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
So for those who followed me through my last post, you know why I’ve been MIA for three weeks: I was at that little party in the desert. You know, that one that’s actually a temporary city built by 70,000 people, and also known as Burning Man! What an experience! Since my blog doesn’t focus on such things, I won’t get into details, but I’ll just say it was the most transformative experience of my life. It tested my mental strength several times, and gave me some clarity to some of the things I wanted to improve in my “default” daily life. This event also encourages everyone to be participants rather than spectators, so the collaboration we had giving back to our camp (building, bartending, helping with workshops, etc) was also extremely fulfilling considering that teamwork is not always so easy in the real world! Yeah, there was plenty of partying, but it went way deeper than that—there’s something so liberating and inspiring seeing so many people letting loose with their creativity, and doing good for others without expecting anything in return.
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!
There are so many gorgeous variations of your traditional blue or indigo washed jeans out there, but my favorite shade lately has been a washed, or faded, black. Dark denim, especially black, is normally seen as a Fall shade, but I honestly love it year round. When it comes to black jeans, most people don’t think much in terms of variation…black is black, right? This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Last Fall, I published a post featuring my favorite dark grey and faded black jeans out there, and since this last month I found myself drooling over this shade again I decided I’d pay the topic a revisit.
Nearly weightless denim has been a big thing ever since people started to opt for leggings over the years, especially during the hotter summer months. As mentioned many times before, athleisure became a new trend and the denim industry went crazy revamping their fits and fabric content to mimic the popular feel of a yoga legging. 7 For All Mankind came out with their b(air) collection in the summer last year, with the tagline of “feels weightless, looks flawless.” I have one of these jeans and I have to say they definitely live up to the expectation, and fit really well!
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:
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.
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
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!
First off, this is a bit of a crazy week for me, since my yearly April destination, Lucidity Festival, is this weekend! I won’t be posting again until sometime next week (maybe later, to allow for a little decompression). It’s definitely a much-needed vacation, and a great time to enjoy welcoming in the Springtime! Also, I’ll be DJing this time around, so I am super excited!