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’s already that time of the year…where the heck did Halloween go? Screw that, where the hell did 2016 go?! Either way, it’s once again turkey day, and time for some of the best sales of the year. I’m always subscribed to my favorite brands’ and retailers’ newsletters in anticipation for such things, and just like I do every time, I figured I would share my favorites with you. There’s definitely far too many out there to include all here, but these are the first that I have seen, and I will be adding any new ones that pop up to this list as the week goes on! So whether you plan to party, to shop, or just relax and eat to your heart’s content this turkey day, here are some choice sales just in case you catch a bit of the shopping bug over the holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!
It’s yet another long weekend, and yet another great round of sales! I plan to spend my next few days resting, going to a few concerts and clubs in Hollywood, and spending time with friends. I’m fortunate to live in California where it’s going to be nice and warm all weekend, but I know some parts the country have some inclement weather looming overhead…and I’m sure if I lived in those areas I’d be more inclined to stay at home shopping! Whatever you plan to do this weekend, if you are aching for a new pair of jeans, I’ve put together some of the best premium denim sales I could find. Enjoy, and be safe!
After being denim obsessed for a decent number of years already, I’ve reasonably solidified the list of my top favorite styles, cuts and details, and nothing seems sweeter when I start seeing several of those tastes combined in one beautiful package. The moto jean is a style that comes and goes, but never hides for too long…and I’m glad, because it’s included at the top of that list. My top cut in terms of jeans is the skinny, but after the flare has come back strong from the land of the ’70s in the last two years, it’s grown on me as well. One thing I have not yet seen in the denim market is a moto flare, but leave it to veteran trailblazer denim brand True Religion to make that first step! They’ve not only created a moto flare jean, the Karlie Low Rise Bell Bottom Moto Jean in Smoke Stack, but also added moto details into their bestselling Runway Legging line. This includes the familiar legging cut but also a pull-on flare, the Runway Moto Flare in Dark Sapphire. This one is also available in a shorter inseam! I love all of these, and I think all that is left to really get me going crazy is a raw hem detail, no?
True Religion Introduces (D)Hydrate Denim
True Religion has been one of those iconic brands from the very beginnings of the premium denim days, carrying with them a huge following as they stayed true to their roots for years, confidently not changing a whole lot as other new brands popped up around them and other veteran brands evolved their way of doing things to stay competitive. I’m not sure the brand needed to worry much about that, but recently I’ve been seeing a new new innovations, including their release of a curvy line earlier this year. And now, they’ve made perhaps the most important change they’ve ever made: the introduction of (D)Hydrate Denim, a line of men’s and women’s jeans that leave less of an environmental impact through the use of less water, waste and energy. Joe’s was the last I saw to do this, and it’s amazing to me to see other established, household name brands taking the initiative too!
True Religion Introduces a Curvy Skinny Jean
Premium denim definitely seemed to be a niche market in its early days, in the first few years of the 2000s when household names like True Religion ruled the scene. Over time expensive denim was no longer reserved for celebrities or those with deep pockets, becoming far more accessible to the masses. Most brands out there realized that if they wanted to grow and stay competitive, they needed to realize their customer base could no longer be limited to the typical svelte socialite body type. The brands that have grown the most took great strides in focusing on fit, rather than glitz and status, and sometimes I still wonder why some haven’t bothered to budge, especially last year as the denim industry took a bit of a plunge when leggings became gave it a run for its money. True Religion is one of those brands that I remember coveting when I first saw those iconic horseshoes bouncing down the street on various behinds, convincing me that *that* must be the brand I want if I wanted a better fitting pair of jeans. I have a few pairs, but I’ll be honest, the allure wore off a little bit when I just didn’t feel like they fit me as well as others who had entered the curvy game months or years ago. I’m not even that curvy either, but I am athletic and have hips! They seemed to still be focusing more on the aesthetic appeal and status more than anything, as I started to hear less and less about this once-elite brand and saw sale after sale after sale pop up in my inbox from them when they used to have absolutely nothing going on ever in the form of any smidge of a discount. Was this the sign of a struggle? Not sure. I hoped not.
I often feel like somewhat of a hypocrite…my love for denim and finding the perfect deals and classic pieces for my wardrobe often butts heads with my strong beliefs in supporting local shops, being thankful for what you have, and cutting down on mindless spending and consumption. I’m always kind of battling it myself…but as I get older I see the value in owning less, in enjoying what you have, and just living a more simple and conscious lifestyle. This is one of the reasons why my writing direction has leaned towards independent designers and eco-friendly, ethical fashion along with denim, and thankfully the two have been holding hands more than ever and squeezing tighter and tighter with each passing year. Of course, when a great sale comes around, I can’t help but look, especially to find some new pieces to freshen up my product reviews or outfit posts. I’m more of an online shopper though, and sometimes find myself swimming in anxiety in brick & mortar stores. At least online, you get an easier chance to put an item aside and really think about it for awhile to avoid impulse purchases. In the store, it’s a lot easier to feel silly wandering around while deciding if a piece is really worth a purchase or returning to the store multiple times to check it out. But the other deal is the retail workers…I actually did work at an e-commerce company once, so I also know that behind the scenes can be super stressful too, especially during the holidays. So, when Black Friday and some of the best deals of the year comes around, I’m at an impasse. I actually thought about not posting about sales today, and instead making a post about being thankful and all of that good stuff. But I figured why not make a blend, as I don’t want to completely avoid supporting the brands I love, especially not those who I’ve seen making considerable strides towards more ethical manufacturing processes lately.
This will be my last post of the week and I’ll resume Monday (hmm, maybe even Wednesday), so I can enjoy family time and not feel too involved in this whole consumerism thing. For now though, for those (like me) who like the guilty pleasure of a little holiday deal shopping, here are some of my favorite brands and their current sales which extend through Black Friday. These will be continuing throughout the week unless they switch anything up, so they should be good until good ol’ Cyber Monday. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
Denim vs the Activewear Industry Editorial on Denimology
I’ve been doing product reviews on Denimology for a little over a year now, but technically I am a “contributor” meaning I can provide just about any other kind of post as well! I didn’t write as many editorials as I could have, because I was also managing this blog on a day to day basis. Now that I’m posting three times a week here, and am a Brand Relationship Manager at Denimology, I’m trying to contribute to both as equally as I can. However, it’s tough to spend a lot of time on a post there, and not want to share it here! As mentioned in many of my previous posts, there’s been a growing trend in leggings, sweatpants, and other active/loungewear being worn in place of jeans due to the perceived lack of comfort that jeans provide. I don’t get this at all…so I decided to write up a post about it explaining why I find this silly! Here we go…
True Religion Introduces Baseball Stitching
If I haven’t mentioned it a gazillion times already, I love how creative the denim industry is. So many of my friends think a jean is a jean…and are astounded when I tell them about all the different technologies there are out there on the premium denim market. True Religion is one of those classic premium brands that has stood the test of time and gained household name status, and a lot of their styles and trademark large bold “Big T” stitching have stayed fairly consistent. The brand hasn’t had to do a whole lot to keep sales going, at least from what I’ve seen…there’s never a shortage of horseshoe stitches gracing the derrière of female passers-by everywhere. I haven’t seen anything totally new coming from them for awhile, until now. They are already known for their distinctive stitching, as mentioned, and now they’ve expanded upon that with the introduction of a very cool baseball stitch in two favorite styles: The Cora Mid Rise Straight and the Halle Super Skinny.
Just take a look at that detailing…how cool is that? I hope to see this incorporated into other styles too!
Fearless fashion throws a curve. America’s favorite pastime meets cutting-edgeg style.”
Shop these two awesome styles along with the red leather jacket shown on the model above and other classic Americana styles here.