New Year, New Jeans! That’s what we thought while we were browsing our closets this morning, wondering what we should wear on the first official work day of 2012. Our blog editor MC chose a pair of d.brand acid wash skinny jeans—her favorite pair of the moment. Below, she reveals a more detailed explanation of why she wants to wear them all week.
Renee reviewed her pair of Doctrine Jeans high-waisted dark wash skinnies last week, and she loved them. Our blog editor Michelle Christina felt similarly, citing an amazing fit, comfort, and appealing wash as three reasons she’d wear them every day. After hanging out with Doctrine at the past few NYC trade shows and getting a feel for the line, we’ve begun to fall hard for their superior quality denim and fashion-forward silhouettes. MC provides the details below.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? It was my first time trying on Doctrine, so I was excited—I knew they were going to be amazing after getting my hands all over their jeans at Project and ENK. The feel of the fabric is crisp with a bit of stretch, but their luxurious and comfortable.
Where/when would you wear these? I love wearing them with a blazer like I did for this shoot. This winter I’d tuck a jewel tone blouse into them and wear some heeled boots or metallic flats. Big chunky jewelry also works super well with mid-to-high rise silhouettes.
How’s the fit? Just amazing. They’re the first pair of high-waisted jeans I’ve tried on that really flatter my figure. They’re designed for keeping it classy (and hide the right flaws).
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: dark wash, denim review, doctrine jeans, high-rise, medium rise, skinny jeans, striped blazer, what to buy
These Chuck Taylor All Star boots from the latest Converse collection are definitely at the top of our wishlist! Not only are they super stylish and perfect for any winter look, but they’re actually made to withstand some pretty gnarly weather conditions. Don’t believe us? Have a look at their lookbook and then see what you think! We’re totally digging the military influences with vintage details. And the fact that they’ll look great with any denim look is a obviously a huge plus!
Images via We Are Selecters.
Tags: Chuck Taylor All Star boots, Converse, Converse fall 2011 boots, shoes to wear with denim, winter shoes
Renee tried on Doctrine Jeans‘ high-rise dark wash skinny with a pair of brown leather boots and a crisp white top, for a late fall/early winter look that applies to work as well as it does after-hours. We’re big fans of Doctrine and we showed you a few things we’re looking forward to for spring in our lookbook & line preview post in October. Renee weighs in on this particular style below.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? I love love love these. They fit like a glove, are not too tight, and are a strong, pretty denim.
Where/when would you wear these? They’re my perfect tuck-in jeans. The stretch allows me to tuck in tops and the thick denim maintains smooth lines.
How’s the fit? The high rise is very flattering, and the extra tailoring around the butt creates smooth lines and prevents any gaping at the waist. I admittedly can’t always fill out the butt in my jeans, but these fit perfectly. These are about as stretchy as I go as far as denim is concerned (I’m not a jegging girl), but the material is thick and retains its shape nicely.
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Renee Sykes
Tags: dark wash, denim review, doctrine jeans, high rise jeans, high waist jeans, skinny jeans, what to buy, what to wear
These indigo “Boro” ties from Mister Freedom are the perfect gift to get for your guy this holiday season. They’re made from an assortment of fabrics so they’re easy to match with the rest of your wardrobe. We love how the colors are broken up by either bursts of red or a print, so even if the rest of your outfit is monotone, these ties will spice it up. What makes this tie a really cool gift though is that they are all handmade in their LA studio, so no two are alike. Make your guy will feel extra special and get this very limited, one-of-a-kind gift by emailing john or jordan @misterfreedom.com.
Images via Mister Freedom.
Tags: Denim Menswear, denim ties, gifts for guys, handmade ties, holiday gifts, la, los angeles, Mister Freedom
We introduced you to Williamsburg Garment Co. this fall—the brand that’s committed to the highest possible quality at the lower possible price in a unique business model discussed in our Q&A with founder and designer Maurice Malone (check out the Q&A if you missed it). Renee tried on a few pairs of WGC skinny jeans to give you the inside review on what to expect from this Brooklyn-born denim brand.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? The three pairs of jeans come with refreshingly different details. The light pair have interesting details around the leg, giving them a motorcycle feel. The medium pair are my first pair of ankle jeans, which are very in right now. The darkest pair are a nice, solid wash that give a great sheen.
Where/when would you wear these? The three different washes and styles allow for a lot of wardrobe versatility. I’d wear the lighter pair during the day (summer or winter, accessories can carry these throughout the year), and the darker could pass for nightlife wear.
How’s the fit? A little on the tight side, but the stretch allows for that. At 5’8″, I’m not short, but I wish these came cut slightly longer! Overall, great jeans for the near-factory-direct price the brand aims for.
Renee in Williamsburg Garment Co. Light wash Twist Jeans “Chrissy” ($106)
Renee in Williamsburg Garment Co. Super Skinny Jeans in Blue Wash ($98)
Renee in Williamsburg Garment Co. Skinny Jeans in Dark Dip ($98)
Exclusively available at…
OPENING CEREMONY (New York & Los Angeles)
TG-170 ( New York)
BROOKLYN DENIM CO (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
SUGARCUBE® (Philadelphia, PA)
Online Store: www.WilliamsburgGarment.com
—Michelle Christina Larsen & Renee Sykes
Tags: denim review, denim under $100, factory direct price, maurice malone, skinny jeans, williamsburg garment co
A basic skinny jean with a bit of stretch and loads of styling potential is one of the kind of staple we search out in the market. Fidelity Denim‘s Ace skinny jean is one such option, featuring a mid-rise waist (which keeps everything that should be hidden, hidden) a stretch flexibility without feeling too thin. The dark, rich hue of the Ginza Black wash lends itself perfectly to fall styling, including medium-wash denim workshirts and bright plaids. DT’s blog editor Michelle Christina reviews her pair below.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? I thought, “I really never wear black jeans, but these are going to go with everything in my closet, so I might just start.” They’re definitely a versatile pair to have around for fall/winter. I’m wearing them with boots here, but imagine them with wedge heels! Instant dress-up, and it works.
Where/when would you wear these? I wore them for my Black Friday shopping excursion last week. They were great jeans to run around shopping in all day because they’re stretchy and comfy. I think they’re good with an oversized sweater or a cardigan like I wore for this shoot (my favorite new cardigan by Moussy). They’d look just as good with a tailored jacket.
How’s the fit? They’re snug, with stretch—I’m going to hem them a couple inches since they’re bunching up on my knees. The waist fits very well—it’s high enough in the back to keep it classy.
Check out Fidelity denim on facebook or shop them online!
Tags: ace skinny jeans, denim review, Fidelity Denim, Ginza Black, medium-wash denim shirt, mid-rise waist, plaid, what to wear
It’s not hard to have spring and summer on the brain when it’s 70 degrees after Thanksgiving (at least here in NYC), so we’ve can’t help but browse the most exciting new denim we’ve seen for spring 2012 and start planning our outfits early. On top of our list are these gorgeous cut-off dip-dyed denim shorts by Siwy, featuring a peach-to-white-to-mint-green color scheme that’s going to look super hot with our vintage rocker t-shirt collection and some rose-gold jewelry. Yes/Yes?
In the mean time, shop Siwy Denim online!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: colored denim, cut off shorts, dip-dyed, Siwy Denim, Spring Summer 2012, what to wear
The best thing about these selvedge denim tote bags from Pure Blue Japan is how classic their design is. Way too often we see denim over-embellished or made into something that hardly even resembles the actual fabric, but not here. Because of their clean simple look, these totes are the perfect choice for both men and women. We love how they are offered in a dark-wash, medium-wash, and a beige color, so you can pick the tote that goes best with your own personal style. So no matter who you’re gift shopping for this holiday season, these totes are a great option! Get yours online at Pure Blue Japan.
Images via BKRW Denim.
Tags: beige denim, dark wash denim, denim tote bag, medium-wash denim, pure blue japan, selvedge denim
We’ve been all over Moussy NY since their state-side debut, from the opening party to our tour of the merch (cue starry eyes). With their rock’n'roll denim ranging from printed, colored, and destroyed to acid wash and basic solids, they’ve made us re-think the level of biker babe we’re infusing into our cold weather look this season. But beyond looking awesome, these are jeans you’ll feel comfortable in. Below, our editor Michelle Christina tells us how she feels in her favorite Moussy jeans—the Chemical Blue Wash skinnies.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? I was so excited that they fit at all! I went down about two sizes in jeans over the past few months, so I am psyched. But aside from that, I was thinking how much I love the wash, and how cool it looks with this red plaid shirt.
Where/when would you wear these? Definitely with a pair of crazy Jeffrey Campbell Lita’s and a tailored button-down… with my hair up. Or with this exact plaid shirt I’m wearing in the photos. Anywhere, anytime. I think they’re really versatile. Most people wouldn’t wear them to work, but I work at Denim Therapy!
How’s the fit? A little loose around the ankle for my taste, but if I cuff them up it works. They are comfortable, they make my butt look good. I’d love if the rise was slightly higher, but overall the fit passes the MC test. Thanks Moussy!
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Tags: acid wash jeans, Chemical Blue Wash jeans, denim review, moussy japan, moussy ny, skinny jeans