Stars and Denim Are a Match Made in Heaven

by Kristen Philipkoski

star jeans
Why does a motif borrowed from the heavens work so well with denim? Perhaps it’s the rock star connotation. Maybe its our fascination with constellations? Because denim rhymes with heaven? And why does Stella McCartney make so many jeans with the five-point pattern? One could venture plenty of guesses (dad’s a rock star, after all), but maybe it’s as mysterious as the heavens themselves. In any case, there is something very right about a star motif on a pair of jeans or a denim jacket.

Here are a few specimens that will be perfect with chunky sweaters as the weather gets chillier and the holidays approach (too quickly!).

Clockwise from top left:

  1. Stella McCartney star kick denim
  2. Etienne Marcel star print jeans
  3. Stella McCartney skinny kick jeans
  4. Stella McCartney skinny boyfriend jeans
  5. Stella McCartney vintage black star trousers
  6. Stella McCartney embroidery black skinny jeans

How To D.I.Y. Denim Ebroidery

by Kristen Philipkoski

denim embroidery

Embroidery on denim jacket and jeans are all the rage at the moment. They also can cost all the money.

Happily, Erica over at HonestlyWTF has come up with a DIY that makes it very affordable to create your own, personalized embroidery on your denim. It involves an amazing, printable material that dissolves when you run it under water, check it out! Read More >

Must-Have Petite Jeans for Fall

by Kristen Philipkoski

If, like me, you’re over hemming every single pair of jeans you buy, maybe it’s time to check the petite offerings. The selection is smaller, for sure, but a buying a few basic styles for fall and winter that you can wear immediately will kick-start your chilly weather style. The alternative (for me, always) is a false start with jeans I’m dying to wear, but that sit in my drawer because I never get my shorty self to the tailor.

And since the selection can be quite small, your other alternative is regular-sized cropped jeans. Some of my favorite jeans are technically cropped, but hit perfectly just below my ankles.


Siwy Mary-Jane jeans, $196 Read More >

A Note About Good American Jeans’ Actually Diverse Campaign

by Kristen Philipkoski

I'm so proud of my squad!!! #GoodAmerican

A photo posted by Khloé (@khloekardashian) on

I have looked at ultra-thin models and celebrities in magazines, on billboards, and later on blogs my entire life and wished I didn’t have such stubbornly thick thighs. I wished my tummy could always be flat. I’ve been on this earth for more than four decades and despite plenty of therapy and mental exercises in self-acceptance, I still find myself spending way too much time and energy wishing my body were different.

@_stephanierao in Good Legs blue 001 behind the scenes at the #goodamerican shoot #goodsquad

A video posted by GOOD AMERICAN (@goodamerican) on

And then I look at this Instagram clip from Good American, and it does more for my mental health than all those years of therapy (don’t tell my therapist!). I feel thankful for my American thighs. I want to celebrate this body that I’m lucky enough to live in. These thick, strong legs let me practice yoga. My physical strength helps me shake it in dance class. And, second only to my family, yoga and dance are the two most joyful things in my life (writing is a close third).

The Good American campaign is sexy but powerful. It celebrates sizes from zero to 24. It features women from multiple ethnic backgrounds, with curly and straight hair (one has hardly any hair), and one with tattoos on her face. Lots of brands talk about producing diverse campaigns, but this one actually is.

And I never thought I’d be saying these words (and I’m probably WAY too influenced by media) but: Thank you, Khloe Kardashian!

Don’t Put Away Your Cropped Jeans, Get Some Cute Socks

by Kristen Philipkoski

socks with cropped jeansCropped jeans were a big trend this spring and summer, and with the cold months on the horizon, it may seem like time to put them away, lest we chill our poor ankles to the bone. But! So many cute socks are available, there is no need to banish your cropped denim until spring. Keep it in the rotation with a pair of cute socks. Also consider boots—it’s only going to get colder.


  1. Marni plaid socks
  2. Stance ribbon everyday 2000 socks
  3. Acne Studios Anna alpaca socks
  4. Kate Spade Baby It’s Cold Outside socks
  5. Plushheart rolled fleece socks
  6. Richer Poorer Blizen sock 2-pack

[Photo by BFA/Hunter Abrams via The Zoe Report]

Shop Khloe Kardashian’s Good American This Morning

by Kristen Philipkoski

good american jeansHave you been on the edge of your seat to shop Khloe Kardashian’s new denim line? If so, you’re in luck because Good American launching this morning at 8am Pacific 11am Eastern time. The brand is a collaboration with fashion executive Emma Grede, and sizes will run from 5-24. It will be available at Nordstrom and at the Good American website in less than two hours! From the website, here’s a hint about what you can expect:

There is a new definition of sexy. Inspired by their belief that every body deserves to be shown off, friends and collaborators Khloé Kardashian and Emma Grede cofounded GOOD AMERICAN, a line of premium denim for sizes 0 to 24. Contour waistbands, stitching details and special fabrications give each pair a precise fit designed to flatter every curve.

The jeans will come in three styles: Good Legs (skinny), Good Cuts (boyfriend) and Good Waist (high-waisted). Bodysuits, T-shirts and sweatshirts are also part of the offering in the inaugural fall collection.

Khloe has been hyping her new brand since she put out a call for “beautiful, powerful women to star with me in a campaign” for the new denim brand. She asked prospective models to submit their photos at The GA Project’s website, and about 100 women were called for a casting in LA on May 9.

We’ve been getting peeks of the lucky women who were chosen on Good American’s Instagram feed. Jazzmine Carthon, Shae Butters, Karizzagee, Bae.Doe, Roxy Reyes (pictured above), Emily Sears and Marilyn Rondon are among the 20 women who were picked.

It’s remarkable and a step in the right direction that Khloe isn’t launching a plus-size range per se, but including a wide range of sizes. “Plus size” models have been asking for this for along time: stop separating us into some special category, just make clothes for everyone, and have fashion shows for everyone. Say what you will about the Kardashian’s, but they know what the people want!



Get Your Dream Jeans (and Everything to Wear With Them) at up to 30% Off in Shopbop’s Sale of the Season for Three Days Only!

by Kristen Philipkoski


Shopbop’s Event of the Season Sale starts today! It runs through Friday, with 25% off all orders and 30% off all orders over $500. Shopbop’s brother site for men, East Dane, is running the same discounts also starting today and running through Sunday October 16.

So if there’s some denim you’ve had your eye on but were waiting for the right moment to strike, wait no longer! The Event of the Season is only three days, and the most popular styles will go FAST.

Khloe Kardashian’s Denim Line Good American Drops on October 18

by Kristen Philipkoski

A sneak peek at the #goodamerican campaign featuring @khloekardashian and the #goodsquad

A photo posted by GOOD AMERICAN (@goodamerican) on

Khloe Kardashian has revealed the name of her new denim line for curvy women: Good American. Catchy! The brand is a collaboration with fashion executive Emma Grede, and sizes will run from 2-24. It will be available at Nordstrom on October 18, and the jeans will com in three styles: Good Legs (skinny), Good Cuts (boyfriend) and Good Waist (high-waisted). Bodysuits, T-shirts and sweatshirts are also part of the offering in the inaugural fall collection, according to WWD.


Check out Good American’s Instagram feed, and read more about Khloe’s call for “real models”

Three Denim Jacket Styles You Need for Fall

by Kristen Philipkoski

screen-shot-2016-10-04-at-2-34-47-pmThere’s a little nip in the air. It’s that time of year when a denim jacket is the perfect thing to throw on over that sundress you can’t give up just yet, or when the sun goes down and you need an extra layer. Nothing could be more versatile. Here are three versions of the classic piece that are sure to come in handy over the next few months. And when temps start to really plummet? Layer them with flannels and cable knits to put off donning that full-on wool coat for just a little longer.

  1. Embellished

    This 3×1 WJ Classic embroidered jacket is very now, but will also be loved for a lifetime.

  2. Classic

    The Ksubi oversized jean jacket looks like you borrowed it from some dude and you clearly have no intention of returning it.

  3. Shearling

    You’ll be extra happy to turn up the collar of the AG shearling Mya jacket come December.

Strom and Kato Celebrate Denim at San Francisco’s Convert Shop

by Kristen Philipkoski

[Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile]
Last week, I co-hosted a denim party (obviously my favorite kind of party) at Convert shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Representatives from Strom, and Kato were on hand to suit up my fellow San Francisco bloggers with the perfect jeans for their bod. I was thrilled to see nearly as many male as female bloggers in attendance!

Attendees included Alexandra Bigley of SF Shopgirl, Ashley Zeal of Two Peas in a Prada, Brian Chan of Chanism, Charlene Harris of Allergic to Vanilla, Dario Smith of The Bellwether Project, Elisa Armitage of WTFab, Eric Deck of Smartly Dressed, Flora Tsapovsky of Bicoastalista, Gene Elazegui, Jenna Whitecar of Jenna Rose Colored Glasses, Kara Stone of Boston a la Mode, Kat Ensign of Kat Walk SF, Kelly Huibregste of A Side of  Sweet, Kim Mitchell of J’Adore Couture, Lauren Pranger of Lo Maintenance, Natalie Goel of Like Fresh Laundry, Ranier John of The Dressed Chest, Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick, Tiffany Wang and Kat McEachern.

The piece everyone was talking about was an apparent skirt by Strom that unzipped to become full-on shorts. Kim took one home with her and I can’t wait to see how she styles it. Look for all of the bloggers to be wearing amazing denim on their blogs soon!

We snacked on goodies from Whole Foods and drank a delectable bourbon cocktail by M Squared Spirits while we shopped. Randy and Fred, Convert’s proprietors, made sure everyone found something they loved. All in all it was a fine way to spend a Wednesday evening! Thanks to everyone who came, and check out the party photos by Anna-Alexia Basile! And if you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by one of Convert’s three locations:

556 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-252-7991
Hours: 11am to 7pm M-Sat; 11am to 6pm Sun

1809 4th St.
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 510-649-9759
Hours: 10am to 7pm M-Sat; 10am to 6pm Sun

Convert Collection
1844 4th Street
Berkeley, CA 94710
Phone: 510.984.0142
Hours: 10am to 7pm M-Sat; 10am to 6pm Sun

Wide-Leg Denim Culottes for Fall

by Kristen Philipkoski


I’m still feeling these Citizens of Humanity Melanies even though they’re from more than a year ago. They are unfortunately sold out, but there are plenty of wide-leg, cropped copycats out there if you’re into this look! Check out my suggestions at the bottom of the post. Read More >

Believe It or Not, Places Exist Where You Still Can’t Wear Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

the-palm-court-from-long-galleryMy BFF Robyn recently visited London, and was refused entry to The Ritz because she was wearing jeans (the dress code is explained here). Besides being embarrassed, she was somewhat shocked that places still exist in the world where jeans are considered unacceptable attire.

“I had just met up with an English friend of a friend, and we were denied entry. I was humiliated,” Robyn said. “😞,” she added. “In all fairness I didn’t know we were going to The Ritz.”

It got me thinking, where else can’t you wear jeans? Most weddings, dinner at the White House, the Oscars, a job interview… where else? After a little research, Robyn discovered Jean-Georges in NYC also forbids denim. I used to think church belonged on the list, but last time I went with my parents, plenty of worshippers wore denim.

WhoWhatWear wrote a post back in 2014 listing nine places where you should never wear jeans:

  1. Job interview
  2. An important work presentation
  3. A court date
  4. When hosting a dinner party
  5. Meeting your boyfriend’s family
  6. To a wedding
  7. To a wake
  8. To a rehearsal dinner
  9. To a fancy art event

I agree with all but two of these: I’m pretty sure the last time I served jury duty, pretty much every other juror wore jeans throughout the trial. Perhaps we were all marked as rude by the judge. I’m also pretty sure none of my friends would give a care if I wore jeans to host them for dinner (and vice versa). And apparently they need to at The Ritz and Jean-Georges to their list!

What do you think? Where would you refrain from wearing jeans?

[Photo via The Ritz London]


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