Sunday, 10 February 2013

Bargain Le Temps Des Cerises Jeans from Zalando...

Ever since my previously favourite high street jeans "go to" turned a bit rubbish and started selling cheap and nasty bargain basement clothes I've been on the lookout for somewhere else to go. I've been hearing a lot about Citizens of Humanity Jeans and also 7 For All Mankind, but I just don't have the time or mental strength to face buying something so expensive online when I have absolutely no idea what the quality is like or whether it will fit. On the otherhand, I don't want to go to places like Oasis and Gap before - it really is true that it's a buy cheap, replace twice sort of thing. I bought a pair of Miss Sixty jeans in Paris over ten years ago, they were really expensive, even in the sale, but they lasted brilliantly, until the top button popped off. I suppose I could have had them repaired but in reality they had been worn to death and I was a bit sick of the colour, so off to the charity shop they went. The point is though that they lasted ages, they didn't fade, and I could also wear them for ages without them looking marked - that's another thing I've noticed about cheaper jeans, they just don't absorb dirt and sticky hand stains quite so well.

So this is a bit of an experiment for me, get some better quality jeans in a sale, see how they go and maybe get exactly what I want next time by paying full price (let's face it, few of us ever get exactly what we want in a sale). I had some fortuitous timing, as I was offered a voucher to try out online store Zalando so I thought I would see what their jeans offering is like...I was pretty impressed. Zalando seem to mainly stock lots and lots of brands, it can seem a bit overwhelming at first as there is literally so much stuff on there. It really helps if you know exactly what you are looking for, which I did. I knew I wanted skinny/straight jeans in a dark blue denim, something smart but also comfortable too. I already have some smart skinny dark blue jeans that are fine for wearing out but not much good for when I'm at home as they get a little annoying around the knees.

Anyway, after having a really good look through, I found some lovely jeans by a brand called Le Temps Des Cerises (the Susie jeans). Naturally I had a good look at their own website and did a bit of background research to see what people say about their jeans, the reviews were really good, and the jeans were £26 reduced from £85 (they've gone up to £48 now  but still a good buy!). The weird thing was that one day they would have a size 29 and the next a size 31 so you do have to get on there quick if you want a sale item. Anyway, in the end I sized up to 31 as I wanted them to be really comfy. They fitted nicely when I first put them on, though they were a little baggy at the waist, but a few days in they are now looking really big on me though I assume they will retract a little after being washed. It doesn't really matter though as long as I wear a belt they look great, and more importantly the quality is amazing, the colour  is great and I can see why they cost so much more (at normal price) than high street jeans. The length is quite long, I normally take 33 inch legs and I have had to fold these over a bit so that might also be something to take into account, would be ok in heels though and to be honest I wear boots over the top of them so you can't see the length.
Le Temp Des Cerise Jeans from Zalando
I'm too self conscious to post a picture of myself wearing the jeans though I'll see if I pluck up the courage soon!

Zalando offer free delivery and they also came really quickly wrapped up in a nice box. I ordered some black leggings as well from the site to make the value up to £40 which were also great.

All in all, I would recommend Zalando to anyone who knows what they are looking for on a website, you might find a great deal on there like I did as long as you are willing to take a chance on a brand that you may not have heard of - a lot of their brands seem to be German and French but that's not necessarily a bad thing as it might mean you get a really good quality item at a reduced priced.

I was offered a £40 voucher to spend at Zalando for the purpose of this review, though all views are my own.

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