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!
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.
When the weather warms up and the wine starts flowing, I love my maxi dresses. There’s something about that lightweight, breezy, flowy feel against your legs as the sun bears down on your shoulders that gets me dreaming of summer all year long. As someone who usually prefers wearing pants over skirts (because without a thigh gap, there’s always going to be some sort of chafing going on by the end of the day which is exacerbated by the stickiness of sweat), I’m surprised I never really considered the maxi dress alternative: the jumpsuit. Rompers, its shorter-leg cousins, are usually pretty prevalent in the California town where I live, which makes sense because we’re pretty warm thoughout most of the year, but I never could see myself in one. It’s not like I don’t wear shorty shorts or mini skirts when it’s hot enough either…I think it has to something with the fact that I have a fairly short torso as it is, and I fear rompers will only make me feel or look blocky. Jumpsuits, on the other hand, keep that elongated, svelte look (as long as the fit is right), and seem like something I would have work at some point by now. I guess I just hadn’t seen one I liked.
I know, I was just as surprised as you are, I guess. Usually Fall is the time for earthy, neutral colors such as browns, burgundies, and olive greens…but I’ve seen more than one retailer pushing the latter as a new Spring color. I’m fine with it, as I’m not much of a bright pastelley color person at all, and olive happens to be one of my favorite colors. It’s nice to find more toned down alternatives! Most people probably associate olive green as a military shade, and military pieces are indeed included in these new Spring marketing campaigns. They are also usually more lightweight which offers more breezy options for the warmer weather!
Celebrity collaborations with denim companies are nothing new, and add a cool leg-up to any existing marketing campaigns. Many may say it also adds some credibility to a brand, but I always see it as a fun way to see a brand’s product in a different light, depending on the celebrity’s personality. Every year these partnerships pop up and go through the usual motions, but for me, of course, it means something entirely different if there’s some kind of charitable initiative involved. My favorite so far has been the Pharrell Williams collaboration with G-Star RAW for RAW For the Oceans, a campaign put together to reduce the size of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” by collecting and recycling much of that floating plastic to create a pretty awesome apparel line. If you’re a denim fan, you may have already seen ads for Victoria’s Secret supermodel Miranda Kerr’s capsule collection with MOTHER denim, which she rocks flawlessly (not surprisingly). However, there’s something a little extra special about it to make it even more sweet.
Frayed and Raw hems gained popularity last year and as someone who doesn’t often jump on board with trends, this one was a huge favorite of mine. It seems to have started as a DIY idea, which made me wonder why nobody thought about doing this before on a pair of jeans, since the cutoff idea is nothing new in the world of denim skirts and shorts. Like most trends go, one or two brands went for it, and all of the rest picked it up and I’ve loved seeing how it’s interpreted across the market. Since it’s been awhile now, it was about time to reinvent the frayed hem, and premium brand MOTHER jumped to the plate with the uneven hem idea (which more brands are doing as well now) and released their Step Fray style. Uneven hems take the raw hem one step (no pun intended) further with a longer in the back, shorter in the front (your equivalent of a denim mullet? Or High Low?) concept, and MOTHER has a huge collection of awesome crops, skinnies, straight legs and even a skirt with this unique look.
Elegant Dark Denim from The Black Sheep Story by MOTHER
It’s funny to me how far we’ve come since the year (2008-ish?) that Sarah Jessica Parker stepped out in a pair of grey skinnies from Habitual and caused the trend to blow up in popularity overnight. Today, grey jeans come in all sorts of pretty washes and finishes. It’s awesome to me how much you can do with such a basic shade! Black jeans have always been seen as a closet staple, so that’s nothing new, but still after all these years it too is anything but ordinary. MOTHER has just combined all of their most beautiful black and grey jeans in a collection (or story, as they call it) titled The Black Sheep, but you’ll definitely feel anything but a mere outsider wearing these! Actually, take it as being an outsider in terms of being ahead of the crowd—strut your stuff in any piece from this “story” and you’ll definitely turn heads!
Tailor Free Options for Jeans with Short Inseams
Ever since my obsession with denim went viral within my network of acquaintances and friends and their friends, I’m constantly asked for suggestions for the perfect jeans for certain body shapes, heights, fabric content preferences…you name it. And I love it! As silly as it might sound for me to say I’m happy to be some sort of denim guru, I am. Either way, I love to be of help with something I’m passionate about! The most common question is in regards to the best jeans for curvier body types. Fortunately, the denim industry has listened over the years, and my go-tos when asked this question are the Lovestory flare by J Brand, The Honey Bootcut from Joe’s Jeans, just about anything from American Eagle Outfitters, Parker Smith, and the Kimmie (Bootcut and Straight) from 7 For All Mankind. Other brands continue to add more to their already-amazing rosters. However, there’s still one issue that has yet to be widely addressed: shorter inseams! Fortunately American Eagle offers length options, as does Bluer and AYR (in their skinny and slim cuts), but what about those who require inseams under 30″? I’m fortunately a 32-33″ but that seems to be the baseline…even 7 For All Mankind’s much-welcomed Tailorless line stops there. I still see a market lacking for the shorter peeps! Even more so, for the shorter and curvier souls who are constantly frustrated in the never ending hunt for the perfect pair of jeans.
Shopbop Presents the Principle Denim Collection
Most of us who have been wearing jeans for long enough already know what styles and brands best flatter our figures, but for many of us, finding the perfect pair of jeans is still quite the task! Fear not…because if you’re ready to dive into the premium denim market, Shopbop has got you covered with their new Principle Collection. This is so exciting…the retailer has partnered with 15 of the biggest names in the denim industry to design an ultimate collection of a wide variety of fits, styles and washes. We’re talking pieces from Rag & Bone/JEAN, AG, McGuire, Paige, FRAME, R13 and many, many more, in the form of flares, skinnies, crops, baby boots, micro flares and a few relaxed styles as well. They even squeezed in a classic BLANKNYC Vegan Leather piece (how couldn’t they?). I’m totally digging this collection, and Shopbop put together a great little lookbook in the form of a guide for those who just aren’t quite sure where to start. There are even two petite styles involved to be sure to include everyone! If you’re looking for a serious staple piece, this is a great place to look! The media sure has been trying to push this “denim is dying” idea on us for several months now, but the reality is quite different…and Shopbop is here to prove it. Check out the Principle Collection below!
Frayed Hems Beyond the Denim Short
The frayed cutoff short. Nothing new. We’ve all been sporting them and creating our own out of our old jeans for decades. Last year I discovered skinny jeans with raw hems after one of my favorite bloggers, Lorna of Raindrops of Sapphire posted about her raw hem 7 For All Mankind jeans (she later shared her AG raw hem leggings). I love the look! I thought it was just something those two brands were up to, until I got a newsletter a few days ago from popular denim brand J Brand. They have an entire line dedicated to raw hems, titled The Fray, which includes not only skinny, culotte and bell jeans but also jackets, dresses and denim tops! Initially, this post was just going to feature J Brand, but as I searched the net a little more, I found that the raw hem trend was on full force with a multitude of other top notch premium denim brands! I scoured a few shops until I picked out a few favorites and collected them all here to share with all of you…and to bookmark as wish list items as well. What do you think of this new(ish) trend? I think it’s about time I add a skinny jean with a raw hem to my ever-growing denim collection! I’m not sure if I’m that partial to the tops and dresses, but you never know until you try it right?
I was just about done with this post until I spotted these couture items on Shopbop…kind of beyond reach for many of us but still awesome!
What do you think? Do you have a favorite frayed denim look?