Denim Review: Radcliffe Silver Skinny Jeans (and ShopGoldyn Coupon Code!)

by Jaime on August 20, 2010

So after seeing the post about the killer sale going on at Goldyn, I decided to see what I could get for a decent deal. I nearly freaked out when I saw a few pairs of Radcliffe Jeans for 90% off retail! And one of those pairs had been featured here on Denim Debutante as a Denim Deal of the Day back in November. After consulting with Jaime regarding size and fit (which she kind of took a guess at, since she hadn’t tried Radcliffe before), I ended up with a pair of the Silver-Coated Skinnies and a pair of high-waisted wide-legs in my cart. Each pair was 90% off.

But oh wait, dear friends… it gets better. I poked around online and found a coupon code for an additional 30% off. (I don’t think coupons usually work for sale items on Goldyn’s website, but I lucked out this time.) When all was said and done, I got a pair of $192 jeans for $13.44 and a pair of $184 jeans for $12.74. Even with $9.95 shipping (which was totally worth it, but I’ll get to that in a minute), I ended up buying two awesome pairs of jeans for less than $40.

So, how were the jeans? Let’s talk about the Silver-Coated Skinnies. They were by far the more “exciting” pair, as declared by my husband who prefers that I dress like I’m either in a rock band or a band of ninja assassins. They’re 98% cotton and 2% elastane, which gives them a good stretch and a nice light weight. I’m currently a size 28 in most of my jeans, but sized up to a 29 in these; mostly because they were only available in a 29 and a 25, and 25 just wasn’t going to happen. In the end, sizing up worked out fine. They’re nice and snug, but with plenty of give since they stretch. Because it’s a little more concentrated around the belt loops, edges of the pockets, and waistband, the silver coating gives the charcoal-colored denim a distressed, but dressy look, and kind of reads as a grown-up glimmer, rather than straight-up sparkly ass.

As you can see, the inseam on this pair is beyond long. I’m wearing 3.5” heels there, and I’m still dragging my hem on the floor. Thankfully, Radcliffe has a super-easy solution for this: cufflinks and buttonholes. No, I’m not kidding. There’s a little set of buttonholes on the inside and outside of each leg, and a pair of little cufflinks for each leg (they threw in a spare in case one gets lost). The cufflinks look like this:

And they look like this on the outside of the jeans when they’re put into place:

It’s a quick fix, and honestly, I’ll probably just take these to my tailor at some point and get them hemmed, but this totally works in a pinch. See?

All-in-all, these were an amazing find at a great (stellar, really) price. They’re going to be a fun pair for girls’ night out, parties, and other occasions when I want pretend to be a rock star.

Now, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tell you a little bit about my shopping experience with Goldyn. I placed my order at 9:30 am and got my shipping confirmation email at 2 pm. Less than 5 hours from the time of the order to the time they shipped them out. I was already impressed, and I hadn’t even gotten the jeans yet. After stalking my package across the country (thanks, package tracker) for six days, they arrived right on schedule. The box was pristine. I know it sounds silly to be happy about a box, but I do a lot of shopping online, and I’ve been getting more and more shipments in mailing pouches and heavy-duty envelopes. I appreciate companies going green, but I also appreciate knowing that my clothes are going to arrive unrumpled and in good condition. Anyway, so I opened the box and pulled out my invoices and there they were; wrapped in tissue paper and sealed with a sticker like a present. The best part though, was the little thank you card in the box. Now, I know a lot of companies do this now, and it might not be a huge deal. But when someone from the company writes you a hand-written note, thanking you for your purchase, THAT makes an impression.

Being a good customer, I fired off a quick email to their customer service department to let them know that I appreciated their attention to detail and that I’d be shopping with them a lot more in the future as a result. Thirty minutes later, I had a response. Vanessa (who also wrote the note that came with my jeans) thanked me for taking the time to write them and, as a show of appreciation, gave me a coupon code to use on my next purchase. Seriously? Can we clone Goldyn’s staff and force other stores and e-tailers to hire them?

And, because Goldyn loves ALL their customers, not just me, they gave me a code to share with all of you Denim Debutante readers. Use “DENIM15” for 15% off your purchase at They’ve got a great selection of denim (of course) and some AMAZING jewelry and dresses.

Happy shopping!


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cleverly August 20, 2010 at 10:39 am

Awesome review… I’ve seen some pairs in their sale section that I might be going back for now. And it seems like their customer service seems great! So you recommend sizing up for Radcliffe?


Jess August 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm

I would probably size up, yes. At least in the skinny jeans. They fit really well in a size up. Of course, I wasn’t able to try any on in my TTS, so I’m just kinda guessing that my TTS would have been too snug. :)


Shelby August 27, 2010 at 6:42 pm

These skinny jeans look amazing and it makes your butt look great! Mine always looks weird in skinny jeans!


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