Genetic Denim Review: The Shya in Havoc

by Tammy on October 21, 2011

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“We make sexy comfortable.”
These were the words of Genetic Denim’s creative director Ali Fatourechi as he described the line at a preview of their Fall/Holiday 2012 collection that I went to last month. After trying on these jeans for the first time (and all the subsequent times), I couldn’t agree more. The Shya in Havoc is a skinny jean in a dark, elegant midnight blue that has rapidly become one of my favorite pairs of jeans, and will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe this fall and winter. If I had three words to describe them? Classy. Sexy. Comfortable.
According to the Genetic Denim website, the Shya cut is an update to the popular Shane style, and can fit multiple body types. This pair certainly fits me like a dream, hugging and flattering in all the right places. And the denim itself is fantastic: it’s soft (I-can’t-help-but-pet-them-whenever-I-wear-them soft), stretchy but not too stretchy, and holds its shape well.
My only (minor) qualm? The inseam is approximately 33” – the Genetic website says 32.5” – which is just over three inches longer than my natural inseam. But then again, I have this problem with most pairs of designer denim, so I’ve become used to it. Because they’re a cigarette leg, though, I either just let it scrunch at the top of my foot, or cuff them. This pair lends itself well to both day and night purposes – I’ve paired it with flats/sandals during the day, and with heels/boots at night. I have a lot of days when I don’t have much time between work, class, and night time activities, so jeans like these are oh-so-convenient…instead of having to change my whole outfit each time.

These jeans will stretch out a little, but I haven’t had any problems with sagging. I got these in my true size (25), and throughout the day (I’m wearing them now as I write this) the waist area has loosened, but only marginally. And honestly…I really wouldn’t mind owning a pair in any and every wash available.

You can order these jeans from the Genetic Denim website or from sites such as Boutique to You for $187. They’re an investment, to be sure, but trust me…your butt will thank you.

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