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More On Spandex Denim & The American Dollar


We posted a few weeks ago about the way skinny jeans almost ruined the American dollar—basically because US currency was being printed on special paper made largely from denim scraps  provided by the denim industry, until spandex jeans became widely popular and the quality of denim scraps themselves with compromised in an epic way. Glamour posted a write-up on this same predicament, with an inside look at the way spandex denim changed …well, everything.

“Did you know that for the longest time—since the 1800s, in fact—U.S. dollars have been printed on a cotton-paper blend supplied by Crane—yes, the stationer? And, for the longest time, since the 1800s, Crane & Co. has gotten 30 percent of its cotton in the form of denim scraps from the garment industry!

But then, in the ’90s and ’00s, something happened in fashion that changed the money-making business forever. That something was spandex—and it started to make its way into nearly all mass-produced jeans in the United States.” (Read more)

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 28 2014 in Denim Fashion

Denim Therapy Repairs A Crotch Hole


An epic crotch blow-out found its way to our office, and not a moment too soon! Look at this carnage! We’re guessing these are the favorite jeans of the concerned citizen who sent them in. Torn, ripped, worn, and damaged crotch-regions are seriously one of our most frequent repairs, so we’re well-trained in reversing them. Check out the before and after of this denim repair job, below.

Before… 

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After!

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Mar 27 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

3 Ways To Wear Boyfriend Jeans


Boyfriend jeans are becoming as timeless as the skinny (which isn’t going anywhere, ladies). Each season presents a chance to reinvent the style in a fresh new way, and since they look especially cute while cuffed, spring is prime time for a review. Below, see three of our favorite ways to wear this staple. For our boyfriend jeans, we selected boyfriend jeans from Frame DenimAcne Studios,  and Current/Elliott.

Look 1: Cool & Modern

Below: 1. Half Kitten Cat Eye Sunglasses 2. Topshop Viscose Slubby Tee 3. Frame Denim Le Garcon mid-rise slim boyfriend jeans 4. Rated Cut Out Sandals 5. ASOS Leather Organiser Clutch Bag With Metal Corners

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Look 2: Pretty & Feminine 

Below: 1. Acne Studios Pop Trash cropped distressed boyfriend jeans 2. Chelsea Flower Silk-chiffon top 3. Michael by Michael Kors Tweed Jacket 4. Jeffrey Campbell Giula Platform Sandal

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Look 3: Boho-chic

Below: 1. ASOS Crystal Long Pendant Necklace 2. Topshop Folk Print Tee 3. Shoe Cult Shields Up Sandal in Blush 4. Current/Elliott The Boyfriend cropped straight-leg jeans

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 —Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 26 2014 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Target’s Mood Booster: Letting Staff Wear Jeans


Reblogged from Racked: Following months of negative press and layoffs, Target has instituted a sweeping change of its dress code at its Minneapolis HQ in the hopes that a more relaxed policy will make employees happier. The retailer announced the news on Monday, saying that they now trust Target team members to “dress for their day.”

What does that mean, exactly? Let’s let Target explain: “For example, a big day might call for something like a dress or a suit, or maybe even dressy jeans and a blazer. For a low-key day, jeans and a nice polo might be the answer.” In a memo to employees that was leaked to press, Target said, “We all know that casual days, weeks or months make team members really happy. We also know that life’s a little easier when we have more choices — and less dry cleaning.”

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Image via Style Mag.

For the past ten years, Target’s dress code has been rather strict. Men were required to wear jackets or ties and women were not allowed to wear sleeveless shirts without a jacket or cardigan to cover their arms. The rules regarding attire were so strict that they supposedly ran 20 pages long on Target’s internal website.

Target’s not sliding all the way into startup-land: no flip flops, Birks or “heavily-worn” shoes are allowed; women aren’t supposed to wear spaghetti-strap tops or leggings as pants; and shorts and overalls are both verboten. (Racked)

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Posted Mar 25 2014 in Denim News

10 Reasons Denim Is the Greatest


Pop quiz! What fabric can withstand the intensity of a factory worker’s day, but still be stylish enough to wear to Fashion Week? Which fabric was worn by both James Dean and Farrah Fawcett? Which fabric is literally the greatest ever made? If you guessed denim, you’re right. We’re loving a recent article by Cosmo detailing the 10 reasons denim is the greatest invention ever. You don’t even need 10 to convince us!

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Read the full list of 10 reasons denim is the greatest invention ever at Cosmo.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 25 2014 in Denim Fashion

Spring Trend: Embellished Jeans


Trend alert! Just having a bit of interesting distressing or a cool wash isn’t cutting it for the fashion crowd when it comes to spring denim. Embellished jeans are a hot item right now, and the interpretations are vast: sequins, chains, crystals, patches and more. Check out some of the coolest over at Elle, and then grab the contents of your junk drawer for an on-trend DIY project.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 20 2014 in Denim Fashion » Trend Alert

Denim Therapy Loves…. Paige Overalls


In Denim Therapy loves we’ll unveil which products we’re coveting each week—or already own three pairs of.

Right now we’re all about this Paige Overalls to celebrate spring!

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Click to have one for your own closet!

—DT Staff

 

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Posted Mar 20 2014 in Denim Buys

The Perfect Jeans For Your Body Type


Aah, the age old struggle to find the perfect pair of jeans for your body type. It sometimes feels completely hopeless to search through endless brands, fits, fabrications… Luckily, Racked did a bit of ground work for you, and rounded up 25 pairs of jeans that work with every body type. Curvy with a tiny waist? Tall and skinny with an awesome butt? Try your luck with this list, and let us know if you find something that works.

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—DT Staff

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Posted Mar 20 2014 in Denim Buys

Denim Repair Before & After: The Waistband


We know what it’s like to walk around with a ripped up hem or a pocket hole, but some denim repairs are mandatory. The waistband tear may seem like a fork in life of your favorite jeans, but thanks to us, it doesn’t have to be. We recently repaired a pair of jeans with a gaping hole in the waistband. Check it out below.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Mar 19 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Citizens of Humanity Summer 2014 Lookbook


Citizens of Humanity released their summer 2014 lookbook, featuring a range of denims from light wash to black, with strategic-yet-natural looking distressing. The clothing is adequately laid back with a hint of rock’n’roll. Their new fit, the Emerson, is the star of the show: a slim fit boyfriend jean that is destined to be the ultimate style staple this season. We love to see styles that are easy to wear and pair with things we already have in our closets. Less is more in the summer, and CoH totally gets it.

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Shop Citizens of Humanity for summer looks that make the grade.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 19 2014 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks
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