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The Duchess of Cambridge 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.
In an Instagram post shared on Tuesday morning, Kate Middleton was once again seen rocking a more laid-back look.
While promoting an upcoming TV appearance where she will be reading a bedtime story to mark Children’s Mental Health Week, the Duchess was spotted in her go-to pair of jeans from Swedish brand & Other Stories.
The 40-year-old royal paired a (sold out!) fair isle sweater from Holland Cooper with the brand's Favourite Cut Jeans, which retail for $89 USD/$111 CAD.
Given that they'd already received the seal of approval from the stylish royal herself (twice now!), I decided to put the jeans to the test and see how they fare in real life. I quickly purchased a pair for myself and wore them around the house for a day of working from home. Read on for my thoughts.
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.
We first saw Kate wearing this style while receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine back in May 2021, when she looked effortlessly chic in a ribbed H&M tee and her go-to pair of jeans.
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 duchess 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.