Entries Tagged as 'Denim Tips'

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 🙂

 

 

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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  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

 

Jeans That Won’t Hurt After Thanksgiving Dessert, 2016 Edition

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

I had almost forgotten that I came up with this clever headline (if I do say so myself) last year, but when I re-discovered it I decided it needs to be an annual thing. So here it is, the jeans you can throw on for a day of stuffing yourself with stuffing and whatever else is served up this holiday without feeling like a stuffed sausage afterwards. Also: yikes, I think this means the holiday season is in full swing!

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From left:

  1. Rachel Comey Persue Pants, $277 (on sale!)
  2. AG Superior Stretch Farrah High Rise Jeans, $178
  3. Citizens of Humanity Parker Relaxed Cuffed Crop Jeans, $248
  4. Rachel Comey Tux Jeans, %345
  5. M.i.h high-rise skinny jeans, $162 (on sale!)
  6. Golden Goose Golden Happy denim jeans, $277

P.S. Don’t forget, in addition to some of these jeans already being on sale, ShopBop’s GoBig sale is on until 11/28. Spend $200 or more you can save 15-25% with code GOBIG16. The more you spend the more you save—get all the details here!

 

Don’t Put Away Your Cropped Jeans, Get Some Cute Socks

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

socks with cropped jeansCropped jeans were a big trend this spring and summer, and with the cold months on the horizon, it may seem like time to put them away, lest we chill our poor ankles to the bone. But! So many cute socks are available, there is no need to banish your cropped denim until spring. Keep it in the rotation with a pair of cute socks. Also consider boots—it’s only going to get colder.

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  1. Marni plaid socks
  2. Stance ribbon everyday 2000 socks
  3. Acne Studios Anna alpaca socks
  4. Kate Spade Baby It’s Cold Outside socks
  5. Plushheart rolled fleece socks
  6. Richer Poorer Blizen sock 2-pack

[Photo by BFA/Hunter Abrams via The Zoe Report]

The Lazy-Girl’s Guide to Hemming Your Jeans (No Sewing Necessary!)

Thursday, August 18, 2016

hemHave you ever stapled your jeans? I have. Have you ever pinned them with a safety pin? Sadly, I’ve done that too. Hemming your jeans, or even just dropping them at the tailor, can be a pain—or just one of those things that become impossible to remember to do.

The best answer to the hemming conundrum I’ve found is hem tape. It may not look as good as sewing your jeans while keeping the original hem (a neat trick we will explore in a future post), but it’s great when you NEED to wear those brand-new (and to-long) jeans tonight. Here’s a step-by-step on how to do it: Read More >

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]

Denim Overdose? Try These 8 Ways to Organize Your Jeans

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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If you have a denim drawer that’s bursting at the seams, or a towering mess in your closet that falls on your head whenever you pull a pair out, it’s time to get organized. These methods not only look cool, but they will also save you time getting ready and maybe even save you money—because finally you’ll be able to see all the jeans you own and won’t buy the same style twice.

1. Rustic Ladder: If you want to create a pretty display and have three or four favorite pairs of jeans on hand at all times, a rustic ladder can be beautiful and handy in your bedroom.

2. Row of Pegs: This method can accommodate lots of jeans, and works for bags, too!

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3. Rolled in a Rustic Crate: If you’re short on closet space, rustic crates make beautiful decor both in an out of your closet. And rolling allows easier access to your jeans.

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4. Folded and Labeled: This genius method helps you identify your styles of jeans even when they’re folded. Divide your jeans by style and label the stacks.

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5. Pull-Out Trouser Rack:  If you’re going for the real deal when it comes to custom closet organization… don’t forget a pull-out trouser rack module. It’s not a stretch to use them for jeans.

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6. Hangars: Have room in your closet? Hangers have been around a while for a reason.

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7. Store Them Sideways: Instead of stacking them in the drawers the regular way, stack the jeans sideways so you can see every pair.

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8: Shower Curtain Hooks: Shower curtain hooks are more then just for the shower! Display them in your closet showroom style and use shower curtain hooks to hang up your jeans.

shower_hangars_jeans_organizationImages via: Apartment Therapy, Buzzfeed, She Wears, She Shares, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Nubry, The Nest

How to Soften Dark-Wash Denim

Monday, June 27, 2016

photo-1434973539530-5538b4681aacThere’s nothing like a fresh pair of dark rinse jeans. The he crispness of brand-new indigo makes me want to head out on the town. But, new dark denim can be stiff and uncomfortable to wear when they’re brand new—especially in the summer. While there is certainly an appeal to breaking in jeans naturally, there is a way to do it without chafing your skin.

Purists often avoid washing their jeans for months on end, suffering cardboard-like fabric with the goal of a personalized fade. But you can still achieve your own unique wear-in if you soften your jeans first.

Before following these steps, check your care instructions. Jeans with wax treatments or with certain embellishments might be damaged by water and/or fabric softener.

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