It can be pretty hard to search out eco friendly apparel brands out there in the sea of fast fashion retailers, but it’s finally beginning to get easier. More and more well established brands, whether they have already staked their claim in the premium denim market or not, are realizing the importance of sustainability and environmentally friendly practices as awareness slowly but surely grows. Everlane is one brand I’ve had my eyes on for awhile, as a brand that provides modern, classic and mature wardrobe staples. Denim has never been part of their lineup, as denim is usually a very dirty industry. Creating those beautiful washes we love uses a lot of water, and often releases dangerous toxins into the environment. However, Everlane stayed true to their values and finally found a way to add a denim shop to their expansive collection of apparel for both women and men.
I know I was on a roll reminiscing on the wonder that was the Global Eclipse Gathering a few weeks ago, sharing anything that has to do with independent and sustainable apparel designers I discovered there, but I can’t neglect the denim aspect of my blog, can I? I at least try to keep a healthy variety! I am still always keeping my eyes on what’s new in the world of denim, and one thing I noticed is the competition between the still-growing athleisure industry is still going fairly strong. At music festivals, I never wear jeans and opt for leggings, but in my everyday life I could never give up my beloved denim collection. Although I’ve grown a taste for the vintage denim trend that’s grown lately in a response to all of the supersoft and stretchy fabric technologies out there, it’s still amazing to me how comfortable these denim fabrics are. They definitely give a lot of the leggings on the market a run for their money!
It’s obvious I pretty much live in denim…the review for Sonas yoga leggings I did last week was definitely something new for me (although I’m just about always wearing leggings at festivals). When summer comes around and it’s the usual time for weeks-long heat waves here in California, wearing jeans is not always practical. For work hours, I usually opt for knee-length bermuda shorts to satisfy my denim preferences. However, the cool thing about denim is that it comes in so many different forms, and I’ve been seeing some super cute options in the form of denim dresses! Shopbop recently ran a denim dress campaign, and I also found myself swooning over several varieties from Revolve. I’m definitely loving the black denim dresses from Etienne Marcel (above) and DENIM x ALEXANDER WANG (below)! That patchwork number from GRLFRND (also below) is one to add to the wish list as well. I don’t yet have any denim dresses (I know, a surprise) as I usually just prefer to wear denim below the belt, but these are making me think twice. I’m usually into the darker styles, but I tried to get more of a variety of washes and cuts here for everyone to enjoy. Which one is your favorite?
Here are several more styles of denim dresses to choose from:
When it comes to denim, I’m sure Abercrombie & Fitch really hasn’t been on anyone’s radar lately. I realize it’s kind of had a tarnished image in the media over the years, but I really have to say, their denim has been some of the best fitting I’ve ever tried. Every time I walked by my local store, its constant sale signs on the front windows showed the sign of a struggling retail market, as well as brand image, and although I know every brand has to learn its lessons to stay afloat in the competitive fashion industry, I still hoped it could make a turnaround. When I was in high school, this brand was a bane of my existence…as I was definitely not one who cared about status symbols or felt like I “fit in” with the “preppy” crowd that always strutted around wearing A&F, so in a way it did not leave a good impression for me on the get go. However, as I eventually became obsessed with and more educated about denim, I realized just how underrated their jeans really were.
I guess it appears I’ll be swinging one post a week for a little while here, as things are getting quite slammed over in my neck of the woods…and I have a big vacation in August to look forward to (thank God FINALLY). The summer months are always pretty busy with it being the time I’m preparing new product on a website at work, along with the usual fun events and DJ gigs. With the latter, I love wearing whatever the heck I want and getting creative. Shorty shorts are never out of the question when the sun is blaring! However, for the former, although my job is pretty lax when it comes to personal style, I still prefer a more modest option. When it’s REALLY sweltering I’ll opt for a skirt, but I’m not much of a skirt person. Not every gal has a thigh gap so chafing is always an issue, and I usually prefer the security that a pair of jeans or shorts gives!
Bermuda shorts are a great option for anyone who wants to wear shorts at work or out and about while staying more on the conservative side. Just about every one of my favorite denim companies offers knee-length options in the form of denim or soft twill, and there are definitely a lot of options to choose from out there. Colored, destroyed, cuffed, frayed…it’s just about all out there. Here are some cute styles I’d find myself wearing!
Looking for more options? Here are several more, in a wide assortment of price ranges.
Hey all, sorry for the lack of posts lately! My good old 9-5 has been a bit of a stressor this last week as this is our busiest time of the year, and with the latest heatwave here in California I’ve been a bit wiped out! Bear with me here as I do my best to keep up. Speaking of heat, sometimes the hottest times of the year can be a challenge for us denim obsessed people. Thankfully I have a few lightweight denim pieces such as my Alexa Ankle Skinny from Mavi’s Feather line, which help keep me cool. I really only wear shorts when it’s REALLY hot, and it certainly has gotten to that point over the last week. For work I opt for bermuda or knee-length shorts, which I’ll write a post about later, and I like shorty shorts for weekend get-togethers with friends or going out on the town. For this post though, I wanted to focus on the former: another lightweight option for those who really prefer to wear jeans year round!
A year ago, 7 For All Mankind launched b(air) denim, which has become their softest and most lightweight line of jeans. It initially started off with the brand’s most popular, familiar cuts like their curvy fitting Kimmie bootcut and straight, the ‘A’ Pocket Flare, and classic skinny cuts in a variety of light and dark washes as well as distressing. The entire collection is made of 8.5oz stretch fabric that feels more like 6.5 oz (12-16oz is traditional), which the brand called “remarkably slimming stretch denim that is as light as air and as soft as silk,” that feels “virtually weightless” and “you’ll barely notice they are there.” I own one of these pieces, the Ankle Skinny With Destroy In Reign (which is now on sale), and I can vouch for that! You can read a review done by one of my fellow Denimology reviewers, Jessica, here.
The b(air) line was a success, and this time around 7 For All Mankind has released several new styles and washes to the collection! Apart from the classic light and dark blues, there are now several additional hues thanks to a new PFD fabric which allows for bright, vibrant colors in the form of a dark green (Bottlegreen), a burgundy (Mulberry), and a washed red (Copper). There have also been two brand new styles added: two skinnies featuring removable stirrups and pintucks down the front of the legs. There’s also now a grey washed jean as well as several new black styles. Every piece ranges from 6.5oz to 9oz fabric makeups, and all are promised to be some of the softest, if not THE softest, denim you own.
For those of us who are fairly familiar with the premium denim world, we know very well the butt-lifting, superior fits of Hudson Jeans! As someone with a curvier shape, I find they fit me better than most and are always so flattering. I have a few models from them: the Beth Baby Boot (review here), Signature Boot (one of the original favorites from back in the day), Barbara High Rise Skinny, Colin Skinny and the ever so popular Nico Midrise Super Skinny. The Nico is a comfortable, figure-hugging in-between for those who aren’t so into high rises but aren’t partial to low rise jeans either, and it comes in several ankle-skimming or full length cuts. It’s one of my favorites, as I own it in a few cute prints as well as a gorgeous medium-dark blue wash. The Nico also has modest brand detailing, for those who like a more streamlined and clean back pocket design.
As I’ve mentioned countless times before, one of the reasons I love denim so much is that it seems virtually unlimited in what you can do with it. It is an art form of sorts after all, and it’s amazing to me to see the endless stream of new cuts, washes, and designs that come out every season from the industry’s top contenders. Every now and then I love window shopping all of the latest looks in denim, from all price ranges. I find it sparks my own creative juices, and of course, it gives me ideas on what to write about next! When it comes to denim fits, most of us think of the obvious: skinny, bootcut, flare, straight…you get the picture. However, brands continue to push the limits and come up with their own every now and then, and sometimes you’ll see one that makes enough of an impression to become a new thing across the board. Old styles are always coming back, whether as they were remembered or as rehashed versions—we’ve seen culottes and overalls make it back on the top trends lists, for example. I even remember when the now all-too-familiar boyfriend jean was new. You never really know what the denim industry is going to churn up next! View Full Post
I know, I was just as surprised as you are, I guess. Usually Fall is the time for earthy, neutral colors such as browns, burgundies, and olive greens…but I’ve seen more than one retailer pushing the latter as a new Spring color. I’m fine with it, as I’m not much of a bright pastelley color person at all, and olive happens to be one of my favorite colors. It’s nice to find more toned down alternatives! Most people probably associate olive green as a military shade, and military pieces are indeed included in these new Spring marketing campaigns. They are also usually more lightweight which offers more breezy options for the warmer weather!
Spring is here and it’s the time to remove those extra layers and have a little more fun with our everyday style again. At least that’s how I see it…I can now stash the boots and show off those cute hems on my jeans, or wear a wider variety of jeans with different lengths to have a little more fun with footwear. You’ve already seen plenty of embroidery on the market (see my embroidered jackets post), which came in strong this past Fall but is still sticking around with more beautiful floral designs for the new warmer season. Denim is made for creativity and is an art form on its own, so there are so many other fun possibilities and available detailing to help you build up your Spring wardrobe this year!