Over the past few weeks, for a few different reasons, I've been ruthlessly decluttering my wardrobe - scaling back on items that I've just got too many of. Today, 23 scarves went to the charity shop - eek! Skinny jeans were another item I had in abundance. In my pursuit of the perfect skinny jean, I had a double figure collection. But not anymore - I've found my perfect pair and I'm down to a total of 4 (skinnies that is...I'm not including the coloured/boyfriend/straight/patterned ones!)
When I put on these Replay Hyperflex Skinny Jeans at the launch day in Victoria Square a couple of weeks back, I was blown away. Just the right rise, with a real 'spanx' effect but a thick enough denim so that they don't show every lump and bump. If all that wasn't enough, the colour is perfect - dark but not a flat navy rinse that can make jeans look too much like trousers.
They're an investment pair - most quality jeans are. But the total value of the 8 pairs I gave to charity or consigned, thanks to finally finding these perfect skinnies, added up to much more than the Replay ones cost. A lesson that has informed my current clear-out.
But here was the real draw - they promise to uplift your behind.....look away now & scroll if you don't want to see the evidence but I'm ok with my rear looking this good at 41!
To coincide with the launch, Reply Jeans have teamed up with UK band The New City Kings, sponsoring their UK tour and bringing them along to the Hyperflex launches.
As I arrived at the store super early, I got to see the band prepping in the store room and one of my girls was particularly fascinated with the guitar tuning process. She sat in that spot for over half an hour watching closely!
meanwhile, my other daughter was happily photobombing me as I tried to get pics of how good the jeans fit:
Since I was last in the Replay store, they've launched a range called One Off - a gorgeous higher-end limited edition range of clothing that was reminiscent of All Saints. Some gorgeous embellished pieces with beautiful details...wish I'd had more time to try on.
While there, I met up with Gemma Louise and we took the obligatory selfie:
Then it was time to head home in an entirely different outfit to the one I arrived in as I couldn't resist this Replay T-shirt to wear with my new jeans.
Collarless Denim Jacket - M&S (Past Season)
White Vest - Zara Basics
Monochrome Scarf - Next
Black Maxi Skirt - Matalan (SS14)
Taupe Bali Ankle Boots - Seven Boot Lane (SS14)
Cross Body Bag - Boden
Cream Cityscape T-shirt - Replay
Replay Hyperflex Luz Jeans
Silver Spike Necklace - SGS Shop
Boots & Bag as before
I decided to hold off blogging about these jeans until I'd put the comfort & shape-holding claims to the test. I've worn these jeans for 10 days over the past 2 weeks and I have to say, I'm blown away by how stretchy and flexible they are - akin to a jegging style trouser. But most impressively, they have held their shape. Do you know when your skinnies have just been through the wash and you wear them for the first time straight out of the drier? It's like they've pinged back into shape again and they feel lovely and supportive. Well, that's exactly how it feels putting on these Replay jeans every single day....without any laundering. That has to be a win/win.
UPDATE - forgot to talk about sizing! So I fitted into the 28 in these. I'd say the sizing is similar to Gap. My other Replay jeans are a 30 or 31 I think! The leg is 32 but seems long so I've taken mine up a couple of inches. There is a size 30 leg available but they weren't there on the day I was in.