Entries Tagged as 'flares'

How to Be a Jean Queen

Friday, July 29, 2016

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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.

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Refinery 29 Editors’ Kill It With Their Own Denim Designs

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

image-2Refinery 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. image

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A Test: Can You Cuff Flared Jeans?

Saturday, May 28, 2016

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I’ve been diving so head-first into the flare/bell trend that I found myself looking for a way to switch things up. When I’m feeling that way with straight or tapered jeans, the answer is often to cuff them up once or twice. But doing so with flared jeans gave me pause, because, would they stay cuffed?

But I tested it out anyway, because I was digging the look. The answer to the questions, at least with these McGuire Gainsbourg baby boot cuts, was yes, but only with gentle wear. Once you start rigorously stomping through an airport, which I did shortly after these photos were taken, the cuffs will likely fall out. That was OK in my case since the jeans were so long that they would drag on the ground—but be aware that if your jeans are long, you could end up with dirty jeans fast.

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In addition I would say the stiffer your jeans are, the longer they’ll stay cuffed. You could also sneak a safety pin inside your jeans on each side at the seams—discreet and easy enough to remove when you’re feeling the long look again.

This photo shoot (with my dad!) also marked my first try-out with the bandana trend (better late than never!), which I thoroughly enjoyed, until I got really overheated after running to my flight 🙂 Let me know if you try cuffing your bells!

More outfit deets: Freda Salvador Star boots; vintage Phillies t-shirt, similar here; blue bandana.

[Photos by Richard Philipkoski]

Why You Should Buy Petite Flare or Bell-Bottom Jeans

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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You’ve likely noticed—how could you not—that bell bottoms and flared jeans are enjoying quite the revival of late. And even though skinnies are still going strong, wide-legs are having their day in the sun. So I wanted to revisit a topic addressed back in 2011 by our former editor and founder, Jennine Jacob. What she recommended back then still holds true: If you’re 5’4″ or shorter, it’s worth holding out for petite sizes when it comes to bell bottoms and flared jeans.

Why? Because look how wonderful the jeans look when the bell starts to flare out at the knee. If you hem this type of jean, the flare will start somewhere mid-calf, which might be just fine sometimes, but doesn’t give the same lovely silhouette.

Check out some petite flare jeans options here!

Reports of Skinny Jeans’ Death Are Greatly Exaggerated

Friday, March 18, 2016

Screenshot 2016-03-17 23.55.46Guilty 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!

Are You Ready to Take Your Denim Flare Game to the Next Level?

Thursday, January 7, 2016

 

 

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Hudson Laurel patchwork flare jeans, $255

There are flares, and then the are flares. I have a few pairs of the former type, and now I’m ready to take it to the limit—to the next level, if you will—with some really freaking cool-ass bell bottoms with serious character. Who’s with me??

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SJYP button jeans, $350

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Vale run free fray trousers, $220

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Marc by Marc Jacobs wide-leg chevron denim trousers, $498

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Free People tidal wave extreme novelty flare, $168

 

 

Bloggers in Denim: The Fashion Guitar Wears M.I.H. Jeans While Shopping at Chloe

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Charlotte_thefashionguitar_by_Marinke_Davelaar-1510120191Charlotte 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.

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They look pretty great with this cape situation, too! Check out the rest of the post here.

13 Perfect Pairs of Summer Jeans from Shopbop’s 30%-Off Sale

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

 

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It’s summer—time for summer sales! There are a whole lot of them to sift through, but if you’re looking for a new pair of jeans, you’re in luck. I’ve sifted through Shopbop’s amazing summer sale to find the very best, on-trend denim, all for 30% off or more.  From white to black, short to long, bells to skinnies, there’s something for everyone!

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Mother high-rise cropped, 7 for All Mankind white trousers, Citizens of Humanity bell bottoms, Citizens of Humanity high-rise light-wash skinniesGoldsign The Stevie jeans, Hudson Taylor high-waisted black flares, Hudson cutoffs, James Jeans high rise bright-blue flares, Citizens of Humanity overalls, Joe’s Jeans Holmes shorts, Joe’s Jeans high-rise dark flare, Current/Elliott Girl Crush flare jeans, Rag & Bone high-rise white bells

Bloggers in Denim: Krystal of This Time Tomorrow Rocks Flares

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Welcome to Bloggers in Denim, a new ESD series highlighting the best denim looks on our favorite bloggers.

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Krystal Bick of This Time Tomorrow may have recently left the Bay Area for New York City, but she brought some laid back California Vibes along with her. I’m loving her black wide-leg Anine Bing jeans paired with a lacy white top.

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She looks cool and collected, and she must be loving the opportunity to go sleeveless because it’s almost never warm enough for that in the Bay Area!

Denim Style: Cheetah Is The New Black

Thursday, September 22, 2011

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?

Everything (tees, silk blouses, leather jackets)! I’m totally a denim girl and could wear jeans, specifically boyfriend jeans every day!

What are your favorite brands?

I love Current/Elliot, J Brand and 7 for All Mankind.

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!

 

Denim Style: A Sequin Dress At Breakfast

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I finally had the opportunity to meet Kiley of A Sequin Dress At Breakfast over brunch last weekend. Amongst a table of 10 other loudly chattering bloggers and friends, we we gabbed about how delicious our omlettes were, the craziness of New York Fashion Week, and luckily for you guys – a little bit about denim!
What’s your denim philosophy?

If styled in the right way, denim can be appropriate for any occasion.  The right top, accessories, shoes, and bag can sometimes turn jeans into a more dressy outfit than a dress itself.  Also, don’t be stuck to the size you think you are.  Different brands sizes can run across the board in fit, so don’t be afraid to go smaller or bigger than usual to get the perfect fit.  It’s just a number – that only you will see.

What do you wear with denim?

Honestly? Anything.  I’ve always loved the look of a classic white tee shirt with the perfect pair of dark denim flares.  But I’m also a fan of all things sparkly, so of course I love to pair my sequins with my jeans.  And with fall right around the corner, I practically live in my fur vest every day and it always looks right with any of my denim.

What are your favorite brands?

My favorite skinny jeans are Joe’s, and my favorite trouser style and straight fit (that I cuff up) are both from the Gap.  They’ve done denim forever, and as many pairs of jeans as I buy, I always tend to wear my old Gap favorites.

Tell us about the jeans you wear most often?

Recently, I’ve been loving my red jeans that I found at a local thrift shop.  They are the perfect length and fit so I can wear them long or cuffed.  I also have been living in my previously white denim cutoff shorts that I recently had dyed hot pink.

What is on your denim wish list?

I just fulfilled one item off my wish list-a pair of eggplant purple denim J Brands I just ordered.  Also, I’ve been eyeing some leopard print jeans-Current/Elliott and Rebecca Minkoff have some great ones.  And one more pair of the perfect boyfriend jeans – which is harder to find than it should be!

Street Style: Summer Fades

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Deny it all you want, but that lovely-yet-often-dreaded month of September has arrived. In New York City, that means cool mornings and mild afternoons, also known as a denim-a-holic‘s dream climate. We simply live for early Fall. This pleasant time of transition between scorching heat and bone-chilling cold allows for the most brilliant expressions of personal style all year.

Each of these girls has their own unique style, but they’re all giving a nod to the impending Fall through the way they mix in their denim. When the temperatures are still saying “Summer,” though the calendar is almost saying “Autumn” a light wash denim is the perfect middle ground. Style in a pair of acid-wash boyfriend jeans,of-the-moment flares, or an easy denim jacket with your favorite floral frock, and you’ll be ready to great the coming season with ease.

[Photos by Nando Alvarez.]

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