Kings of Indigo’s Anne Cropped Jeans Review

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If you’ve been following Oh Speaking of Which for awhile, you’ve probably seen this pair of Kings of Indigo jeans featured as part of my outfits in not one but two OOTD posts I’ve recently posted (this and this). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that I’ve practically been living in them since I got them last month.

You might wonder, however, why it took me a whole month to finally review them on here. First of all, I wasn’t planning to review them and didn’t get the idea to do so until two weeks ago. Second of all, even then, I wanted to see how they would withstand a few more weeks of being worn on a frequent basis before formulating my opinions.

But now that I’ve had the chance to wear them on different occasions, I’m finally ready to share my honest review with you! This review is divided into four different sections: aesthetics, comfort and sizing, quality, price point, plus sustainability. But if you’d like to know what I think about any particular thing that’s not mentioned here, feel free to let me know.

Aesthetics, Comfort and Sizing

Aesthetics is obviously a matter of taste, but personally, I love the look of these jeans. The Anne model is cropped, medium-rise and has a nice medium wash. They have that baggy and relaxed fit that’s really trendy at the moment. The denim fabric’s also breathable and relatively soft. Honestly, I’d go as far as saying that they’re the most comfortable jeans I’ve ever owned.

You know that frustration that we’ve all had with jeans that fit just right in some places but don’t in others? It definitely doesn’t apply to this pair. Although the fit makes them tricky to style sometimes, they’re generally pretty flattering, particularly when styled with basic t-shirts, simple blouses or cropped tops.

That said, I’ve got a slight issue with the sizing of this particular model. It seems to run a bit big, so I’d advise choosing the smaller size if you’re in between sizes. I opted for 27 since it’s my usual size for boyfriend jeans, and they turned out to be a bit loose on the waist. I don’t mind it since it’s an excuse to wear a pretty belt, but it entirely depends on the wearer. They’re also just a bit too long for me, which I honestly expected since I’m only 156 cm tall, so I tend to wear them cuffed.

Quality

At first glance, I expected the quality of these jeans to be good and I was proven right. They’re sturdy and very different from the stuff they sell at fast fashion stores. They don’t stretch easily and feels luxurious. Judging from the quality of both the fabric and the seams, they’re probably going to last for at least a few years.

Price Point

Kings of Indigo’s jeans are definitely on the higher end of the scale when it comes to price, which is natural considering that they’re high quality and sustainably-produced. Jeans are between €100 and €200, though some can go as low as €60 during sales. Blouses and tees are between €40 and €130, depending on style.

I was fortunate enough to be gifted this pair by my boyfriend for a special occasion. Honestly, if it weren’t the case, I would’ve chosen a more affordable option like thrifted jeans. But that’s because I simply wouldn’t be able to afford them unless I save up for a very long time. That said, if you’re in need of a pair of jeans and are able to afford high-end sustainable options, definitely go for KOI.

Sustainability

KOI’s jeans are made of either recycled material or organic cotton and are produced in accordance to fair practices. They provide repair and recycle options for their customers and encourage them to take care of their denims by washing them minimally and self-repairing minor imperfections. Their jeans are produced by using the latest eco-conscious techniques. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rank a Brand deems them one of the most sustainable denim brands on the market, with a B-label score.

More about their sustainability aspect can be found on this page.

Overall, Kings of Indigo’s Anne Cropped Jeans exceeded my expectations and have quickly become my go-to jeans for everyday wear. They’re fashionable, comfortable and sustainable, not to mention that they’re not lacking in quality. They’re a worthy investment if you can afford them and can easily become a wardrobe staple.

Do you have your own pair of Kings of Indigo jeans? What’s your verdict? Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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Fair OOTD: A Trip to Utrecht

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9s.jpgIf I had to choose what my favorite Dutch city is, it would probably be Utrecht. It’s hard not to love Utrecht, really. Although it has attracted a lot of commercial retailers in recent years, many of its little streets are still lined with local boutiques, shops and restaurants. It’s so easy to stumble upon the coziest cafes and coolest stores while walking around the city centre. It’s also one of those old cities with youthful spirits. It’s filled with many historical buildings, yet its openness to innovation keeps it modern and vibrant.

On Saturday, my boyfriend and I went thrifting at a flea market in a small town near Utrecht, so we decided to drop by. We ended up visiting the Catharijneconvent Museum, a historical museum that showcases the history of Christianity in the country, and having dinner at a cool vegetarian-only Chinese restaurant called Soy.

I decided to wear my new vintage floral crop top, a gem I found while browsing through this amazing Etsy shop called iretro. I also paired it with my favorite denim A-line skirt that I haven’t stopped wearing since the beginning of this summer, a green thrifted shawl and my trusty Ethletic trainers. A silky pink ribbon worn as a choker finished off the whole outfit. I personally think it’s a nice, fuss-free, casual outfit that’s great for the scorching hot summer days we’ve been having here.

What have you guys been up to during the weekends? Do you have any particular go-to summer outfit for day trips to your favorite cities? Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think!

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4 Of My Favorite Places to Find Accessories and Jewelry By Independent Makers

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One of the most important things to me when it comes to shopping for accessories and jewelry is to buy from independent artisans or makers. I believe that most independent makers preserve quality craftsmanship that you simply can’t get from mass-produced goods. More importantly, while most retailers’s focus on quantity and following the trends is one of the causes of unsustainable consumption habits, independent makers’ focus on quality and originality typically makes for more sustainable practices.

Moreover, while many fair brands provide great options for fairly-made accessories and jewelry, my taste in those two categories is very specific. So, sometimes, I just can’t find what I want, even from fair fashion retailers. Below are a few of the places that I turn to when that happens. Hopefully, they can help you when searching for original and responsibly-made pieces you can invest in!

Etsy

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If you’re into DIYs or unique handmade products, chances are you’ve heard of Etsy, an online marketplace that specializes in handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies. Items listed on Etsy are either handmade by independent sellers or secondhand, and you can easily search for items according to your preferences.

I usually use Etsy when searching for handmade accessories and jewelry, but the website also has a great variety of other items such as clothing, and homeware, which makes it a great place to buy gifts. Not all items are made of eco-friendly materials or according to strict standards of practices, however, so check the items’ descriptions and ask the sellers about how they’re made before purchasing.

 

Pictured above: Just Peachy enamel pin by independent designer Megan McNulty.

Ethical Market

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Quite similar to Etsy, Ethical Market is an online marketplace where you can buy independently-made goods. Unlike Etsy, however, the products on Ethical Market are more curated, despite the smaller array of variety. They also have clearer ethical standards and different symbols that indicate the ethical specifications of each item.

Ethical Market focuses on the fair production aspect of sustainability. In fact, it’s mandatory for sellers who work with them to sell only fairly-made products which production processes do not involve sweatshops and follow ethical standards of working conditions. However, wherever possible, the sellers use also materials that are locally and ethically sourced.

Pictured above: The Bloom Bud Necklace by Wolf and Moon. Dainty, versatile and made of ethically-sourced materials.

 

Wiezewasjes

If you’re Dutch, you might have heard of an online store called Wiezewasjes. A quick browse of their website will show you a wide array of products, from rings with fairly-sourced gems to scented candles made of soy. Personally, I’m quite partial to their beautiful chokers. However, their silver-based products are also quite stunning.

They don’t have any clear standards when it comes to the environmental impacts of the materials that they use for their products, however, so please be aware of that before purchasing. If you prioritize the use of eco-friendly materials above fair sourcing and production in your consumption habits, then you might want to check out other places.

Pictured here: This choker with a moon-shaped pendant.

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Local Markets

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If online shopping isn’t your thing, head to your local markets to find independently-made products. You might be surprised at the things you can find there. Most cities have different markets held during different times of the year. I recommend checking your local municipality’s website or online forums to find information and schedules.

Do you have any recommendations for finding independently-made accessories and jewelry? What are your priorities when it comes to buying them? Don’t forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think!