Eco Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel – Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans Review

Eco Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans Review

I’m totally on a sustainable denim kick, if you haven’t yet noticed! For real though, the number of eco friendly denim brands starting up right now, regardless of the fact that we are in the middle of an economically-paralyzing pandemic, is something I am raising both hands high in the sky to. Last week I wrote about one of them, Porter Blue Apparel, and their environmentally-kind denim Kickstarter campaign. This brand is impressive with the lengths they are going through, as a fairly new brand no less, to create a new line of 100% sustainable jeans. I am excited to share a first-hand look at what these jeans will be like, as I was lucky enough to be sent two awesome pre-production sample pairs from the brand. First off, I’ll be sharing the Heart Breaker Skinny with all of you.

Eco Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans

A Quick Recap

Porter Blue Apparel‘s founder and designer, Jen, has been designing for other brands for over 20 years. Porter Blue was a side hustle until Covid-19 hit and she was laid off from her job. Now, the brand is going full speed ahead as her main hustle. Her new brand’s Kickstarter campaign is centered around three eco friendly denim styles: the Heartbreaker Skinny, Rebel Straight and Wanderer Flare. Every style features BCI cotton (Better Cotton Initiative to reduce water consumption by traditional cotton), recycled hardware, recycled and biodegradable packaging, Lycra® T400® Yarn Technology (soft, sustainable fibers made from dextrose derived from corn, which also make for a great fit and shape retention over numerous wears), detailing and finishing via ozone machines and laser finishing technology (to reduce water and energy usage as well as harsh chemical exposure…traditional denim manufacturing is a dirty business), and all waste water coming from the plant will be clean and safe thanks to a partnership with a top of the line water treatment plant. Production will begin in January, and as of today, this campaign has raised over $10,000 of its goal of $15,000! I am stoked to help keep it going. You can read more about their environmental efforts on my post here, or directly from their campaign here.

Porter Blue Apparel - Eco Friendly Denim - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans

The Jeans

OK, on to the main attraction. The Heart Breaker skinny is a high rise, cropped style with a raw hem. I was sent my usual size of 26, which fits super comfortably and hugs me without being constricting. I could maybe have fit into a 25, but I’d say that’s only because sometimes I kind of sit between the two sizes. So, if you are also between sizes and prefer a tight fit, I would take the smaller size. The waistband isn’t too tight and holds everything up like a dream. Sometimes high rises are irritating on my stomach but these are so soft and giving when I crouch or sit down. To give you an idea on the length of the crop, I am 5’6”. I like that these are right above my ankles. I can enjoy them with flip flops in the summer or under boots in the upcoming winter, and the cropped hem gives it such a lightweight, carefree feel. The fabric itself is sturdy and thick, but not so thick that it’s hard to move in or too warm; the Lycra does what it promises! I know some people aren’t partial to stretchy jeans, but these have the sturdy feel of 100% cotton, just without the rigidness. As far as shape retention, they definitely have broken in beautifully but have not bagged out! I wore them around for a few days running errands and taking care of chores around the house. While they’ve relaxed a little, they have not lost their shape and sit comfortably on my hips without falling down. They’re still a new favorite.

Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans

Porter Blue Apparel truly has something going on here…and I am excited to see how this eco friendly denim brand evolves over the years as it definitely appears they will be making their fundraising goal, and then some! As far as premium denim goes, these are the real deal, but with the added bonus of being kind to our environment, which now is more important than ever. As I’ve said before, it’s tough enough being a new denim brand in such an already-saturated industry, but to go through the lengths this brand has right off the bat, is definitely gutsy and pretty darn impressive.

Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans - Side View

Eco Friendly Denim from Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans - Back View

Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans - Backside View

Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans - Crouching Down

Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans - Closeup Front View

Sustainable Denim from Porter Blue Apparel - Heart Breaker Skinny Jeans - Closeup Back Pocket View

Support Porter Blue’s Kickstarter campaign here!

Sustainable Denim Jeans Kickstarter Campaign by Porter Blue Apparel

I’ve written a lot recently about existing premium denim brands cleaning up their practices to be more sustainable, which is amazing in itself, but emerging as a new denim brand isn’t at all easy, especially if you are taking this responsible step right off the bat! I don’t see new sustainable denim brands often, but when I do see these new efforts, you bet I like to highlight them here to help them out as best I can. There are definitely some obvious steps that brands can take, such as using organic cotton, using less water during the wash process (believe me, it’s usually an obscene amount), or using non-toxic dyes. However, the technology for sustainable jeans is evolving and it’s awesome to see the strides being made. I wouldn’t ever expect a new brand to adopt so many of these new practices immediately, but I’m about to share one that well, basically is.

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7 For All Mankind Brings Luxuriously Soft Denim with b(air) Silk

In these strange times where most of us are finding ourselves staying home more often, I’m sure jeans aren’t exactly the first thing on our minds. However, I know denim is still such a pretty solid, coveted closet staple item and it’s not going anywhere soon (or ever). Personally, when I want to feel productive at home, I like putting on something that I might wear to work, but I admit I’ve been opting for leggings instead the longer this craziness drags on. I do still love my denim collection though, and it appears that the industry isn’t letting anything slow them down. Just like when the “athleisure”, or activewear trend emerged, denim brands are still finding ways to make their jeans as comfortable as possible. 7 For All Mankind is a brand that’s always on the forefront of innovation, and they’ve recently taken their most comfortable collection ever, b(air), and made it even better.

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Organic Cotton and Biodegradable Jeans from Weekday

I gotta say I’m pretty blown away right now…when I first started blogging in 2013 or so, the whole concept of sustainable or eco friendly jeans (or denim for that matter) was pretty much nonexistent. Anything Earth friendly or ethical was basically limited to independent brands that produce their goods by hand. Of course, that comes with a much higher price for a reason, and those brands were (and are) tougher to find. Over the years I’m seeing this amazing movement in the more Earth-friendly sense. Call it capitalizing on a trend if you want, which is probably true for some brands, but the fashion industry as a whole is definitely seeing that this is a much-needed direction. One of the main avenues I’m seeing brands taking is incorporating organic cotton in their manufacturing processes. Some are taking it even further.

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Amazon Prime Day Shopping with Democracy “Curve Equality” Jeans

The body positive movement is growing rapidly, and I’m so happy to see expanded sizes and better fitting jeans all across the board in the apparel industry! Even if you’re a petite size, I’m sure you feel like you’ve been put through the jeans shopping ringer more than once. I get it, shopping for jeans can be a nightmare, and it’s been awesome over the years to see so many brands working on improving that fit, because we all know not everyone is shaped like a runway model. It’s not always about size, but also fit, as people within all size ranges have varying shapes. Good jeans can also be fairly pricey, so if you’re planning on hitting up Amazon Prime Day in an attempt to cure your denim woes, read on! Democracy is a great affordable brand that understands the demand for better fitting jeans in all sizes, and you can find them right on Amazon.

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Unique White Denim for Summer from 7 For All Mankind

Summer is here, and things are starting to heat up. Even though we might still be sheltering in place, I’m sure many of us are getting tired of wearing our pajamas around the house (at least I am) and are finding creative ways to get out and see friends and family, from a safe distance of course. I know several of you are still working or have returned to work, and may always be looking for fresh looks for the office.
Either way, the warmer summer weather usually brings lighter colors for some in an effort to stay cooler under the sun, and white denim is always a summer staple, whether for work or out and about on the town. White denim is one of those things that seems so hit or miss. I know many, including me, are usually afraid of wearing it due to the fact that it seems to get dirty easily, and it’s tough to find a flattering pair (which, however, applies to jeans in general). There’s also the risk of ending up with a pair that isn’t quite as opaque as we’d like! However, the denim industry isn’t new to this shade, and has made several improvements over the years. 7 For All Mankind is a brand that has been amazing at creating some pretty unique improvements to the white denim styles we’re all used to seeing.

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Six Premium Denim Brands Producing Face Masks

How is everyone doing out there? I know so many people focusing on creating face masks during these crazy times…never before have I ever seen so many come together with their own versions of the same project to help their communities. Even people who I didn’t know could sew are whipping out these things like crazy. I myself have started with a few prototypes and will be creating my own. Whether you are trying to stay financially afloat or are donating your own creations, it’s all great to see and shows how hard working we all can be to make it through the toughest times.

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New Sustainable Jeans for Spring from J Brand

New Sustainable Jeans for Spring from J Brand

Image: J Brand

The fashion world is becoming more and more conscious of the importance of shopping sustainably, even though fast fashion still seems to be going strong. It’s an interesting paradox, but I’m glad to know more and more brands are realizing the need to be better. Denim is a dirty industry, considering the immense water usage and toxic chemicals needed to create those beautiful lived-in fades and feel that we are always looking for in the perfect pair of jeans. However, the tide is changing. I’ve written about many of these companies, but J Brand is one that has made some pretty impressive strides over most of them. This awesome brand has just taken a huge step further with their Spring 2020 sustainable jeans collection!

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Rock Your Shape Into the New Year with Lucky Brand Sculpt-Ed Jeans

Happy New Year everyone! I’m back from my holiday hiatus, and I hope everyone had a great one. I haven’t written much about denim in awhile, so lets get back to it. Just like I’m sure everyone’s 2019 was, the denim industry is constantly going through highs, lows and periods of “meh.” When it exploded in the early 2000s, it was all the rage, and since it was a fairly new thing, it was easy to come up with new trends and wild new styles. These last few years we saw so many rather interesting “trends” pop up on the market (see some from 2017, 2018, and 2019), that perplexed our style senses as brands tried their hardest to come up with something more unique than anyone else. However, trends come and go, and when it really comes down to it, all we ever want are jeans that fit well! Our bodies are all different, so shopping for the most flattering and comfortable pair is difficult, even for us fitness heads. It’s always awesome to see a well known brand go back to basics from time to time, so for this post I’m going to introduce the new Lucky Brand Sculpt-Ed Jeans.

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