When Oprah recommends a product, it piques our curiosity since she has access to cream de la cream of products.
That is why we had to take a look at CJ by Cookie Johnson jeans when Oprah raved about them. The gist: Cookie Johnson, Magic Johnson’s wife, created a line of upscale denim to fit curvy figures.
She came up with the idea for the line because she couldn’t find the jeans that fit her body and noticed that few jean brands were not cut for larger figures. Cookie wears size 8. She exercises and religiously follows nutritious and healthy diet. She went from being devastated at the thought that there was something wrong with her body , to realizing that there was a niche in the jeans market that wasn’t being met. To create an optimal line, she joined forces with 7 For All Mankind founder Michael Glasser (he is also the founder of Citizen of Humanity Denim), when she designed CJ jeans.
The result? High-end denim line, that caters to a different body type. Per designer:
“These jeans are meant for a mother, a daughter, a grandmother. She has curves, and she has style.”
Fashion Verdict: We are impressed with these stylish jeans that are well and thoughtfully cut for women who have curves. We especially like them since they solve the fashion dilemma: finding jeans that fit curves, that so many of you have mentioned during our recent poll.
To make the jeans fit curvier buttocks, the designer brought the back up slightly higher than most premium denim. The waist sits a tad up, so it is not showing everything. The jeans are cut to allow extra room in the thighs.
The jeans come in a great number of styles: skinny jeans, bootcut, high waist, boyfriend and straight leg. Bootcut and high waist are some of the most popular styles (and the discount offered on the first pair makes them so much more affordable). We love the variety of light to dark denim washes. Sizes run from 24 to 38 (most denim brands go up to size 18). The line retails at NORDSTROM and ranges from $117 to $198.
In a words of a customer: “These Jeans are made for Real Women with Real Bodies”.
Our favorite cuts & washes are (grouped by cut):
1.Grace Bootcut–$63(60% off from$158) 2.Grace Bootcut in Black Rinse-$161
1.Faith Straight Leg Stretch Jeans in Cosmos Blue-$117 2.Faith Straight Leg Stretch Jeans in Dark Rinse -$141
1.Joy Legging Style Jeans in Black Rinse-$145 2.Joy Legging Style Jeans in Dark Rinse-$145
1.Love Boyfriend Jeans in Twilight-$196 2.Love Boyfriend Jeans in Grey Vintage-$198
1.Truth High Waist Jeans in Rinse-$198
For an optimal fit pair these swanky jeans with a sculpting shapewear.