What first hooked me on Tara’s blog, Wonder Girl, was her smirk. I looked at her and thought, “I like this girl.” What kept me hooked were her amazing photos and inspiring style. She mixes her personal style with photos of her adventures, shopping stories and inspirational tid-bits – just what I’m looking for in a one-stop fashion blog! I caught up with Tara last week to talk denim, personal style and even Yves Saint Laurent.
What is your denim philosophy?
Don’t over think. Denim should be easy, relaxed, cool in my mind. The late, great Yves Saint Laurent really did say it best:
“I have often said that I wish I had invented blue jeans: the most spectacular, the most practical, the most relaxed and nonchalant. They have expression, modesty, sex appeal, simplicity – all I hope for in my clothes.”
What do you wear with your denim?
I always like my denim looks to be relaxed and effortless in their own way and always with a sort of rockstar edge. Frye boots and a load of layered necklaces? Yes, please.
What are your favorite denim brands?
J Brand has been a longtime favorite, a wardrobe staple for years for me. You can’t beat their fit and quality of fabric and dye. Recently, though I have discovered Madewell denim and I am seriously impressed. A little more of an approachable price point and I love love the silhouette of their Vintage Rocker!
Do you have a very favorite pair of jeans?
No! It varies! I tend to wear 2 pairs of jeans for 4 or 5 months straight and then move on. Right now its my J Brand black high rise skinnies (for tall boot season) and my Madewell Vintage Rockers. But now that I think about it, I also love my J Brand High Rise Flares….
Tell us a little about the jeans you wear the most often?
Dark wash, mid rise, a little stretch and a lotta attitude!
What’s on your denim wish list?
Did you have a favorite denim trend of 2011?
I mean, the return of the 7os flare is pretty awesome! It changed the silhouette and vibe of fashion completely this fall. I’m not hugely into colored denim strangely, I like my denim straight up blue.
Do you remember the first pair of jeans you ever owned?
I remember the first pair of ‘premium’ denim I ever owned. A pair of medium wash and heavily whiskered Paper Denim & Cloth when I was a senior in high school in 2002. The reign of the 7 For All Mankind bootcut jeans was just starting to hit my high school and I wanted to rebel and go with the PDCs. I felt so cool in those jeans. Isn’t that what it’s all about?