I like my denim to be 100% cotton. I do not really consider myself a denim head, but rather, someone who values quality. So naturally, when companies use small amounts of spandex in denim, I don’t appreciate it. I believe it is merely a cost cutting measure for production. The consumer pays the same but is left with jeans that loose their shape half way through the day.
NOW, stretch denim has become an actual marketable quality for denim. No longer is spandex being put in with cotton on the DL. They use even more spandex and market the pair of jeans as a new kind of luxury. I get it! they’re comfortable – especially for skinny jeans – but the whole thing feels like a denim copout.
BUT WAIT! What are these Traveler Jeans from Banana Republic? When I first came across the stretch denim in Banana Republic, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at. They resembled denim in construction, but at the same time, looked like something completely different. With a slight coated effect giving the jeans a subtle shimmering quality, they are something completely new. So, I tried them on, and I fell in love. They are indeed one of the most comfortable pair of jeans I now own. They look casually dressy, but are perfect for summer’s activity where mobility is appreciated. The Traveler Jeans also hold their shape, which is, to me, the most important quality when considering denim that is blended with spandex.
So, yes, my opinions have changed – kind of!? I own one pair of Traveler Jeans with no plans on buying any other stretch denim. The Traveler Jeans, in my opinion, are not denim imposters (like many on the market); They are not trying to BE denim. They are their own, new thing. And I like that.
Photographs taken by Eliana Viera