High Snobiety surveyed women on what they really think about men who wear ripped jeans, and the results indicate that the only tolerable tears in men’s jeans are ones that arrived naturally. Buying ripped jeans is frowned upon, at least by the women in this survey.
I have to say I agree. I think I even agree with that when it comes to most women’s denim. I once purchased a pair of very ripped up jeans (paid extra for the privilege too) and regretted it deeply. There’s really no reason why we can’t make holes in our own jeans.
And yes this is just a small number of opinions, but consider this: I found the above photo on Pinterest with the following caption: “This is what I picture an arrogant, cocky guy wearing for jeans.” Can’t argue, I’m afraid.
Nike has a new patent, and it covers an unexpected material: denim, according to the Portland Business Journal.
Nike currently sells one men’s denim design with performance elements including reflective parts and side vents, but it sounds like the patent will take their denim offerings to another level. PBJ says:
The patent describes the denim as useful for extreme athletes, such as BMX riders and skateboarders who ‘require specialized gear that must be comfortable and protective,’ but prefer ‘clothing and other gear that are fashionable and attractive.’
Should be interesting to see if the patent actually leads to a product!
Photo: Nike via PTO via PBJ
On the one hand: really unattractive. I might even say hideous.
Then again, fashion should be fun! Why not get a little experimental with denim and do something no one else has? Perhaps the answer lies in the rear-zipper Levi’s x Vetements collab. Or the mud-covered design from Nordstrom that enraged the internet. Or maybe the clear-knee jeans from TopShop.
Whatever the answer, denim designs have gotten so outrageous that publications from The New York Times to Racked to The Vancouver Sun have written articles questioning designers’ choices. I don’t believe the history of denim has every seen anything like it. Should the madness stop? Full steam ahead with abandon? Please tell me what to thing because I can’t decide.
It’s a familiar story, the same one we heard from Re/Done not so long ago: In order to grow, we need to branch out from vintage and design our own jeans.
Hillary Justin founded Bliss and Mischief in 2014, and created a sensation with her embroidered denim and other vintage pieces. But she found that finding the perfect vintage jeans that met her (and her customers’) standards wasn’t always easy. She told Vogue:
“There’s definitely still a lot of vintage out there but finding smaller sizes from the right age with a good wash . . . ”
So she set out to create some new jeans that have just as much character as vintage. Did she succeed? Check out the results at MatchesFashion and Net-a-Porter. I’m gonna go ahead and say an emphatic YES, and ditto on the tops and jackets. What do you think?
Good jeans can be expensive, and while IMHO they are usually worth every penny, it’s nice to catch a break on the price once it a while. So NOW is the time to stock up, during ShopBop’s end-of-season sale! Get 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off orders of $500 or more with the code EVENT17! If you don’t know where to start, allow me to assist. Here are the items top on my list of things to nab before they’re sold out—and don’t forget tops, shoes and accessories to accompany your denim because alas (though I try), a woman cannot live in denim alone.
- Now’s your chance to snag these epic Cedric Charlier glitter-coated, wide-legged, high-waisted jeans for $224 off!
- I hate to use the word epic thrice in one post but it’s necessary when it comes to these epic R13 chaps-style leather and denim jeans. Use the sale code to get $211 off!
- Leave it to Stella McCartney to do something truly unique yet wearable with denim. Get $171 off these denim trousers.
- These timeless cool-girl jeans from DSQUARED2 are legit worth an investment, because you will likely wear them for the rest of your days. Save $149.
- I’ve been eyeing these Red Valentino beauties for a while now. Time to pull the trigger (and save $100 while I’m at it)!
- For a break from the more out-there styles, try these dark-wash flares from Rosella Jardini. They would be at home at work or at your neighborhood watering hole.
Brooklynites Claire Lampert and Stacy Daily founded Where I Was From back in 2012, when they began selling vintage denim online as a hobby, and as a chance to collaborate with their creative friends. It was a side gig until last fall when their reworked vintage denim hit a nerve and they realized they could sell enough of their designs to make Where I Was From a profitable gig.
Fast forward five years and they’re collaborating on a full collection with one of the biggest brands around, Madewell. It’s their first foray into design, and the results are pretty great. As I mentioned, I need those pink jeans.
Their winter 2017 is making me very much look forward to their spring one! Check out their archives page for more denim inspiration from Where I Was From, and read Madewell’s interview with them here. Read More >
When Madewell gives advice on distressing denim, we listen. Aha moments for me included the recommendation to use a dremel tool, which I had to Google, and to alternate between tearing and cutting when creating a raw hem. All around very good tips that could save you lots of $$$!
Khloe Kardashian’s Good American jeans is on a roll: last month they introduced a pencil skirt in denim, and now they’ve released several styles of cut-off shorts, as well as skinny jeans that lace up the side—all the way up the side—in various washes.
The shorts come in a mid-thigh and a Bermuda length (I am partial to the latter… these may be a pair of shorts that I would actually wear!).
The lace-ups are the “good legs” cut and come in black and blue. They up the sexy vibe to a level you might expect from a Kardashian product. And as always, the new designs come in sizes 00 to 24.
Are you feeling these new designs? Have you tried out any of the Good American jeans? I’d love to hear about your experience in the comments!
I’m having such flashbacks with all the denim embroidery, oversized silhouettes, and high waists we’re seeing at the moment. The Sasha Pivovarova guest collection for Frame brings all those erstwhile trends together in one collection, making them trendy once more. The collection includes two denim jackets, one heavier on the embroidery than the other, and two pairs of jeans, in a couple different washes.
If Pivovarova looks familiar, it’s probably because she has modeled for more Prada campaigns than any other model in history—19 as of 2016. The Russian model is also mother to a five-year-old and has modeled fora slew of other brands including Armani, Miu Miu and Chanel. She has graced the covers of countless magazines and is also an accomplished artist whose work has been shown in galleries in Paris and New York.
So yeah, her denim collab is a big deal! Shop the full collection at Frame’s website.
Jeans jackets have been rather shrunken in recent years. But there’s an undeniable trend towards the oversized ’80s-style denim jacket, often complete with the patches and pins that were also popular in the decade. There’s something extremely cool, chic and unfussy about this new silhouette, and it’s just in time for the weather to thaw and allow for this lighter jacket situation.
From left: Public School Dani Jacket, $525; Agolde Jessie Oversized ’90s Jacket, $228; Sandy Liang Tuesday Jacket, $451; James Jeans Oversized Boyfriend Jacket, $246; Current/Elliott the Boyfriend Trucker Jacket, $368
Oh, and don’t forget about Shopbop’s Go Big sale! Checkout the details here.
The beauty of cropped jeans is that you can wear them year round. They have a decidedly warm-weather feel when you wear them with bare ankles and sandals but they’re also a great excuse to show off a chic pair of boots or booties.
For the moment, though, we’re focusing on cropped jeans to get us excited for warmer weather. We may have to wear them with our ankles covered for a couple more months, but at least they’ll give us a little something to look forward to.
Left to right: Seafarer Lord Jim Special Jeans, $264; Red Valentino Stonewashed Scallop-Trip Jeans, $495; Citizens of Humanity Melanie Wide-Leg Crop, $268; Rachel Comey Cropped Tux Jeans, $345; Agolde Taylor High-Rise Crop Kick-Flare Jeans, $158
It’s that time again! Now through March 4, the more you spend at Shopbop, the more you save. Buy $200 worth of jeans (or anything else) and get 15% off your entire order with the code GOBIG17. Spend $500 and get 20% off; spend $800 and get 25% off! That’s on both full priced and sale items.
That means instead of $278, these Citizens of Humanity beauties are only $236. And wouldn’t they look cute with this Equipment top and these gold sneaks? Well look at that, I’m right on my way to saving $224!
You can too, so get shopping! And if you’re a dude, it’s the exact same deal over at East Dane. You’re welcome.