Entries Tagged as 'Denim Review'

Wrangler Brings Back Buttons to Bedeck Your Jean Jacket

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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!

Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile

Wrangler Gets Retro With Iron-On Patches

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Wrangler retro patches

I’ve written several posts here at ESD about patches for jeans, but I’ve never had my own until now! I was so excited to partner with Wrangler on their new retro patches. Wrangler is a heritage brand that has a special place in my heart. I have fond memories or wearing Wranglers in grade school: specifically (and I also told this story over at my personal blog where you can see more photos if you’re so inclined) a day in first grade when my neighborhood friend Brent Walker paid me a visit wearing Wrangler jeans. I was wearing Wranglers that day, too! We played on my swing set—it had monkey bars. I recall little else of the encounter other than the excitement that we were both wearing Wranglers.

Wrangler retro patches

I think my favorites in this new collection are the cactus one above and the rose one that I attached to the lapel of this Wrangler jean jacket. I placed one patch on the outside of the lapel and one on the inside as well, so a patch would be visible whether the collar was popped or down.
Wrangler retro patches

I also love the lips patch, which you can see below. Stay tuned for more patches and more photos, as well as some new pins that the brand has coming up soon!

Wrangler retro patches
Wrangler retro patches

Wrangler retro patches

Wrangler retro patches

Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile

Denim Review: Citizens of Humanity Melanie Crop Jeans

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

09_kpThese Citizens of Humanity Melanie jeans are still available in several sizes, so I thought I’d finally write up my official review of these wide-leg, cropped, high-waisted specimens. I acquired them more than a year ago, and since then, scores of wide-leg, cropped copycats have emerged. (And just in case the CoH site doesn’t have your size, I’ve listed some similar alternatives at the end of the post).

Brand: Citizens of Humanity

Style: Melanie Wide-Leg Crop

Color: Retro

Price: $238
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Denim Review: Frame Le High Flares

Friday, December 9, 2016

111716_kp_312Brand: Frame

Style: Le High Flare

Color: Blue

Price: $106-$219 Read More >

Denim Review: Revice Boogie Bells—a Denim Miracle

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

kristen-73Brand: Revice

Style: Boogie Bells

Color: Blue

Price: $88

As I mentioned in my previous review of Revice‘s Paris Bells, I was sure this brand had to be too good to be true. Everything is made in the U.S. and the jeans cost less than $100? Plus, the styles are a ’70s throwback dream, and they were delivered promptly and in really cute packaging? Yep. All truth. Read More >

Denim Review: Revice Paris Bells in Black

Wednesday, September 28, 2016


Style: Paris Bells

Color: Black

Price: $78

When I discovered Revice, I thought they had to be too good to be true. Made in the U.S., seventies vintage-inspired styles, AND they cost less than $100? What? How? Maybe the quality would be below par or not the fit would be terrible. Read More >

Denim Review: Madewell Cali Demi Boot Jeans

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Brand: Madewell

Cut: Cali demi boot

Wash: Donovan

Rating: 4.5


Hey denim lovers! Boy has it been foggy and damp and cold in the San Francisco area lately. So I was happy for this brief appearance of the sun for our photoshoot the other day.

These Madewell Cali demi boot cut jeans are a new style for me: they have just a hint of flare at the ankle, and are super-high waisted. Most of my high-waisted jeans are either skinny or bell-bottoms, so this is a refreshing silhouette. They are also kind of the ultimate mom jeans. Read More >

The Beauty of No-Stretch Denim (and Where to Buy It)

Thursday, July 7, 2016


When I was in middle school, rollerskating was the thing to do on the weekends. I have strong associations between the skating rink, white skates loaded up with oversized pom poms, and my Levi’s. I wore the ones made for boys, and I loved what they did for my butt. It’s one of my few memories of self-confidence at that age and I relish it.

The jeans had no stretch (I don’t think any jeans did in the ’80s) and they came to a point mid-butt. Randy Brewer, proprietor at Convert an SF Bay Area mini-chain of three retail stores, explains that in today’s industry parlance this is known as “dino butt,” holding up his hand in the shape of a sideways “V.” A euphemism of sorts, but I found the profile quite appealing in my rollerskating days. And it’s an effect that’s impossible with tight, stretch denim.


While there’s no dino-butt happening here, exactly, the rigidity of the fabric and the way it frames the butt is reminiscent of those middle school jeans. That’s what drew me to this particular pair by Strom (the Noll style in Electric from the spring 2016 collection), spotted at the Hayes Valley Convert—which recently added women’s clothing to its previously all-men’s selection.

Randy is a denim (and clothing in general) aficionado who’s retail experience spans nearly 25 years. He was general manager and head buyer for a dozen years at Villains, the iconic mini chain of three Haight Street shops that was one of the first to carry high-end denim brands including Diesel and G-Star. Previous to that, Randy was the buyer at Rolo in SOMA. The man knows his denim.


So I was excited to partner with him on a post about the hard-to-find women’s denim he carries at his three SF Bay Area stores, all of which focus on sustainability and “made in America” brands. Convert on Hayes is the only place on the (extremely stylish) block that sells Frame Denim and J Brand for both men and women. Coming up in the fall, the Hayes Valley store as well as the new Convert Collection shop (1844 4th Street, Berkeley, CA) will also carry Kato, a cult Japanese brand by Hiroshi Kato.

Convert Collection opened in March as a sister store to the original Convert shop across the street (1809 4th Street) and features high-end brands including Citizens of Humanity, Premium Vintage, Barracuda, Max & Chester, JW Brine, Suzie Winkle, Apolis, Graf & Lantz, Stateside, Raleigh Denim, Velvet, Fidelity Denim and more. In the fall, Convert Collection will also carry S.M.N. denim.

It’s not often you find women’s jeans that don’t have some amount of elastane, and sometimes when you do, getting them past female hips can be a challenge. I suppose this is why designers introduced stretch materials to jeans. These Strom specimens, however, fit comfortably over my hips and hang loosely with an almost geometric fit. I love the crisp silhouette the pure denim creates.

And of course, like most jeans, they look great with casual sneakers or heels.


Check out denim brands like Strom, as well as other sustainable and made-in-America designers at any of Convert’s three Bay Area stores:

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

Do Not Be Afraid of The Cropped Denim Jacket

Friday, June 13, 2014


Wearing: Free People Cropped Moto Jacket Madewell Ex-Boyfriend ShirtBLANKNYC: Rolled Boyfriend JeansSophie Hulme Mini Envelope Bag • Proenza Schouler Sandals • Celine Sunglasses

Are you afraid of crop tops?

I feel you. I do not publicly bare my belly under any circumstances. Ever. This year’s fixation on everything cropped, had me in a state of panic, because I just hate, hate, hate bare midriffs. Well, it didn’t take long to figure out what to do.


Using a crop top to layer with your more bold silhouettes to give them shape, or to give shape to body con looks, or to add depth to an outfit without adding too much… fabric. You can totally wear a crop top without showing anything you don’t want to show.

Here I’m wearing the Free People Cropped Moto Jacket in denim along with a way-too-big chambray shirt and baggy boyfriend jeans. What the jacket does is help add shape to my body which otherwise be looking like it’s in a potato sack.

So never fear! I’ve yet to come across a trend that couldn’t be worked in somehow!

How about you? Are you wearing cropped tops?


Review: Rag & Bone/JEAN The Boyfriend Short

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I’m a seasoned Rag & Bone/JEAN supporter. But surprisingly the only pair of shorts I owned (until last week) were the best-selling Mila shorts. Jumping on the distressed jean train that keeps on rolling, I acquired a pair of the boyfriend shorts for 25% off during the Shopbop friends & family Sale. Overall I love them! The one small catch, which is actually big if I’m being literal, is that they run large in the waist. I read this note in the reviews so went with the 29 instead of 30. After a second wear I need a belt, but I wanted a pair I could comfortably ‘live in’ so it works. The shredding is severe, and in all the right places. I paired them here with my new summer uniform: chambray denim shirt, and sandals.

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5 Reasons We Love RES Denim

Thursday, January 30, 2014

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We’ve have our eye on RES Denim for a few months. And the more we learn, the more we love about the brand, started in Australia. Here are 5 of the reasons we’re in love (OK infatuated) with RES Denim and you may be too!

1. They’re denim experts. Although the brand is relatively new (about a year), they are an offshoot of denim pioneer Brandmill, which has been in the denim game since 1945. Yes, that long.

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2. They respect the past. All styles are inspired by both the memories of the late 70s and early 80s, The Doors & Led Zeppelin. And the 90s, which some of us can remember.

3. Their styles are grungy. RES is heavily influenced by music, grunge and rebellion. This shows in their denim.

4. These Denim Overalls.

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5. The affordable price tag. Example, these perfect ripped boyfriend Jeans are $100.

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Splendid Introduces Indigo Collection

Monday, January 27, 2014

‘Denim’ comes in many forms. Especially when referring to the mere hue of denim. Pieces, similar to Chambray but which are actually just indigo colored and not made of ‘denim’ fabric. Remember these overalls? They’re super soft cotton intricately dyed to resemble denim. I’ve been calling if pseudo denim. A trend we’ll see a lot more of in 2014. Splendid, the masters of comfy casual just announced their premiere indigo collection. An assortment of super soft knits (like the comfiest pants ever) treated with indigo to appear denim.  I want every piece!

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(images via Splendid)

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