While denim shopping, keep this tip in mind: When you’re trying jeans on, it’s good to have a bit of room in the waistband. No one likes red marks from jeans that have been digging into their skin after a couple hours of sitting down (or even walking).
Insert two fingers between your skin and the waistband. If you can fit two, it’s a good fit. If you can fit your whole hand, they’re too big. If you can’t even fit one, they’re not the right jeans.
Denim shopping tip c/o Donna Ida, the UK’s resident denim expert!
Image by Raffael Flores-Contreras.
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A great denim-shopping tip from Donna Ida! The best pair of jeans women with apple shape bodies should wear?
“Apple shaped girls should look for plenty of stretch in a straight leg dark wash as they are the most flattering.”
We’ve picked out three perfect pairs of straight-leg, dark wash jeans for you to try. Check them out below.
1. DL1961 Grace High Rise Straight Jeans
2. Citizens of Humanity Ava Straight Leg Jeans
3. J Brand Coated Stealth Power Stretch Jeans
Visit Donna Ida and check in with their resident denim shopping experts for more great info!
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Going denim shopping anytime soon? If you’ve been feeling hesitant because denim shopping can be such an ego-blow, experience from hell, we don’t blame you. But we’re here to make it easier. We’ve got 5 tips from Donna Ida on buying jeans to ruminate over before you head out there into the denim jungle.
1. If jeans go on easily, go down a size. Kicking your way into the legs isn’t unusual.
2. Don’t be afraid to hem cropped jeans. People often think that if cropped jeans aren’t the right length then they’re not the jeans for them, but cropped jeans should be hemmed to fit properly, just like a bootleg or straight leg.
3. When buying jeans with super stretch, look for good quality denim that has great memory. The ‘memory’ is how quickly the denim springs back after wear.
4. When buying jeans with super stretch buy them firm but not overly tight. If you have ‘seam strain’ down the legs, they are possibly too tight and this could damage the stretch.
5. Look for white jeans with faux front pockets. If the style you choose has front pockets you can ask the tailor to remove them for a neater look.
Stay tuned for more tips!
—DT Staff & Donna Ida
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In this installment of “Get To Know Your Jeans!” we’ll teach you a little something about the fibers that are woven together to create your jeans. These two terms indicate the direction the yarn is going in the fabric.
The “warp” refers to the warp yarn, which is the vertical yarn. The “weft” refers to the weft yarn, which is the horizontal yarn. Because the weft yarn can be modified to create patterns and designs in the weave, you can think of the warp yarn as a kind of canvas or base. More technically speaking, the warp yarn is a foundation and the thread is usually stronger and more coarse, giving structure to the fabric.
Some denim brands vary the color of their warp and weft threads through thread-dying to create a unique texture and color as the denim fades. One brand that does this is NEUW Denim. Naked & Famous is another, as pictured below. When you cuff up the jeans and notice a contrasting color inside, the weft thread has been dyed.
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Image via Rawr Denim.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Freezing your jeans as a method of cleaning is a topic we’ve discussed a few times over the years, but it’s always worth a re-visit for the sake of newly converted denim-heads looking for a way to clean their jeans sans-water (also, when we saw the gorgeous silver jeans in this Intermix blog pic, we knew we needed an excuse to re-post it). Here’s the run-through…
“To ensure your go-to denim stays fresh, we encourage freezing your jeans rather than washing. Associate buyer, Barbie Cavaleri, swears by this chilling technique and calls it her “at-home dry clean.”
The ‘freeze clean’ method will remove bacteria, preserve dark dyes and special finishes, and restore shape. After investing in this season’s trends, like coated jeans and leather detailing, be sure to use this method to maintain your denim’s waxy look and shine! Here’s how…
5 Easy Steps to ‘Freeze Clean’ Denim:
Step 1: Spot clean stains and let jeans dry completely
Step 2: Fold lengthwise twice, then smooth out wrinkles
Step 3: Place jeans in zip lock bag and close tightly without air
Step 4: Place jeans in freezer for a minimum of 24 hours
Step 5: Thaw, wear, repeat!”
Instructions via Intermix.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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8 is the magic number! This is one tip we stand by with both feet firmly planted, but Lucky Mag is here to reinforce it why we have to be careful how many inches should be accounted for in the rise of your waistband:
“Don’t go too low: Steer clear of jeans with anything less than an eight-inch rise, especially if you don’t have six-pack abs. (The rise, by the way, is the distance from the crotch to the top of the waistband.) If the top button is any lower than three inches below your navel, even the slightest post-lunch tummy pooch can look like a full-fledged muffin top, and who wants that? Well, someone, probably.”
…Well, even if someone does want that, we don’t want that for you. Heed the 8″ rule! And remember, high-rise doesn’t mean high-waisted, to the belly-button. See three of our favorite picks for high-rise jeans below.
Paige Denim High Rise Jeggings ($199) – buy it at Shopbop.
GOLDSIGN Virtual High Rise Skinny Jeans ($234) – buy it at Shopbop.
DL1961 Nina Super High Rise Skinny Jeans ($168) – buy it at Shopbop.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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One of spring’s hottest upcoming trends is tie-dye or ombre dye denim. UK-based denim expert Donna Ida weighs in: ”To me tie dye is all about a relaxed, fun, hippy vibe and this season the colours are so super vibrant as seen on the catwalks of Charlotte Ronson and Etro. Get beach chic with tie dye shorts and casual tees.”
Get the look! Siwy Denim Camilla Shorts in Mixed Signals ($308.20) – buy it at Donna Ida.
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So you’ve got your pair of jeans and your crisp white t-shirt, maybe you’ve got wind-swept hair and some in-demand jewelry… but you’re not exactly sure how to take your outfit over the line from effortless to totally freaking hot? We’ve got the answer: Red heels. Whether they’re wedges, platforms, or stilettos, a pair of bright red heels with jeans can turn an every day look into something extraordinary (without taking from the effortless aesthetic you were going for in the first place). Below, we pair three pairs of jeans with three red shoes we love right now.
1. 7 For All Mankind mid-rise straight leg jeans ($210) – buy it at Net-A-Porter; worn with the “Jemma” platform boot in red ($220) – buy it at Nasty Gal.
2. Genetic Denim The Jane High-Rise Slim Bell Jeans in Fang ($253.69) – buy it at Glassworks Studios; Worn with the “Red Your Mind” boot in red ($234.99) – buy it at ModCloth.
3. TIBI Low-rise chambray wide-leg jeans ($285) – buy it at Net-A-Porter; worn with Stuart Weitzman platform pump in red ($298) – buy it at Bergdorf Goodman.
Love this look? Post your jeans & red shoes pics on our facebook wall!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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This one’s for the dudes (but ladies with tomboy taste can take advantage of it too). Every Guyed has posted a guide to wearing denim jackets for men, including tips on how to look more rugged, which shirts and fabrics to pair them with, how to slim down the look (hint: no shearling lining), and finding one that fits. Our two cents? It’s really hard to go wrong with this timeless staple.
Learn how to wear a menswear denim jacket, and report back with progress/questions!
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