Entries Tagged as 'Denim Style'

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!

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Denim Review: Frame Le High Flares

Friday, December 9, 2016

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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

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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

Zara Is Kind of Killing It Lately in the Denim Department

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Cases in ponit:

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These Mickey Mouse jeans

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This fleece jacket

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These paint splatter jeans

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This embroidered shirt

Zara may be mass, but it’s really good at making pieces that don’t look mass.

M.i.h Gets Personal With Custom Embroidery + Funk and Flash Patches

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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M.i.h is known for being right in tune with that ’70s denim vibe that’s all the rage at the moment, and they’re taking it to another level with the Denim Girls Project, a collection of denim pieces that the brand will customize with embroidery or patches. The patches are a collaboration with the iconic 1974 publication Native Funk & Flash, which is back in print.

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The denim brand is offering rope stitching on collars, waistbands and wrists, custom cuts including cuff and collar removal and tassels added to belt loops the yokes of denim jackets—you choose where you want the customization placed. The waistband and hem options are free, stitching is $20-$25 and patches are $45.

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Customization seems to be a growing trend; Levi’s and Madewell recently offered similar service. If you want to try your hand at customizing your jeans on your own, check out our posts on the topic:

 

 

 

Strom and Kato Celebrate Denim at San Francisco’s Convert Shop

Friday, September 30, 2016


[Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile]
Last week, I co-hosted a denim party (obviously my favorite kind of party) at Convert shop in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Representatives from Strom, and Kato were on hand to suit up my fellow San Francisco bloggers with the perfect jeans for their bod. I was thrilled to see nearly as many male as female bloggers in attendance!

Attendees included Alexandra Bigley of SF Shopgirl, Ashley Zeal of Two Peas in a Prada, Brian Chan of Chanism, Charlene Harris of Allergic to Vanilla, Dario Smith of The Bellwether Project, Elisa Armitage of WTFab, Eric Deck of Smartly Dressed, Flora Tsapovsky of Bicoastalista, Gene Elazegui, Jenna Whitecar of Jenna Rose Colored Glasses, Kara Stone of Boston a la Mode, Kat Ensign of Kat Walk SF, Kelly Huibregste of A Side of  Sweet, Kim Mitchell of J’Adore Couture, Lauren Pranger of Lo Maintenance, Natalie Goel of Like Fresh Laundry, Ranier John of The Dressed Chest, Sarah Tripp of Sassy Red Lipstick, Tiffany Wang and Kat McEachern.

The piece everyone was talking about was an apparent skirt by Strom that unzipped to become full-on shorts. Kim took one home with her and I can’t wait to see how she styles it. Look for all of the bloggers to be wearing amazing denim on their blogs soon!

We snacked on goodies from Whole Foods and drank a delectable bourbon cocktail by M Squared Spirits while we shopped. Randy and Fred, Convert’s proprietors, made sure everyone found something they loved. All in all it was a fine way to spend a Wednesday evening! Thanks to everyone who came, and check out the party photos by Anna-Alexia Basile! And if you’re in the Bay Area, be sure to stop by one of Convert’s three locations:

Convert
556 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-252-7991
Hours: 11am to 7pm M-Sat; 11am to 6pm Sun

Convert
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

Wide-Leg Denim Culottes for Fall

Thursday, September 29, 2016

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I’m still feeling these Citizens of Humanity Melanies even though they’re from more than a year ago. They are unfortunately sold out, but there are plenty of wide-leg, cropped copycats out there if you’re into this look! Check out my suggestions at the bottom of the post. Read More >

Revice Is Taking the Insanity out of Denim Pricing and Designing Amazingly Cute Jeans

Monday, July 25, 2016

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How amazing could jeans that cost less than $100 really be? Pretty amazing, as it turns out.

When I first spied Revice jeans on Instagram, I figured they’d cost somewhere around $300—after all, the seventies vibe is popular at the moment, and they jeans are designed and made in Los Angeles. But Revice’s Boogie Bell jeans are just $88. The Venus flares are even less at $78. There are plenty more where those came from, including embroidered jackets that are also, amazingly, under $100, plus t-shirts for $16.

star reviceHow do they do it? Revice founder Shai Sudry has been in the fashion industry for 30+ years and has worked Ed Hardy, True Religion, and Diesel, so he knows a thing or two about denim.

The hippie, ’70s vibe evident in Revice designs may not bring to mind any of the aforementioned brands. But when Sudry launched Revice in January, he wanted to reinvent vintage denim with a modern twist.

“We set out to recreate and remaster those vintage fits with high quality fabrics thus combining the world of premium denim with the world of vintage denim,” said Morgan Vanderwall, the company’s marketing coordinator.

The seventies was a time when experimentation with denim style was at its peak, and Revice’s goal is to deliver that “glorious butt lift” achieved when your curves are hugged in all the right places.
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But how can they sell the denim at such an incredibly low price?

“We have chosen to sell our denim online exclusively through our online store,” Vanderwall said. “Because we do not actually have a retail storefront and we don’t sell wholesale to boutiques we can skip that ridiculous retail markup that comes along with all that. Instead, we can sell our product at wholesale prices direct to the consumer. We essentially skip the middle man. Plus we offer free shipping on orders over $50 and free shipping on returns and exchanges, so it’s kind of a zero risk experience.”

The brand will to release new denim and/or t-shirt designs every month. They also plan to expand their men’s line with more washes and fits.

“What’s awesome about the denim industry right now is that people are willing to push the boundaries and are looking for denim that’s more of a statement piece than a standardized plain garment,” Vanderwall said. “That gives us a lot of freedom to pioneer some unique rad styles and revamp the way people relate to denim in society.”

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

Thursday, July 7, 2016

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

Convert
556 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 415-252-7991
Hours: 11am to 7pm M-Sat; 11am to 6pm Sun

Convert
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

Camille Over the Rainbow on How to Choose and Wear Jeans, and Why She Loves Them

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

This is a guest post from Katherine Ormerod, editorial director at Lyst. Her interview with Camille Carriere of Camille Over the Rainbow first appeared here on the Lyst blog, and we’re excited to share it again here at Eat Sleep Denim. We had no idea that Camille is such a denim aficionado—read and learn from her expertise!

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Denim Beginnings

I was born in the French Pyrenees and then moved to Paris where I grew up. As a teenager I really wasn’t into fashion at all. I was actually super dorky and very focused on my studies—I definitely didn’t hang out with the cool kids. I come from a pretty conservative, intellectual family and began my career in the very traditional law world so it was about as far away from chic as you could get.

My love affair with fashion began with denim. I spent a summer in England during my degree program and came back wearing skinny jeans. Back then when social media didn’t exist, French fashion was always a step behind London—no matter what Parisians may have you believe.

When I got home no one understood my skinnies at all. People would comment (always negatively—Paris is a pretty judgmental city) on the street. Of course,two years later skinny jeans became part of the French girl uniform. That experience made me realize the power of fashion to make you feel like an individual and how what you can wear can make you step outside the norm. It also made me realize that London was where I wanted to make my life.

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Denim As a Uniform

Denim is my failsafe. It’s what I wear when I don’t know what to wear. It’s what I wear when I want to look hot for a night out, but also what I wear when I really want to stand out by dressing down and not playing up to the fashion scene. A girl that knows how to wear denim in an interesting way will always be in style. At the moment my favorite pair of jeans is by Vetements. They have a really provocative construction with a patchwork bum and are made from contrasting denim colors. While they might not be the sexiest style in my closet, ever since my skinny jean summer, I’ve always looked for jeans that stand aside from the crowd.

I like to play up to my French genes even though I’ve been living in London for four years and I’d never move back to Paris. But ultimately I think that I’ve got more of a Scandinavian vibe going on style-wise as I’m far more experimental with my fashion than the average Parisian.

I always think that I look better in jeans. During fashion week you have to play up your style and pay homage to the incredible designers but personally I wouldn’t dress like that all the time—I’m much more casual.

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How To Find The Perfect Jeans

  • Finding the perfect fit isn’t an exact science, but there are a few key things to consider. I have a lot of denim at home, but if I’m not wearing a pair of jeans at least once a month I either sell or give them away. If jeans aren’t your best friend style-wise, they’re probably not right for you or your closet.
  • Spend time and effort looking for your jeans. You can’t expect to find the perfect pair of vintage Levi’s immediately. If I buy jeans online I always buy two sizes because you can never tell how they might fit. Sometimes I’ll decide I actually like the baggier fit and I always try jean with both sneakers and heels—they have to work with both. The message is: try, try, try.
  • Just because a pair of jeans looks good on a friend or someone you see on Instagram really doesn’t mean they will look good on you. With jeans you really have to learn your own shape and be guided by what flatters your frame.
  • I know that boyfriend jeans look good on me because I’m tall and slim-hipped, so they pretty much always work. Not that I haven’t tried on styles that look atrocious—everyone, no matter what their shape goes through that experience.
  • Skinny jeans are the easiest for me. They go with everything—but you do have to be careful. I hate styles that fit like socks and are so painfully tight you feel like your legs are sausages. Or the ones that are made from such thin material you look like you’re wearing leggings—I don’t think that is chic. You have to find a style which is made from thick material which has enough elastic to stop them from going baggy at the knees.
  • When you buy jeans online, wear them around the house for a little while to get a sense of how they will hold their shape. If after 5 minutes they’ve already gaped at the knee or bottom, send them back.
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How To Wear Jeans

  • I love double denim or denim with navy. Head-to-toe blue is always incredibly chic and I have a good selection of blue bags (one in pale blue denim by Chanel is a standout) because they always look great with blue denim of all shades.
  • I also love gray skinny jeans. They have to be a deep charcoal (my favorites are by Calvin Klein) rather than anything too pale, but I always think they look cooler than plain black skinnies.
  • I don’t believe that you should only wear high-end denim. While I’ve spent a huge amount on expensive jeans over the years I would never write-off high street styles. While they might not last forever, if you find a great fit, they can look just as good as designer jeans. My go-to affordable brands are H&M and Monki—they are both great for inexpensive denim.
  • Right now I wouldn’t wear destroyed jeans or ripped styles. For me that look reads too teenage and a little outdated. I don’t like anything too straight as it really doesn’t suit my body shape—personally it’s all about boyfriend jeans and skinnies. I also don’t like anything with a yellow tone to the wash or anything too faded.
  • On the other hand I’m really into frayed hems that look mis-cut and fringes at the bottom of the jeans. I like a lot of detailing with interesting stitching— basically anything that make your jeans look more couture.
  • For me there are endless ways to wear denim. The easiest way is with a simple, casual white T-shirt, but anything from a gray turtleneck to a classic tank top is great. I also wear a lot of cotton shirts and silk blouses with my denim—it’s a no-brainer look which works for dinner with heels but also for business meetings with flats.
  • I would also wear denim with ‘proper fashion’ pieces—sculptural tops, designed knits and silk evening tops. For me it’s the versatility and untouchable cool factor that denim offers—that’s why I’ll always, always be a jeans girl.

[Photos via Camille Over the Rainbow]

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