I stumbled across Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle Jeans last year, when my old blue jeans finally needed replacing. Although this pair had caught my eye, I wasn’t sure the style would work for me. However, it just goes to show how it can be worth looking beyond your “style comfort zone” from time to time, because when I tried them on it was love at first sight.
Given how much I’ve worn them since purchasing them in July last year, how popular this style has been and how much I’ve featured them on this blog, I thought you might find a review of them helpful (This post is not in any way sponsored or gifted).
What I love about them
When shopping for jeans I consider whether they suit me, how well they fit and comfort. This pair ticks all three boxes. They are figure hugging but not too tight so to be uncomfortable. They fit well both in the legs and in the waist (I’ve often had difficulties finding jeans that fit my calves and thighs while not gaping around my waist) and I love how the straight leg style and super high waist elongates the leg and gives the outfit an almost Jane Birkin vibe.
I ended up choosing the colour “Tango Fade” with distressing on one knee. Usually, lighter shades of denim wash me out so I was excited to finally find a pair that didn’t. It’s been such a versatile colour that goes with a lot of outfits in my my wardrobe.
As mentioned above, one of the things I love most about this pair of jeans is the way they fit me. I’m usually a size 6 (although I do have a pair of navy skinny jeans from Seed Heritage which is a size 8). I bought the size 24 of the Levi’s Ribcage Straight Ankle jeans – which was the perfect size for me. The jeans stretched slightly after wearing them a few times – but just to give me a bit more room to move and they kept their shape and weren’t loose. They also didn’t shrink after washing them.
However, I think the black denim version of these jeans may have had more elastic in the fabric because I initially tried the colour “Feeling Cagey”, which is a faded black denim. While this pair was not loose on me, it didn’t feel as figure hugging as the Tango Fade colour and I was worried that they wouldn’t fit quite so well after a few wears. I also know that a friend of mine initially bought a pair in the true black colour, which she said didn’t fit her so well, whereas the “Georgie” did.
I paid $150 AUD for these jeans. While they were expensive I was happy to pay this amount for a well made pair of jeans that I loved and will have for years.
Levi’s have been making efforts in the sustainability front with a focus on “durability” and innovations which reduce resources and waste. According to their Australian website they have saved “4.2 billion litres of water” since 2011 and have recycled and reused 9.6 billion litres of water, 75% of their cotton is sustainably sourced and “65% of [their] products are currently made in factories that run [their] Worker Well-being programs“. They also have goals use 100% sustainably sourced cotton and “100% renewable energy owned and operated factories” by 2025, reduce their supply chain greenhouse gas emissions by 40% and, by 2030, reduce “water use in manufacturing in water-stressed areas” by 50%. They have a tailor in Melbourne, Australia who will repair and redesign their clothes.
They seem to be making progress and for me, I’ve decided that I’m happy buying a pair of jeans that I love, that are well made and which will last me for years rather than a pair that doesn’t work as well for me. That said, I’m also keen to try a few jeans from a few sustainable brands as well.
I personally haven’t had any problems with this pair of jeans. However, my friend did have an experience where the dye from her black pair ran in the first was wash. Levis allow her to exchange them for the “Georgie” colour and I don’t believe she has had any problems with this pair.
Would I buy them again?
Absolutely. I particularly have my eye on the “Georgie” shade at the moment.
Here I’ve styled these jeans with a thrifted black knit jumper, gold hoop earrings and black slingback heels for a smart casual look.
As I mentioned above, I’ve featured these jeans a lot on this blog. Some of my favourite ways to style them is: