Get It Already! The Oversized Denim Jacket

by Jennine Jacob

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In case you were chomping at the bit for fall, but still want to enjoy summer, the oversized denim jacket is the transitional staple for your wardrobe. I’ve always loved my denim jackets, so indulging on the oversized will last not just this year, but for a long time. I’ve had my eye on the Joe’s Jeans Oversized Dolman Denim Jacket for a year, and I still love it as much as I did last year, and this year Rag and Bone/Jean, R13 and Current/Elliott all have their versions.  The benefit of the oversized is that in warmer weather you can drape it over your shoulders, layer with shorts or a mini dress… and when the weather cools down, you can layer it to no end. Denim is actually a great wind blocker so if you have a chunky sweater that won’t fit under your puffy coat, or a blazer that doesn’t fit into your jacket, this is an amazingly chic and simple way to fix that problem.

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Katharine Hepburn: A Pioneer in Denim Style

by Jennine Jacob

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Women really didn’t wear trousers until the later half of the 20th century. With that in mind, it’s very hard to find images of women wearing trousers pre-1950 or even pre-WWII, especially women wearing denim. Everyone knows that Katharine Hepburn is a style icon for the way she made trousers elegant. Those wide legged trousers had Hollywood appeal, even while everyone else was wearing dresses and skirts. She was really an outlier in fashion for the risks she took both on and off the screen. She was more than just a star, she was a woman who pursued many things, flying, tennis, shooting, knitting, even skateboarding. What’s more, she pioneered the denim look for women.

Even though Levi’s first started producing denim clothing for women as early as 1918 (they were tunics, not jeans) and their first denim trousers called Lady Levi’s in the mid-1930′s, Katharine Hepburn, a true star, had her jeans custom made on Savile Row. She not only had her jeans tailored to her personally, she also curated this look of mixing her wide legged, high waisted jeans with long coats, silk blouses making them not necessarily “dungarees” (which is what my grandmother used to call jeans) but actually jeans in the way you and I would wear them today.

Only, Hepburn is way, way more glamorous.

 

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Labor Day Denim Sales

by Christina Uzzardi

I may have led with this last year but, I apologize for bringing up Fall when summer isn’t over yet.  Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of summer, but it’s also serious sale holiday. The labor day deals are already starting, and the denim sales are extra good. With deals hovering around 50% off retail. Boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans (if you’re not over them yet), shorts and even white jeans on sale (for those who dare!). Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite denim sales on now, through Labor Day.

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Citizens of Humanity Dylan Boyfriend Jeans 40% off)

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Current/Elliott The Bicycle Short (50% off)

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J Brand 811 Midrise Skinny Leg Jeans (60% off)

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MOTHER The Looker Skinny Jeans (30% off)

 

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Citizens of Humanity Emerson Jeans (40% off)

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MiH Marrakesh Jeans (70% off)

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Acne Studio Pop Distressed Jeans (70% off)

 

 

AG Jeans Fall 2014 Campaign with Daria Werbowy is the Best

by Jennine Jacob

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If there was ONE  denim ad campaign that got the most buzz in 2014, I would have to give that award to AG Jeans campaign for featuring Daria Werbowy. Earlier this year, AG released a teaser that got pinned all over the place and I just absolutely loved the low-contrast double denim styling and Daria’s perfect hair and no-makeup look. Nothing is more perfect for 2014 than that combination! Upon the release of the full campaign, we have to note AG Jeans for men, is also just as perfect. That dark denim bomber jacket is flipping amazing.

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Katy Perry and Riff Raff Replay Britney and Justin’s Denim Look

by Jennine Jacob

katy-embed   Usually it takes twenty years for a fashion statement to get all nostalgic. Seven years early, Katy Perry and Riff Raff pulled a little trip down memory lane by recreating the Britney and Justin double denim partner look from the VMAs thirteen years ago. Of course, the internet exploded and we all got nostalgic for that magic from the Aughts.

In case you forgot how glorious Britney and Justin were…

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And how rarely does denim hit the red carpet? Well, here’s Stevie Wonder in a patchwork denim tux with Bette Midler in 1975:

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And Jenna Lyons at the 2012 Met Gala wearing a denim jacket:

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Is The Skinny Jean Trend Really Over?

by Jennine Jacob

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I can remember back in 2006-07, I tried on my first pair of “skinny jeans.” I was nervous. Were they unflattering? What would I wear them with. But once I bought a pair, it was all over, skinny jeans would be the main staple of my wardrobe for the next eight years. It was like getting an iPhone after having a Razr flip phone. Like, was there life before? I dunno, can’t remember.

Then, I started to notice something, after ignoring the boyfriend jean trend for ages, I bought a pair of boyfriend jeans. Even back in March, I predicted that the pair of jeans you should invest in, was the high waisted “mom” style. I’ve always worn my skinny jeans a bit slouchy, so that wasn’t a big leap. Then, getting used to the comfort of a more relaxed fit, I started experimenting with sweatpants. The last few weeks, sweatpants have been pretty much all I’ve been wearing. Fancy sweatpants. I even wrote a post about it on my other blog.

It seems that I’m not alone. Sales of skinny jeans are down. Sweatpants are up. It seems that every retailer has their version of the dressy sweatpant.  “Women basically said, ‘I’m not wearing tight jeans — I’m done with them,’” Marshal Cohen, chief analyst at trend research group, NPD Group, INC  said to Bloomberg.

While I never felt that “tight jeans” were uncomfortable, unless they didn’t have any stretch and they didn’t fit properly, there is something to be said about getting into a more relaxed jean. The comfort, ease, and style contributes to an effortless look.

That said, I still believe that a great pair of skinny jeans coupled with blazer, tee-shirt and flats looks great any time of day, any time of year. So don’t throw out your skinny jeans yet… but also, don’t dismiss boyfriend jeans and sweatpants either, because there is something to be said about being comfortable.

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Icons in Denim: Brigitte Barot

by Jennine Jacob

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It’s impossible to say the word “bombshell” or “sex symbol” without eventually thinking of Brigitte Bardot. Along the lines of Marilyn Monroe, she was the archetype for the curvaceous blonde. Her first dream was to become a ballerina, but cut her teeth on modeling for her mother’s hat line. Over the years, she eventually became an actress, then retired from show business in 1973, then she became a animal rights activist for which she continues to this day.

One of the things that is striking about the photos of her from the 50′s-70′s is how she wore her denim, completely effortless, and even a bit like she just rolled out of bed. Perhaps that’s just a thing that the French can do so well. While her signature is the super tight skinny jeans, she also has been spotted wearing boot cut jeans, as well as tucking flared jeans into boots a la pirate look! Arrr! So good.

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Denim Crush: Industry Standard

by Christina Uzzardi

I have a new obsession and it’s called Spring. A couple of my friends who sell their beauty products on the new shopping app tipped me off a few weeks ago and I’ve been hooked ever since the recent launch. I use it to shop already cherished brands, but also discover new ones like Industry Standard New York. A pair of high rise white jeans made me click, and I had to learn more. Recently founded by Nicole Najafi, The line is designed in New York, and produced in Los Angeles. For now the selection is carefully edited, with just a handful of classic, everyday styles you’ll live in, like the Simone Midrise, a midrise skinny jean composed of a comfy, stretchy blend, and the Margo Highrise, a highrise skinny jeans washed in the perfect indigo and composed of that same fabric. I can’t wait to get a pair, I just can’t decide on a style. Oh, and another selling point, all styles are designer and manufactured in the US, and retail at $95 – $105. Excuse to buy a few? Perhaps.

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Nicole has made technology a focus from the beginning. Not only is the brand on Spring, but they’re also offering studio visits to all customers who place orders through the app. And come September, they’re launching Clothes Horse on the site, a size guide platform that helps customers know what size to order based on their previous purchases at other brands. Tech and denim — my two favs! Shop Industry Standard online here. P.S. all orders arrive bundled up in the cutest packaging (see below).

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Fall Trend: Skinny Jeans, Fat Cuffs

by Jennine Jacob

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As someone who buys “cropped jeans” that always turn out to be, well, normal length on me, cuffing is kind of a fact of life. I’m always cuffing jeans (unless they are “cropped” ), and for a while I was wondering if I should give up on the cuff, but lo and behold, the dramatic cuff started appearing on skinny jeans. I talked about the statement cuff a few months back, and it’s amazing, though worn with a boyfriend cut jean, it’s a bit bolder of a statement since boyfriend jeans can be a hard look to style. The fat cuff / skinny jean combination works because skinny jeans are more wearable, and the long inseam is quite easy to find. You can wear the fat cuff / skinny jean with sneakers, booties or heels all the same. It’s quite possibly the most versatile look ever.

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Image credits: Clemence Poesy, Apartment34, Sincerely Jules

Baldwin Denim Mens Fall Collection is Perfect

by Jennine Jacob

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My husband does two shopping trips a year. Once in the fall for the major shopping trip, and again in the spring for a smaller trip. My shopping trips are more frequent, but I tell you, fall is a major time for me as well. This year all around I’ve noticed the trend towards developing a timeless wardrobe. Clean lines, minimal styling and crisp colors. That’s why Baldwin Denim’s mens collection is the one to watch this season for mens streetwear. From the perfect sweatpants (yes, sweatpants! love them!) to an amazingly sharp pair of chinos which can be paired with the eternally cool shawl collar sweater. This collection has the foundation for the best wardrobe ever.

 

 

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Icons in Denim: Patti Smith

by Jennine Jacob

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Patti Smith is one of my favorite musicians and style inspiration. Ahead of her time, not only did she pioneer a genre of music, she also pioneered a style of dress. You can see her influence in style in people today (I’m thinking of Freja Beha Erichsen specifically) but also in that androgynous, timeless sense. That jeans and button-down shirt combination she wore so well never went out of style in the 40 years since she started wearing it. I love how her jeans back then are perfectly distressed, ripped and cuffed, the original “boyfriend jean.” Even if worn today. And the denim shorts paired with a trench coat? That’s awesome.

 

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Summer’s Hottest (& Shortest) Denim Cut-off

by Christina Uzzardi

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Love denim cut offs? Yea, me too. But apparently I’ve been cutting and wearing mine wrong for months! OK not really but I swear everyone I see in cut offs this season are wearing their shorts this way: cut at an angle towards the thigh (often like underwear), with tons of fray, and short as possible. I’m not sure if I can get away with the style on an everyday basis, but definitely like covering up a bathing suit with shorty shorts – and if styled right support this look. Who am I fooling? If you have the confidence (and gams) to pull them off than please do! Get the look with:

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Love these looks:

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