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!
All of us remember the classic overalls from our childhood years, even if you weren’t someone who owned a pair. I did! At the time I didn’t care at all about fashion, and wore them mostly for the convenience and comfort. I still remember my short pair. As we all know, trends seem to pop up from nostalgic times of the past—just look at all the styles that have re-emerged from the ’80s and early ’90s over the last few years! In 2014, the overall made a huge comeback, and although its popularity wavered since then, it appears it’s still going pretty strong. However, it’s evolved a lot since that re-emergence, now coming in more refined, skinny and fashionable options rather than the typical frumpy outdoorsy workwear look. I’ll admit I do not own a pair, as it’s one of those trends that I’m not sure about personally. That doesn’t matter to me much though, because it’s still awesome to me to watch what gets released every season, and I will say that there are some people who truly can rock them (I’m looking at you, Kate Bosworth and Miranda Kerr)!
I’m not sure how much people really pay attention to bizarre fashion trend reports (or trend reports in general), but I’m sure while perusing Facebook many of you have seen the crazy new denim “fads” over the years involving styles that you’d be pretty sure nobody would be caught dead in (but I bet you also realize lately that humans continue to blow our minds, so you react negatively to it despite your doubt). Denim has been one of those simple, basic wardrobe staples that I fell in love with due to the wide variety of artistic takes that different brands came up with, and for a heck of a long time, it was great, right? It was all about lifting the butt, elongating the legs or lengthening the torso—no woman was without at least one or two pairs of favorite jeans in her closet, and we were always looking for the next flattering pair. No matter what though, whether you like any of the other later trends such as frayed hems, mom jeans, cropped flares, jeggings or printed styles, everything always came back to the traditional, classic blue jean. Every successful denim brand knows this, and the emergence of favorable cult favorite vintage cuts and fabrics further perpetuated this truth. However…we still constantly see these attention-grabbing headlines featuring completely out-there denim styles that are being touted as a new “trend” somehow. If you know what I’m talking about, I’m talking about the inside-out jeans, Topshop’s mom jeans with clear plastic knee cutouts, Natasha Zinko High Waist Double Waistband Jeans, Carmar Denim’s “Invisible Jeans,” Y/Project’s garter belt jeans and Opening Ceremony’s number with detachable legs that morphs into a pair of high cut shorts. Clearly, these somehow sell, but is it all hype, and are people really willing to spend $400 on something that is? It’s easy to conclude that in such a saturated market, these brands are simply taking the clickbait route to another level to garner attention and don’t expect any of these creations to become “the next big trend.” However, I’d say that it’s a trend in itself that these far out designs continue to be manufactured and blasted out all over the media. Does this foreshadow a new turn for the denim industry, where it’s gotten increasingly more difficult to come up with original ideas? Is denim finally beginning to see a lackluster market presence as everyone opts for their best, most comfiest and flattering pair of yoga leggings?
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.
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
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!
It took me awhile, but I think I’ve finally been bitten by the vintage denim bug. I’m hugely loyal to the super stretchy skinny jean—or skinny jeans in general—as I feel I work too freaking hard at the gym to cover it all up with baggy styles, darn it. Even when the boyfriend jean became popular way back in 2007 or 2008, I wasn’t partial to it at all, until I tried a pair from Rich & Skinny and fell in love. After reviewing several amazing skinny styles with Denimology years later, I put them aside once again in favor of form-fitting jeans. I didn’t only get the chance to review slim fits though, as there were several boyfriend fits mixed in here and there, and my tastes started to move in that direction once again soon enough. Later, when I was introduced to the love that is quality selvedge denim, I finally began appreciating 100% cotton, vintage jeans and the “they don’t make them like they used to” idea (although I don’t agree with that completely nowadays). I realized though, that they are super hard to shop for! Most denim fans prefer to visit antique and second hand shops to see in person and try on these jeans that really did come from denim’s early days, because the fits can be difficult for different shapes. This is because these pieces came out way before stretchy denim did and thus have barely any give (and usually have already been formed to their past wearer’s bodies). I don’t even have many great thrift shops around me, so I was stuck browsing them online.
When shopping for black jeans in the past, I was always looking for the most jet black, dark and saturated (wash wise) pair I could find. I mean, it’s fair to say that’s a fundamental piece for anyone’s closet, and I do own a pair or two of those. However, I always end up saving those only for special occasions for fear of washing them and having them fade. Now, I know I have posted in the past about some pretty awesome fadeless black jeans from brands such as Level 99 and DSTLD in the past, but I haven’t owned any of those yet and still was afraid to wash the nice black pairs I have and love.
The Iconic Levi’s 505c ’70s Rock Jean
It’s tough to be as obsessed with denim as I am without also being fascinated by its history. It may have been considered workwear at one time, but it didn’t take long for the popular, tough fabric to become an iconic fashion statement which led to the vast range of enticing premium varieties on the market today. Denim has always been a symbol of rock n’ roll, and the Levi’s® 505™C leads the pack. This style was born in 1967, during the Summer of Love, which sparked the rapid growth of the counterculture movement. The denim jacket was also an iconic piece at the time, thanks to the concurrent release of the Levi’s® Type III Trucker Jacket. Along with the 505™C jean, the jacket is symbolic of this era which was rich in cinema, music, and political activism.
The 505™C jean was seen sported by rock and punk idols throughout history, with Levi’s® naming The Ramones of the most notable. Levi’s® recently held a launch party to re-release this classic style, with legendary rock star Debbie Harry and other figureheads sporting their own pairs. The new 505™C is a slim straight leg fit that sits at the waist. The men’s and women’s collections each features six eye catching washes and levels of distressing, each made for a rock star or rocker at heart! I’m usually more of a skinny jean person than straight leg, but these vintage-inspired washes are making me drool a little. It’s hard to pick just one!
“The 505™’s history goes hand in hand with counterculture. It’s the infamous star on the front cover of the Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers album and plays a part in the beginning of punk rock by being worn by all four of the Ramones in their seminal, eponymous album. Ripped jeans, which we take for granted now, were pioneered on 505™’s.” – Jonathan Cheung, Svp Apparel Design, Levi’s®
“The 505™’s history goes hand in hand with counterculture.” – Jonathan Cheung, Svp Apparel Design, Levi’s®
See photos from the Levi’s® 505™C launch party and read more about the style here.
Shop the women’s 505™C here!
Urban Renewal Vintage Shop at Urban Outfitters
As much as I love seeing vintage fashion (especially denim) all over the place right now on every blogger and celebrity’s instagram, I am still slacking when it comes to my own wardrobe. I guess maybe I just haven’t found that perfect piece yet, or am not quite sure if it fits my style, but either way, I am a HUGE fan of upcycling. I’ve tried rummaging around in local thrift shops but my town kind of lacks in that department, compared to some from larger cities. I don’t know, maybe I need to give it another go. It seems rather silly, being as obsessed as I am with denim, that I don’t at least have a vintage Levis piece lying around! Apart from my appreciation for organic and sustainable materials used in clothing manufacturing, along with spending a little more for quality and being more choosy with purchases, I am all for upcycling to reduce waste and help preserve our precious resources. I also find it really hard to let go of pieces I know I’m not wearing anymore (stupid yet sweet nostalgia), so I love the idea of my once-loved pieces going to someone else who will love them, or carrying on the love of a cherished piece that another person once had.