Super jeans that are smart and shapely

Khaite’s jeans offer a more tailored take on denim

Khaite cotton denim Catherine Trouser Jeans, $300
Khaite cotton denim Catherine Trouser Jeans, $300

I’m always on the lookout for jeans that aren’t too distressed, too pencil thin or too stretchy. And I happily came across such a pair on a recent trip to California, by just-launched clothing line Khaite. Its debut range of beautifully tailored pieces – think Chloé meets Céline meets The Row – is right up my no-nonsense, age-appropriate alley, including the versatile Catherine Trouser Jeans ($300).

The Catherine jeans have a flattering slightly flared leg and a high-rise cut
The Catherine jeans have a flattering slightly flared leg and a high-rise cut

Made of Japanese cotton denim and featuring the five pockets of a classic pair of Levi’s, these are relaxed yet elegant jeans that can transition from weekend wear to a formal meeting. They have a flattering, slightly flared leg and a high-rise cut – but are not all mom jean-like – and retain their streamlined, structured shape with just the slightest hint of elastic. I’ve worn them virtually non-stop.

Advertisement

The autumn/winter range of well-made basics includes two other styles of jeans –  the straight-leg Vanessa (from $320) and the skinny Kassandra (from $290) – as well as sleek knitwear, such as merino wool rollneck jumpers ($580) and bodysuits ($680), and a classic crisp white shirt ($580). All are designed to make women “feel more empowered and more confident”, says designer Catherine Holstein. In my case, I don’t have to think about what I’m wearing and that is power indeed…

Advertisement
Advertisement
Loading