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Anytime the thought crosses your mind that there are no new ways to wear denim, you are proven wrong in a matter of minutes—just walk down any street or flip through any magazine and you’ll find something new under the sun. If there was ever a textile that has thrived on reinvention, it’s denim.
Shopbop’s Jean Queen collection proves the point in spades, with jeans that are somewhere between a culotte and a skirt (skulotte?), perfectly-patched flares, ruffled and embroidered tops, off-shoulder dresses and even denim shoes. We’ve never been more convinced that there’s a denim garment for every occasion.
Refinery 29 editors recently partnered with Earnest Sewn to design their own denim, and the results are so good! Each style is quite different, yet I want—and can see myself wearing—every one of them. My favorites are Connie’s asymmetrical anti-fits above, and Christene’s white flares (they come in indigo, too). And the beautiful things is, each design is for sale! I’m loving the collages as well. The article is worth a full read for more about what inspired their designs.
Guilty as charged, and I admit it was wishful thinking, but numbers don’t lie. Skinny jeans make up 54 percent of new full-price jean styles in retail stores, according to trend forecasting firm WGSN—far more than any other denim silhouette.
And I really can’t say I’m that surprised, because almost every lookbook that comes across my desk still includes skinnies. The style has been going strong since the mid-2000s, and while other styles may be more popular with the fashion-forward set on the sidewalks outside runway shows in New York and Paris, the masses still want form-fitting denim.
According to this article, flares have surged in popularity to 11 percent of denim merchandise in stores, but that’s still nowhere close to skinnies, and it looking like they’re already waning in popularity:
Street and runway styles pushing wider jeans have yet to convince the populace to switch. For instance, a recent trend in ’70s clothes sparked a spike in flared jeans. The latest entrant is high-waisted flares cropped above the ankle, popularized by designer Rachel Comey. Fashion show catwalks last fall were chock-full of baggier denim but the style was less prominent just one season later, according to WGSN’s runway show analysis.
Despite my love of all things seventies and my enthusiasm for the resurgence of the wide-legged trend, I also still hang onto my skinnies. They’re too easy to pair with a tunic or kaftan to get rid of. Long live skinny jeans!
Charlotte of The Fashion Guitar has become one of my favorite fashion bloggers over the past couple of years. As I was browsing her site recently I came across her wearing the most perfect pair of jeans. They’re flares by m.i.h. I’m obsessed with this shade of denim. It’s that perfectly bright blue shade of 70’s-esque fabric, and they look amazing with her powder blue Chloe corduroy jacket.
They look pretty great with this cape situation, too! Check out the rest of the post here.
In this crazy, I-feel-like-I-know-you-but-I’ve-never-met-you world we call the blog-o-sphere, there are many stylish women whose personal style, editorial flair and sunglasses collection I admire. Alicia, of Cheetah Is The New Black, is one such blogger. Her style is right in the sweet spot between achievable and aspirational, which adds up to totally inspirational. I finally had the pleasure of meeting Alicia during fashion week, and not only did she look totally chic, but she was so kind and funny and cool, I fell a little bit in love. It’s always nice when the reality exceeds the internet.
What’s your denim philosophy?
I choose my denim based on comfort and fit. I am short so I typically hem all of my jeans but I choose styles that flatter by body best and then have the length hemmed if need be.
What do you wear with denim?
What are your favorite brands?
Tell us about the jeans you wear most often?
I wear my Current/Elliot boyfriend jeans way too often to admit. They are perfectly distressed and comfortable and more acceptable than running around in my pjs!
What is on your denim wish list?
Current / Elliot is my absolute favorite denim brand because they fit me the best. I’d love a pair in every color and I’m currently craving a distressed bell bottom pair!