Good for the world = 8/10
Del Forte is really an eco pioneer. These jeans are made of organic cotton grown in California and Texas, then sewn and finished in fairtrade conditions in LA. Points added because everything is done in the US, which means that shipping these jeans around takes a little less energy. Minor points off for using cotton, which (much as I love it) consumes an incredible amount of water as it grows.
Plays well with others = 10/10
Jeans have become ubiquitous for precisely their ability to mix into any outfit, and this pair is no exception. Plus, I succeeded in having them tailored to the exact perfect length for heels (when worn long) or flats (when rolled up.) The dark wash looks good with just about everything I own, and these Del Fortes have become my go-to for days when I'm feeling slightly "blah" about my other clothing choices.
Ten year survival = 4/10
Fashion-wise, I don't think bootcuts are leaving us anytime soon. They're flattering on pretty much every body type, and so far have survived the skinny and the wide-leg trends and are starting to pop up in the mainstream again. Now, will these exact Del Fortes last that long? I'm not so confident about that. The denim is well made with just enough stretch to keep these jeans going day to day (and I'll admit to being impressed by how little they deform with repeat wear.) But the second time I tossed them in the wash (followed by an air dry) they faded slightly but noticeably, and it took weeks of wear to get their texture soft again. Plus, I might be paranoid, but I've been noticing a very slight thinning in the ever-delicate inner thigh area (ladies, you know what I'm talking about!) Fingers crossed that I don't end up with any holes, because these are absolutely my favorite jeans!
Del Forte Dahlia Bootcut Jeans $176. Owned for 7 months before this review, worn hard, washed rarely.
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*Disclaimer: My ratings are arbitrary, personal, and completely dependent on my momentary whims. Always do your own research!