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.
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