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A Test: Can You Cuff Flared Jeans?

by Kristen Philipkoski



I’ve been diving so head-first into the flare/bell trend that I found myself looking for a way to switch things up. When I’m feeling that way with straight or tapered jeans, the answer is often to cuff them up once or twice. But doing so with flared jeans gave me pause, because, would they stay cuffed?

But I tested it out anyway, because I was digging the look. The answer to the questions, at least with these McGuire Gainsbourg baby boot cuts, was yes, but only with gentle wear. Once you start rigorously stomping through an airport, which I did shortly after these photos were taken, the cuffs will likely fall out. That was OK in my case since the jeans were so long that they would drag on the ground—but be aware that if your jeans are long, you could end up with dirty jeans fast.


In addition I would say the stiffer your jeans are, the longer they’ll stay cuffed. You could also sneak a safety pin inside your jeans on each side at the seams—discreet and easy enough to remove when you’re feeling the long look again.

This photo shoot (with my dad!) also marked my first try-out with the bandana trend (better late than never!), which I thoroughly enjoyed, until I got really overheated after running to my flight :) Let me know if you try cuffing your bells!

More outfit deets: Freda Salvador Star boots; vintage Phillies t-shirt, similar here; blue bandana.

[Photos by Richard Philipkoski]

The Latest Perfect Jeans from M.i.h: High-Waist, Slim Cut Mimi

by Kristen Philipkoski


These high-waisted, slim-cut jeans are like that perfect vintage find that rarely happens—and when it does, they’re not in your size. Leave it to the jean geniuses at M.i.h to nail your denim hopes and dreams. It’s up to you to decide whether fulfilling them is worth $270 :)



Bloggers in Denim: Sincerely Jules Doesn’t Just Wear It, She Designs It

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Sincerely Jules launched her own clothing line in 2012, and I’m loving the denim she’s been adding to her collection lately. I’m especially smitten with the Brooklyn skinny jeans below, and the prices are totally doable. Plus, I love seeing a blogger take her blog to another level with retail and totally kill it.  

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Wanderer skinny jeans in black or white, $119

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Riley black denim cutoff shorts (also in white), $89

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Brooklyn skinny jeans in washed black, $119 and Detroit distressed bluejeans, $119

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Forever denim camisole, $90; faithful denim camisole, $90; Ruby denim dress, $98

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Relaxed High Waists Elevate Citizens of Humanity’s Summer Lookbook

by Kristen Philipkoski

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I’m in love with the high-waisted denim in Citizens of Humanity’s summer 2016 collection. The jeans are a departure from the high-waisted skinny, which is lovely and figure flattering, but not the most comfortable in hot weather. The pairs above and below look like they’d be comfy lounging on a boat or on the back porch or a warm summer’s eve. I’m also obsessed with the striped jumpsuit below, but I can’t find it a place to buy it for the life of me. Perhaps it’s already sold out?!


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Who Will Be the ‘Real Women’ Models for Khloe Kardashian’s New Denim Line?

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Khloe Kardashian recently announced that she’s launching a new denim line for curvy women. She also put out a call for “beautiful, powerful women to star with me in a campaign” for the new denim brand.

Khloe 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. It was thrilling for those who could make it on short notice: most found out in the wee hours of Sunday Morning May 8 that they would have to get themselves to L.A. in less than 48 hours. Some made the drive from Northern California, others booked last-minute flights, and yet others just couldn’t swing it.

Perhaps that’s why in her car en route to the casting she estimated via Snapchat that she’d be meeting 200 prospective models—but other reports estimated about 100 showed up.

We expect to find out who has made to to the next round towards the end of the month. Stay tuned!

[Photo via Khloe Kardashian on Instagram]

Who Made Kanye’s Met Ball Jeans?

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Kanye West walked down the Met Ball red carpet wearing ripped jeans and blue contact lenses to match. Many called it inappropriate—after all, it was a black tie affair. But his denim certainly didn’t bar him entry to the event. It reminded me of the time in the ’80s when John Cougar Mellencamp (still called that at the time I believe) accepted a Grammy award in ripped jeans. My mother was aghast.

OK I just went down a very deep rabbit hole because I made the mistake of Googling John Mellencamp to get details about the jeans he wore at those Grammy’s and found nothing about that but discovered he’s dating Christy Brinkley (!) and then became obsessed with how amazing she looks at 62 (!).

But back to Kanye and Kim—don’t you wonder what they’ll be up to in 30 years? Will Kim look as amazing at Christy? Anyway, the JEANS. They were “Fear of God selvedge denim vintage indigo jeans” that retail for $895, according the Elle, which also called that an “absurd amount of money.” I have perhaps been in the fashion blogging business for too long, but my reaction to the price was more like: “that’s it?”

The blindingly blingy jacket and his wife’s dress were by Balenciaga: if you have to ask the price you can’t afford it. Do they dress up his jeans enough to forgive flouting the dress code? Like I said, no one denied the shiny couple entry.

[Photo via Kim Kardashian on Instagram]

MiH Jeans Celebrates Its 10th Birthday With a Greatest Hits Capsule Collection

by Kristen Philipkoski

MIH-4-Glamour-29Apr16-pr_bM.i.h. jeans turns 10 this year, and it’s celebrating by launching the Cult Denim Project, a capsule collection of the brands all-time best sellers.

Glamour UK spoke to Chloe Lonsdale, who founded the brand in 2006 (back then it was called Made in Heaven). She says the collection will include a chambray boilersuit, which sold out the first time around, the perfect straight-leg Berlin jean, and a button-up dress with a braided belt.

The Cult Denim Project will drop on May 4 at, at Net-a-Porter and in 10 brick-and-mortar retailers worldwide.





[Photos via Glamour]



The Best Street Style from Amsterdam Denim Days

by Kristen Philipkoski


It’s a fashion week where everyone is wearing denim to every show and party. Amsterdam Denim Days features  expos, music, seminars, vintage market, food & drinks, workshops and lots more. It also includes the Kingpins Show, an invite-only industry denim trade show which launched in New York City in 2004.

The good-looking, well-dressed people you see before you were lucky enough to be there this year. If you’re a denim nerd, Amsterdam is where you want to be in April. Hopefully see you there next year!






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The Magic of Mixed Color’s Indigo and Appliqué Denim Jackets

by Kristen Philipkoski

ee87cf_4e9804bd636248aa99cb2be2fb4b7fc8I love it when I’m browsing Instagram and I come across something really magical. That’s what happened this morning when I encountered Mixed Color. I’m at a loss for words over their appliqué denim jackets, and that doesn’t happen very often. Their colorful dresses and indigo pieces are also incredible. One of each, please!


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The Best of the Bangladesh Denim Expo

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Twice each year in the spring and fall, Bangladesh hosts denim brands, designers, buyers, and other members of the denim trade at the Bangladesh Denim Expo. It may seem like an unlikely venue for a denim trade show, but over the past decade or so, Bangladesh has become a respected supplier of denim and jeans across the globe.

The expo, which launched in 2014, features acres of booths where denim brands display their latest designs and innovations. The show also features talks and seminars on health, safety, sustainability and trends.

This year’s trade show just wrapped up, and since I couldn’t be there, I’ve been pouring over all the photos I can find from the event. Amy Leaverton, author of Denim Dudes had a prominent social media presence at the show, and photographer Sadia Rafique was on hand to document the event.

Check out some of the Bangladesh Expo highlights below!

Photo via Facebook

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Beautiful bit of laser repeat destruction from #tonello #bddenimexpo

A photo posted by Amy Leverton (@denimdudes) on

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Madewell’s Summer Denim Lookbook Will Make You Need a Vacay Now

by Kristen Philipkoski



The look and feel of Madewell’s summer denim lookbook is making me want to hop on the next plane to Cape Cod or The Hamptons—or any place near the ocean thats hot in the day and a bit cooler at night. There’s nothing quite like the feel of getting dressed up in your favorite jeans after spending the day at the beach. Denim + cocktail time = the start of a successful coast side evening.

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Bloggers in Denim: Mountain and Cloud and Double Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

untitled-0018I love it when I discover a new blogger with amazing style, and I love it even more when she’s a denim enthusiast like myself. That’s what happened when I came across Helen of Mountain and Cloud (great blog name, by the way!).

I’m obsessed with her double denim ensemble above. The Current/Elliot dress is perfection combined with the flared jeans and amazing white booties. I found several more covetable denim outfits where that came from while perusing the rest of her blog.



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