Entries Tagged as 'Denim Style'

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

Six Pairs of Skinny Jeans for Furry Winter Boots

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Even though I live on the West Coast and don’t get to experience all that much snow, I’m all about a furry boot to tuck my jeans into this winter. I hope to make some trips to snowy places specifically for this reason. And, alas, you can’t tuck flared jeans into your boots—not comfortably anyway,  You need a second-skin skinny jeans. So once again when I thought I’d never wear skinnies again, I’m finding an occasion. I guess that’s why people are calling them a new classic—at this point they will never go out of style. Here are a few styles that I wouldn’t mind adding to my collection.skinny jeans

  1. Rag & Bone/JEAN high rise skinny, $185
  2. Hudson Barbara high-waisted skinny jeans, $215
  3. AG The Farrah skinny crop jeans, $178
  4. Citizens of Humanity high-rise Rocket crop skinny jeans, $248
  5. Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne jeans, $225
  6. Goldsign virtual high-rise skinny jeans, $238


Raise Your Hand if You Need a Denim Kimono

Monday, December 12, 2016

carson-kimono-in-denim-20161013211910 I may be using the word “need” rather loosely, but my hand is raised high! I think a kimono is one garment I’ve not yet seen fabricated from denim, which is shocking because it seems like such a perfect match. Wear this Caron Callahan Carson denim kimono with a red turtleneck underneath for holiday gatherings, or decorate it with shiny pins to get festive. Wear it over a body-con dress for permission to release those tummy muscles, and get an overall laid-back look. In the summer, use it as a beach coverup! Super versatile and well worth the $$, imo. Click through for more photos!




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 >

Look at Sade’s Perfect Jeans in the Sweetest Taboo Video

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-10-45-09-amThey stopped me in my tracks. They are exactly the vintage jeans I’ve been hunting down for the past year or so. (And actually I kind of found them in Brooklyn earlier this week, more on that soon). I can’t tell if Sade’s are Levi’s—I don’t think I’m seeing the signature stitching. But they look a lot like Levi’s and whatever they are, they’re wonderful.

Keep watching until the end (I mean could you not), for her head-to-toe denim look. Sade forever!

From Scraps to Fab: Parker Smith’s Upcycled Capsule

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Parker Smith designers had the bright idea to take the denim scraps from their cutting room floor, which otherwise would have been destined for the trash, and made these beautiful tops. The description says “may contain pen marks on the interior—one can hope so! upcycle-1

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