The Princess of Wales is often spotted in polished separates and stunning evening gowns, so on the occasions that she's seen wearing more casual attire the world takes notice.
On one particular occasion in 2021, fans of the future Queen Consort were given a glimpse into the royal's everyday wardrobe as she shared a photo in — gasp — jeans and a T-shirt.
The then 39-year-old was wearing a pair of the brand's Favourite Cut Jeans, which retail for $133 CAD/$99 USD. Since then, the jeans have become one of her go-to styles, with the Princess donning them on several occasions.
Like many items worn by the royals, these jeans have earned a solid reputation online and are prone to selling out quickly. Luckily, the jeans are still in stock in a range of shades (11 to be exact) for anyone looking to try them out.
Given that they'd already received the seal of approval from the Princess of Wales herself, I had to put them to the test and see if they really live up to the hype.
According to the & Other Stories site, "The Favourite Cut is everything you’re looking for in a pair of classic jeans." They're made from 99 per cent organic and recycled cotton, and have 1 per cent stretch for a comfortable fit.
The jeans have a high waist, a slim leg and a classic five-pocket design. They come in women's sizes 24 to 32, and in 28 and 30-inch inseams.
Since I'm just around 5'3" tall and had never tried denim from & Other Stories before, I opted for a pair of the cropped Favourite Cut Jeans to be safe. They were also out of my usual jeans size at the time that I bought them, so I went for a size up — and boy am I glad that I did.
Unlike many other retailers, there are no reviews on the & Other Stories site to help guide your purchase. If there were a spot for me to leave a note for future shoppers, it's that these jeans definitely run small. It's a happy accident that I ended up with the right size on the first try, but had I purchased my usual size 26, I likely would have had to return them for a larger size.
Despite the hint of stretch, I found that these jeans do still have a pretty rigid feel. Depending on your preference that may be a draw, but I usually prefer denim that's a little bit softer.
While I was a big fan of the length that hit perfectly at my ankle bone, I found that these jeans were more fitted than I was expecting, especially through the hips and thigh area. That said, I think they'd be a great choice for someone who is looking to ease out of their skinny jeans towards a wider leg cut, which may be why they're a hit with Kate Middleton — the princess is often spotted rocking her go-to skinnies.
All in all, the Favourite Cut Jeans may have fallen a bit short of my expectations but they are still pretty good jeans. I love that they're made using recycled and organic cotton, making them a more sustainable choice than other jeans out there.
They're also pretty comfortable once you get used to the traditional denim material, and I have a feeling that they are the kind of jeans that just get better with wear. While they may not have become my new favourites just yet, you can shop them in more colours below to judge them for yourself.