I was excited when eVanity said they wanted to send me a pair of jeans from their new premium denim line, and skeptical when they said these $50 jeans would feel more like $200 jeans. Really? Come on.
But honestly, when I pulled the Tyler Destroyed Frey Premium Vanity Jeans in Medium Wash out of the package, I was really impressed by the fabric and stitching. The heavy stitching truly reminded me of the stitching I've seen on True Religion jeans – at a quarter of the cost, mind you. The buttons were also similar to True Religion's. I pulled them on, and liked the way the fabric felt. I zipped them up and noticed they were too big. Sigh. But, I put them in the wash, hung them to dry, and they shrunk enough to fit well in the legs. They're still a little big in the waist, but I normally have that problem. Which is why I love my tailor. :)
But I digress. The jeans are called destroyed, but they're not worn to pieces like some of the destroyed denim I've seen. I count that as a good thing. The holes are in good places – natural wear and tear places like the knee and over the hip flexors. All the destruction is done by hand, so every pair is unique. The sizing is a bit tricky, so make sure you study the size chart. If you're normally a 30 in designer jeans, a 28 or 29 would probably fit better. I'm not a big fan of the frayed back pocket, but I see there are a couple other back pocket designs to choose from in the line. I'd probably go with the one that is just stitched. The backflap pocket is cute as well, and looks like it has the same nice big button that's on the front.
All in all, I'm really impressed with these jeans. The 35-inch inseam was perfect in length, and there are other lengths as well: 29-37-inches. They're a good value for the price. You'll pay less than $50 for jeans with designer qualities, which is tough to pass up.