Usually, I'm not one to stick to the "if you love something buy five of it" mantra. I live in New York City, and I don't have the closet space to shop that way. But, when I found myself sliding into a pair of skinny jeans I can only describe as magical, I knew I'd found something that was worth making room for.
3x1 is a denim brand my friends in the industry love as much as I do, and with good reason. The brand makes ultra-flattering jeans with details that make them feel different (you can thank them for kick-starting the fringed hem trend). But its skinny jeans have a little something special that set them apart, channel seams. "The channel seam is an extra panel of fabric running along the inseam of the jean's leg," notes 3x1's founder and designer Scott Morrison. "For the past decade (at least), it's been a bit of a trade secret that making the front leg panels of a jean smaller helps slim the wearer." Morrison's trick helps create the slimming effect, without creating a back panel with too much material.
But, while the channel seam may be the jeans' hidden weapon, it's the other details—a high waist, great washes, and a long leg—that seal the deal. "We use a really flattering denim, which 'holds you in' due to the yarn construction," Morrison notes. "We marry that to our channel seam concept and our higher rise. The result is a slimming jean that works for almost all body types."
So, if like me, skinny jeans are a constant in your weekly rotation, it might be time to give this ultra-flattering take a try. Read on to shop 3x1's skinny jeans now!
A dark wash is a must in every girl's wardrobe.
I'm not a follower of the whole "no white after labor day" rule, so I wear these jeans year round.
A dark wash feels just right for a relaxed day at the office.
I consider these the perfect off-duty jeans.
The high waist looks super cute with a top half-tucked.
A rough hem gives this take on the jeans a more downtown feel.