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How To Ensure The Perfect Jean Hem Length


When you take in your jeans to get hemmed (for instance, via our Denim Therapy expert hemming service!) be sure to bring a pair of shoes with you to wear when getting measured. Before your jeans go under the knife you’ll want to make sure the shoes you measure with are the shoes you’re planning to pair with the jeans (or at the least, a similar heel/lack of heel). This will take the guess work out of figuring out the measurement you’ll be happiest with.

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Remember, for all your hemming needs, whether it’s a re-size or a repair, check out Denim Therapy’s expert hemming service.

—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 30 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How to Wear Colored Denim: Neon with White Denim


One of our favorite ways to wear white denim is to accencuate your pair of jeans with a pop of color. You can keep the palette simple with white jeans, a white top and break up the outfit with a standard brown belt. But what will take this summer-ready outfit from basic to fashion forward? A dash, pop or hint of any neon. Bold and bright neons are stampeding the fashion scene this season and what way to better have your accessories stand out? What’s your favorite accent color?

Get the look! Hudson Skinny and Kate Spade Brianne

—Stephanie Powell

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Posted Apr 20 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How to Wear Colored Denim: Bold Bottoms with a Neutral Top


As colored denim comes thrusting back into our closets full force there is no better way to confidently transition your outfits with a bold and bright color on bottom and a nice neutral on top. Spring is here and so is every shade of colored denim. What better time to try out your favorite shade?

Get the look! Cheap Monday Holly Tee and BlankNYC Sknnies in Vivid Poppy

—Stephanie Powell

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Posted Apr 18 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How To Wear Colored Jeans: Color-Blocking


Even though monochromatic looks are fun, don’t shy away from pairing colored jeans with other strong colors! Take a hint from Bloomingdale’s and do this: “Boldly layer rich swaths of color to reach saturation point in standout style.” Bet you hadn’t thought about color-blocking with your denim, huh? Here’s one way you can do it–this combination of royal blue jeans and punchy orange top is striking, for sure.

Get the look with 3.1 Phillip Lim’s Silk Cutout Tank Top and  True Religion’s Women Serena Skinny In Royal Blue!

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Apr 11 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How To Wear Colored Denim: Head-To-Toe Monochromatic


Still trying to figure out how to wear all of the new, gorgeous colored denim pieces that are so popular right now? Try going monochromatic! This works with everything from bright, highlighter yellow neon jeans to your more basic royal blue skinnies. But please, let’s keep it fresh and wear different shades of the same color. Sound good?

Get the look! Elizabeth and James Alessia Silk Blouse and J Brand Neon Pink Coated Jeans

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Apr 09 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Buy The Next Size Up If Jeans Have No Stretch


Here’s a denim shopping tip that will probably save you some frustration while you’re stocking up for spring—especially if you’re shopping online. You may have a general idea of your denim size, but be careful when shopping for denim without stretch. No stretch means no give, at all. Buy the next size up to avoid discomfort and muffin tops.

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—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 04 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How To Know When Your Denim Waistband Fits


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.

—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 02 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

The Most Flattering Jeans For Apple-Shaped Bodies


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.”

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We’ve picked out three perfect pairs of straight-leg, dark wash jeans for you to try. Check them out below.

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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!

—DT Staff

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Posted Mar 27 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Must-Know Tips For Buying Women’s Jeans


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.

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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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Posted Mar 14 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Get To Know Your Jeans! Warp VS. Weft


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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Got a denim question? Email us!

Image via Rawr Denim.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Mar 06 2012 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips
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