The outfit in the photo above appears to consist of a shirt and jeans, but, in actuality, it’s Levi’s Double Denim Onesie. This one-piece has a chambray shirt attached to a pair of straight-fit jeans and takes all the guesswork out of getting dressed … for at least one day a week. But wouldn’t it be much easier to get dressed if you simply owned a chambray shirt, which could go with skirts and other pants, and a pair of perfectly fitting jeans, which you could wear with other tops? Not to mention there are much cheaper ways to get the denim-on-denim look of this onesie that costs $194. I love one-pieces and jumpsuits as much as the next person, but the point of those garments is to look like one piece, not the lazy person’s uniform. Would you wear Levi’s denim onesie? [Asos] Keep reading »
While many like to believe that Levi Strauss invented denim as we know it in 1873, it turns out that jeans have a much, much longer history. Historians have known that denim fabric is actually centuries old, but have been murky on details of its regional origin, pointing to Nimes in France or Genoa, Italy. Thanks to a collection of newly discovered paintings that just went on display in Paris, fashion history is becoming clearer. The 17th-century paintings by an anonymous artist (called “Master of the Blue Jeans”) all feature what appears to be denim in very detailed illustration. Art historians were able to figure out that the works came from Northern Italy. On the exhibition, the famed high-fashion denim designer Francois Girbaud said, “This calls into question the entire history we have been telling up until now. And that’s what’s fun.” Neat! [France 24] Keep reading »
Denim trends are kind of like Madonna, constantly in a state of reinvention. The latest thing we’ve seen is what Shopbop calls the “skinny flare” jean (like the True Religion example on the left). The flare is one style we have particularly cringe-worthy memories of, but regardless, we’re not surprised to see its comeback and the minor changes that make it acceptable (just add the word “skinny”—genius).
We’re interested to know—are you the type who switches up your denim? Or do you have a go-to style whether it’s bootcut, skinny, high-waist, jeggings, etc.? Tell us what kinds of jeans you’re into in the comments below. Keep reading »
If you’ve tried Jessica Simpson‘s shoes, then you’ve probably fallen in love with them. Now, Jessica, who pretty much exemplifies modern American style with her love of denim and rock T-shirts, is bringing jeans to the stylish woman on a budget. Jessica Simpson Jeanswear, a denim-inspired line that includes jeans and woven and knit tops, has launched on JessicaSimpsonCollection.com. But before you run out and purchase these ultra comfortable, affordable, and chic jeans (I have a pair that fits like a glove), why not hear from Jessica, herself, about the new line, the fall must-haves, and making denim work at work? Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Jessica … Keep reading »
Levi’s is selling new Curve ID jeans in three different versions: a “slight curve,” a “demi curve,” and a “bold curve.” The sizes in the various versions basically range from 2 to 14 (although I’m aware sizes are completely and non-sensically different from company to company.) The tag line for the ad campaign is “All asses are not created equal.” The models are three light-skinned women who appear to be Caucasian. Although “curviness” is relative, none of them are curvy in the way, say, J.Lo, Beyoncé, or Crystal Renn is curvy.
To some it’s just an ad campaign for “curvy” jeans. To others, it’s racist and sexist advertising. Keep reading »
Yes, low-rider shorts with a peek-a-boo thong are a fashion violation. But apparently they are also illegal in some places. A New Orleans woman, Kimberly Senette, was sentenced to 10 days in jail for rocking low-riders in court. Keep reading »
We could feel the beginnings of a trend floating in the air back in May when denim diapers made their debut and more recently, when we saw some sassy styles in the windows of BabyGap. Now the concept has solidified and it’s this: skinny jeans for kids. The Gap, in particular, is the focus of a Wall Street Journal story investigating the trend. Apparently, the company has one of the largest stakes in the skinny jeans-for-tots market. But other big retailers are also marketing the super-slim aesthetic. Refinery 29 spotted these jeggings in a Ralph Lauren kids window and J.Crew’s kiddie division also sells a slim model. Keep reading »
I’m channeling my inner Stephen Colbert to offer a “tip of the hat” to Levi’s for advertisements that don’t make us wanna scream and pull our hair out. Walking to work this morning, I saw two print ads from their summer campaign that I just love. One depicts a man and a small child, presumably a father and son, and reads, “Everybody’s work is equally important.” The other depicts an older man standing with a young woman and a young man, with the same tag line. Wow, I thought. How cool that a clothing company would make such a progressive statement about gender? Keep reading »
This morning, I saw this commercial for Old Navy jeans. In it, a row of women submit their butts to the scrutiny of … the Booty Reader. An Old Navy store has been quasi-converted into a state fair, where the aforementioned Booty Reader is like the old woman fortune teller in a glass case who predicts your future and doles out cards. Only, this time around, the fortune teller is played by one of those Old Navy mannequins, and if you bend over and stick your butt in her face, she issues proclamations about your jeans-clad butt like, “Those Sweetheart jeans make your booty smile from cheek to cheek.” That prompts all the other mannequins to start talking about their smiling booties and “happy booties.” Frankly, I don’t even really get what happens at the end, other than the Booty Reader falls over, I think from being overwhelmed by all the booty talk. When I watch something like this, I always wonder how much the company spent to make it — like, a million bucks, maybe, to come up with the concept? And how many meetings took place in which a group of serious-faced ad people considered all the different ways butts could be discussed in this commercial, including the “happy booty” idea? My butt is frowning over these questions. Update:
you can upload a photo of your butt
to Old Navy’s Booty Reader website
for a “booty reading” to find out what jeans are best for your derriere. It’s like American Apparel’s butt contest
! Except, you know, not. Keep reading »
I thought unintentionally exposed thongs and butt cleavage were things of the past for most women. Through trial and error, we’ve learned that low-rise panties and long tops are best for low-rise jeans. And speaking of low-rise jeans, most women I know have given up on that teeny-bopper look, choosing jeans and pants that have a rise closer to their belly buttons. So the reasoning behind My Panteez, thong underwear with a sheer waistband, is a little confusing. Those women still walking and sitting with their thongs exposed probably desire that look, and My Panteez is lost on them. I can, however, see My Panteez working under skin-tight dresses or skirts. You know, the kind Kim Kardashian wears. [My Panteez] Keep reading »