Out of all areas of fashion, denim is perhaps the least predictable. Back in 2003, would you even dream of wearing non-flared jeans? (Back then, asking for a straight leg cut might as well have been asking to go shopping in your mom’s closet.) And just when you thought that baggy could never, ever be “da bomb” again, boyfriend jeans came back in full force last year. And acid wash as glorified by American Apparel? Apparently, that wasn’t a joke.
With some new spring arrivals, we’re now wondering if the “baby boot cut” with heels combo is about to make it back into the mainstream …
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Why is it that men repeatedly make the same fashion faux pas, and even when they get called out, manage to get away with it? Just because everyone hated Obama’s mom jeans doesn’t mean they disappeared from the repertoire of men’s style. (Unfortunately.)
New York Times fashion writer Guy Trebay attempts to unravel the male denim conundrum, one that has become offensive both for its stodgy, unchanging styles and too-fancy fashions. So, when did denim go bad? “That dilution began .. when jeans were first subjected to bad bleach jobs and were refashioned in dowdy styles that, taken up by a then-young generation of Baby Boomers, are still being worn by those same men.” So basically, the dilemma is two-sided. First, the majority of options out there for guys either lean toward the mom-ish, or are overwhelmingly trendy. Second, he asserts, men don’t like to change.
Explains Details editor, Dan Peres, “It’s like men keeping the same hairstyle for decades.” And here we thought this era would be a time for change. [NY Times] Keep reading »
We’ll come clean: Opening Ceremony is one of those concept stores we love to follow and write about, but have we ever bought anything there? No. We believe the term is called … aspirational living. Anyhow, now’s the chance for us to step across the gilded threshold because the high-end retailer has teamed up with Levi’s to launch a special collection with a $150 price cap. The range will include some denim items, including jackets (nice, bringing them back), plus a bunch of unisex pieces (everyone’s favorite thing these days).
Interestingly, a large chunk of the line will be devoted to corduroy. Teen Vogue reports that there will be “eight different shades including lavender and curry.” The material is definitely classic, but come to think of it, we haven’t worn our corduroy pants in quite some time. How do you feel about them? Different for girls than guys? [Teen Vogue] Keep reading »
Sometimes you read the results of certain lady studies and wonder where the hell they found these women. While we get how it’s cool to fit into your old skinny jeans — if only because it’s like finding a new pair of pants in your own closet — we wouldn’t really say it’s better than making sweet, sweet love. But according to some Special K cereal-commissioned poll, more than a quarter of 2,200 women said fitting into an old pair of jeans again would feel better than sex.
“Asked how managing to put them back on would feel, 29.1 percent said ‘better than sex’, 28.9 percent thought it would beat a promotion and one in ten said it would beat a marriage proposal.”
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Everyone over does it during the holidays, so no judgments when you walk away from the table suddenly looking like you’re three months pregnant with a food baby. So now more than ever is the time to add jeans with an elastic feature to help your Christmas pig-outs. The LA Times got into some tummy-tucking jeans, and turns out there are quite a few options out there. Like, for example, M’Chic denim (right), which includes a Spanx-like slimming panel to suck in your holiday spare tire.
Only thing is, wouldn’t wearing what’s essentially a girdle make a full belly feel worse? We say, take to the maternity jeans—like the elastic-waisted mom-to-be model from Citizens—and let it all hang out. Or just go for some Santa pants. [LA Times] Keep reading »
These days, starting a denim line seems just about as formulaic as making a Duncan Hines cake: get some organic cotton, mix in a celeb name, slap on a pricey label, and voilà! That’s not quite the case with Jacob Åström, Tor Rauden Källstigen and Jakob Ohlsson, who decided to go the hard way by starting their jeans line in the least likely of all places—North Korea. According to Fashion Week Daily, the three Swedes “stumbled upon North Korea’s new website, which called for new businesses from battleship building to potato farming.” Random! And yet completely cool that a fashion label would want to really think outside the box and draw inspiration from somewhere totally new. Here’s how they pulled it off. Keep reading »
Breaking news: Tommy Hilfiger is giving his two cents about the amount of jeans a woman needs. “Women only need one pair of jeans — but they must fit,” he told Breaking News. “There are pairs of jeans that are worth spending a lot of money on. Depends on the material. You wear jeans more often than an evening dress or a leather jacket.” Truuuue …
Personally, I have at least four pairs, and I’m not a jeans person at all. I’ll wear jeans maybe three times a month because I live in leggings, dresses, and skirts. But, despite that, I still have a variety of denim, because certain jeans just don’t fit with every occasion. I need my regular skinny jeans for day to day, my dressed-up skinny jeans for evening affairs, a loose pair for relaxed Sunday brunch, and my distressed worn-out pair for when I really feel like being a bum. Sorry, Tommy, one pair just won’t do for me, no matter how nice they may be. Then again, what a brilliant exercise in minimalism. How many pairs of jeans do you have? Could you survive with just one? Keep reading »
“I gained about 8 pounds (which I am totally fine with, BTW), but one thing that is annoying me is the fact that my skinniestjeans simply won’t button anymore. I can get them on and since they have a bit of stretch they look fine on my legs, but no amount of twisting and turning and laying on my back will allow me to button them. Is there anything I can do to get them to fit again. You know, besides losing weight?”–Rebecca
Actually Rebecca, we suspect you’re not all alone out there. A couple of suggestions, after the jump … Keep reading »
President Obama gave fashion critics something to talk about when he displayed a pair of “mom jeans” at a baseball game, Nicolas Sarkozy and his lovely wife Carla both donned denim for a recent trip to Egypt, and the Russian President, Dmitry Medvedev, chose jeans for a dinner date with Obama. Steve Jobs kept his fashion taste simple through the years — a black turtleneck and a pair of Levi’s 501s.
Suddenly, jeans are the new power look. Keep reading »
We’ve opposed it, but tights continue to be viewed as pants by many. And, last spring, jeans fused with leggings to become “jeggings.” Now, exercise apparel company Athleta is trying to sell us on their Bettona Pant, “a yoga pant that thinks it’s a jean.” With a faux fly, rivets at the pockets, and contrast stitching, these pants have jean-like details but are made from a stretchy, sweat-wicking, breathable fabric with an antimicrobial finish. Sorry, but we don’t get it. Why can’t tights just be tights, and leggings just be leggings, and jeans just be jeans, and yoga pants just be yoga pants?! Can we stop combining clothes and trying to give them multiple functions? [Athleta] Keep reading »