The New Hi Honey Denim Collection from Joe’s

The New Hi Honey Denim Collection from Joe's

Image: Joe’s

Since people often ask me about jeans that fit curvier body types, I thought I would continue on the subject with this post! Joe’s often comes up in conversations on this topic, for good reason. This brand was formed in 2001, which was around the time premium denim was really starting to take hold of the market. Most of the big name denim brands at the time were all about a good fit and accentuating your assets, but unlike most, Joe’s wasn’t really about the flashy name as much as they were about the fit. They’ve always been a bit more on the revolutionary side, and gained a quick following from those who weren’t so interested in showing off a recognizable logo on their bums wherever they went. Because of this, along with their attention to market demands and willingness to evolve, Joe’s established roots that gave them a strong staying power in the game!

The Honey has been Joe’s signature curvy fit for a long time now. It came primarily in a bootcut style, but also a skinny fit. However, over the last few years it seems Joe’s has focused a bit more on other innovations, such as eco-friendly processes, spotless white denim, jeans that keep you warm or cool, jeans that fit in with your mobile life and new high tech fabrics that flatter a wider range of body types, which put the specifically curvier fits on a bit of a back seat. These have all been pretty good successes, but Joe’s knows what they are best known for.

In a society with an ever-increasing awareness of body positivity, more and more brands are understanding the importance of inclusiveness in their product lines. Joe’s has just released their “Hi Honey” collection which brings back the iconic Honey fit, but with a higher rise to help sculpt the waistline while enhancing and smoothing out your curves. Remember, all women’s bodies are curvy…we all have shape, so we can all benefit from these new releases no matter what size we are! Here are all of the new timeless curvy fits from Joe’s, which includes bootcut styles (I love skinnies, and will probably always wear them, but this is refreshing!) as well as skinny cuts, even a pair of bermuda shorts for this crazy warm summer!

Visit them all at Joe’s here.

New Jeans for Your Unique Shape from American Eagle Outfitters

I have to say that American Eagle Outfitters is the only big brand that has stood the test of time and stuck with me since my college years. Among all of the others, they’ve been pretty darn successful due to their willingness to evolve with the market and improve not only in quality but in their appeal to a wider demographic. Within my premium denim collection, I have several jeans from them, and they are always the brand I recommend to those who ask me for advice on a pair of well-fitting, quality jeans that won’t break the bank! I’m always impressed by how well made and comfortable these jeans are. Some of the washes are gorgeous, as well as the detailing, and they fit so well over my curves. I’m more on the muscular side, as I work out a lot and lift weights, so I always suggest American Eagle jeans to those who ask about jeans that fit fuller bodies.

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New Unique Denim Pieces for Summer from BLANKNYC

I’ve been a huge fan of BLANKNYC for quite some time now! My experience writing reviews and content for Denimology.com has been such a great way to become more familiar with several brands I only window shopped in the virtual sense before, and this one has stuck with me strongly since then. I’d say they bridge the gap between the premium market and the more affordable side of contemporary fashion—they aren’t cheap, but the prices are awesome considering the edgy creativity and quality that goes into this super fun brand. So in that sense, I find them very affordable! I have a few of their jeans (the Skinny Classique in Good Vibes being my favorite), but it’s their jackets (especially their embroidered ones) that I seriously want to fill my closet with! The Embroidered Vegan Leather Jacket in As You Wish was a hit last year and is one of my favorites, as is a blue tie dyed piece and the Sea of Flowers jacket (shown below), which I recently acquired! There are so many more still on my wish list, even discontinued ones that I’ve had bookmarked on both Poshmark and eBay for years! I have to avoid looking at their site too much or my list grows longer and longer…

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New Colored Jeans to Brighten Up Your Summer Wardrobe

New Colored Jeans to Brighten Up Your Summer Wardrobe

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I remember when colored denim first popped up in the premium market, somewhere in the mid to late 2000s. It definitely seemed like a reasonable next step in a trendy sense, but this was still in the relatively early stages of the days of premium denim, when skinny jeans were still working on grasping a hold on the market. The super stretchy fabric technologies used widely today weren’t quite around yet and bootcut styles were still pretty darn popular. At the time, it seemed consumers were more interested in what brand insignia was displayed across their behinds rather than fit, feel or wash, but that’s not to say those weren’t important selling points. From my memory, when celebrities were first seen wearing colored denim, a lot of people weren’t quite ready for it yet. Nowadays, more and more people crave simplicity and well fitting pants regardless of the brand, and seem to be more willing to have fun with color, especially now that a lot of style influences from the ’90s have returned, thanks in part to the booming festival fashion market with the younger crowd.

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Everlane Introduces Sustainable Denim Shorts and Skirts

Everlane Introduces Sustainable Denim Shorts and Skirts

Image: Everlane

OK, time to get back to more denim! Lately, I’ve been so excited to see the great strides being made in the sustainable apparel world, especially in denim. It’s still not quite to the point of being mainstream, but it’s pretty impressive how many brands, old and new, have been working hard to make this a widespread reality. Awareness of the importance of moving towards a more sustainable society is growing among consumers, and although there is suspicion that many brands may simply be feeling the push to maintain a competitive status, I know there are also several who are right on board with those consumers.

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Organic Handmade Denim Jackets by Kinetic Couture

So it’s been about a week and a half since my favorite event on the face of the planet: Lucidity Festival. For those just tuning in now, I am inspired so much by all of the independent apparel vendors at conscious festivals, especially this one! Since I started this blog writing about denim, it can be a difficult transition to mix a lot of these styles into my blog (although I’ll write about any of them that truly fit my style, as there are truly tons of great ones out there), but sometimes I find gems…handmade and sustainable brands that also use denim! One of these small businesses is one I saw last year at Lucidity and I was happy to see return to this year’s is Kinetic Couture.

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New Rigid Styles by 7 For All Mankind

Before all of the stretchy, form-hugging, legging-like jeans of today, rigid (100% cotton) denim dominated the market. These vintage pieces, as well as jeans that are inspired by them, have once again re-emerged onto the market over the years as super stretchy fabric technologies exploded to compete against the growing activewear industry. Not everyone jives with those stretchy fabrics, and vintage denim has spawned quite a strong cult following of sorts. Brands like Levi’s and their new 501 Skinny, as well as brands like RE/DONE which revamps pre-loved Levi’s jeans into modern fits, have helped bring rigid denim back into the mainstream, and other premium brands have taken notice. 7 For All Mankind is one of those names that excelled in the super soft, stretchy and lightweight fabrics, most notably with their introduction of their b(air) Denim line in 2016. However, big name brands like this stay on top for a reason: they know it’s important to move with demand and stay open to new innovations. So with that said, I am excited to see a few brand new rigid styles by 7 For All Mankind!

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Modern meets Vintage with the Levi’s 501 Skinny Jean

Skinny jeans have gone through many phases over the years. Originally, jeans had minimal to no stretch, and were made as workwear with a more relaxed fit. They were made to be tough! Despite the fact that the stretchy jeans of today, which were created in part as a response to activewear becoming ultra popular (and giving denim a run for its money), were a huge hit, vintage denim is still preferred by a significant amount of denim fans. Jeans with some stretch definitely prove to be a better and more comfortable fit in most cases, but denim fabric technologies over the years has blurred the lines between jeans and leggings which has turned out to be quite the love/hate ordeal. I personally love a lot of my super soft stretchy jeans that I could take a yoga class in, but after trying a few 100% denim pairs myself, I have to say I get it. A lot of people don’t want skin-tight, figure hugging jeans, and like the durable feel of thick cotton denim.

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G-Star RAW Unveils their Most Sustainable Jeans Ever

G-Star RAW Unveils their Most Sustainable Jeans Ever

Image: G-Star RAW

I’m so happy to see the huge strides being made for sustainability in the denim market! Awareness is growing, both with consumers and brands themselves, about how important it is to reduce the toxicity and wastefulness that is inherent in garment manufacturing. Denim is a nasty process, from the pesticides used in the cotton to the toxic chemicals and water wasted in the wash process that makes those pretty fades we love when we shop for the perfect pair of jeans. G-Star RAW has been one of the leaders in the industry. They’ve worked with Pharrell Williams a few years ago to convert plastic floating around in our oceans to beautiful apparel, created a documentary with i-D illustrating the impact of plastics consumption on our oceans, and created a collection of jeans using only natural dyes. Continuing to plough forward full steam ahead, the brand has now unveiled a collection featuring their most sustainable jeans ever.

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New Patchwork Denim Designs from 7 For All Mankind

As mentioned earlier with my post about Hudson’s awesome new arrivals, it’s so fun to see what these premium denim brands come up with each season considering the denim market is so incredibly competitive and saturated nowadays. The creative ideas the best designers can conjure up with a material that most people find to be quite basic is so inspiring to see (and probably why my denim collection will never stop growing). Even within specific trends, it’s so rad to see the brightest minds stay afloat with fresh takes over and over again. Patchwork is one of those trends that’s not quite new, but it always feels like it is because of all the cool new styles that come out every year. I’ve written about patchwork several times, like with my review of Sonas Denim and the Pedal Star skinnies by Closed a couple of years beforehand. While this trend goes years back, it never really feels overdone. I never feel like it’s commonly revisited, despite how fun it is.

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