This post contains affiliate links.
After finding success with my first ever high-rise jean thanks to a smaller fit from Rag & Bone, Tam of Hello, Framboise mentioned in the comments she’s had similar luck with the J.Crew petite high-rise jeans. Intrigued and lured in by this gorgeous distressed charcoal wash, I gave them a try.
I ordered the J.Crew Petite 9″ High-Rise Toothpick Jean in Charcoal Wash, size 23 petite, and my measurements can be found here for reference.
With An Ankle-Cuff:
Expecting a skinny jean, I found these to fit like more of a straight leg, which wasn’t quite what I was looking for. Aside from that, this is a really great pair of jeans…
The Petite Fit – this is the best part of these jeans. The well-proportioned high-rise that sits just right. The distressed fading that ends at the right spot on the knee. The ankle length. All perfect! I like my pants to end a little above my ankle, hence the cuffed hem.
The Wash – This is my other favorite part. I’ve been looking for a nice non-legging, rigid denim dark grey wash like this for a while.
The Fabric – This is one place where I wasn’t sure about the jean. I find these higher stretch denim fabrics to never hold up to the hype. I like a 98% cotton at least, and these 92% cotton jeans felt a little too stretchy. They were great when I pulled them on, but after a few minutes, I felt I’d be yanking these up and suffering from baggy legs at the end of the day, especially since the leg didn’t start off all that snug on me from the get-go.
The Skinny vs. Straight Leg Thing – This is what ultimately made me return these. I’m looking for a skinny and these fit me more like a straight. The sales associate who handled my return even said, “yeah, we get that comment every now and then,” which leads me to believe my fellow calf-less sisters have a hard time with this fit.
Verdict – I ultimately ended up returning, but the wash is haunting me. I may pick these up again if I can find my size at a good sale price later, but in the end, they aren’t quite what I’m looking for right now. However, I would still highly suggest to those who may not have the straight leg fit problem. The reviews are stellar, and I admit I may not be giving the fabric a fair chance (I don’t like wearing items I may be returning because I feel it’s rude to return a saggy, stretched garment).