Where I Was From Mixes Up Vintage, Reworked and New

by Kristen Philipkoski

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 >

Madewell x Where I Was From Pink Jeans: Not 2012’s Colored Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

Trends turn over much faster these days than in decades past—I blame the internet and the mini attention spans it produces. As recently as five years ago, skinny jeans in every color of the rainbow were a thing. And now colored denim is back, albeit in most cases in a subtler form.

What you see before you is that shade of pink that you can’t escape (and that you kind of don’t want to), and it was only a matter of time before someone made a pair of jeans in it. It’s barely a color, but somehow evokes spring and all that is fresh and new. Personally I have a love-hate relationship with this hue—but I totally want these jeans.

The jeans are a collab between Madewell and vintage cult favorite Where I Was From, which I’ve just recently discovered and now am obsessed with.
madewell millennial pin jeans



124-Year-Old Levi’s Jeans Found in Phoenix

by Kristen Philipkoski

Believe it or not, the jeans, found in a box were unworn. They belonged to Tucson resident Jock Taylor’s great-great-grandfather, Solomon Warner, who moved to the Wild West in the 1830s from New York. They are likely the oldest unworn Levi’s in existence. Read more below!

Levi’s jeans more than 120 years old found in Arizona chest, likely worth thousands

Reformation Introduces Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

I had the opportunity recently to check out Reformation’s new tech-enabled store in San Francisco’s Mission District at 914 Valencia Street. The dressing room situation is pretty interesting and definitely worth a look if you’re in the area. It has a magic wardrobe that lets you request items from a touchscreen in the dressing room, and an attendant brings the garments to you through a hidden door, eliminating the need to get dressed and undressed again when you need a new size or color. I wrote all about it here, check it out!

I was excited to try on Reformation’s brand new denim. When I chatted with the brand’s founder, Yael Aflalo, she mentioned this was her first foray into denim and she hoped it would be received well. Personally, I loved it. The high waisted design hugged my curves with no gap at the waist, which almost never happens. Check out all the styles below and shop at the site if you’re not in L.A., SF or New York where the brands four brick and mortar stores are located. Read More >

Cutest Cutoffs for Festival Season

by Kristen Philipkoski

Music festival season is upon us, with Coachella coming up in just a few shorts weeks. That means you need to stock up on cutoffs! Denim shorts are just so easy and a great alternative when you want to show some leg and aren’t feeling the sundress thing. Here are my favorites of the season so far:

J Brand Ivy High Rise Shorts, $178

Ksubi Rollin Out Shorts, $170

James Jeans Relaxed Fit Cutoff Shorts, $141

Agolde Parker Vintage Loose Fit Cutoff Shorts, $128

Citizens of Humanity Alyx Classic High Rise Shorts, $218

Current Elliot The Seamed Shorts, $208




A Big Yes to This Carolina Herrera Denim Dress

by Kristen Philipkoski

I don’t know. This could get real Brittney Spears circa 2001 real quick, but I’m feelin’ this Carolina Herrera right now. Maybe it’s just that everything looks great on models, or maybe it’s my undying love of all things denim. I don’t care, give me that head to toe indigo. Plus it’s so interesting to see such formal garments made out of such a casual fabric.

Herrera created a few other nifty denim pieces for her spring 2017 collection, check them out below! Read More >

Winner! These are the Cutest Jeans for Spring 2017

by Kristen Philipkoski

scallop red valentino crop jeansI’ve been perusing ALL of the denim I can find for spring, and I keep coming back to these stone-washed, scallop-hem babies by Red Valentino. Yes they are on the pricey side. But my take is buy this ONE pair than two or three just OK pairs. The serged scallop hem is bohemian and kind of proper at the same time, and I’m also digging the embroidery at the pockets. But they only have three sizes left: 25, 26 and 28. Back off, the 28s are mine!

Red Valentino scallop-hem jeans, $495

Denim White Out for Spring

by Kristen Philipkoski

Just a little more than a week ago, the East Coast of the U.S. had a winter weather white out. And now, already, it’s time for another type of white out, regardless of where you live: a denim white out! Spring has sprung, and it’s that time of year when we’re all craving white denim jeans. Here are some of the freshest of the season!

Left to right:

Levi’s 721 high-rise skinny, $90

Mother The Roller crop frayed jeans, $208

Goldsign the Non Profit high-rise ankle zipper, $260

La Vie eyelet Rebecca Taylor high-rise straight jeans, $275

Citizens of Humanity Llya high rise classic fit crop jeans, $268

AMO twist side-slit jeans, $238

Brother Vellies Denim Shoes Are Easy and Glam

by Kristen Philipkoski

I’ve been a big fan of Brother Vellies shoes ever since I first spotted them on the feet of the rock star blogger behind Bleubird. The footwear brand is known for it’s furry slides and sandals, which I’ve been coveting for my own feet ever since.

But the brand also has some pretty great denim designs, so I had to tell y’all about them.

They make a denim mule ($495):

… a denim loafer with Swarovski crystals ($595):

a fur-heeled sandal ($380)

a white denim, shearling-lined babouche ($365)

… a blue denim babouche ($235)

… and a white denim babouche minus the shearling ($235)

plus an amazing patchwork specimen, which is almost sold out ($265)












Surprise Move: Good American Adds No-Stretch Denim

by Kristen Philipkoski

In an unexpected turn of events, Khloe Kardashian’s Good American brand has added no-stretch denim to its lineup. The $169 style is unexpected, but refreshing. It’s nice to see a slightly less overtly sexy silhouette from this brand, which launched last year.Good American jeansGood American also launched a rigid, oversized denim jacket, which as you can see here, Khloe has styled in an off-shoulder fashion. At at $265, it’s a bit pricier than I expected.

Good American jeans

As always, styles range in sizes from 00 to 24, and the brand will be adding new styles bi-weekly.

The Return of Wrangler Jeans

by Kristen Philipkoski

Wrangler heritage jeans

I was so intrigued when I laid eyes on these heritage Wrangler jeans. Wrangler calls them a cowboy cut, but they’re also totally on trend with their high waist and distressing, which is done by hand. The pockets feature the old school Wrangler leather patch and “W” stitching on the back pockets.

They’re old and new brought together in an awesome pair of jeans.

One thing to be aware of is the sizing. The design was previously a men’s jean, so for whatever reason, they kept that sizing and recommend that you go up three to four sizes from your normal size. I usually take a 28 or 29 and the 32s fit me just fine. Note that they don’t have any stretch, so sizing up might be a good call.

All in all it’s been really fun rediscovering this brand. Check out my other Wrangler post, featuring their super cool retro patches. And stay tuned for some stylings with their retro pins, too!

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

Wrangler heritage jeans

WEARING: Wrangler heritage jeans, Freda Salvador booties, Chloe vintage bag (similar hereAdina Mills ring, Centinelle scarf, SunGod sunnies.   

Photos by Anna-Alexia Basile

Madewell’s Tips for DIY Denim Distressing

by Kristen Philipkoski

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 $$$!

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