A few weeks I had the very cool opportunity to do makeup for the Summer 2015 campaign for Fran Denim. One of my favorite parts of doing makeup, besides actually getting to do makeup, is meeting new people and brands. The Fran Denim guys quickly became my favorites.
I was first introduced to Fran Denim when I did makeup for a RxSmartGear campaign featuring crossfit superstar (and one of my best friends) Maddy Curley. Fran Denim jeans are made extra stretchy so that athletes can move in them. Maddy did a back bend on top of a Porsche in them for the RxSmartGear shoot, so… they work.
I got a call from the photographer from that RX shoot to see if I could do the Fran Denim shoot and I was very excited to work with them and him again, even with a 7am start time for the Saturday. In Long Beach. Ouch.
It could not have been more fun. Seriously. I had the best time with these guys and couldn’t get over their dedication to the brand and knowledge of the denim industry. Fran Denim was founded just over a year ago, but in talking with Robert, the creator, and Michael, head of marketing, I found that they had a combined total over over 36 years in the denim business.
Robert created Fran Denim after he started doing crossfit workouts and realized there was a need for jeans that could fit athlete’s larger legs and smaller waists. The fabric is very stretchy and moves with you for tons of mobility.
I have skinny legs but a giant booty and a tummy. So I was nervous these jeans that are made for super fit athletes wouldn’t work for me. I usually wear J Brand 620 mid rise super skinny leg jeans in a really stretchy fabric, because I like how they fit on my legs and smooth out my stomach.
I was so excited to try them on, because on both shoots, Maddy and Rita Benavidez were able to bend, stretch, and kick a la Molly Shannon as Sally O’Malley on SNL. As a makeup artist, I always wear my most comfy jeans (instead of what I want to wear, which is sweatpants, always) to look professional but also be able to move all day. There are times I have 10 seconds to powder someone and then drop to the ground and lotion up their legs. So, baby girl gotta be able to move and grove.
I also got to check out the Fran Denim HQ and see a few designs in the making!
Dang, the fit is perfect. Time to circle back to those 36 years in the denim business. It’s very clear these guys understand fit. The booty looks perfect and my legs look long and lean. I like mid-rise jeans the best, so the “Sarah” skinny fit works best on me. I got these in my standard size that I would buy in J Brand, a size 29. If you are an athlete with larger quads and a tiny waist, you can size down to the waist size that fits you and the jeans legs will stretch to fit. Instead of having to buy jeans a few sizes too big to fit your quads and then get the waist taken in. So Maddy sized down 2 sizes and I (not being super muscle-y) order my standard size. I hope that makes sense.
Like I mentioned before, this stuff has stretch. They are so crazy comfortable, I feel like it’s perfect for me as a makeup artist and anyone who is squatting and lifting and moving like crazy all day. Moms, you will want to live in these jeans.
Each wash had a slightly different feel:
Sarah FD1009, $88: Medium/Light denim. This is their stone wash and the least stretchy of all four jeans. It still has a lot of stretch, just less than the others. I LOVE this color for summer, especially with the jeans rolled up at the ankles.
Sarah FD1003, $88: Dark wash with worn whiskers. This is one of Fran Denim’s top selling washes and it’s easy to see why, especially once the jeans are on. They are SUPER stretchy and hold everything in. The whiskering is expertly placed and makes you look very slim. The skinny leg is perfectly cut and the mid rise is perfect.
Sarah FD1011, $68: On sale for $68! Black, super stretchy fabric material. These are the jeans that Maddy wore for the RX shoot. She was able to do back flips in them, that’s how stretchy and comfortable they are. I wore them to Souplantation buffet yesterday, so I can vouch for how stretchy they are. These fabric doesn’t hold as much in as the FD1003 wash, but it’s still flattering and crazy, crazy comfortable.
Barbara Shorts, $64: I drove home from downtown in these during last week’s heat wave and they are easily the MOST comfortable and flattering shorts I’ve ever worn. I kept looking for a classy pair of cuffed or finished hem shorts with at least a 4″ inseam. But every pair was either booty booty rocking everywhere or so frumpy looking. These shorts have the perfect inseam. They are also the stretchiest of all the denim washes. I hope they use this fabric on their skinny jeans for fall. I’ve never experienced denim so soft and so stretchy. Also, I have skinny legs but always felt like the leg openings were too tight on my shorts but these, again, fit perfectly and don’t squeeze my thighs at all.
If you buy one piece of clothing for summer, I’d make it the Barbara shorts. They are that comfortable.
All the jeans range from $64 for shorts to $98 for jeans, with the average jean going for $88. I have a sale code for you to use I’ll put down below. Now, about their pricing, I have secrets. Fran manufactures their own denim (a lot of companies will hire other factories to make their clothes). Fran is that factory, so instead of paying $150+ for jeans in a store, you can buy them directly from Fran without the retail markup. They eliminate the middle man. So you are getting high end denim for about half the normal price.
10% off your entire purchase with the discount code: girlgetglamorous at checkout!
I have such a good feeling about this brand. The jeans are well made, made in the U.S.A., priced at wholesale, and so comfortable. The Fran denim team couldn’t be nicer or smarter. Great combo, I am hoping for and predicting big things for these guys!
Thank you for reading! I hope you like my first ever clothing post, let me know if you’d like to see more posts like this!! You can share this post on Facebook and please feel free to share the discount code: girlgetglamorous, it can be used unlimited times, so the more the merrier. What style and wash do you want to see from Fran Denim for Fall?
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