Stainless White Denim

Stainless White Denim

Level 99 Lily Skinny in Forever White

Stainless White Denim

I’ve done some reviews for some great white jeans (See: Marc Allison and Red Engine) which have drastically changed the way I’ve seen white jeans for most of my life…but a fear still remains: keeping these babies clean!! I guess I can feel lucky that I don’t necessary worry about how I *look* in white jeans anymore, as fitness is like eating, breathing and sleeping to me, but I’m terrified of keeping white jeans (or white anything for that matter) clean. I don’t own a lot of white items, for that reason alone!

It appears denim manufacturers are getting the hint…as Marc Allison released their white Gina Bootcut with a thicker fabric blend to make sure they aren’t see-through, Level 99 and Joe’s Jeans now have released lines of white denim that is stainless! What fears do we now have with white jeans? Excuses for this beautifully versatile style…virtually eliminated. Both brands are well-established and well-loved (Level 99 being a relative newcomer but was very, very quick to impress with their impeccable fits and soft fabrics, and Joe’s being, well, Joe’s. Enough said!), so I feel I can trust both with such a claim!

Level 99‘s new line is called Forever White, and is currently only available in the Lily Straight jean. The brand states that the technology is down to the fibers themselves…they are resistant to any kind of stain! They don’t really specify much more, but I’d be down to try them! Joe’s Jeans states that their technology lies in a special wash treatment that will resist stains from things like coffee, wine, water and soda. However, they did issue this disclaimer: “This garment will not repel pigment based colors such as lip gloss, makeup, nail polish, paint or other products of a similar composition and nature. The expected longevity of the treatment is approximately 20 washes when being washed with a mild liquid detergent on normal wash cycle and low tumble dry settings. Do not use bleach. Dry clean safe.” I guess I should be glad I don’t wear a lot of makeup, and putting on nail polish while wearing anything white? Brave. Very brave.

What do you think? What are your primary fears with white denim, or are you all about them?

Check out Joe’s line here, and Level 99’s Lily Straight in Forever White right here!

Roy Roger’s Ann Low Rise Skinny Jeans Review on Denimology

Roy Roger's Ann Low Rise Skinny Jeans Review on Denimology - Front View

It’s always fascinating to discover some of the smaller denim brands that may not be household names like True Religion or 7 For All Mankind, but pack a serious punch when it comes to quality! There are and have been a lot of these right here in the United States, but we obviously aren’t the single powerhouse in the world of denim. Italy seems to hold a special place in the heart of the fashion industry, and is the birthplace of the brand featured in this review! Roy Roger’s jeans have basically been a cult favorite in the small but colorful and decadent country, with roots starting all the way back in 1949. With summer here and medium-hued, low waisted skinny jeans populating the streets once again, today I’m bringing you a Roy Roger’s Ann Low Rise Skinny Stretch Jeans in Denim review!

Roy Roger's Ann Low Rise Skinny Jeans Review on Denimology - Back View

Of course in my mind I was envisioning an all-American brand named after the famous TV character Roy Rogers! But nope…As mentioned above, the company behind Roy Roger’s began producing jeans in 1949. Sevenbell Group was the first Italian blue jeans manufacturer. Over all this time, they have had a great partnership with Cone Mills, the first ever denim producer in the world, which has provided access to high quality, raw materials from the USA, Europe and Japan. Roy Roger’s jeans gained quite a cult following in the 1960s and 1970s, and to this day, each pair incorporates the same classic detailing and quality as it did back then, including being handmade in Italy. The brand says “There can be no future without an authentic history.” I’d have to agree! I was excited to try a pair when I first was introduced to and read about the brand, and I was sent the Ann Low Rise Skinny in my usual size of 26. I only have GREAT things to say about these!

Read the rest on Denimology here, and my other reviews can be found here!

I am wearing an A. Kurtz hat, and the top I am wearing in this review I got from Etsy, from HerbanDevi! It’s organic cotton and bamboo! Get the top for yourself here (and the colors are customizable) 🙂

Moschino and the Golden Arches

Moschino and the Golden Arches

Moschino is the epitome of whimsical high couture…never afraid to push the limit and turn the tables into unexpected style territory. The brand debuted something completely different at Milan Fashion Week in February for their Autumn/Winter 2014 Womenswear line, turning the catwalk into a bright yellow and red display of designs inspired by…fast food? Yup, hard to mistake those large, bold and very familiar yellow golden arches (‘M’ for Moschino, of course) parading around in the form of oversized sweaters, dresses, bags, and more. Designer Jeremy Scott joined Moschino as their new creative director late last year, and is the face behind these crazy fun designs…he and Moschino also debuted Spongebob, Hershey, and even Budweiser-inspired designs at this show (The Cut).

A bit much, or a lot of fun? While I wouldn’t really be caught wearing any of these items around, I’m no hater…because as with any out-there styles out there, I say, why not? The fashion world would be boring as hell without brands like Moschino keeping our attention, whether it’s positive or negative. I love when I see such amazing examples of personal expression and creativity, even if it’s not quite my taste. As with most fashion shows, it’s all art…most of the time the items you see gliding down the catwalk are not meant to be worn down the street, although this McDonald’s-inspired line by Moschino is not doing all that bad, according to Business Week. I call it all eye candy, and it helps release us from the binds of expectations that society and everyday life throw on us, if you ask me! And this is just…funny. Of course this is all high couture, and most people (including me) would rather spend that kind of money on a more versatile closet staple than a bright red bag with a McDonalds-like ‘M’ slapped on the side, but if I could afford it, why not, just as a collector’s piece? I’m sure this crazy move by Moschino has secured a spot in high-fashion history (just wait, Forever 21 will probably follow suit).

So here’s the question, would you? Shop the collection here.

MIA & MOSS Camden Crop Skinny in Medium Blue on Denimology

MIA & MOSS Camden Crop Skinny in Medium Blue on Denimology

MIA & MOSS Camden Crop Skinny in Medium Blue on Denimology

For those who have read my previous reviews, you know how I’ve always felt about cropped jeans. I always thought they only looked best on tall, svelte models. I’m more muscular and athletic, so I always felt like cropped jeans did nothing for me but shorten my legs in a not-so-flattering way. Lately though, I’ve been thinking differently with a lot of the great cropped jeans I’ve had a chance to review lately (and the ever-warming California weather gets a little credit too)! Cropped jeans are the typical summer staple for most denim fans, allowing you to show off your manicure and cute new sandals, and to stay a little cooler or wade around at the beach. I think I’ve fallen just a little bit more for the cropped jean trend, with this MIA & MOSS Camden Crop Skinny in Medium Blue review!

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The Vegan Leather Flare by Blank NYC

The Vegan Leather Flare from Blank NYC

The Vegan Leather Flare in Pussycat from Blank NYC

The Vegan Leather Flare by Blank NYC

Leather pants are a classic…mostly in a rock star sense if you ask me. I remember wanting a pair for myself during my high school punk band days, but being turned down by my parents because of the high price tag! I finally snagged two pleather pants from Hot Topic, but then rarely wore them because they were so cold in the mornings and sweaty in the afternoons (then of course cold again in the evenings from all that sweat). The awesome look of the leather pant seems to have far outlived the actual leather pant trend (although from my perspective they do still exist in smaller numbers), probably because of that price, the rise in ecological concerns and veganism, lack of breathability as well as that heavy feel that leather items tend to give (also, how do you wash them?? Dry cleaners??). Several ways of mimicking the look of leather emerged from the fashion world, like coated denim, which I STILL have yet to try (yes, this denim obsessed lady needs to get. on. it.), which were usually done with skinny jeans. Blank NYC has recently kept up the vegan leather style with skinnies, but with flares as well, with the Pull On Vegan Leather Flare in Pussycat!

Blank NYC is well known for a wide range of both edgy and classic denim styles at a slightly-lower-than-premium price point without sacrificing much quality. I have a comfy pair of burgundy jeggings and an AWESOME pair of black cargo pants that I remember scouring the entire internet for when skinny cargos gained popularity again and none of the premium brand versions impressed me much. They held their own amongst the big dogs! I don’t know about you, but to me, these flares are pretty eye-catching and unique! I haven’t seen anything that resembles leather in the form of flares since well, hair metal. I still am not sure about the breathability of these things (they are 60% Polyester, 40% Viscose), so I’m not sure if I’d rock them (although it would be so much fun to try), but they seem to have a ton of great reviews from when they were an exclusive Shopbop item! Blank NYC just re-released them on their own website. These babies are pull on, so they have no zip fly, so I’d imagine they are pretty form fitting and snug, especially with the 8″ rise! Both hip pockets are faux and they feature two back pockets, like any pair of jeans would. With a 35″ inseam, I could see these being pretty flattering, as high-waisted flares can be, when worn long with heels! I love styling outfits with contrast, so I would probably wear these with a flowery top or pastel blouse (when normally you wouldn’t really see me in either, but they’d balance out well with these rock-worthy duds).

Grab a pair for yourself right here!

For those that like the style, but aren’t sure about the fabric content, I also found a lightweight stretch denim version here, at a slightly lower price too!

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Vintage Shop

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Vintage Shop

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Shop – Patch & Repair Jeans

The Current/Elliott Loved & Found Vintage Shop

Los Angeles brand Current/Elliott has long been a premium, highly-sought-after denim presence that has stood the test of time through economic downfalls and numerous trend changes. Actually, in many cases, they’ve managed to set trends or bravely release their own styles which flew off the racks due to their amazing reputation in the world of denim (remember my posts about their famous leopard jeans (here and here)? The brand is now taking it a step further, taking their eyes off of their denim collections a little bit and introducing a new shop, called Loved & Found. Launched in late May, this shop features several one-of-a-kind items from Current/Elliott’s archive, along with a wide collection of random but awesome vintage collectibles that were found in flea markets and antique stores around the country. Expect to find home decor, jewelry, old toys, and several repurposed vintage Current/Elliott styles that were repaired by CEO and creative director Serge Azria.

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Don’t Ask Why by American Eagle Outfitters

Don’t Ask Why by American Eagle Outfitters

American Eagle is one of those brands that I feel I just can’t grow out of. Abercrombie and Hollister…easy. But good ol’ American Eagle is too classic most of the time…well, except for some of the pieces that come out during Festival season…I’m a little past all of that. But give me their winter and fall lines, and I’m golden. And the jeans? Best, hands down, for the price! You all know how much I love premium denim, and sometimes I can’t believe AEO jeans aren’t more expensive than they are, truthfully. They did release a premium line earlier this year and it didn’t stick around long! American Eagle is the only popular trendy clothing chain that I do not have at my doorstep in my small-but-growing town of San Luis Obispo, and that’s probably a good thing. I just finally cleared my AEO credit card two years ago and I’ve adamantly tried to avoid using it again (although it still sits quietly inside my wallet! We’ve had some great times, that card and I).

One cool thing I love about American Eagle is they have a way of staying fresh without going over-the-top (then there’s that occasional troll-worthy joke they throw in now and then, even the ones that turn into positive outcomes. But in terms of their collections, they always seem to be trying to re-invent themselves, which is probably why they are still doing fairly well right now. Earlier this year, they released Made In Italy for American Eagle Outfitters, which was a limited edition capsule collection boasting “the perfect mix of effortless street style and edgy pieces that you’ll love to wear day in and day out in so many different ways,” inspired by the “street style of Italy.” Each piece was also made in one size to keep it even more effortless. I didn’t get a chance to try one of these pieces, but they seemed to be successful! They sold out rather fast, and apparently it inspired their next special line, Don’t Ask Why. Perhaps it was a tester collection for this much larger and complete line’s release?

The newest collection to hit AEO. Designed in one size to fuse the effortless street style of New York, L.A. & Milan with festival-inspired edge. The breezy pieces are perfect for mixing, matching, layering…& for throwing on over absolutely everything.

Don’t Ask Why mirrors the Made In Italy line in terms of easy breezy style and the one-size-fits-all ideal. So far so good it seems, and I’m impressed by how large this line is. I hope it sticks around, because it definitely looks to appeal more to the older people like me who (omg, did I just say older!? ahhhhhHHH) just can’t seem to quit American Eagle Outfitters and don’t mind paying just a little more for quality. I decided to peruse this line by combining pieces with some current American Eagle favorites into some outfits that I would definitely wear. These don’t seem to early-20s, do they?? Whatever, I’d wear them…at least I had fun putting them together! Feel free to let me know what you think! 🙂

MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Grey Review on Denimology

MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Grey Review on Denimology - Front View

MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Grey Review on Denimology

I remember when grey jeans really hit the Hollywood scene hard several years ago, and it didn’t take much for them to stay! There are so many beautiful traditional denim washes out there but I think grey is just as pretty and versatile, and thus deserve a spot in your closet as a fashion staple. Grey jeans work with just about anything too, being more neutral, so I think they work so well in the summer to allow you to wear a wider range of bright, sunny colors up top (including blue), much like a nice basic white jean would! Today I’m presenting a nice jean that fits this mold! Here is a MIA & MOSS Sabine Skinny in Grey review!

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Wedges by Spendid

Wedges by Spendid - Beverly Wedge

Splendid Beverly Wedge

Wedges by Splendid

When we (at least I) think of Splendid, the immediate thought is usually super-comfy, basic, contemporary apparel that goes with just about anything in your closet and work well with anyone’s personal style. The brand began in 2002, but was the result of a “10 year quest to create the ultimate t-shirt”. I love contemporary basics, and they fit in the same realm as Ella Moss (which they own), Michael Stars, C&C California, and Alternative Apparel, to nave a few. One can not have too many blank tank tops (or maybe that’s just me). Being around as long as they have, most know them very well for being a star player in the contemporary basics realm. Recently, Splendid expanded into handbags, as I blogged about recently. But what about their footwear? I don’t know, maybe most of you already knew about them, and I guess I did…but I didn’t really look at them closely into their footwear line until today, when I received a newsletter with a cute pair of wedges by Splendid! With summer now finally here, what girl doesn’t want to expand her shoe collection by adding in a few refreshers?

Wedges by Spendid - Berlin Wedge

Splendid Berlin Wedge

I think I’m a big fan of the Beverly Wedge, which has a pretty leather and cotton upper. Every now and then I’ll grab a pair of shoes that aren’t real leather (but they REALLY have to be cute…like, I need it now cute), but I try to stay with leather for the durability. But what I like the most about these are all the different lines! You’ve got the vertical stripes on the cotton upper (at a slight angle), the horizontal woodgrain stripes on the wedge, with the vertical (and slightly angled) leather detailing on the back of the wedge. Très chic! And the Berlin Wedge…that little pop of color matched with the woodgrain lines…love! I really dig how Splendid might be known for very simple basics, but these wedges have such intricate details that really pop, in a classic sense!

Wedges by Spendid - Kellen Wedge

Splendid Kellen Wedge

What do you think? Here are more wedges, sandals, AND boots from Splendid!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

There’s not much more to say here…have fun, be safe, and here’s a pretty collage of patriotic denim to help celebrate this important day in history! Happy Independence Day everyone!