey Lubell founded True Religion in 2002 with the intention of redefining premium denim. His vision was to make quality, American-made, authentic, timeless, great fitting, 1970’s inspired jeans wear, with a trendsetting appeal for today’s consumer.” Whenever I go shopping and see True Religion jeans, I definitely feel like there’s a bit of a bohemian vibe to their jeans that they further emphasize in their ads featuring Gisele Bundchen.
I personally own two pairs of True Religion jeans that are the same wash and cut (the second pair was on sale and I really couldn’t resist it so I bought them and hemmed them specifically for flats). With my jeans fetish, shouldn’t I own more since I love the pairs that I own? Well, the truth is that although the pairs I love the pairs I own, I don’t really like the True Religion look overall.
But how about I first talk about the positives of the brand. The denim is definitely of high quality with a very soft feel. The pairs I own are the Stella cut in a dark wash that is quite versatile and flattering. I found that this particular cut and the wash I got (sorry I forgot what it was called!) runs slightly large; I sized down one from my tts to 30. The Stella is meant to be a skinny cut and it actually IS a skinny cut jean even when bought in a size 30. This is something about my True Religion jeans that I absolutely love. I’ve bought “skinny” jeans before that because of the larger size (30-32 for me) end up with more of a straight leg than a skinny leg. Um… ok, so I might not be “skinny” but when I want skinny jeans I want them to be a true skinny NOT a faux-skinny straight-leg.
What do I not like about True Religion brand jeans? I am not very fond of the bold stitching on the jeans. I know some people who absolutely love the bold stitching, but I personally feel that it takes away from the wearability and versatility of the jeans; it makes it hard for me to dress them up or down because it seems too casual to me. Their flashy features such as giant crystal buttons and the like also make it hard for me to pair things with True Religion jeans. Furthermore, sizing in True Religion is slightly weird, making it hard and scary for me to ever order online. I’ve tried on jeans where I would have to size up to a 32 and then there are the pairs that I own in a size 30. Another thing is that True Religion jeans are really hard to hem which is a crucial selling point for me. The straight and skinny legs are fine when it comes to hemming but for all of those bootcut and flare cuts with the winding stitching? I’m sure it’s possible but it would ruin the design and probably look weird.
So what have I gathered from my experiences with True Religion? Overall, it’s a brand that is too flashy and difficult to hem for my normal denim cravings. Once you find the right pair, however, you might want to stock up. I definitely love the pairs that I do own and didn’t even mind paying retail for the first pair since they are great for dressing up or down.