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 >
AG Jeans’ inaugural Indigo Capsule Collection must have been a hit, because they’ve released a new season an it’s even better than the last. As a person who works from home, this is exactly what I want to be wearing, if at least to not still be in my PJ’s when the UPS guy comes or when the teen unexpectedly brings home a few friends after school.
The pieces can be layered with each other or with your existing wardrobe for a comfy look that says denim but feels like sweats. I’m all about comfort right now so BRING. IT. ON. Prices are approximately $150 – $300. Check out my favorites below and shop all the pieces here! Read More >
Jeans worn by hip-hop artists did not always strive to show as much of one’s underwear as possible, High Snobiety reveals. In the seventies, when hip-hop first emerged, artists in the genre wore remarkably well-fitting jeans:
In a decade where high style was characterized by stretchy polyester, shiny satin and chintzy velour, hard-wearing denim dungarees symbolized a utilitarian sense of rebellion.
Moving into the eighties, artists even wore head-to-toe denim, and gravitated towards much less showy stagewear that one might imagine in the context of a pretty opulent decade.
Check out the entire evolution of denim in hip hop at High Snobiety, and check out their tips on how to rock the looks from every era now.
[Photo via High Snobiety]
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Kate’s version – at hte Alexander McQueen Show.
The supermodel was wearing a vest and low slung trousers known as bumsters at a show by British designer Alexander McQueen hailed as the up and coming star of the London fashion scene.
I’m so loving the high-waists, wide legs and general resurgence of the seventies in denim trends that I’ve been blissfully ignorant of what the future might hold. And then I read something very jarring at Elle, which was Alexa Chung’s predictions for denim trends of the future:
2017 is coming. What’s the future of denim?
We’ve had distressed edges. We’ve had culottes. We’ve had high waisted jeans, we’ve seen the heralding of the new bootcut back again. I’m so sorry to say this to you, but the only way forward is ultra-hipsters, you know? Like super-low cut, low-rider jeans, to the extreme.
It’s not now. But in a year, those will be back. It’s the only way forward.
The idea gives me the shivers. But, thankfully, I think this time around I’ll be old enough to know better.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
These 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
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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.
- Rag & Bone/JEAN high rise skinny, $185
- Hudson Barbara high-waisted skinny jeans, $215
- AG The Farrah skinny crop jeans, $178
- Citizens of Humanity high-rise Rocket crop skinny jeans, $248
- Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne jeans, $225
- Goldsign virtual high-rise skinny jeans, $238
Style: Le High Flare
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A mere year ago, I was writing about the rise of athleisure and the trend’s encroachment on denim sales. Now, Marketwatch and other outlets are reporting the exact opposite, saying a shift in fashion is expected to steal sales away from brans like Lululemon that specialize in fashionable exercise wear.
Canaccord Genuity analysts recently downgraded Lululemon’s stock to sell from neutral, saying that after a strong eight-year run, people are finally shifting from wearing yoga pants as casual wear to wearing jeans instead.
One can only hope! I don’t say this out of some kind of prudishness about yoga pants. Emphasize your pelvic area and buttocks to your heart’s content in my book. But I do prefer the aesthetic appear of jeans 100% over exercise leggings, which I happily where while exercising and remove afterwards.
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!
Mavi and Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk have come together for a collaboration entitled Indigo Move, and the pieces look super comfortable, which is the only type of clothing I can even think about wearing at the moment.
The pieces feature two new types of fabric from Mavi: Move, a knit that moves like denim and feels like a second skin; and Bi-stretch, which offers multi-directional stretch and is the most sweats-like.
The men’s collection includes six styles of pants including both jogger and traditional jeans silhouettes, as well as four jacket styles, two hoodies and two blazers. The women’s collection offers nine pants styles, including leggings and jeans, as well as four jackets: a bomber, a traditional jean jacket style, a blazer and a longer zip-up.
Prices range from $98 to $148. Check out some of my favorites below!