Denim Review: Current/Elliott Jeans

by Jaime on December 11, 2011

If I could only share one sentence about Current/Elliott jeans, it would be this: Emily Current and Merritt Elliott know their denim.

I mean it.

Dismiss the fact that they’re Hollywood-based stylists-slash-designers.
Forget that their jeans have been worn by every fashionable starlet in LA.
Ignore how much they cost… for a second, at least.

I want you to focus on the amazing quality.

It takes a special breed to make a really, really well-done distressed denim, and even more to make a high-quality vintage style that will fit. These are jeans you could live in. Easily. Current/Elliott started when Emily and Merritt would show up to photo shoots and have their clients begging for a pair of the jeans that they made for themselves. They’re the Alternative Denim Queens at this exact moment, and they keep getting better.

As with any brand, there are some downsides. In this case, there are two: Cost and Fragility.

Cost: The price points rarely if ever drop below $200 (retail prices usually hover around the $220 area.), and while you can find them on sale fairly often, getting below $99 isn’t too common. I see the boyfriends around $79, skinny jeans around $99-$119 and the Bell/Boot styles stick in those basic ranges as well.

Fragility: Because they go for a vintage look and feel, the wear is usually a bit more extreme than the basic pairs you’ll buy (note: this is not the case for their raw or deadstock pairs. That’s a totally different story.) – I needed to patch my first pair of C/E jeans because there wasn’t enough denim reinforcing at the pocket corners.

Listen; it’s distressed, vintage-style (or, in the case of the deadstock, ACTUALLY vintage) denim. Kind of explains it all, don’t you think? I’ve worn that pair upwards of 10 times (and now have given them to Miss Hayley) and they’re still in solid shape. Treat them well and they’ll treat you (and your backside) well too.

Speaking of backside: these jeans are really only recognizable by people who know denim, so being too trendy is actually not a huge problem (unless you run straight to the boyfriend jeans…) and you can wear them without feeling like a celebphile. They do, however, run at the medium/high end of the cost spectrum.  If you’ve got that to drop, go for it… but last season is on sale currently. Hunt it down and find it.

Fit: They run large. At least one, if not two sizes, and I’m not exaggerating… at least, for me. Size down for a better fit. I like just going one size down so they still look casual and looser without absolutely falling off… but most of their styles (if not all) require a belt. Grab a good one. (An additional fit note: many readers have emailed or commented about their personal C/E experiences, and I’ve been told that those with muscular thighs may prefer going True to Size. A great post to check out about this? Paula’s Current/Elliott sizing review.)

My recommendation? Give Current/Elliott a try if you like the vintage-y style. It’s definitely got my seal of approval.

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