Denim Style: Wendy Brandes

Jewelry designer, and blogger Wendy Brandes lives an amazing life (she’ll kill me for saying that..but she does). Since starting her own namesake jewelry line, she has embraced social media, blogging about her jewelry collection along with her wardrobe. Often times she shares with her readers her gowns, her special events like, Lady Gaga concerts, and the like, but she also wears a lot of denim. Yesterday, I visited her at her Manhattan apartment to talk about jeans, among other things.

What’s your denim philosophy?

Denim is the “get out of jail free” card of fashion. Can’t decide what to wear? Jeans will bail you out.

What do you wear with denim?

A t-shirt, a sharp jacket, heels, jewelry and red lipstick. That’s what I wear nearly every day, for some portion of the day.

What are your favorite brands?

I just can’t quit Acne Jeans. I have straight-legged Hex style in dark blue, light blue, black, white and gray. I went crazy at the Acne store in Stockholm in 2007 and am still wearing those purchases .

Tell us about the jeans you wear most often!

Acne’s boyfriend-style Generic Girl jeans. The loose fit is so comfortable. Unfortunately, that makes it easy to overeat because the jeans don’t ever feel tight. I could eat two Thanksgiving dinners and the Generic Girl jeans would be like, “It’s cool with us. Have some pie.”

(Wendy, being coy or sneaky.. I can’t decide!)

Why do you like the J Brand Houlihans?

I had baggy cargo-style pants from Joie for ages. Those were getting pretty battered but I wasn’t inspired to give them up until I saw the Houlihans. The slim fit looked fresh. Also, I didn’t have to alter them! I alter nearly all my jeans. Long ago, I decided it was foolish to waste time looking for the perfect fit. I get the almost-perfect fit and take them in an inch.

Once you mentioned you get all your jeans altered. Do you have any tips on what to look for in a denim tailor?

If you’re going to shorten your jeans, make sure the tailor is going to finish the hem exactly as it was originally, with the same stitching. You don’t want to change the style of the jeans — only the fit.

What’s on your denim wishlist?

I’m very into history. I read history and design jewelry inspired by history, so I shouldn’t be surprised that even my denim wishlist refers to history. First, I wish I could find my Earl denim jacket from the ’90s. I know it’s in the house somewhere. It’s probably hiding under another coat. I want to cover it with badges the way I did with denim jackets in the ’80s. As for jeans I want to buy, I’m definitely coveting jeggings in black and blue. I’d wear them with knee-high boots and my ’60s Ossie Clark tunics/minidresses. (Incidentally, jeggings remind me of ultra-tight jeans I bought in England in the ’80s.) I haven’t tried on any jeggings yet but I’m going to start with J Brand. And as long as the J Brands are almost perfect, I’m done!

Anything else you’d add?

My biggest denim regret is the time I mutilated a floor-length Earl Jeans denim skirt. It had a train! I never wore it and decided to be “practical” and hack it off at knee-length. That destroyed the skirt’s beauty so I still didn’t wear it. Now, I would kill for a denim skirt with a train. I’d be wearing it all the time! As I often note on my blog, just because you don’t wear something right away doesn’t mean it won’t have its moment.

(I just had to get in a shot of those amazing Miu Miu studded heels. My god.)

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  1. August 9, 2010 / 9:10 am

    I’m going to kill you 😉

  2. August 9, 2010 / 9:31 am

    wendy, you are looking AMAZING as always!!!! i <3 your shoes! you are truly a denim queen


  3. August 9, 2010 / 9:48 am

    Sweet Jesus those heels are HOOOOOT! I stopped breathing for a second.

  4. August 9, 2010 / 9:52 am

    Love the rings! Wendy is such a fashion blogger style icon. 🙂

  5. August 9, 2010 / 10:15 am

    Wendy is the bee’s knees! Thanks for featuring her, her thoughts, her style and holy beeps those Miu Mius.

  6. August 9, 2010 / 10:46 am

    Love Wendy’s outfit and those awesome shoes!!! And this is just too true – “just because you don’t wear something right away doesn’t mean it won’t have its moment” Now I know that, I’ve learnt this the hard way too ugh

  7. August 9, 2010 / 11:04 am

    Love the photos, the Q&A, and the shoes! And I hadn’t seen the new LOLZ rings yet. Fab!

  8. August 9, 2010 / 11:11 am

    Hi there!! Fab interview with such a wonderful, lovely and stylish woman, I adore Wendy and she looks so chic in anything-from leopard, to Ossie to jeans!!

  9. August 9, 2010 / 11:11 am

    what?? wendy, you have fabulous written all over you! oh, wait, it’s lolz on the fingers! :))

    seriously now, i hadn’t seen these rings yet either. in my view, they are even better than the swear rings. go, wendy, go!

  10. August 9, 2010 / 11:14 am

    Oh, I love everything Wendy has going on here! The new swear rings, the cargos, and oh my goodness, those shoes! She’s got great style.

  11. August 9, 2010 / 11:22 am

    OMG her shoes are amazing 🙂 🙂

    That LOVE ring is beautiful too !!

    Char x

  12. August 9, 2010 / 12:05 pm

    Wendy B is a style icon. Love the shoes (oh. my. god. the shoes), the jeans, the amazing rings.. and of course the trademark red lipstick and grin 🙂

  13. August 9, 2010 / 12:33 pm

    I lose coats like that all the time! I know they are hiding under other coats-annoying. Love Wendy’s cargos and the shoes! And omg the LOLZ rings.

  14. August 9, 2010 / 12:57 pm

    that pair of shoes is to die-for. . and red lipstick always pulls together a jeans outfit!

  15. jimhill
    August 9, 2010 / 8:56 pm

    wendy rulz…

  16. August 10, 2010 / 8:19 am

    I am coveting everything about this look… EVERYTHING!! especially the jeans, since I am literally sitting her at my desk wearing a “look for less” version of the slim cargo…I do love them, but would so LOVE to have the real thing *sigh*

    …and those shoes *drooling*

    …and the rings *inspired*

    Okay, I’m done now…thanks for this morning treat!

    Eboni Ife’

  17. August 10, 2010 / 6:47 pm

    She looks gorgeous (as always) I love that Wendy is a fan of Jeggings, some hate them but I love them too!

  18. August 11, 2010 / 8:05 am

    I wannnnnnnnnnna those jeans! And Wendy’s life 😉

  19. August 15, 2010 / 1:06 pm

    That smile … and all the rest. Happy and making jewelry? Priceless …

  20. August 17, 2010 / 7:48 pm

    Wendy looks AWESOME..her smile makes the entire ensemble. The shoes are RIDIC.

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