Entries Tagged as 'Denim Style'

Winner! These are the Cutest Jeans for Spring 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017

scallop red valentino crop jeansI’ve been perusing ALL of the denim I can find for spring, and I keep coming back to these stone-washed, scallop-hem babies by Red Valentino. Yes they are on the pricey side. But my take is buy this ONE pair than two or three just OK pairs. The serged scallop hem is bohemian and kind of proper at the same time, and I’m also digging the embroidery at the pockets. But they only have three sizes left: 25, 26 and 28. Back off, the 28s are mine!

Red Valentino scallop-hem jeans, $495

Denim White Out for Spring

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Just a little more than a week ago, the East Coast of the U.S. had a winter weather white out. And now, already, it’s time for another type of white out, regardless of where you live: a denim white out! Spring has sprung, and it’s that time of year when we’re all craving white denim jeans. Here are some of the freshest of the season!

Left to right:

Levi’s 721 high-rise skinny, $90

Mother The Roller crop frayed jeans, $208

Goldsign the Non Profit high-rise ankle zipper, $260

La Vie eyelet Rebecca Taylor high-rise straight jeans, $275

Citizens of Humanity Llya high rise classic fit crop jeans, $268

AMO twist side-slit jeans, $238

Brother Vellies Denim Shoes Are Easy and Glam

Sunday, March 26, 2017

I’ve been a big fan of Brother Vellies shoes ever since I first spotted them on the feet of the rock star blogger behind Bleubird. The footwear brand is known for it’s furry slides and sandals, which I’ve been coveting for my own feet ever since.

But the brand also has some pretty great denim designs, so I had to tell y’all about them.

They make a denim mule ($495):

… a denim loafer with Swarovski crystals ($595):

a fur-heeled sandal ($380)

a white denim, shearling-lined babouche ($365)

… a blue denim babouche ($235)

… and a white denim babouche minus the shearling ($235)

plus an amazing patchwork specimen, which is almost sold out ($265)












Surprise Move: Good American Adds No-Stretch Denim

Sunday, March 26, 2017

In an unexpected turn of events, Khloe Kardashian’s Good American brand has added no-stretch denim to its lineup. The $169 style is unexpected, but refreshing. It’s nice to see a slightly less overtly sexy silhouette from this brand, which launched last year.Good American jeansGood American also launched a rigid, oversized denim jacket, which as you can see here, Khloe has styled in an off-shoulder fashion. At at $265, it’s a bit pricier than I expected.

Good American jeans

As always, styles range in sizes from 00 to 24, and the brand will be adding new styles bi-weekly.

The Return of Wrangler Jeans

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wrangler heritage jeans

I was so intrigued when I laid eyes on these heritage Wrangler jeans. Wrangler calls them a cowboy cut, but they’re also totally on trend with their high waist and distressing, which is done by hand. The pockets feature the old school Wrangler leather patch and “W” stitching on the back pockets.

They’re old and new brought together in an awesome pair of jeans.

One thing to be aware of is the sizing. The design was previously a men’s jean, so for whatever reason, they kept that sizing and recommend that you go up three to four sizes from your normal size. I usually take a 28 or 29 and the 32s fit me just fine. Note that they don’t have any stretch, so sizing up might be a good call.

All in all it’s been really fun rediscovering this brand. Check out my other Wrangler post, featuring their super cool retro patches. And stay tuned for some stylings with their retro pins, too!

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

WEARING: Wrangler heritage jeans, Freda Salvador booties, Chloe vintage bag (similar hereAdina Mills ring, Centinelle scarf, SunGod sunnies.   

Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile

Alex Steele Makes Vintage Denim Into Works of Art

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

When I visited West Coast Craft in November, I was on the hunt for anything and everything denim (as per usual). Have you been to West Coast Craft? It’s an amazing collection of artisans that happens twice yearly at Fort Mason in San Francisco. It’s extremely well-curated and you’ll find incredible handmade and beautifully-designed items to wear and for your home. (Check some of my other favorites at Forbes!)

When it came to denim, Alex Steele’s booth grabbed my attention like no  other. Not only did she have perfect vintage Levi’s, but they were decorated with her really cool art. She paints with bleach directly onto the denim. The palm-leaf print initially caught my eye, and her nudes (and more) on jackets won me over.

I quickly learned that Alex doest much more than paint on jeans—she has dabbled in everything from jewelry design to taxidermy. Check out our interview below!   Read More >

White Jeans, Denim Shirt

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

As I mentioned previously, I’ve been prematurely thinking about springtime and all the outfits I’ll hopefully be wearing when flowers are blooming and skies are blue. One outfit in particular that I keep going back to in my daydreams is a pair of white jeans and a denim top. It was not easy to fulfill this fantasy, because 99% of the white jeans I found online were either low-rise or skinny or both, which is not my jam. But then I encountered this ensemble, and it was like lightning struck! Thank you AG jeans for fulfilling my hopes and dreams.

These jeans look comfortable, and I just can’t deal with extra discomforts at the moment. And the denim shirt looks as soft as can be—substantial to be sure, but to also silky smooth to the touch. That’s all I really wanted. Big kisses AG 🙂



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

Happy New Year! What Are Your Denim Resolutions?

Thursday, December 29, 2016


kristen-18Denim is a huge part of our lives. We live in jeans, and whether they’re comfortable and whether they makes our backsides look attractive has an enormous impact on our states of mind on a day-to-day basis. That said, I suggest that it’s not entirely weird to make denim-specific resolutions. Here are mine:

1. Stop Sweating the Numbers

My size is historically between 28 and 29 in most jeans, and anytime I have to suffer the higher number, I become slightly depressed. I don’t go so far as to refuse to purchase size 29 jeans, but I don’t do it happily. And I have, on occasion, forced myself into a 28 when a 29, a would have been much more comfortable.

But everyone knows that denim size anything but uniform across brands. And beyond that, a number should not have such a strong impact on one’s self esteem. And so, in 2017 I resolve to only wear jeans that are comfortable and look good, even if the size on the tag is outside of my comfort zone.

2. Mind the Trends

Not every trend is going to look great on every person. And while this is obvious to everyone including myself, sometimes I forget, just like the Naughty Bunny so often forgets to be good. Certain lengths and cuts flatter my wide-hip, narrow-waist (hourglass?) figure. I resolve this year to not force myself to believe I look good in those trends that do not. It’s ridiculously difficult to be objective with ones self, but I vow to try my best.

3. Quality Over Quantity

Being the author of a denim blog, it’s probably not surprising to hear that I’m a denim hoarder. And since denim brands often donate jeans for me to review or feature them, I have accumulated an embarrassingly large collection of jeans over the years. My point is that some are better than others, and I vow to dump the crappy ones and wear with pride those that are well-made.

Now let’s get this crappy year over with and move on to 2017, shall we?! What are your denim (or otherwise) resolutions for 2017?

How to Dress Up Your Denim for New Year’s Eve

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Even if you’re spending a chill night with close friends on New Year’s Eve, you still want to make it feel a little special by wearing something a notch or two more fun than your regular #OOTD. Your favorite jeans are the perfect choice in such a situation, because you can dress them up in numerous ways. Here, five bloggers show us how it’s done.

Black Fashiony Top, Black Heels

jeans, new year's eve

Dallas blogger Fashion Jackson’s black ruffle top, jeans and black heels is simple but still special and therefore perfect for a night out on the town or at home with friends.

Over-the-Knee Boots, Sequins and Fur

jeans new year's eve

Anytime you think the elements of your outfit may be adding up to that “too much” level, just add jeans. Problem solved. Here, San Francisco blogger Shannon Yoachum of Style by Lolly shows us how to combine three dramatic pieces with jeans for a perfectly balanced New Year’s Eve outfit.

Off-the-Shoulder Velvet, Coated Denim

jeans new year's eve

Shelby of Louisville Kentucky-based blog Glitter + Gingham creates the perfect amount of shine with an off-shoulder velvet top, coated jeans and black patent pumps. The animal print bag is a nice touch.

Fancy Footwear

jeans new year's eve

Jeans with sequin booties are a match made in NYE outfit heaven. Houston-based Kate Blue of For the Love of Fancy shows how it’s done by topping off the outfit with a simple but formal-feeling black blouse.

Red Sweater


A red cozy sweater is always festive. Add a bright red lip like Olivia of What Olivia Did in London and you’re in business. Flats are a good option, especially if you’re only going to kick them off to lounge on the floor and watch the ball drop.










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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Ring in the New Year With Festive Jeans

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

If your holiday plans include a lot of chilling with friends and family, which I hope they do, you will probably want very much to wear only jeans and call it a year. But might I make a suggestion? Don’t wear the same old boring jeans you wear every other time you lounge around the house. Make your holiday jeans special, and ring in the new year in festive denim. Here are some ideas to get you motivated. Happy Holidays everyone!

holiday jeans

  1. 3×1 crop baby boot cut jeans, $265
  2. Alice + Olivia Joan splatter paint skinny jeans, $275
  3. Paige Jacqueline straight jeans, $339
  4. R13 Kate skinny jean, $495
  5. Rebecca Taylor high-rise Lavinia rose jeans, $375
  6. Sandrine Rose The Skinny boyfriend jeans, $159

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