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Are Madewell’s New Pockets Really Magic?

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

When I first read about these new Madewell jeans at Refinery 29, I assumed the magic pockets they spoke of were on the back of the jeans, promising to make your derriere look wonderful. Alas, the magic is supposedly coming from the front pockets.

Intriguing! I own several high-waisted jeans, this Madewell pair included, which flatter and emphasize my waist in a good way when I initially put them on. Then, after sitting down for a while—driving, working, what have you—I stand up and there’s a pouchy thing happening in my abdominal area. This is never a good thing.

I’m always left wishing there was some kind of support or suction in that area to prevent this from happening, and it sounds like that’s exactly what Madewell has invented, if the Refinery 29 editors’ reviews are any indication. Kate Hyatt had the following to say:

… these really hold you in, but somehow feel super-light and effortless. My waist and butt actually look smooth and tight — no bunching or folding. The stretch is just the right amount, too. I felt sucked it without feeling like a sausage in jeggings.

Next up I’ll try them out myself, stay tuned!

Khloe Kardashian’s Good American Adds a Skirt

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

good american pencil skirt

Khloe Kardashian’s denim brand, Good American, now has a pencil skirt in its lineup. Like the brand’s jeans, the skirt has an ultra high waist and hugs curves like nobody’s business. It also has a daring back slit—of course it does! It currently comes in one medium-blue wash and costs $135. Also like the jeans, sizes range from 00 to 24.

North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum Ejected From Senate Floor for Wearing Jeans

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Governor Doug Burgum was posing for photographs with high school students on the North Dakota senate floor when an unidentified individual—presumably the North Dakota fashion police—asked him to please leave. OK actually it was the North Dakota Senate’s sergeant-at-arms, an official charged with enforcing various legislative rules. Snap!

Add that to our list of places where it’s still, in this day and age, not OK to wear jeans.

The republican politician also wore jeans at his inauguration in January. Judging by this photo from his website, he’s also partial to denim shirts. This is obviously not a platform for politics, so I’ll stop short of discussing whether our mutual love of denim and his silver foxy good looks make us kindred spirits 🙂

These Are the Best Denim Shoes I’ve Seen All Year

Thursday, February 9, 2017

denim platform sandalsCan you say wowza? Obviously I LOVE when designers choose to make shoes using denim. But See by Chloe really knocked it out of the park with these beauties.

Meet the Frenchman Who’s Bringing Denim Manufacturing Back to Where It all Began

Thursday, February 9, 2017

If you’re denim obsessed like myself, you’ve perhaps heard denim’s origin story: the fabric was born in the French city Nîmes in the 16th century. The fabric was dubbed “serge de Nîmes,” which means “serge from Nîmes.” It was originally made from a silk and wool blend, and was used to make the flared jackets favored by women at the time as well as men’s jackets.

Most traces of Nîmes’ denim history were erased with the persecution of Protestants in France when the André’s—the town’s prominent (and Protestant) textile family—were forced into exile in Italy. The first trousers were eventually made using the fabric in Genoa, which also led to calling the pants jeans. Levi’s eventually brought the fabric to American workmen.

Now,  Nîmes native Guillaume Sagot is reviving denim culture in his home town with a new denim brand called Atelier de Nîmes. Sagot currently makes three styles of men’s jeans, and he has plans for accessories and women’s styles in the next couple years. He’s starting small but is in it for the long haul. Read on for my exclusive interview with Sagot! Read More >

Dive Into This Beautiful Sea of Denim: Sea’s Spring/Summer 2017 Collection

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I’m already excited for spring denim, which I realize is extremely premature and there’s plenty of winter still to deal with. But these dreamy denim (and denim-esque) pieces from Sea‘s Spring/Summer 2017 collection, which I first spotted at McMullen boutique’s Facebook page, make weathering the chilliest season is a little easier. Yes, please to each and every one of these! Read More >

No.6 Ups Its Denim Offerings for Spring 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

I have long been a big fan of No.6′s clogs, which are perfect with any pair of jeans. In fact I didn’t realize the brand offered anything other than clogs until not very long ago when I noticed their comfy-chic dresses and jumpsuits. And then when I saw their Spring/Summer 2017 collection it was like, BOOM! Denim city. How exciting.

In particular I am very much digging the above puffy-cloud evoking side-slit pants, which a brand representative tells me are made of a light and lovely denim. Stay tuned for them and the rest of the collection (check out my denim faves below) to be available in about a month! Read More >

13 Fresh Denim DIY Projects

Monday, January 23, 2017

denim pouf

It’s been a while since I explored the world of denim DIYs, so I thought it was time for a little roundup of current repurposed denim projects the crafty people across the internet have dreamed up. It’s incredible to me what people can do on their own with a pair of thrift shop jeans. I was particularly wowed by the DIY pouf pictured above! But be warned it takes some sewing chops for sure. Check out all the best ones I found below!

15 Creative Ways to Mend Your Jeans – Melly Sews

DIY Fringed Hem Denim Jeans – A Pair and A Spare

Closet Case Files Ginger Jeans Sew Along – Rhonda’s Creative Life

Recycled Jeans Composition Book Cover – We All Sew

DIY Embroidered Floral Denim Jeans – Craft Gawker

DIY Fringe Jeans Chindi Pillows – Cukoo4Design

Make Your Own Maternity Jeans – A Beautiful Mess

DIY Cool (and Colorful) Jeans – Crafts on Fire

DIY Button-Front Denim Skirt – Venezia Lowis

DIY Sequin Pocket Jeans – A Pair and a Spare

Drop-Dead Denim: One Tough Pouf (amazing) – Michele Made Me

DIY Jeans to Sling Bag – Dhivya Krishnan

DIY Plush Denim Whale – Valaan Villapaita

[Photo via Michele Made Me]




Denim is California’s State Fabric

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Yep, it’s true. California has a state fabric, and it’s denim. From the Los Angeles Times:

Democratic Assemblyman Marc Levine of Marin County introduced the state fabric measure, AB 501 (as in Levi 501s). With little opposition, it sailed to the governor’s desk. Though his bill does not name any company, Levine said he was inspired by Levi Strauss and its commitment to sustainable business practices.

Well alright! (Unfortunately the article perpetuates the myth that freezing your jeans will clean them, don’t believe it!) If you’d like to read the bill, check it out here.

[Photo via Brandy Melville]

Remembering a Time When You Couldn’t Wear Jeans to the Mall

Sunday, January 22, 2017

When I first saw the headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “First Person: Jeans, Jeans, Jeans,” I thought the article would be a celebration of my favorite clothing. But, alas, it was a lamentation of denim culture. The subtitle, I soon found out, was: “I miss seeing people dress up for the occasion.”

The author remembers an occasion when her mother took her shopping at Kaufmann’s, and she decided not to change out of her play clothes. She regretted her decision.


Older women in suits with matching hats, handbags and shoes looked at me through eyes narrowed with disdain. Other little girls, wearing the clothes I also should have been wearing, pointed at me and giggled until their mothers hushed them. Sales clerks, taught to treat each customer with respect, had a hard time being polite to me — the rebel without a cause who, due to laziness, had not dressed appropriately for the occasion. My casual attire tainted the shopping excursion for me; even the chocolate cake lacked its usual sweetness.

This next part made me truly LOL, because I thought she was about to discuss disposable, cheap fashion and the havoc it wreaks on our environment and the human rights abuses it creates—I worry about this too: “I worry, too, that our indifference toward how we look manifests itself in the way we abuse the environment.”

But no, she thinks people who wear jeans are litter bugs.

I grew up with a profound admiration for the Cathedral of Learning and its Nationality Rooms. The Cathedral felt like my castle, and the Nationality Rooms were the kingdoms I traveled to on Aladdin’s magic carpet. However, when I recently revisited the Nationality Rooms, I was shocked to find a half-empty Starbucks cup on the floor — no doubt tossed away by someone in jeans.

I grew up in a very small Pennsylvania town, and the elderly woman who lived across the street became a surrogate grandmother to me. I would visit here nearly every day. As I got older, the visits became less, and when I was in college, she moved into a nursing home. I went to visit her with my mother, and I chose my nicest white blouse, complete with ruffles that were trendy at the time (and now!). I’ll never forget how distressed she was. “I just can’t imagine her in jeans!” she said over and over. This article brought back that moment and helped me understand it a little better.

But I do hope that as I get older myself, I’ll work to understand our changing culture as well. A carefully considered outfit might indeed include a pair of jeans. And I hate Starbucks.

The Denim Sculptures of Anna Sew Hoy

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Anna Sew Hoy denim artOne of my favorite (non-denim) brands, Osei Duro, is featuring artist Anna Sew Hoy. She does some amazing things with denim. Case in point above! Check out the full interview at the link above, and see more of her denim sculptures and other work, plus find out where you can see her pieces in person at the artist’s website.

She was also featured in The New York Times’ T Magazine in 2010 where a denim piece is featured.

Khloe Kardashian’s Good American Denim Launches Letter Hoodies, They Sell Out Immediately

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Good American
, Khloe Kardashian’s denim brand, introduced these sweatshirts on Thursday. Today is Saturday, and every letter from A to Z is already sold out. But you can select your letter and join the waitlist.

Maybe they only made one of each? I have to admit I kind of wanted one. But I would wear mine with pants.

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