High 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.
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!
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).
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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:
I’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!
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.
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.
Denim is no longer relegated to weekends and casual occasions only. These days, jeans can be appropriate pretty much anytime, and here at Eat, Sleep, Denim, we wear them ALL the time. We’re obsessed with the latest trends, newest brands, heritage brands doing cool things, and the street style stars who wear denim like it’s their job—because it is for real our job.
ESD’s editor, Kristen Philipkoski, started blogging about personal style in 2010 with Stylenik. She has written for Wired, 7×7 magazine, Forbes, Racked, Refinery 29 and more. Follow along at ESD as she discovers new denim brands, chats with denim enthusiasts, and tracks the trends from bell bottom to skinny, shredded to raw, hight-waists to hip huggers.