13 Perfect Pairs of Summer Jeans from Shopbop’s 30%-Off Sale

by Kristen Philipkoski

 

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It’s summer—time for summer sales! There are a whole lot of them to sift through, but if you’re looking for a new pair of jeans, you’re in luck. I’ve sifted through Shopbop’s amazing summer sale to find the very best, on-trend denim, all for 30% off or more.  From white to black, short to long, bells to skinnies, there’s something for everyone!

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Mother high-rise cropped, 7 for All Mankind white trousers, Citizens of Humanity bell bottoms, Citizens of Humanity high-rise light-wash skinnies, Goldsign The Stevie jeans, Hudson Taylor high-waisted black flares, Hudson cutoffs, James Jeans high rise bright-blue flares, Citizens of Humanity overalls, Joe’s Jeans Holmes shorts, Joe’s Jeans high-rise dark flare, Current/Elliott Girl Crush flare jeans, Rag & Bone high-rise white bells

Matt Dillon is the New Face of Frame Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

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My biggest teenage heartthrob, who slayed me in The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, is the face of FRAME’s latest advertising campaign. Clearly Matt Dillon’s still got it at the age of 51.

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The brand’s Swedish designers, Jens Grede and Erik Torstensso, described to WWD how they chose Dillon for the campaign:

“We were sitting in Los Angeles and discussing who is the man we would like to be. Matt has been a stylish person for so many years. He has great integrity and he’s lived a life that we wouldn’t have minded living.”

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Grede and Torstensso are former Art Directors of GQ Style, founders of Man About Town and the creators of Mr. Porter, Net-a-Porter’s menswear offshoot. They launched FRAME in 2012 with women’s jeans and introduced just one men’s style in 11 washes in 2014. The brand is gearing up for an expanded Spring 2016 men’s collection, which will include denim jackets, shirts, cashmere sweaters and T-shirts, with Mr. Dillon as their handsome mascot. Seems like an auspicious start!

Denim in Film: James Dean

by Kristen Philipkoski

Welcome to Denim in Film! Check back weekly for movie stars looking amazing in their jeans (or other denim garments).

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How could I not kick off this series with James Dean? No male actor has ever looked sexier in jeans, period. It wasn’t just the jeans, of course. It was his smoldering swagger, his perfectly messy pompadour, his charming snarl.

“He dressed like an unmade bed,” one film critic said. Women (including, famously, Elizabeth Taylor) adored him, likely because he had both a hard side and a soft side: he took dance lessons from Eartha Kitt, and practiced bull fighting and racecar driving, the latter of which as we all know led to his untimely death.

On the set of Giant, Dean wore the same shirt for two weeks straight without washing it. He was extremely nearsighted and wore glasses, which added to his charm. He also made the tee-shirt and jeans look a trend that seemingly will last until the end of time.

Tragically, he made just three films. But fortunately photographers and cinematographers captured plenty of images of Mr. Dean. I means how could they resist?

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Bloggers in Denim: Hanneli Mustaparta in a Jumpsuit and a Jumper

by Kristen Philipkoski

Welcome to Bloggers in Denim, where we highlight the best denim looks on our favorite bloggers.

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As I’ve noted previously, jumpsuits are having a moment, especially denim ones. Hanneli Mustaparta is looking super fly in this version by Frame. She smartly paired it with a suede belt “to make the look more 70’s and less worker-like.” As she also mentioned, the off-white color of the denim is perfect.

Oh and look, here she is again looking freaking adorable Dubai in a denim overall jumper.

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But wait, there’s more! Here she is looking perfect one more time in an A-line denim skirt—and showing off some pretty enviable abs while she’s at it.
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All told, Hanneli looks amazing in denim, and can teach us all a thing or two about how to style jeans to a T.

The New Skinny Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Wide-legs may be trending, but it’s hard to say goodbye to skinny jeans, what with the girdle-like, slimming effect they can have. Many of you won’t change without a fight. Then there are those of you who just will. not. let. go. Luckily, skinny-jeans makers are keeping those slim silhouettes interesting. So if you refuse to embrace the bell bottom, at least keep your skinnies interesting. Make them embroidered, striped, patched, shredded or leathered—just don’t let them be boring!
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What Are Your Favorite Jeans? Denim Overalls From 1995

by Kristen Philipkoski

There’s always a story behind your favorite jeans, and this is where we celebrate the history of our denim best friends.

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I thought I would kick off this series with my own favorites: these denim overalls. I bought them at a vintage store circa 1995 (that would be TWENTY years ago but who’s counting). If memory serves it was Aardvarks on Haight Street, which sadly closed several years ago. They were certainly dirt cheap, because I had zero dollars to my name at the time. I was working in a coffee shop, which is not only why I was poor, but also why these denim overalls hold a special place in my memory.

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Much like today, crop tops were all the rage in 1995, and I enthusiastically participated in the trend by wearing mine underneath my overalls. This is where the boy comes in. He was a maniac and a clown. No, for real he was a clown—well he became one eventually. At the time he was more of a stand-up comedian with a Robin Williams vibe. Like, really crazy energy, and I was into it! And he was really into that little flash of skin at my waist between where the crop top left off and my overalls began. And there began a six-year romance that like so many other romances ended in sorrow and my inability to enjoy Cirque du Soleil. But that’s a story for another time. Or probably never because it really sucked. I used to really enjoy trapeze art.

But to this day, every time I lay eyes on these overalls I think of the comedian—and coffee. The smell of coffee permeated the fabric of anything I wore, grounds got in my hair and under my fingernails—there was no escape. Coffee + the comedian = a very fun combination for a while! And what do you know, the jeans outlasted all of it.

What are your favorite pair of jeans? Send your stories to eatsleepdenim at gmail dot com!

 

5 Comfy White Denim Styles for Summer

by Kristen Philipkoski

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You might not typically put “white denim” and comfort in the same sentence. I sure would not. White jeans make me anxious, with thoughts of worrisome VPL and fear of dirt. But I do love the look of cool white denim in summer. The solution? Flared and loose-fitting white jeans that still give that crisp look, but with a more relaxed vibe.

Summer solstice was this weekend, so it’s officially time to break out the white jeans. Here are five anxiety-free looks to take inspiration from.


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Photos via: WhoWhatWear, My Design Chic, WhoWhatWear, Death by Elocution, Like Fresh Laundry

5 Non-Cheesy Ways to Wear the American Flag for 4th of July

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Independence Day is that time of the year when we like to wear the American flag on our persons. And we totally should! But let’s keep it stylish, shall we? It’s very possible to do so with these actually cute garments I found while shopping researching this post. Brands aren’t dumb—they want to fulfill your patriotic desires and not make you regret your purchase come July 5. Here are the best grand old flag styles I’ve found. I do hope red, white and blue are your colors! But don’t worry if they’re not, we’ve got some black in the mix for you.

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Top to bottom: Mother Denim, The Frenchie, Red, White and Screwed; Love Moschino sweatshirt; Chaser, printed flag tee; Monogrammed American flag shorts; Wildfox Lady Liberty sweater

Happy Father’s Day! An Ode to Dad Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Mom jeans get all the attention. But dad jeans are just as prevalent and just as worthy of celebrating. So we’re taking this special day devoted fathers to give the dad jean its due. It seems Jerry Seinfeld is king of the dad jeans wearers, followed closely by Steve Jobs and Barack Obama. One thing is certain: put them on a model, roll them up and cinch them with a belt and they’re street style gold.

Happy Father’s Day!

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Dad jeans on the sartorialist.

Dad jeans on the sartorialist.

A Dozen Amazing Denim Looks From the Resort 2016 Collections

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Some resort collections were 100% denim-free, while others, including Derek Lam 10 Crosby and Creatures of Comfort, featured our favorite fabric prominently. And were so glad they did! Browse through these stunning looks to find out why, from flares to frays, the denim trend isn’t going anywhere.

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[Photos via Style.com]

9 Floral Tops That Pair Perfectly With Summer Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

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Nothing says summer like a feather-light floral blouse and perfectly worn-in jeans. Here are nine beauties to pair with everything from jet-black to destroyed indigo to white-washed denim. Pair your outfit with sandals for a weekend champagne brunch, with flats for a Sunday walk in the city, or with classic pumps for a casual workday.

From left to right per row: Veda Tropics Silk Top, Twelfth St. by Cynthia Vincent Halter Top, Elizabeth and James Airy Floral Vivi Top, Clover Canyon Rio De Janeiro Feathered Chiffon Top, Roseanna Seven Lace Top, And B Print Signature Twist Front Blouse, Theory Floral Print Delpy Silk Pullover, Elizabeth and James Benji Top, Equipment Kiera Blouse

Bloggers in Denim: Jayne Min of Stop It Right Now Rocks Reformation

by Kristen Philipkoski

Welcome to Bloggers in Denim, a new ESD series highlighting the best denim looks on our favorite bloggers.

“Killer clothes that don’t kill the environment” are what Reformation is all about, and I’m all about that. I also can’t get enough of Jayne Min on Stop It Right Now, so the combination of the two is something most definitely worthy of highlighting—especially since it involves denim. Check out the rest of Min’s Reformation looks for the perfect denim + sweater pairing and an expertly shoulder-draped denim jacket.

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