Low Rise, Ribcage, and Asymmetrical Jeans Oh My

Low Rise, Ribcage, and Asymmetrical Jeans Oh My - Levi's Ribcage Jeans - Livestyle Shot

Image: Levi’s. Ribcage Jean

I’m not sure how much people really pay attention to bizarre fashion trend reports (or trend reports in general), but I’m sure while perusing Facebook many of you have seen the crazy new denim “fads” over the years involving styles that you’d be pretty sure nobody would be caught dead in (but I bet you also realize lately that humans continue to blow our minds, so you react negatively to it despite your doubt). Denim has been one of those simple, basic wardrobe staples that I fell in love with due to the wide variety of artistic takes that different brands came up with, and for a heck of a long time, it was great, right? It was all about lifting the butt, elongating the legs or lengthening the torso—no woman was without at least one or two pairs of favorite jeans in her closet, and we were always looking for the next flattering pair. No matter what though, whether you like any of the other later trends such as frayed hems, mom jeans, cropped flares, jeggings or printed styles, everything always came back to the traditional, classic blue jean. Every successful denim brand knows this, and the emergence of favorable cult favorite vintage cuts and fabrics further perpetuated this truth. However…we still constantly see these attention-grabbing headlines featuring completely out-there denim styles that are being touted as a new “trend” somehow. If you know what I’m talking about, I’m talking about the inside-out jeans, Topshop’s mom jeans with clear plastic knee cutouts, Natasha Zinko High Waist Double Waistband Jeans, Carmar Denim’s “Invisible Jeans,” Y/Project’s garter belt jeans and Opening Ceremony’s number with detachable legs that morphs into a pair of high cut shorts. Clearly, these somehow sell, but is it all hype, and are people really willing to spend $400 on something that is? It’s easy to conclude that in such a saturated market, these brands are simply taking the clickbait route to another level to garner attention and don’t expect any of these creations to become “the next big trend.” However, I’d say that it’s a trend in itself that these far out designs continue to be manufactured and blasted out all over the media. Does this foreshadow a new turn for the denim industry, where it’s gotten increasingly more difficult to come up with original ideas? Is denim finally beginning to see a lackluster market presence as everyone opts for their best, most comfiest and flattering pair of yoga leggings?

The latest spectacle I’ve seen lately is a new asymmetrical jean “trend,” where one leg resembles more of a straight style and the other looks like something grafted in from a piece from JNCO. They appear to be a style only available as a preorder from one brand at this time, Ksenia Schnaider. I’m sure they’ll sell just like the others, although it’s still perplexing when every public comment on social media suggests otherwise, every time. I do realize that those negative comments also flood new releases of more understandably popular styles as well, but demographics play a huge part. If these jeans sell, these brands will continue to come up with new outlandish designs. But as the old adage goes, all publicity is good publicity…at least the brand’s name is now well known right? For every twenty people laughing, there’s one new person who might buy something else from the brand or become a fan simply because of an appreciation for their ability to shake things up a bit and cause a rise out of unsuspecting social media goers.

I’ve also noticed that these strange new denim releases have slowed down a little these last six months or so, and we’re starting to see a few old classics come back with almost the same amount of shame. Bootcut jeans were announced to be back on the market, much to the dismay of many. Low rise jeans, popular in the ’90s, are also supposedly coming back with about equal feedback from both sides of the coin. Does anyone else remember those oh so hot Frankie B jeans, with that notorious 3″ fly? I think I still have a pair of those, and I still like them. High rise jeans came out to combat the influx of low rise jeans, and became even more popular a couple of years ago, also with almost equal support and hate from both sides of the spectrum. To continue that trend, Levi’s has just released yet another interesting take on it: the Ribcage Jean. Touted as their most highest rise jean ever, these jeans have about a 12″ rise and feature wash names such as “Haters Gonna Hate” and “You Only Live Once.” I guess that’s true in fashion though…there really are no rules, and it’s supposed to be kinda silly and fun after all, right? Another wash name Levi’s used for this new line is “On The Fence,” which better explains my sentiments on rises that high, although I do have several high rise jeans in my closet that I’ve loved throughout the years, including from this brand!

Fashion is always changing, and if you’ve ever seen a high couture fashion show, you know it’s supposed to be a bit exaggerated and silly at times, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen that level of crazy so much on the more contemporary side of things. It’s always been about grabbing attention though, and so far that’s never failed. Of course, in the world of high couture, it’s a bit more about inspiring less-than-crazy ideas for future ready-to-wear lines, but what exactly is the idea here with premium denim? It’s hard to say exactly, but you can’t lie and claim that these releases don’t steal headlines. Creativity on the product level alone becomes difficult out there in such an over-saturated market, so maybe that’s what we’re starting to see is that now it’s more about creativity on a brand level—catching attention in a way that for at least temporarily, puts the brand’s name above the others. Are we witnessing some kind of viral hype war between some of these brands? Is this the new state of affairs with the rise of social media? Either way, it’s entertaining (despite the media’s annoying exaggeration about how much people might truly care— For example, “people are flipping out over___” or “people can’t handle___” and my favorite “The internet is stressed out about___”), and no matter how little desire I have to actually own one of these ridiculously crazy items, I can’t help but sometimes appreciate the gung-ho moxie these brands apparently possess.

What do you think?

New Crystal Infused Pieces from Seed of Creation

First off, I hope everyone had a great holiday season, if that’s your thing! I’m pretty sure it was obvious I was taking a break to enjoy it…I actually ended up in Hawaii for a few days! It was a much needed break. While I was gone, one of my favorite companies I’ve worked with so far (due to the fact that they fit my main focus: short production, independently owned sustainable brands) added some of the coolest new leggings to their collections…namely the ones I wore in my last post! Something you may have only seen if you follow me on Instagram, was another piece sent to me by the brand, so as promised, I’m happy to present them both, right now! Here are two new crystal infused pieces from Seed of Creation, a family-run, ethical and sustainable brand out of Bali.

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Nomads Hempwear in the Park

I was so excited to share the Nomads Hemp Wear Fall/Winter 2018 line for you guys a little while back, mostly because it’s one of my top go-to brands. This Canadian brand creates super affordable and high quality sustainable and ethical pieces and have definitely established a solid place in my wardrobe! I have numerous pieces from them, and I was stoked for them to have sent me this gorgeous piece, the Revelation Tunic. Made from hemp terry, it’s created with contrasting panels, raw edges and eye catching yet modest detailing. It’s also super super soft, and also comes in several other color options! The brand says “this tunic is equal parts urban night out and cozy day at the cabin,” and I can’t disagree. I’ve worn this to work, to get cozy at friends’ houses, and to wander around the town, just as I do with everything else I own from the brand! That’s yet one of the things that makes their work so amazing…the versatility. Pretty much every one of their pieces in my closet also sits proudly as part of my festival wear collection.

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Buy a Winter Accessory and Give Back at American Eagle and Aerie

I’m totally all about any company that gives back with every purchase. A lot of us would love to do our part but aren’t quite sure how, so it’s nice to know some of our favorite brands are doing their best to make it easier for us! I’ve written about several other companies that have such a program, such as TOMS, Mitscoots Outfitters, and I have yet to write about another great one (and an awesome sock manufacturer), Bombas! Now another one of my all time favorite retailers, American Eagle Outfitters and their sister brand Aerie, are doing the same.

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7 For All Mankind Releases Lightweight Vintage Style with b(air) Authentic

Denim has experienced a whole lot of reinventions throughout the many years it has dominated the market ever since Levi’s became a household name in workwear. The brands on top have competed with many other emerging trends outside the denim industry, most recently being activewear emerging as streetwear. Leggings have replaced jeans in the closets of many denim fans (and I admit sometimes I prefer to go for one of those leggings that looks and feels just too cool for the gym from time to time in lieu of my favorite jeans), so for the last five years or so, some pretty incredible fabric technologies have allowed jeans to at least lightly transcend into the legging market. For me, these have been amazing, as it was hard for me to find a jean that fit my curves just right without a belt! View Full Post

Mavi Jeans Tess Super Skinny in Rinse SuperSoft Review

Here we go with the fifth and last (but definitely not least) review I’ve got for you from Mavi‘s awesome Fall denim collection. These all have been absolutely some of the best jeans I’ve ever gotten the privilege of reviewing, and I hope you liked them too! Every time I work with this brand I am consistently impressed with their constantly improving quality, fits and overall style and feel. Looking back, I’ve shared the Tess Super Skinny in Indigo SuperSoft, Adriana Ankle Super Skinny in Mid Cheeky, the Tess in Ink Stripe, and the Alissa Super Skinny in Dark Smoke Supersoft. I’m going to go back to the classics again with this next one here: the Tess Super Skinny in Rinse SuperSoft. Everyone needs that staple jean that will take them from the office to cocktails or from a nice dinner to dancing with ease, and this one fits the bill, both in comfort and that ever-coveted asset-enhancing factor!

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Mavi Jeans Tess Super Skinny in Indigo SuperSoft Review

Mavi Jeans Tess Super Skinny in Indigo SuperSoft Review

Jeans: Tess Super Skinny in Indigo SuperSoft, Sunglasses: Blenders Eyewear. Sweater: American Eagle Outfitters (Similar here). Booties: Similar here and here.

I hope you’ve been enjoying my reviews for several of the great new pieces from Mavi’s fall denim line! These have been such great additions to my denim collection, topping some of my existing favorites, and I’m definitely thrilled to share them all with you. So far, I’ve shared my two cents on the Adriana Ankle Super Skinny in Mid Cheeky, the Tess in Ink Stripe, and the Alissa Super Skinny in Dark Smoke Supersoft. Next up is the Tess Super Skinny in Indigo SuperSoft, which is truly a perfect closet essential.

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Mavi Jeans Adriana Ankle Super Skinny in Mid Cheeky Review

Alright, I have a few more reviews from Mavi for you…I am totally digging the jeans sent to me from their new Fall collection and they are rapidly moving up the list of my favorites from all the jeans I’ve reviewed in the last several years—and that’s a LOT! I’ve already presented to you the Tess in Ink Stripe, and the Alissa Super Skinny in Dark Smoke Supersoft, and I’ve still got three more. I’ve reviewed Mavi many times in the past, both for Denimology and my blog you’re reading now, and it’s been awesome to see this company grow as they have, both in quality and style! This time around, I’ve got the Adriana Ankle Super Skinny in Mid Cheeky, a vintage style jean with a whole lot of extra (yet modest) flair.

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Mavi Jeans Tess Super Skinny in Ink Stripe Review

I hope you all enjoyed my first review in a long time from Mavi, for their Alissa Super Skinny in Dark Smoke Supersoft! After being so busy with other life happenings, it has been nice to get back to product reviews for all of you. I still currently have several more new Fall denim arrivals from this brand to share. To help new readers catch up, I’ve reviewed several items from Mavi in the past both on my personal blog (check them here and here) and at Denimology (see them here and here), and they are definitely one of my favorite brands to work with and share with my readers! This next review is for the Tess Super Skinny in Ink Stripe, which I have to say is one of my favorite jeans I’ve ever reviewed.

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Mavi Jeans Alissa Super Skinny In Dark Smoke SuperSoft Review

I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve done a product review…life just got in the way and I had a lot on my plate for awhile, so I decided to take a short break. It’s definitely meaningful to me to present quality brands and independent designers in general posts, but sharing them up close and personal is so much more valuable, and fun! I am happy to say I’ve currently got several more ready and waiting in the wings for all of you, so get ready! Mavi Jeans is my latest focus, and I have quite a handful of their new Fall denim pieces to share. If you remember, I’ve reviewed several of their jeans both on my personal blog (check them here and here) and at Denimology (see them here and here), and I’ve never been disappointed, so I’m stoked to try out a few more.

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