J Brand’s ‘Gigi’ cropped bell bottom jeans: discuss

This season, J Brand would like to respectfully suggest that we all start wearing flared jeans again (these look more like boot-cuts to us, but let’s trust them to know what they’re talking about). And they’d like them to be cropped to above the ankle.

Now, we love cropped jeans. We don’t mind flares. It would stand to reason, then, that we’d be all about the wearing of cropped, flared jeans. The thing about that, though? Well, where we come from, people would call these high-waters. They’d either ask you who died, and made you want to wear your pants at half-mast, or they’d throw you a coin or two to allow you to buy yourself some new pants. That actually fit you.

In other words, we look at these and we don’t see “exciting new fashion trend”. We see “jeans that are too short”. And we don’t need to pay $180 for too-short jeans: we just need to rob a shorter person, or shop in the petite section, when we’re not actually petite.

What do you see, though, readers? Are you ready to get your cropped flare on? Get them at J Brand if you are.


  • July 15, 2010


    I’d just want to fold the bottoms up a little bit, so no thankyou. They seem okay otherwise! And I’d love to see something other than skinny jeans or tapered mum jean monstrosities in the spotlight. I ALWAYS buy bootcut.

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    • July 16, 2010

      Rock Hyrax

      Thank you Rebecca! I also get bootcut unless they’re are for stuffing into boots; was tempted to make a comment about them the other day when someone suggested that anyone wearing them would attract universal derision but didn’t want anyone to think I took personal offence. 😉

      Re these, I was a bit disappointed when I saw the photo – was expecting something much more flared, or at least cut like the trousers they wore in the first Star Trek series. (Never could understand the thinking behind those.)

      Anyway, I’ve seen very similar suit trousers in black on several occasions recently (unless it was always the same woman). At least they were less ugly than those plus-fours people were wearing six or seven years ago; either that or the people spotted recently had long enough legs to be able to carry them off…

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  • July 15, 2010


    I would be tempted to say they look ok in those pictures…if it weren’t for the lack of straight on shots. From the title I’m thinking they might look a little dodgy from that angle!

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  • July 16, 2010


    I think these look a bit strange. They are just short enough to make it look deliberate, but also just a bit too long to look good. So it ends up not bad, but a little weird.

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  • July 17, 2010


    It looks like the model has jack-ups.

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  • July 23, 2010


    I despise both bell-bottoms AND cropped jeans, so that’s pretty much it for my answer.

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  • July 24, 2010


    January Jones from Mad Men was just snapped wearing these jeans in NYC. They looked SO cute! I think seeing them on her made the “Gigi” come out more than the picture above. Imagine them with cute ballet flats, a crisp white shirt and a pretty cardigan. I’m officially on the prowl, and hope Gap or another lower price point jean maker comes out with a similar cut soon.

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  • August 15, 2010


    Oh no.. not again. It’s a new present for middle-age women who want to look “hip” and “fresh” but don’t know how.

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  • February 16, 2012


    spark, do you mean a middle aged woman like me. some middle aged woman a very stylist like myself

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