I’ve learned how difficult it is these days to order new replacements for the clothes I like. Many tried and true brands, styles, and models now arrive only vaguely resembling their predecessors still hanging in my closet. The fabric will have been cheapened, or unnecessary stretch added, or the details, sizing, styling, or tailoring changed. Usually a combination thereof. Never for the better. It’s disappointing.
Certainly Wrangler has not been immune to this trend, and yes, these black jeans are different and don’t appear as robust as earlier versions I have, but - worn twice, washed once - I like these jeans and give them 5 stars. Part of my rating is due to their “right” fit on my body; other people’s experiences will necessarily vary in that regard.
I’m reordering another pair now. It will be interesting to see how these jeans stand up over time.