I finally got myself some new skinny jeans that don't fall down at the waist after they've been on more than 5 minutes, like the ONE pair I've had up until now. I decided I'd try J. Crew Factory, a brand I like already, and they were even on sale (still are, if you're interested)! The verdict: I'm a fan! Here's my comments, since the J. Crew Factory website doesn't have reviews (at least last time I checked...). Hope it's helpful.
REVIEW: J. Crew Factory mid-rise skinny jean
Fit: Moderately skinny leg - really not that slim in the calf area, but fine. My upper leg is not on the small side (as the picture unflatteringly shows), but they fit there, so these are not super skinny, by any means.
Sizing: These are sized by waist size, 24-33, and I sized up one size from what the sizing chart says my conversion from regular sizing to waist sizing would be. I'm glad I did, or the waist wouldn't have fit comfortably (I'm more of an apple-shape, however, those with a smaller waist could probably get their regular size).
Rise: This hits me about 1/2 inch below the belly button (but I am short-waisted). It is accurately a "mid-rise" designation.
Length: These are about an inch longer in inseam than I like, but I am 5'2" so that's always the case unless I get a petite size. As expected. Taller ladies may need a tall version.
Fabric: Nice and structured, stretchy but doesn't stretch out too much after wearing for just a few minutes - holds its shape. This is more of a thicker, fall fabric, which is fine
Wash: This is the "Huron" wash, a medium tone which I like, with only a touch of whiskering at the top, and no distressing.
Quality: Good, as expected from this brand.
Comments: Not the absolutely most flattering jeans I've ever owned, but for $29, I'm very happy. I didn't get a picture of the back pockets for you, but they are plain, on the larger size, and somewhat lower placed than some others, making them classic and flattering, in my opinion.
OUTFIT DETAILS (already mentioned in this post):
Top: Madewell (sold out but alternate color here, similar)
Blazer: Gap, old (similar)
Jeans: J. Crew Factory (exact - on sale for $29!)
Heels: J. Crew, last year (similar, similar)
Maroon bag: Coach via outlet (similar)
Earrings: Sterling silver balls via ebay (similar)
Watch: vintage Citizen via ebay (similar)