The Return of Wrangler Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

Wrangler heritage jeans

I was so intrigued when I laid eyes on these heritage Wrangler jeans. Wrangler calls them a cowboy cut, but they’re also totally on trend with their high waist and distressing, which is done by hand. The pockets feature the old school Wrangler leather patch and “W” stitching on the back pockets.

They’re old and new brought together in an awesome pair of jeans.

One thing to be aware of is the sizing. The design was previously a men’s jean, so for whatever reason, they kept that sizing and recommend that you go up three to four sizes from your normal size. I usually take a 28 or 29 and the 32s fit me just fine. Note that they don’t have any stretch, so sizing up might be a good call.

All in all it’s been really fun rediscovering this brand. Check out my other Wrangler post, featuring their super cool retro patches. And stay tuned for some stylings with their retro pins, too!

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

WEARING: Wrangler heritage jeans, Freda Salvador booties, Chloe vintage bag (similar hereAdina Mills ring, Centinelle scarf, SunGod sunnies.   

Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile

Madewell’s Tips for DIY Denim Distressing

by Kristen Philipkoski

When Madewell gives advice on distressing denim, we listen. Aha moments for me included the recommendation to use a dremel tool, which I had to Google, and to alternate between tearing and cutting when creating a raw hem. All around very good tips that could save you lots of $$$!

Good American Adds Shorts and Lace-Up Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

Khloe Kardashian’s Good American jeans is on a roll: last month they introduced a pencil skirt in denim, and now they’ve released several styles of cut-off shorts, as well as skinny jeans that lace up the side—all the way up the side—in various washes.

The shorts come in a mid-thigh and a Bermuda length (I am partial to the latter… these may be a pair of shorts that I would actually wear!).

The lace-ups are the “good legs” cut and come in black and blue. They up the sexy vibe to a level you might expect from a Kardashian product. And as always, the new designs come in sizes 00 to 24.

Are you feeling these new designs? Have you tried out any of the Good American jeans? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!



Sasha Pivovarova’s Frame Collab Takes Embroidered Denim to the Next Level

by Kristen Philipkoski

I’m having such flashbacks with all the denim embroidery, oversized silhouettes, and high waists we’re seeing at the moment. The Sasha Pivovarova guest collection for Frame brings all those erstwhile trends together in one collection, making them trendy once more. The collection includes two denim jackets, one heavier on the embroidery than the other, and two pairs of jeans, in a couple different washes.

If Pivovarova looks familiar, it’s probably because she has modeled for more Prada campaigns than any other model in history—19 as of 2016. The Russian model is also mother to a five-year-old and has modeled fora slew of other brands including Armani, Miu Miu and Chanel. She has graced the covers of countless magazines and is also an accomplished artist whose work has been shown in galleries in Paris and New York.

So yeah, her denim collab is a big deal! Shop the full collection at Frame’s website.

Denim Jackets Go Big

by Kristen Philipkoski

Jeans jackets have been rather shrunken in recent years. But there’s an undeniable trend towards the oversized ’80s-style denim jacket, often complete with the patches and pins that were also popular in the decade. There’s something extremely cool, chic and unfussy about this new silhouette, and it’s just in time for the weather to thaw and allow for this lighter jacket situation.

From left: Public School Dani Jacket, $525; Agolde Jessie Oversized ’90s Jacket, $228; Sandy Liang Tuesday Jacket, $451; James Jeans Oversized Boyfriend Jacket, $246; Current/Elliott the Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $368

Oh, and don’t forget about Shopbop’s Go Big sale! Checkout the details here.



Buy Them Now: Cropped Jeans for Spring

by Kristen Philipkoski

The beauty of cropped jeans is that you can wear them year round. They have a decidedly warm-weather feel when you wear them with bare ankles and sandals but they’re also a great excuse to show off a chic pair of boots or booties.

For the moment, though, we’re focusing on cropped jeans to get us excited for warmer weather. We may have to wear them with our ankles covered for a couple more months, but at least they’ll give us a little something to look forward to.

Left to right: Seafarer Lord Jim Special Jeans, $264; Red Valentino Stonewashed Scallop-Trip Jeans, $495; Citizens of Humanity Melanie Wide-Leg Crop, $268; Rachel Comey Cropped Tux Jeans, $345; Agolde Taylor High-Rise Crop Kick-Flare Jeans, $158




Get Big Denim Discounts With Shopbop’s Go Big Sale

by Kristen Philipkoski

It’s that time again! Now through March 4, the more you spend at Shopbop, the more you save. Buy $200 worth of jeans (or anything else) and get 15% off your entire order with the code GOBIG17. Spend $500 and get 20% off; spend $800 and get 25% off! That’s on both full priced and sale items.

That means instead of $278, these Citizens of Humanity beauties are only $236. And wouldn’t they look cute with this Equipment top and these gold sneaks? Well look at that, I’m right on my way to saving $224!

You can too, so get shopping! And if you’re a dude, it’s the exact same deal over at East Dane. You’re welcome.

Phlemuns Launches a Handmade Reconstructed Denim Collection

by Kristen Philipkoski

Los Angeles native James Flemons suffered from asthma as a kid, so he spent a lot of time inside sketching, using his sister’s Barbies as inspiration. He graduated from FIDM just five years ago, and now runs his label   Phlemuns out of his L.A. living room. He still makes all of his brand’s garments himself.

But we have a feeling that will change soon: Flemons is already a favorite of Solange, Miley Cyrus and Tinashe, and he was recently written up in Vogue for his new denim capsule collection. The denim is recycled and reused and we want one of each!

Just When I Thought I’d Seen It all: Denim Leg Warmers

by Kristen Philipkoski

Faustine Steinmetz is obsessed with denim, as a quick perusal of the Paris-born designer’s Instagram feed will tell you. And a peek at her Autumn 2017 collection will show you that she’s also incredibly innovative with the fabric. Her show in London included a denim duster, a denim obi, and denim leg warmers—or perhaps one would call them gators? In any case, I never thought I’d see the likes but there they are and the world is a better place now.

See photos and read more about the designer’s Spring 2017 collection at Business of Fashion.

Photo via the British Fashion Council




Romeo Hunte s/s17

by Kristen Philipkoski

Romeo Hunte’s spring and summer 2017 collection includes many denim pieces (including shoes!), all designed in his architectural, unconventional style. The denim jackets are the kind of thing you can throw on over anything and be the most stylish person in the room. Check out the video below for the entire collection and I’ve also included a few of my favorite pieces  here. You can also shop online here. He also makes some pretty sweet fur chokers.

Hem + Haw Will Use Your Old Jeans to Make a New Handbag

by Kristen Philipkoski

Hope Mills Voelkel, founder of Hem + Haw, grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, a town that’s home to seven textile mills. The factories would donate extra fabric to her 4-H club, and she used the factory scraps to learn to sew. After college, she worked at a creative agency where she learned problem solving and communications skills. It all came together while on a hike when her favorite pair of jeans ripped. She didn’t want to give them up, but they were expired as pants.

So to give the jeans a second life, she used the denim the make a handbag. And when she thought of the mountains of clothing that’s discarded every year, she thought perhaps making lots of cute bags could not only be a great business, but also a way to lessen the amount of trash in the world. And so Hem + Haw denim clutches and cross body bags were born!

Every element of the bags is made in the U.S. The denim comes from all over the South (or it can come from your own old jeans), the lining is made of cotton that’s grown, dyed and woven in the United States, the leather is manufactured in Ohio, and the zippers are made in Georgia.

The bags can be a date-night clutch, or you can add a strap to make a crossbody bag for anything from riding a bike or wrangling children. The leather accents give the bags a sophisticated feel and are a nice counter element to the weathered denim. Buy a bag made with denim Hem + Haw has collected, or send them your own well-loved jeans to create a custom bag—learn more about that here and here!



Dream Harder, Love Harder With Evendimes

by Kristen Philipkoski

Esther Voisin, the creator of denim brand Evdenimes, says denim is her canvas. “It’s an inspiring, versatile, functional and vernacular material. Since I began to work with denim, my desire has always been to make simple, timeless pieces.” Dream Harder is her motto, and it’s a phrase, among others, that can be found on her bags and denim button-up shirts. Each piece is unique and made by hand. She deconstructs vintage denim pieces and reconstructs them as bags and/or adds leather and hardware accents.


Shop online or in person at Bazar in Venice, California, or at one of three Los Angeles locations: Trading Post, Lot, Stock and Barrel and Fred Segal. Prices range from $38 for a t-shirt to $550 for the




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