Trying something new is always full of apprehension isn’t it? Will it work? Will it be OK? Am I doing the right thing? All of the questions! Sometimes it’s a win, sometimes it’s a lose and sometimes it’s a ‘not bad’ but it’s always good to try.
I’m a huge denim fan, I wear jeans probably 85% of the time, especially these days as my office is super casual. Jeans, Converse and a top are what I’m most likely to throw on to get out of the door quickly on a morning, so as long as the denim is stylish and well fitting, I’m happy.
River Island recently sent me a pair of jeans from their Plus Collection to see how I felt about RI Plus denim. I own a number of River Island Plus items, however their denim isn’t something that I’ve given a go, as, like I mentioned above, trying something new is a bit scary, isn’t it?
I received a pair of the ‘Molly’ Skinny Jeggings in grey in a regular length. I asked for a size 26 to be sure that they would fit (however as we all know that means nothing sometimes does it girls?).
I have to say, my first impressions were absolute shock and awe at how stretchy but well fitting they were. They came quite high up on my torso and had plenty of tummy and bum room without bagging or sagging and they kept their shape. I think I could have potentially sized down, but these will be a good casual jean so the extra room is always good! COMFY!
Whilst the jeans were well fitting around my tummy, bum and thighs towards the bottom of the leg is where I wasn’t so keen on the fit. The jeggings fit my calf beautifully, but as soon as it came to my ankle I realised that they were just too long and too baggy.
I’m 5 ft 4, a shorty and I have relatively slim ankles in comparison to the rest of my chunky legs and for me it’s important to be able to buy short lengths in jeans, usually a 29 inch leg with a close fitting ankle, however this is sometimes like trying to find a unicorn in plus size denim.
These jeggings were in a regular length which caused a bit of disappointment for a short ass like me. Even though I don’t mind putting a turn up in my jeans, I also like to be able wear them full length, especially with heels if I’m going on a night out, I just think they look really nice with heels if they’re well fitted to the ankle, personal preference I suppose.
There are only a handful of places that do plus size jeans in a short, 29 inch leg so it’s a no brainer that I make a beeline for them when I’m on the hunt for a new pair of jeans.
That’s not to say I disliked these RI Plus jeggings, they’re nice for casual wear and they will definitely be worn regularly, as you can see from these pics, they were great to dress with trainers and a blazer.
What could change that? If River Island started offering varying leg lengths in their plus size denim, that would definitely make me a convert. There are some really gorgeous styles in their collection at the moment and if it wasn’t for the length issue I could guarantee that I’d be clocking up a few extra quid on my credit card to fill my wardrobe with them.
If you’re a plus size girl, who isn’t a short arse like me, who loves a bit of stretchy, well fitting denim, I recommend having a look at the RI Plus Denim Collection.
Plus size jeans have come a long way from what we used to get offered, so I’m thrilled to see River Island really trying to give us chunksters on trend denim pieces.