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$20 Denim = Too Good To Be True? MC Reviews H&M Colored Skinny Jeans

If you’ve walked into H&M recently you’ve seen campaigns for $20 colored skinny jeans in saturated hues of pink, blue, and green. The stacks of jeans have been ravaged by customers determined to find out whether they can forgo the $100+ price tag of denim’s most prominent trend for spring by way of fast-fashion shortcut. Equally curious, we grabbed a pair of primary blue and hot pink jeans from the pile and took them home. Here’s how they stacked up:



Primary Blue H&M Skinny Jeans

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What was your first thought when you tried them on? “The sizes run big”, was my first thought. I buy a lot of denim shorts form H&M, not usually jeans. These felt a full size bigger than their tag indicated. Second thought: they’re kind of crispy. I don’t like how the fabrication feels at all.

Where/when would you wear these? Blue is probably the more versatile of the two colors to style. I wore them running errands for half the day with a red tank top and my favorite Levi’s orange tab denim jacket. Of the two styles, I would designate this one as a daytime jean.

How’s the fit? The high-waist is a plus, but by the time I had worn them for about four hours, they were stretched to almost two sizes too big (not cool).


Hot Pink H&M Skinny Jeans

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What was your first thought when you tried them on? For whatever reason, the pink jeans (bought in the numeric size—and I had to double check that they were indeed the same), fit so much more true-to-size than the blue. The fit was about 70% more immediately satisfying.

Where/when would you wear these? Pink is a great hue for the colder months leading up to spring. Big sweaters, layered knits, and neutral hues come to mind. I wore them with my stand-by Levi’s red tab denim jacket (thumb holes convenient but unintentional—this one’s pretty old). I would taper the ankles before wearing them with heels, but that’s another option.

How’s the fit? High waist = once again a major plus. And the pink fit far better than the blue, despite being the same size. They’re a little too wide at the ankles (which is a quick fix if you want to send yours in to Denim Therapy—you can bet I will).


The verdict: if you’re looking for a pair of jeans that will last you more than one season and will fit you more or less the same in the evening as they did in the morning, invest in a good pair of jeans from a brand like Joe’s Jeans, Current/Elliott, Genetic Denim, or any of our other top shelf fav’s.

But if you’re not sure you’ll be digging the colored skinny jean trend in a couple months and you just want to test the waters, these are a fun pair of jeans to style and experiment with. I recommend buying them one size small.


Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Feb 20 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Product
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