Sometimes it’s tough being a blogger and looking for new things to write about if you don’t totally align with “trends” or whatever is thrown at you in the industry as the “new hot look” or silly, petty projections and focuses such as “are skinny jeans dead?” I mean, who cares? And, really? I find it fascinating that these so-called “guidelines” exist in a world that has always pushed the idea that fashion is all about breaking the rules. No, skinny jeans aren’t dead (I don’t care either way), and trends do nothing but help people feel like they “fit in” in such an overstimulating world. I have always gravitated to those who wear what they want, who aren’t afraid to flaunt their own style, and who love experimenting with different looks, and I also admire brands who encourage us to do the same. Edgy street style is always an “oooh” factor for me as well.
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!
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!
I remember when colored denim first popped up in the premium market, somewhere in the mid to late 2000s. It definitely seemed like a reasonable next step in a trendy sense, but this was still in the relatively early stages of the days of premium denim, when skinny jeans were still working on grasping a hold on the market. The super stretchy fabric technologies used widely today weren’t quite around yet and bootcut styles were still pretty darn popular. At the time, it seemed consumers were more interested in what brand insignia was displayed across their behinds rather than fit, feel or wash, but that’s not to say those weren’t important selling points. From my memory, when celebrities were first seen wearing colored denim, a lot of people weren’t quite ready for it yet. Nowadays, more and more people crave simplicity and well fitting pants regardless of the brand, and seem to be more willing to have fun with color, especially now that a lot of style influences from the ’90s have returned, thanks in part to the booming festival fashion market with the younger crowd.
Hello all! For those of you who celebrate, I hope everyone had a great holiday season. I’m not sure how many of you follow my Facebook page, but I had mentioned taking a bit of time off to enjoy family, friends, and a few adventures. I apologize for going MIA for anyone who didn’t get the message!
Anyway, I am so happy that California is FINALLY feeling like winter again…we are getting a lot more rain already than our supposed El Niño last year. When this happens, sometimes my attention shifts away from jeans (at least just a little) and more towards cute, unique, durable jackets and boots! During the holidays, I had my eyes on all the big sales from my favorite brands (of course), and One Teaspoon was one that had my attention. I always get excited when this brand releases new items, and this time it was their new and completely awesome outerwear designs. One thing that pops out to me with One Teaspoon is their use of luxurious faux fur, sherpa and suede. These pieces are totally made for rock stars, or rock stars at heart (as I often like to say)! After all, the brand’s founder and creative director Jamie Blakey states the best description of the label came from a fan years ago: “Fantastically rebellious, sex-infused old school rock & roll glamour.”
New Festival Inspired Pieces from One Teaspoon
I am not usually into following the influx of “festival fashion” articles and newsletters that bombard my inbox and blogs everywhere during this time of year, mainly because I follow a more alternative style apart from the mainstream boho vibe. I often find there really isn’t a whole lot of difference between all of the reports of what should or should not be worn at music festivals (which pretty much defeats the purpose of individual style and freedom of expression at festivals to begin with) and I bore quickly with most of them. Although I guess, to be fair, my festival tastes are of the transformational sense (Lucidity, Lightning In a Bottle, etc) rather than the Coachella type. All in all though I love seeing people happy and finding a break from the mundane and all the crap in the news everyday by attending whatever festival they choose and wearing whatever they please, and so I don’t completely tune myself out of it!
One Teaspoon, if you haven’t yet noticed from reading my blog on the regular, is a latest obsession of mine. I’ve never seen any brand rule the destroyed and trashed jeans as much as they have, even though some of them still have some growing to do on me. This brand manages to throw vintage, upscale, sexy, swanky, boho, trashed, casual, and even date-nite vibes all in one, and I freaking love them for it. They recently put together their own little collection as a suggestion for festival attire, and I absolutely adore it. I figured I’d break my anti-festival-attire mood here and feature some of my favorite pieces from One Teaspoon that I’d definitely wear to a party or two! How adorable are those fringy One Teaspoon. Vintage Western Bandits shorts? I totally dig those Moleskin Camel Marines too.
Shop more from One Teaspoon’s festival collection here!
My first impression of One Teaspoon was pretty “meh,” I’ll admit…when festival season rolled around last year and those high-waisted, super short crotch hugging shorts became the norm, I noticed many coming from the brand along with boyfriend jeans so distressed that exposed almost the entire length of the legs of whoever wore them. Definitely not at all my cup of tea, although I was secretly kind of impressed on how many pieces the brand could carry while staying creative and holding such a huge part of the market, which was helped in part, I think, by the huge success of vintage denim. The brand started to grow on me a bit as I took the time to check out what else they offered (I mean what a sin to work in the denim industry and not at least get to know them a bit right?), and of course, my denim obsession expanded even further and I began to kind of peruse a distressed and destructed piece from One Teaspoon for myself to see what the hubbub was about.