You know how the way things look on models online is never how they really look on you? Or how you can buy two pairs of the same pants but if the fabric is different, sometimes the fit is totally different? I love online shopping but I’ve never had much success online shopping for jeans. Sweaters? Sure. Cardigans? Absolutely. Tops and tees? Yup. But jeans are hard.
It’s a challenge to find the perfect pair, even in stores with dozens of options. I recently tried Amazon Prime Wardrobe for the first time (results here) and decided I was going to use it again on an all jeans try-on session. In my last Prime Wardrobe order I fell completely in love with Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans and decided I wanted to try more of Levi’s offerings. I feel like they’ve made a huge comeback in the last year or so.
I placed an order for 8 different pairs of Levi’s from Amazon Prime Wardrobe. I’m on the hunt for a high-rise skinny jean. I’m open to a wash with some destruction so I ordered some of each.
A million years ago I saw a pinterest pin where a woman tried on tons of different jeans and photographed herself to see how different each pair made her butt look. Truthfully, it kind of blew my mind. Pocket placement! Size! Who knew these things could completely change how your body looked?!
Today I did something similar with just Levi’s and was surprised to find that despite being all the same brand and size, each pair looked a little different on.
And just in case it wasn’t obvious, this is not a sponsored post. I’m just a girl who wants the best jeans for my body (and who happens to have a very patient husband – thank you for being my photographer, N!).
A Note About Levi’s
One thing that has always confused me about Levi’s is the weird affordability but then exclusivity of it. You can pick up a pair at Kohl’s for $35 but Anthropologie sells a pair for $98. The 721 cut comes in many washes spanning a huge price range. Certain washes are only available at Nordstrom. The ones with the knees cut out a certain way are only sold at high-end stores. The “slimming skinny jean” seems to be a lower end cut, priced normally around $35 but when I tried them on, they felt nearly the same as the 311 which are hard to find for less than $69 (and are only sold at higher-end stores).
In short, Levi’s kind of confuses me. And since I’m not someone who can tell which ones are the fancy ones and which ones aren’t, I just ordered a variety from Amazon and I’ll choose the ones that look best on my body.
Of note, I took this very seriously (lol) and even put painters tape on the ground to make sure my feet were in the same spot every time. No cheating with those crazy angles, okay?
Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans in Forest Lodge
These feel so much like the 311 cut. I’m unsure why they’re called the Slimming Skinny jean and the 311 is called the shaping jean. I think they might be the same.
I really loved how these fit but did not love the wash. They had a slightly dirty look to them, like the blue wasn’t quite as blue as the others and that wasn’t quite what I was looking for. If you’re looking for a shaping/sculpting/slimming jean, you may want to try these. Of note, this is a size 26 short (which is why they fit me well, length wise).
Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans in Make or Break
These were also a 26 but felt slightly smaller than the other jeans in the same size. They also were a little long on me since they were a regular length. That said, they seemed to nip in at the waist a little more, making me look a smidge more hourglass than the other pairs. I like the wash a lot and the destruction seems to be maintaining popularity as we head in to fall.
Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans in Frolic Blue
This is a fantastic pair of jeans. It’s like the standard perfect skinny jeans. Everything about it. The wash, the rise. They’re great. They remind me so much of my high-rise skinny jeans with sculpt from Gap that I don’t know that I could justify keeping such a similar pair. But I want to!
Levi’s 720 High Rise Super Skinny Jeans in Electronic
Do you want jeans that feel like sweatpants? Than these are the jeans for you. These feel completely different from the others and are the closest to being a jegging.
The only difference between the 721 and the 720 is that the 720 is slightly tighter in the ankle. These were also a little long on me but if I couldn’t get them in a short length, I’d probably be able to hem them and they’d still maintain the tight around the ankle look.
Levi’s 721 High Rise Skinny Jeans in Blue Lightning
I’m sorry, Kylie Jenner, is that you? LOL. I swear I was standing the same but these certainly make things look a little perkier.
This was by far, the tightest pair. They had less stretch so they held everything in but they wouldn’t be terribly comfortable to wear all day. I probably would have considered sizing up. That is, if I didn’t hate the pockets. Which I do. I never would have put them in my cart if I knew the pockets looked like that. Plain pockets please!
Levi’s 311 Shaping Skinny Jeans in Secret Admirer
These were the jeans I was most excited to try on. I adored them in the soft black color. If I didn’t already own 3 pairs of black jeans, I would have kept them.
After trying this pair on, I stand by my assessment. The 311 is a nearly perfect skinny jean. The rise hits me at the bottom of my belly button. I’m wearing a 26 short here.
Levi’s Mile High Skinny Jeans in New Technique
Mile High is certainly the right term for these. They fit pretty well but I wasn’t looking for anything quite this high rise. Almost like it’s too high to do a little front tuck on most regular tees, you know? Also I feel like the destruction on these felt a little too intentional. It may not after a few washes though but I’ll never know because these are for sure going back.
Levi’s Slimming Skinny Jeans in Blue Lightning
Again, these fit so much like the 311 cut. They hit at the exact same spot. I think this may have been the pair that I was most tempted by besides the 311 above. I like the destructed knees and I feel like these nipped in at the waist just a tiny bit more than the 311, making them slightly more flattering.
Whew, that was a lot, right? And I know, they aren’t horribly different but it was so interesting to see how even different washes or cuts could feel really different on.
Of note, I also tried the Levi’s Wedgie Jean in my last Amazon Prime Wardrobe review. I’m still kind of dreaming about them and even though I sent them back at the time, I’m considering reordering them because I can’t stop thinking about them.
Have we seen pictures of my butt enough today? Yes.
After all of this, Levi’s still confuses me a bit. I think there are some great options at decent price points and enough cuts to fit many body types. I also loved trying on so many jeans in the comfort of my own home via Amazon Prime Wardrobe and definitely think it’s the way to go if you are lazy, busy, or just a lover of online shopping.
Tell me, have you been tempted to try a pair of Levi’s lately? If you enjoyed this post, I’d love if you pinned it! Thank you!