Excuse us for thinking ahead, but as soon as the weather turns cold enough to make us forget summer ever graced us with excuses to wear really short shorts and filmy knit tank tops, we tend to daydream via e-retail about how we’ll be dressing when the sun comes out again. This time, it’s the A.P.C. Madras Pleated Bermuda Short In Denim, which provides the perfect balance of lightweight whimsical dressing and soft-tailored statement. It’s 100% cotton and retails at $150.
In the market for a pair of jeans to party in? Denim Therapy’s founder Francine test drove a pair of Bleulab Reversible Denim in a gorgeous metallic-champagne hue at NYC hotspot Le Bain recently, to see if the jeans would pass the New York nightlife test. The style in question? The Detour Legging in gold membrane (reversible to reveal a grey leather jean on the other side). And guess what—they did! She styled them with a chic knit top and killer metallic necklace to bring the look full circle. Check out what she felt about the fit and function below.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? First thought was, I can’t wait to go party and wear these jeans! (And so I did). They are so comfortable and yet look and feel so cool!
Where/when would you wear these? They are reversible so you can wear day and night and style them in so many different ways. I can literally wear them to Le Bain (pictured above) or for a Sunday brunch.
How’s the fit? It’s great. They’re skinny and sit above the waist. They don’t have front pockets so has been a bit of an adjustment… but hey, who needs those pockets when you can wear them with a chic bag?
Want these jeans? Score them now for $224.
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If there’s one denim staple you need in your closet for all four seasons in the year, it’s the perfect basic skinny jean. It’s a style you can wear with the most variety of tops, shoes, outerwear, and… let’s face it, genres of street style savoir faire. If you want to get the most out of it, we recommend a neutral, medium wash with a bit of stretch (you might need it after Thanksgiving dinner… and for a few months afterward). Long story short, the Henry & Belle Ideal Super Skinny Ankle Jean is one basic skinny we’d highly recommend. Our blog editor, Michelle Christina, explains.
What was your first thought when you tried them on? These are really stretchy, but the fabric doesn’t feel thin and cheap. The weight of the denim is ideal, seriously. And… whoa, no front pockets.
Where/when would you wear these? Definitely a great casual jean. I’ll be wearing them with oversized sweaters and moccasins until snow falls (and then I’ll switch to snow boots). I can see these being a great jean to pack when I’m traveling too. Versatile, and I bet I’ll always feel good in them. Might take me a while to get used to not having front pockets though!
How’s the fit? It’s great. They sit high enough on the hips and aren’t suctioned to my legs, but they still have a distinct skinny jean feel. I think these may have set a new standard for skinny jeans in my closet…
Love these jeans? Grab your pair at Henry & Belle Online!
Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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There aren’t a lot of people who can say they see and touch as many pairs of jeans as the girls in the Denim Therapy office in midtown Manhattan, so for them to be able to put on a pair and declare a fit, feel, or brand their “favorite” is a pretty big deal. That’s why, when Renee and Sarah showed up to work, both sporting their current top choice for trousers, they knew they had to tell us about them. Right now, Renee is in love with her high-wasted, dark-wash Doctrine duds, while Sarah finds any excuse to wear her bright green, mid-rise, cigarette BGDs (and that includes Halloween trivia night, where her green legs completed her T-Rex costume). Read on to find out why these jeans made the cut!
What was your first thought when you tried them on?
Renee: Woah, that’s a high rise!
Sarah: I wish they weren’t so long, but everything else is so perfect!
Where/when would you wear these?
Renee: These are definitely day to night jeans. The wash is solid and dark, they’re trendy, and versatile. I can wear them with a tucked in button down, a flowy shirt, or a cropped sweater.
Sarah: All of the time. I’ve had them for two weeks and the knees are already starting to fade. The color somehow seems to go with everything.
How’s the fit?
Renee: The high waist is super flattering! Which isn’t always the case (I admittedly can’t always fill out the butt in my jeans). But Doctrine added some extra tailoring above the pockets and at the waist to create a smooth shape. The fabric is also thick and has a good amount of stretch.
Sarah: The waist is possibly the best fitting waist I’ve ever had in any pant, ever. The butt’s pretty great too.
—Sarah Greene & Renee Sykes
Tags: BDG, bright colored jeans, colored denim, DENIM, Denim Therapy, Doctrine, fall fashion, high-waisted, high-waisted jeans, skinny jeans
A Breton stripe shirt and a pair of jeans is a classic combo that will never go out of style. In fact, it’s safe to say it’s a definite must-have in any wardrobe. And if an Andy Warhol or The Ramones reference isn’t enough to get you on board with this look, then we’re certain this version of the classic by Tenue de Nimes and Armor Lux, dubbed the Dutch Breton, might just do the trick. The red, white, and blue color combo is perfect for any pair of dark jeans or denim jacket. Pair it with a cool combat boot for a modern twist or keep it retro with a cool driving shoe. Get your hand on one at Tenue De Nimes!
Images via Another Something.
Tags: Andy Warhol, Breton stripes, Dutch Breton shirt, men's fashion, men's style, Tenue De Nîmes x Armor Lux, The Ramones
Have you ever wondered if there’s a beauty product out there that would give you an instant ‘in’ with a cute guy? Something that makes you sound cool and look cool when you’re trying to remain cool around the bassist of that band you love? Well, there is! “Oh, hey! My nails match your jeans…”
Renee and Sarah tried out Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects denim nail stickers at the Denim Therapy office. You guessed it, they opted for ”Skinny Jeans”. The stickers are easy to put on (Sarah says she’s even done hers on the subway), look great, and stay on without chipping for a lot longer than regular polish. The only flaw, Renee discovered, is they’re nearly impossible to touch up once they do start chipping. And, at $10 a pop, they’re a little pricier than most of the wet stuff.
—Sarah Greene & Renee Sykes
Tags: denim manicure, denim nails, nail stickers, Sally Hansen, salon effects, skinny jeans
We’re finally accepting fall and winter into our wardrobes now, in mid-October, but that doesn’t mean we won’t jump at the chance to talk about next spring, and all of the warm weather trends we’re looking forward to! One such trend is a reappearance of floral printed denim, and Citizens of Humanity showed us a few gorgeous options for cut-off shorts that are of particular intrigue. The dark wash is a great transitional winter-to-spring pick, while the light wash is summer denim at its finest. You can wear both with dark tights and your snow-crunching boots, and then carry them right into the warmest months with filmy tank tops and breezy blouses!
What trends are you looking forward to for spring? Let us know at our facebook page!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: cut off shorts, denim shorts, denim trends, floral print, spring 2012, transitional style
Denim Therapy’s founder Francine recently scored herself a pair of celeb-approved Black Orchid denim jeans in dark wash with a studded back pocket detail. Here’s what she had to say when she tried them on!
What was your first thought when you tried them on? Halle Berry wishes she looked as good as I do in these jeans!
Where/when would you wear these? Comfortable enough I can wear from day to night and always feel like a rock star.
How’s the fit? They’re low rise skinny jeans but don’t feel very tight which is great.
Tags: black orchid denim, black orchid review, celebrity denim, comfortable jeans, denim review, Halle Berry, low rise skinny, Rock Star Jeans
We get really excited when we’re writing about Mister Freedom. Maybe it’s their irresistible photography, saturated-yet-flawlessly- vintage-looking color stories, attention to detail from the top to the bottom of each denim garment, or the rugged Americana aesthetic. Whatever’s seducing us, we never get bored of stopping by their website to see what well-dressed gentlemen will be treated to with each new release. This time, we’re enchanted by the Mister Freedom® x Sugar Cane “AMERICAN SPORTSWEAR” Chambray shirts: A slim fit men’s shirt in a bright palette of earthy, yet powerful hues, contrast details, available in solids and stripes.
But their visual appeal is just part of the reason they’re special. Check out the story behind their production:
“This Sportswear collection is all MADE in USA, an humble effort to keep factories busy at home, and to spend hard earned $ locally… We chose NOS (New Old Stock, aka dead stock) fabrics for a lot of the items, selected from our collected stock of American vintage selvedged textiles. Not the easiest approach to manufacturing, since factories dread small batches, eclectic instructions, mixed fabric width and time consuming specific cut/sew…We took the risks of the high road, and hope some will appreciate the efforts.”
While the description on the website is lengthy, if you read it, you’ll see that Mister Freedom has a rare and intimate understanding of their customer, of their fabrics, fits, and mission. We love to see companies that maintain this standard of old fashioned service and personal touch.
This shirt retails at $199.95, and you can own one by calling (323) 653-2014 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com (while they last).
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Americana, Chambray Shirt, colored chambray, Denim Menswear, denim workshirt, made in america, Mister Freedom, pinstripe
Don’t know what to get your guy this season? Check out the messenger bag that came from a collaboration between the Japanese brand NEXUSVII and New York’s own Manhattan Portage. It is made out of black denim, so it has a really minimalist look to it and will be durable all winter long, whether he’s lugging around schoolbooks or his iPad! Also remember that as rain and snow (ugh!) are upon us, denim is a great choice for bags as it won’t get ruined like suede or leather would. While this bag is similar to the regular Manhattan Portage messenger bag, this one comes with extra pockets so he’ll definitely have enough room for all of his little gadgets. And the best part about it? It can totally work for girls too, so a gift for him can turn into a gift for you too!
Images via Highsnobiety.
Tags: black denim, Japanese denim, Manhattan Portage, messenger bag, NEXUSVII