ARE KHLOÉ KARDASHIAN’S GOOD AMERICAN JEANS WORTH THE MONEY?
Guys. These jeans. SN, this just might be the best career move Khloé has ever made.
By: Amber x Dani
Good American jeans…what does that even mean? Let’s see. They give you a little bit of thigh gap, make your ass look like goddamn, and are crazy comfortable, agreed? More importantly, there’s not weird crotch situation or camel toe. You know when you’ve found The One when you’re tempted to wear the same pair two, three, four days in row. They’re the jeans that make you dance around in the mirror, look for your reflection when you walk by storefronts and building that show you your silhouette, the jeans you pose in front of your mirror snapping selfies for days. The frustrating part is finding high-quality jeans that look great, fit great, feels great, and are made with (high) ethical standards.
Say what you want about her and her #girlboss sisters, but there’s absolutely no doubting that the way Khloé Kardashian (and the rest of the K Klan for that matter) wear their jeans is #goalsaf. There’s simply no one else in pop culture who slays the denim game the way they do, and it’s clear between being dressed by Oliver Rousteing and gallivanting around exotic cities with Ricardo Ticci, they’ve worn the best of the best. So obviously when we heard Khloé was collabing with Emma Grede to create her own line of Good American jeans, we knew we had to try a few pairs and report back. We figured if anyone could make a flawless pair, she could.
Good American is all about body and designing clothes for what the modern woman looks like. The reality is, the majority of fashion houses and brands design clothes, especially jeans, for the sake of fashion instead of with the intention of creating pieces that women will not only adore aesthetically, but will feel amazing about theirselves, their bodies’ uniqueness in.
Of course, the line started with a conversation (wish we could have been flies on the wall) where Khloé and Emma were discussing what it means to be a woman today. We imagine it got super deep, but in essence, after the convo wrapped, they both felt compelled to create a line of denim that real women today could slip on and be insecure-free.
Inclusivity is also a huge mission of the brand. On Good American’s site, the brand is “a denim focused fashion brand designed for a curvier, sexier and stronger shape.” Point blank: this isn’t a brand that’s only going to design jeans for girls with the typical high-fashion body type. Good American jeans is all about paying tribute to true femininity.
If you’ve got curves and you want to flaunt them, not hide them, or you’re an athlete who can never find jeans to fit your unique contours – run don’t walk to the Good American jeans site and snag a couple pairs before they all sell out. (They’re going fast.) If you struggle finding jeans that come in your size, you should definitely join the #goodsquad. The brand’s designer denim comes in a vast range of sizes, featuring designs from size 0 to 24. Uh huh. There’s a pair for everyone and they’re all made to fit so well that you don’t even need to drop them off at your tailor.
Made in America
It’s tough curating a modern, fashion-froward wardrobe that doesn’t sacrifice ethics for aesthetic. Most ethical fashion is all granola, hemp, and other weird shit (which is fine, but a turn off for most people). Problem is, most high fashion denim brands source their labor in third-world countries, which if you didn’t know foreign labor standards suck.
Moreover, with the prevalence of child labor and horrendous conditions for workers in sweatshops abroad, what’s a conscious fashion girl to do? Shop brands who make their clothes in L.A. where safe working conditions and age restrictions are required by federal law? Yup, sounds like a brilliant idea. The fact that Good American is made in America is an awesome bonus. If that’s not good enough for you, Good American also is dedicated to, “supporting charities that empower girls to realize their true potential.” You can’t help but feel good purchasing from good brands.
Are they worth the price?
Okay, here’s a quick story for you. Back when we were working as online personal stylists, we had a client (let’s call her *Emily*) who told us up front that she was a student and was working with a tight budget. Still, she really wanted to develop a versatile wardrobe and invest in a 5-10 solid pieces that she could wear to school and still wear out at night to events. We were like, cool. After we pulled around eight looks for Emily, she came back and told me she loved everything we chose, but the jeans were too expensive. She wrote, “I just don’t see the point in spending so much money on jeans. I have to buy new jeans every three months. There’s no point.”
We were like, What? Every three months? Who does that? (in our heads). She went on and made it very clear that she was NOT going to spend over $40 on a pair of jeans. The mere concept of it was ridiculous to her. We were so confused: $40? Too much for jeans? Not saying that you can’t find a great pair of jeans for $40 – you absolutely can (Levi’s sale, anyone?), but…forty?
It blew our minds that she believed her shopping strategy – buy cheap, wear, throw away, repeat – was saving her money, because, when you factor it all out, is actually ends up costing you more in the long-run: you’ll constantly need to buy new jeans, whereas if you invested in a few at a higher price point (but not astronomically high), you wouldn’t have to keep buying, buying, buying. Less cheap stuff + more quality investments = more money for other things. For all of you Emily’s out there, we repeat: buy less, choose better. This is your new anthem.
Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that she based her decision of whether she wanted these jeans or not solely on the price, nothing else. As if style, cut, fit, functionality, compatibility…none of these things mattered. Point is, there shouldn’t be a set-in-stone number that you assign as the max amount of money you’ll pay for a certain item/category of clothing. This mentality will actually keep you from owning some really great pieces that you really love and cause you to settle on buying things you just kinda sorta maybe like.
So, back to Good American jeans…we know they’re a little bit on the pricier side of things, but they are premium jeans and you definitely get what you pay for. We’re all about mixing high-end with contemporary labels, anyway. To us, it’s the way the modern woman dresses. It’s also up to personal preference. You have to figure out what pieces you’re willing to splurge/save on based on your lifestyle needs. General rule of thumb? If there’s anything you should invest in, it’s the pieces that are the foundation of our wardrobe, the things that will get the most wear, and the things that give you that totally ridiculous can’t-leave-here-without-you feeling. You never regrets those purchases. For us, high-quality, well-crafted jeans are definitely pieces we have no problem splurging on.
Which is why, to us, the term “expensive” is completely relative. Not relative to how much money you have (or don’t have), but to how much you love a piece. Say you really are feeling a pair of jeans, and (after 10 minutes of admiring them on your body in the full-length in the changing room) you notice that they just happen to be $200. Are you really going to put them back and forget all the major pep talking you were just giving your ass (which looks like it just got a major facelift BTW)? I mean, come onnn. Really?
If they’re the right cut, the perfect length (petite and tall girls will relate) and – bonus! – they also don’t give you that weird gap from behind where the waist meets your lower back (the struggle is so real), then there’s honestly no such thing as “it’s just too expensive”. If you LOVE them, and they work, get them. This, of course, applies to any item of clothing, not just denim.
The Good American jeans (the actual review, guys)
Oh, and for the record, Good American is not paying us to saying any of this. They also did not send us these jeans to review (although that would be cool, too). We just legit think they’re good jeans. BTW, GA Headquarters, if you ever need twin models for a campaign…just saying, we’re available. Just thought we’d put it out there. Okay, moving on…
Comp card: Skinny jean. High rise. Gap proof waistband. Slimming silhouette. Blown out knee rips. 29″ inseam. ($189)
The Look: We like that the rips in the legs don’t hit right across the knees. We know, may sound a little weird at first, but for those of us who have well, unattractive knees, it’s nice to have a pair of ripped jeans that don’t show off our wrinkles and bags. Comment below if you feel our pain!
The Fit: Perfect. The best part is that before you put these on (and all the jeans we ordered), you can visually see how cinched in the waist is so you know they’re not going to gap at the spine like so many jeans do. Supposedly, these have hip and leg sculpting fabric recovery technology. We don’t have any actual hips *cry face emoji* so we can’t comment on the hip-slimming aspect, but we do have quite muscular thighs and these suck everything in and create a smooth line from waist to ankle. These run about one full size larger than normal.
Comp card: Skinny boyfriend jean. High rise. Hip slimming. Classic wash denim. Minimal grinding at pocket opening. 27″ inseam. ($189)
The Look: The blue, slightly aged wash of this style comes across very expensive.
The Fit: We didn’t really see to much of a difference in the waist bands (which, BTW, are nice and thick and lined with elastic) between Good Cuts and Good Legs, because they’re both bomb. Seriously. You know that space where your ass meets your thighs? Good American jeans make it look like there’s an actual gap there. They really do hug your curves, as promised (if you couldn’t already tell by Khloé’s recent instagrams). If you want these boyfriends to fit slim, definitely go down two sizes. Most boyfriend jeans aren’t stretchy at all, which makes these unique in a really good way.
Comp card: Skinny jean. High rise. Slimming silhouette. Blue wash denim. Raw stagger hem detailing. 29″ inseam. ($169)
The Look: The raw hem design is so perfect for when wearing either strappy sandals or a pair of pointed-toe stilettos with a low vamp because it will extend the line of your legs and make you appear slimmer and taller. Plus, it just adds effortless cool vibes to your overall outfit.
The Fit: These babies have stretch in them for days, all of the Good American jeans do. Love that the entire leg of the jeans have elastic, down to the ankles. That means if you have large feet or ankles (ahem, we do) you can still get them on, no sweat. Again, you’ll want to size down with these, as recommended by Good American. We fit into a size 0 (which has never happened before in our lives), and still, they were extremely comfortable.
Guys, Good American jeans are available exclusively on Goodamerican.com and in select Nordstrom stores. Below you’ll find the pairs we tried. Let us know what you think of Khloe and Emma’s brand. Also, let us know if you’ll be willing to splurge on a pair…or two, or three.
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