Entries Tagged as 'Denim Trends'

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 >

Is Denim Turning the Tables on Athleisure?

Saturday, December 3, 2016

yoga pantsA 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.

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.

Looking like Denim, Feeling Like Sweats Is Always a Good Thing

Thursday, November 10, 2016

indigo moveMavi 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!

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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:

 

 

 

Levi’s Has Added Stretch to Its Classic 501’s

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

 

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A lengthy article at Quartz discusses Levi’s decision to add stretch to it’s 501 jeans and WHAT IT ALL MEANS. They call it an existential crisis, a case of nerves stemming from the ongoing, increasing popularity of yoga pants.

I call it Levi’s ongoing quest to be everything to everyone. It’s a big enough company that they need to appeal to masses of customers—not just selvedge fanatics, not just soccer moms, not just fashion mavens. They’re targeting everyone, but they still need to feel like they’re targeting someone. There will always be another innovation with the goal of keeping or increasing its enormous customer base.

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Earlier this year, they announced a rework of the 505’s (no stretch, zip fly), which was a rock-star favorite in the ’70s and ’80s. The brand unveiled a collab with Supreme to appeal to the urban skater set. It also recently announced a collab with Off-White for the fashion forward.

This is why I love Levi’s. It somehow manages to stay relevant and a brand I come back to again and again while accomplishing the impossible: being everything to everyone.

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.”

Denim Review: Madewell Cali Demi Boot Jeans

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Brand: Madewell

Cut: Cali demi boot

Wash: Donovan

Rating: 4.5

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Hey denim lovers! Boy has it been foggy and damp and cold in the San Francisco area lately. So I was happy for this brief appearance of the sun for our photoshoot the other day.

These Madewell Cali demi boot cut jeans are a new style for me: they have just a hint of flare at the ankle, and are super-high waisted. Most of my high-waisted jeans are either skinny or bell-bottoms, so this is a refreshing silhouette. They are also kind of the ultimate mom jeans. Read More >

Denim Everything, Even Shoes

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Double denim has been clear trend in recent years and months. Why not take it a step further (see what I did there?) wth triple denim? There are plenty of ways to add denim to your footwear game these days, with pretty much every shoe brand working the fabric into designs. Here are some beauties I’ve come across in recent, obsessive online shopping sessions.

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Salvator Ferragamo, $595

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Swear denim oxfords, $136 (40% off)

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Rachel Comey denim floral mules, $449

Fryle denim sandals

Fry Brielle denim sandals, $248

 

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]

Luka Sabbat and Lottie Moss for PacSun’s Latest Denim Campaign

Friday, July 1, 2016

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Despite filing for bankruptcy in April, looks like PacSun has plunked down some serious dollars to sign teens-of-the-moment Luka Sabbat and Lottie Moss as the faces of their denim campaign. No one in these photos could care any less about bankruptcy, or anything else for that matter—and it’s a safe bet that will resonate nicely with the teenage customers the company is targeting.

Lottie Moss recently graced the cover of Vogue Paris, and Sabbat is an Instagram phenom who has been called “The Internet’s coolest teenager” and modeled in the first Yeezy presentation.

And so how’s the denim? Remember the ads are for PacSun denim? That short-sleeved jacket is calling my name, actually.

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