… Karen Kane denim.
I’ve been doing style consults for nearly five years now, and have started to notice some recurring themes with my clients: Many are leery of accessorization, most benefit from tips on how to be intentional with black and white, and the vast majority hate their jeans. I happily point many to Lee and Talbots, but just about everyone gets sent some Karen Kane links.
You’ve seen me wearing my Karen Kane skinnies and denim leggings to DEATH for years, so you know I’m not just blowing hot air, here. But let me tell you why I’ve become a bona-fide ambassador for this brand’s denim offerings:
Their skinnies are actually skinny
Most of the “skinny” jeans I’ve tried fit closely to the leg, but tend to bunch up when tucked into boots, especially around the knees. I know there’s not a lot of jean-tucking going on at the end of June, but I’m speaking as a person who lives through six months of winter. Karen Kane’s denim manages to be stretchy and comfortable, but also close-fitting enough to slide into boots unbunched.
Their denim doesn’t sag after hours of wear
Another common complaint about jeans! And this one applies to all styles: Seems like most brands that add stretch to their blends create fabrics that fit great right out of the dryer, but bag and sag after a few hours of active wear. (I’m looking at you, Gap.) I have never experienced this with any of my KK jeans.
Their jeans have marvelously high rises
I know that mid and low rises are still what the cool girls wear and I don’t give a flying rat’s ankle. I am a high rise gal to the end, and my Karen Kane skinnies and denim leggings hit me right where I want: At my natural waist.
They consistently stock plus sizes
No petites or talls, I’m afraid, but skinnies through size 22W. Word.
They stick to the classics
You’ll see the occasional colorful wash and a few pairs have slight whiskering, but generally speaking Karen Kane sticks to the tried-and-true: Dark-wash skinnies, classic bootlegs, simple straight legs. No embellishments, prints, bells or whistles. You can count on this line to offer comfortable, sleek, versatile denim season after season.
I know, I’m gushing. But seriously, I think I’ve recommended this denim line to at least 20 clients so far this year, and most of them have come back with rave reviews. I’ll be wearing mine for ages, and recommending them to anyone looking for comfortable, durable, high rise denim options.
Anyone else out there a fan?
(Exact pair shown above can be found here.)
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