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!
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!
Summer…or Spring. Same difference in several places right? Winter is over and it’s time to warm up. It goes without saying that just about all denim out there is made for year-round wear, but I know white denim isn’t normally trusted in the rainy, muddy months for obvious reasons…unless maybe you’re taking them on a Grecian vacation to escape the cold. White also helps reflect the sun a bit to keep you cooler! If you’re one to never wear white after Labor Day, now’s also the time to stock up on your white denim to get as much wear out of the year as you can (although if you ask me, that rule is pretty bunk and based on archaic, class-based rules that might make you forget it for good). Either way, white denim has a nice ethereal clean look to it, and as a neutral shade it can go with anything to polish off your look. Whether or not you’re afraid of trying white denim, every denim enthusiast should have one or two pieces to shake up your style every now and then for any occasion!
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.