The New Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 Collection is Here

I’m back! Again, I believe it’s important to take periodical breaks…this time though, it’s because I made my second annual pilgrimage to that thing in the desert, Burning Man. It’s always so tough and awesome in all the best ways, and I’m thankful to have made it back for a second time. I feel freshly inspired and ready to take on life again in a positive light. However, that could all take up a whole separate post (maybe one of these days I’ll do that, but I am not big on talking about me). One of the things festivals (even though Burning Man is not exactly one) and events like this do is separate me from the mainstream commercial world and make me appreciate the individual artists more when I totally thought I couldn’t. There’s no shortage of art at Burning Man as I’m sure most of you know, but there is no commerce (for a good reason). Still though, it focuses me even more on how tough it really is for those trying to express their talents and make a difference in the world. There’s no WiFi or cell service out there so it really is disconnecting (and I love it), so it’s always interesting to get back and catch up on what is going on in the “default” world. I was excited when I got back to see one of my all time, top favorite brands has released their new seasonal line! So without much more ado about myself and my personal exploits, I’m stoked to say the new Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 Collection is here.

If you’ve been following me for long enough, I’m sure you’ve noticed several constants in terms of favorite brands and brand partnerships. Nomads Hemp Wear has been a longtime favorite and I’m grateful to be able to share them with you every season and highlight my favorite pieces. Ethical and sustainable style is known to be more on the pricey side (usually for good reason), and it’s unfortunate for those who mean well but have small budgets. However, this Canadian brand has found a way to make everything accessible…of course, we’re not talking Forever 21 prices here, but everything is priced so well for their do-good nature and superb quality. Everything I own from them has stood up through numerous washes and wears, and still looks like new after many years. One of the things that also stands out to me is the fact that everything they create bridges the gap between festival and everyday street style, and their creative license is so modestly unique and easy to style! My closet is slowly but surely filling up with mostly goods from them.

Every season, Nomads Hemp Wear releases a handful of beautiful new items, but they also build off their existing short-run stock. This means, if you missed something you loved from the previous season, chances are they will revive it for the next with new colorways. I’m totally on board with this! There are several pieces I grabbed later on after I saw them for the first time…and believe me, you’ll also be thankful as I’m sure you’ll want everything they have. For the Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 collection, there are several new jackets, tops, pants and leggings and much more. However, I’m happy to also see they’ve brought back one of my favorite items, the Revelation Tunic, in a beautiful red and black design! If you remember, I reviewed this piece two seasons ago. One item that is always coming back are the beautiful Axiom leggings, which have been reworked into a super soft bamboo version (I have a soy version from years ago). I could go on and on…and on—everything is so awesome! But, I’ll let these photos from the Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2019 collection do the talking for me.

“Like the cherry on the cake of sustainable dressing our tops, tanks, hoodies and t-shirts are all fair trade and made from organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp goodness. Long sleeve wraps, knitted scarves and ponchos, loose, long, fitted, cozy cool. Winter is coming…”

“Consumerism is all about the power of choice. Choose the planet with clothing that’s like a rock anthem of Earth-love: bamboo leggings that could shake you all night long, and hemp hoodies that make you want to give us all your lovin’ (all your hugs and kisses too). Fashion forward eco style for an organic future friendly life.”

“Take a step back, stay grounded, and stay strong in our luscious sustainable organic cotton, bamboo, and hemp leggings, pants, booty shorts, and sassy skirts. Bottoms for a sustainable future. Listen to your bass go Boom!”

“Get your sultan of swing on in whirly twirly soft and swirly dresses for all seasons in organic cotton, form fitting hemp, and luscious bamboo. Dresses for the rEvolution. And yes, you can wear a dress to a revolution.”

Shop everything from Nomads Hemp Wear here…there are still plenty of items on sale from previous seasons! Sign up for their newsletter for 10% off your first order.

7 For All Mankind’s Color of the Season

I realize that certain wardrobe colors and color combinations are more prominent during certain seasons, but I always tend to wear whatever sparks my eye, any time of the year. Either way, it’s fun to see what different gorgeous shades that brands market from season to season! Since Fall is around the corner, it’s just about time to see all the bright colors tune down to more earthy tones, or “jewel tones” as some may call them: burgundy, olive greens, dark greens, browns or shades of bronze and gold. I’m not the biggest fan of gold, but I do love a pretty bronze…especially during the summer, actually! I think it brings out those hard-earned tans more than most other colors. I would say it’s a cross-season eye-catcher, and one of my favorite denim brands has made it a spotlight color in a brand new collection! “Penny” is 7 For All Mankind’s color of the season.

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Picks From the 7 For All Mankind Annual Warehouse Sale

I don’t always like posting about sales since everything is always sure to sell out so super fast and the last thing I want to do is frustrate my readers…but I couldn’t resist with this one. Most of the premium denim I own I acquired through sales, as I absolutely LOVE bargain hunting, and there are too many good deals online nowadays to not take advantage of it. I also realize that all these posts I make about the denim brands I love are out of the price range for many of the people who make up my audience (including me, honestly), so I definitely like to offer suggestions to make it all a bit more accessible when I can! I just got an email today for an awesome sale that I just couldn’t resist sharing, and I definitely am feeling like some of these pieces are tough to resist themselves. I’m pretty excited to share some of my picks from the 7 For All Mankind Annual Warehouse Sale!

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Summer Denim Vibes from Shopbop

I can agree that denim may not always be your go-to material during the heat of the summer, unless we’re talking about shortie shorts. Those are definitely some of my favorite pieces that come out of hibernation to enjoy beach days, pool parties or just outdoor outings with friends. But not everyone resides in regions that are too scorching for denim, and some of us just love our favorite jeans too much to part with them at any time throughout the year. Looser fitting items are often a bit more comfortable, and so are jeans with rips or distressing which helps to let the breeze in and help you stay cooler. Whatever our denim preferences are when the weather warms, I am getting some awesome summer denim vibes from Shopbop!

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American Eagle Outfitters Releases More Inclusive Jean Sizes up to 24

I am at that point now where people have caught on that I know a thing or two about jeans, and are always approaching me for advice (which is awesome). I’m often asked where a quality, well fitting jean can be found that isn’t super expensive, and I always direct people to American Eagle Outfitters! I’m actually pretty impressed by how flexible this brand has been within the denim industry, and how willing they’ve been to evolve and grow with market demands over the years. The many pairs I have from them I would say are pretty dang close to premium quality, and I love how they fit curvier shapes. They are one of the major brands that has been doing their best to be more size inclusive. About a year ago, I wrote about their move to more fits up to a size 20, and they’ve just recently expanded to more inclusive jean sizes up to 24!

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Fran Denim Ivy Shorts in Black Review

Wearing Fran Denim's Ivy Shorts in Black

I can’t believe I’ve gotten this far in my blogging life without reviewing a pair of shorts! I’ve done so many product reviews featuring premium denim for Denimology and my own blog here since 2013, and yet I’ve always ended up with cropped or full-length styles (no complaints though!). I’ve worn denim shorts for many years now, ever since I got more confident with fitness (and especially weight lifting), so I guess it’s only appropriate I finally cover that area of the denim world. Speaking of weight lifting, even though many of my favorite shortie shorts from Siwy, American Eagle, True Religion and BDG still are my favorite in terms of fit every time summer comes around, I still find that as I keep up my gym routine, my body keeps changing year after year. I’ve noticed that I need higher cuts in the back, and a smaller waistband-to-hip-room ratio. I’ve been an advocate for Fran Denim ever since I discovered them, but even more now am I realizing how awesome they are for women who are serious about lifting weights! So, since I got some pretty good feedback on the post I made a little while ago about their new denim shorts for summer, I’m happy to share my Fran Denim Ivy Shorts in black review.

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New Stylish Summer Bags from Madewell

New Stylish Summer Bags from Madewell

Image: Madewell

When most of us think of Summertime in the fashion sense, we probably think of bright shades, fun whimsical prints and frilly details. While there is plenty of that out there, those thoughts come primarily from our wild and free childhoods—for me, at least. These kinds of motifs aren’t hard to find for those who enjoy them as adults (Lilly Pulitzer, anyone?), but if you’re like me, you might prefer more modern, minimal, toned down earthy shades for warm weather vacations, beach parties or trips to the pool. I like darker shades, but every now and then I might bust out of my rut and go for something at least slightly more playful. While writing this, I’m thinking a lot about swimwear, but for this post I’m going to focus on another Summer addiction…bags! The excessive enjoyment I get from fashionable containment isn’t limited to any season in particular, but my taste buds just re-activated when I saw a collection of new stylish Summer bags from Madewell! I already have plenty of pieces to carry my essentials to whatever these brighter months may bring, but I guess maybe I do like some whimsy after all…in the form of styling flexibility!

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Reformation Brings Eco Friendly Style to Shopbop

When browsing for new denim or checking out what’s new in the world of style, Shopbop is always one of my top online destinations (next to Revolve). They always have fresh pieces and although I can’t always be spending that kind of money, I appreciate quality and the artistry that comes from these designers. However, you know me…I’m always wanting to peruse new sustainable brands or items first. Since there’s no actual category on Shopbop for that, I have to do my research beforehand. That is why I compiled five great eco friendly brands available on Shopbop for a post here not too long ago for others who might be wanting to shop more consciously. It comes as no surprise that I know several sustainable brands already, but not all of them are available as options at these popular shopping destinations. Reformation is one of those awesome brands that has been on my radar for awhile now (I’ve written about them twice, once in 2017 and another time this year), but they are almost exclusively available from their own website. So, I’m happy to see that they are now becoming more available to discerning customers, and I’m happy to now say that Reformation brings eco friendly style to Shopbop!

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New Summer Shorts for Muscular Women from Fran Denim

Muscular Woman in Fran Denim Shorts

Image: Fran Denim

Women everywhere, no matter the size, always know the struggle of finding jeans that fit. Fortunately, ever since premium denim became popular in the early 2000s, several brands have drastically made that process a little less painful due to improved fits and fabrics that better form to your shape, but to say this issue has completely been remedied would be a bit of a stretch (no pun intended). This is especially the case if you have a more muscular or curvy build, and with the rise of weightlifting as an incredible and beneficial workout for women, a few brands have stepped up to the plate to make the denim world a bit more inclusive. Fran Denim has been one of my top brands that are made fit more ample shapes, as I am naturally a bit muscular but also strength train. I’ve reviewed a few pairs myself (see one here, and here…the second being my favorite) so I can definitely vouch for them! Another great pair that also fits the bill is Barbell, but I’ll have to give them their own post soon (it’s about time I highlight them again anyhow). With the summer being upon us and the subject matter being the aforementioned brand, I thought I’d share some new shorts for muscular women from Fran Denim.

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An Evening in Articles of Society Flare Jeans

Me wearing Articles of Society Flare Jeans, KAMALIKULTURE top and Red ASOS Heels

Top: Norma Kamali Kamali Kulture (sold out, resold here and here on Poshmark or here on Ebay), Jeans: Articles of Society Faith Flare Jeans in Rio Bueno, Shoes: Asos (sold out, similar here). Sunglasses: Blenders Eyewear

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written about flare jeans…Probably back when I reviewed a totally fun pair from AGOLDE for Denimology back in 2016! Time flies…and all this time, skinny jeans have continued to dominate the market. I’d say they still do, but flare jeans are starting to make a comeback again. I was sent this rad pair from Articles of Society, the Faith Flare Jeans in Rio Bueno, to review for Denimology, and I say they are quite groovy! I love this added dark denim panel on the outside of the flares.

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