Happy New Year everyone! I’m back from my holiday hiatus, and I hope everyone had a great one. I haven’t written much about denim in awhile, so lets get back to it. Just like I’m sure everyone’s 2019 was, the denim industry is constantly going through highs, lows and periods of “meh.” When it exploded in the early 2000s, it was all the rage, and since it was a fairly new thing, it was easy to come up with new trends and wild new styles. These last few years we saw so many rather interesting “trends” pop up on the market (see some from 2017, 2018, and 2019), that perplexed our style senses as brands tried their hardest to come up with something more unique than anyone else. However, trends come and go, and when it really comes down to it, all we ever want are jeans that fit well! Our bodies are all different, so shopping for the most flattering and comfortable pair is difficult, even for us fitness heads. It’s always awesome to see a well known brand go back to basics from time to time, so for this post I’m going to introduce the new Lucky Brand Sculpt-Ed Jeans.
I’m not usually big on patterns—I like block colors and solids for the most part, with the occasional logos. I know leopard print has been huge for a long time, but it took me awhile for it to rub off on me. I thought it made it look too much like I was fresh off a safari or jungle cruise! I wasn’t fond of the wild side feel, although I know I liked edgy styles. I think I can credit those all-too-cool Current Elliott leopard jeans that were popular years ago for tipping me over the edge. Again though, I wasn’t partial to them at first, but the subtle print with a colored background caught my eye. I had to have them! Animal prints come and go, but they seem to be turning into all the rage for the Fall. I am not one to follow trends either, but I can dig some of the unique looks that are making animal print look fun to style. Leopard, zebra, snakeprint—I’ve definitely got my eyes on a few animal print pieces for Fall and am already thinking of styling ideas!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
It’s always so amazing to me how different each pair of jeans are when the majority of the population still sees a pair of jeans like a typical blue piece of workwear. Premium denim has definitely come a long way since they emerged on the market and blew up in the early 2000s, and of course creativity is one of the major factors that keeps competition real and the best brands on top. Racing stripes are one of those cool designs that I’ve had my eyes on for a long time—I can’t really recall exactly when they became popular but I know it was a few years ago sometime. I’m going to make an educated guess that they came to be around the time activewear as streetwear grabbed hold of the market and gave denim a bit of extra competition! I failed to add a pair of jeans with side stripes for quite awhile, until I got to review the above pair for Mavi. I absolutely love this sporty looking style! It also reminds me of my days in high school marching band…which came to mind when I was coming up with the concept of writing about 21 side stripe skinny jeans to march you through the summer!
Being as obsessed with denim as I am, and having reviewed denim for Denimology and this blog since 2014, I have many denim styles. Of course, the classic blue jean takes up most of them since it’s the most common (and let me say, there’s still a ton of variety), as well as my all time absolute favorite wash, faded black. However, sometimes it’s fun to shake it up a little with a statement piece! Usually the thought of a chunky piece of sparkly jewelry pops up when thinking of such a thing, or maybe some eye catching heels. For me though, I often opt for a fun pair of printed jeans as something different to spice up an outfit when I feel like I’m in a style rut!