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 »
Want a great new pair of jeans but hate the idea of spending hundreds on them? You’re not alone — a new survey from ShopSmart found that the average woman spends only $34 on a pair of jeans.
Don’t fret, we’ve searched out some of today’s hottest looks for under $40. Ready, set, shop! Read more … Keep reading »
As much as we may bemoan the deplorable influence of certain types of harem pants on the fashion scene, we at least understand some of the logic behind them. Sure, you may walk around looking like MC Hammer’s protégé or Lawrence of Arabia, but at least you’ll be comfortable. We can’t, however, find anything similar to say of these new drop crotch skinny jeans for guys. Basically, they’re harem pants made of denim. We’d say these would probably rank up there in the discomfort zone right next to yoga jeans. [Oak] Keep reading »
Hello! SkinnyJeans (yeah, awesome name) claim to make you look 15 pounds thinner, and they’ve been getting a lot of press because of it. The trick to these jeans, says the company, includes a “Disguised Stomach Flattener, Sexy Thigh-Scooping/Buttocks-Lifting Shape, Leg Lengthening Design in Barely-Boot Cut, and Smart Shading & Fading.” Sounds like a lot of fancy talk? It would seem it is. Fashionista.com tried out the denim wares for themselves and found that there are some major design flaws, like super-fake whiskering and dye-jobs gone wrong, and the tester said, “I definitely did not look 15 pounds thinner. I didn’t even look five pounds thinner … The bottom line: These are really stretchy jeans that are fairly comfortable but not earth-shattering in terms of fit or style.” The lesson here? Only way to lose 15 pounds fast is to chop off a few limbs.
However, in all seriousness, we’d like to know—any jeans you swear by for making your booty look significantly smaller and your body generally slammin’? Share your secret in the comments! [Fashionista] Keep reading »
An Australian jury acquitted 23-year-old Nicholas Gonzales of rape because it refused to believe the alleged victim’s skinny jeans could have been removed without “collaboration.” Gonzales and the alleged victim, a 24-year-old woman, met for drinks in April 2008 and then returned to his house to listen to music. Gonzales claims they had consensual sex together; the victim says she was raped and “I struggled to try to get up for a while and then he undid my jeans and he pulled them off.” But defense lawyer Paul Hogan said he thought it would be “difficult for skinny jeans to be taken off by someone else unless the wearer’s assisting, collaborating, consenting.” And the jury believed him. Keep reading »