Men’s Ripped Jeans: the Fine Line Between Nirvana and Jersey Shore

by Kristen Philipkoski

ripped men's jeansHigh Snobiety surveyed women on what they really think about men who wear ripped jeans, and the results indicate that the only tolerable tears in men’s jeans are ones that arrived naturally. Buying ripped jeans is frowned upon, at least by the women in this survey.

I have to say I agree. I think I even agree with that when it comes to most women’s denim. I once purchased a pair of very ripped up jeans (paid extra for the privilege too) and regretted it deeply. There’s really no reason why we can’t make holes in our own jeans.

And yes this is just a small number of opinions, but consider this: I found the above photo on Pinterest with the following caption: “This is what I picture an arrogant, cocky guy wearing for jeans.” Can’t argue, I’m afraid.

Is Nike Venturing Into Denim?

by Kristen Philipkoski

Nike denim patentNike has a new patent, and it covers an unexpected material: denim, according to the Portland Business Journal.

Nike currently sells one men’s denim design with performance elements including reflective parts and side vents, but it sounds like the patent will take their denim offerings to another level. PBJ says:

The patent describes the denim as useful for extreme athletes, such as BMX riders and skateboarders who ‘require specialized gear that must be comfortable and protective,’ but prefer ‘clothing and other gear that are fashionable and attractive.’

Should be interesting to see if the patent actually leads to a product!

Photo: Nike via PTO via PBJ


My Five Ridiculous Minutes With Khloe Kardashian

by Kristen Philipkoski

This article was originally published at Stylenik, where you can read it in its entirety.

I received the email at 12:32am during a bout of insomnia on May 8. I was in the regular practice of falling asleep with our 4-year-old around 8pm, then finding myself wide awake around midnight but too brain-tired to do anything productive. So I did that thing you’re not supposed to when you can’t sleep and checked my email.

Usually that means groggily deleting junk mail, but one email stood out for its aggressive subject line: THE GA PROJECT 002: YOU HAVE BEEN SELECTED !!

I would have assumed spam had I not recently recently entered myself in a competition to become a model for Khloe Kardashian’s new denim line (this, and other sentences I never expected to write, coming right up).

In order to keep myself up to date on all things indigo, I have a Google Alert set up for “jeans” and “denim.” When I got the alert that Khloe Kardasian wanted “real” models for her upcoming denim project, I figured what the heck. I’m real. All I needed to do was send a photo of myself in jeans and fill out an online form. I sent the photo below, in which I’m wearing high-rise, dark-wash skinny jeans by Grana (which, by the way, I didn’t buy and wish I had).

The email also said I needed to be in Los Angeles on Monday—technically the NEXT DAY—for a 10:45am call time. That meant I had to either pay too much for a flight down there (which wasn’t happening because my husband was unemployed and I was underemployed at the time), or make the seven-hour drive from Pacifica.

Read the rest at Stylenik!


The Hotel Americano Has Denim Bathrobes

by Kristen Philipkoski

Apparently hotels area getting super creative with their robe offerings. No one wants to take a selfie in a boring old white terry robe anymore—guests crave something different. Some hotels have gone with leopard print (Klimpton), others with Rocky Balboa-inspired designs (The Monaco, Philadelphia).

The Hotel Americano, though, has my favorite: “Soft washed denim bathrobe hand made in México.” It would be really hard not to accidentally on purpose sneak that one in the suitcase.

Photo courtesy The Americano via Afar

I Can’t Decide How to Feel About Ridiculous Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

crazy jeansOn the one hand: really unattractive. I might even say hideous.

Then again, fashion should be fun! Why not get a little experimental with denim and do something no one else has? Perhaps the answer lies in the rear-zipper Levi’s x Vetements collab. Or the mud-covered design from Nordstrom that enraged the internet. Or maybe the clear-knee jeans from TopShop.

Whatever the answer, denim designs have gotten so outrageous that publications from The New York Times to Racked to The Vancouver Sun have written articles questioning designers’ choices. I don’t believe the history of denim has every seen anything like it. Should the madness stop? Full steam ahead with abandon? Please tell me what to thing because I can’t decide.

Bliss and Mischief Tries on New Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

It’s a familiar story, the same one we heard from Re/Done not so long ago: In order to grow, we need to branch out from vintage and design our own jeans.

Hillary Justin founded Bliss and Mischief in 2014, and created a sensation with her embroidered denim and other vintage pieces. But she found that finding the perfect vintage jeans that met her (and her customers’) standards wasn’t always easy. She told Vogue:

“There’s definitely still a lot of vintage out there but finding smaller sizes from the right age with a good wash . . . ”

So she set out to create some new jeans that have just as much character as vintage. Did she succeed? Check out the results at MatchesFashion and Net-a-Porter. I’m gonna go ahead and say an emphatic YES, and ditto on the tops and jackets. What do you think?

The Best Jeans to Buy During ShopBop’s End of Season Sale—3 Days Only!

by Kristen Philipkoski

Good jeans can be expensive, and while IMHO they are usually worth every penny, it’s nice to catch a break on the price once it a while. So NOW is the time to stock up, during ShopBop’s end-of-season sale! Get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or more with the code EVENT17! If you don’t know where to start, allow me to assist. Here are the items top on my list of things to nab before they’re sold out—and don’t forget tops, shoes and accessories to accompany your denim because alas (though I try), a woman cannot live in denim alone.

  1. Now’s your chance to snag these epic Cedric Charlier glitter-coated, wide-legged, high-waisted jeans for $224 off!
  2. I hate to use the word epic thrice in one post but it’s necessary when it comes to these epic R13 chaps-style leather and denim jeans. Use the sale code to get $211 off!
  3. Leave it to Stella McCartney to do something truly unique yet wearable with denim. Get $171 off these denim trousers.
  4. These timeless cool-girl jeans from DSQUARED2 are legit worth an investment, because you will likely wear them for the rest of your days. Save $149.
  5. I’ve been eyeing these Red Valentino beauties for a while now. Time to pull the trigger (and save $100 while I’m at it)!
  6. For a break from the more out-there styles, try these dark-wash flares from Rosella Jardini. They would be at home at work or at your neighborhood watering hole.

Wrangler Brings Back Buttons to Bedeck Your Jean Jacket

by Kristen Philipkoski

In high school, I had many buttons on my jean jacket, the make of which I sadly cannot recall, but I do remember it was a very light denim, and very oversized in typical ’80s style. One of the buttons said, “My mom thinks I’m at the movies,” which was rather bold of me because that was an actual thing I used to tell my parents when I was in reality drinking beer in some field somewhere.

Anyway, Wrangler has a very cute take on the decorative button, my favorite of which says, “Wrangler butts drive me nuts!” So cheeky. The guitar one is also adorable—they all are (ooh especially this awesome thunderbird one). They’re also a nice accompaniment to their retro patches, which I tried out here. And you cannot beat the prices—easy entry point for some quality flair. Check out more photos below!

Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile

The Incredible Things Marques Almeida Does With Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

Marques Almeida, a young brand designed by partners Paulo Almeida and Marta Marques, kicked off the whole denim fray trend a few seasons ago. Also, have you seen those over-the-knee boots? Ruffle mania, outsized proportions and super puffy shoulders are a few other hallmarks of their denim play. And while they are still doing amazing things with denim, they seem to be steering away from the fabric in their most recent collection. So let’s enjoy their denim creations while we can! Here are some highlights from their spring and fall 2017 collections:

Fall 2017

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Of a Kind Discusses all Things Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

Of a Kind podcast denimI’ve been a big fan of Of a Kind for quite a while. It’s where I learn about (and shop) all sorts of new makers and brands. So I was excited when I discovered that one of their recent podcasts was on a subject near and dear to my heart—drumroll—DENIM.

The podcast was also their first roundtable discussion, for which they gathered two denim experts: Veronique Hyland, a fashion writer at The Cut and Tiffany Yanetta, style director at Racked.


The Of a Kind host’s first question was one that I often asked: is EVERYTHING trending right now?

The answer was yes, kind of, everything except skinny jeans. We’re still wearing skinny jeans, but they’ve become more of a classic silhouette that’s currently on the back burner.

The current and hopefully everlasting trend is COMFORT. It all started a few seasons ago at fashion week when everyone was wearing sneakers with everything, and if they wore jeans they hung loose—which can look really chic, but not when you’re wearing jeans with stretch. That just looks kind of saggy. Hence, the return of no-stretch jeans (which I discuss further here, here and here).

Other trend points: dark is out, ’90s styles are way in, high waists are in but uncomfortable while sitting down, Levi’s makes the best jean jacket, and fray is in but probably heading out. To hear the entire conversation click here!


Soccer Star Cristiano Ronaldo to Launch a Denim Line

by Kristen Philipkoski

Beloved soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo already owns a successful lifestyle brand called CR7. Yesterday, he announced he was adding men’s denim, which interestingly will include blankets and underwear (!) in addition to jeans. The new pieces will cost between $69 to $179 and will be available in June.

We can pretty much predict what the jeans will look like, if his own personal style is any indication. His street style looks are typically super skinny, very designery, and slung very low. And he will certainly sell millions of them.

Photo via Wikipedia under CC BY-SA 3.0

Gucci Denim Collaborates With Jimmy Prime for a Full-Length Music Video

by Kristen Philipkoski

The credits at the beginning of the video indicate that this is an officially-sanctioned Gucci music video with Toronto artist Jimmy Prime, which is an interesting meeting of rappers who count Euros, wear Gucci jeans, lazily lounge with high-fashion models, and are heavily autotuned.

Typically, luxury brand collabs with music artists are brief commercials rather than a full-length song, which makes it feel kind of weird to me. It’s like wearing a designer head-to-toe—which I’m not totally against but you have to be careful.

What do you think??

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