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Denim Therapy Live Blogging PROJECT Las Vegas This Week!

We’re excited to announce that part of our editorial team will be shipping out to Las Vegas this week to live blog PROJECT as it unfolds! with 5000+ brands and a number of exciting interactive product-driven initiatives, we can’t wait to report on what’s new and exciting from the front line. We’ll be shooting and writing up the best in men’s and women’s denim and a variety of other products, so stay tuned!

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—DT Staff 

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Posted Feb 18 2013 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

Denim Therapy At PROJECT NY

This Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday Denim Therapy will be live blogging from PROJECT NY at Pier 92 at 52nd St. and 12th Avenue, from 9AM – 6PM. PROJECT is one of the only trade shows in the country that offer a dynamic workshop environment where you can experience the process of conceptual design and production on-hand. Stop by and see us in the blogger’s lounge!

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 21 2013 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

The Denim Lover’s Guide To Packing For The Beach

So you’re about to pack up and squeeze the most out of summer’s last month on the sandy shores? Us too! And while we’re in the midst of packing up the sun tan lotion, the shades, the super cute Italian bikinis et al for a weekend at the beach, we thought we would impart some packing wisdom on you guys too! Scroll for the denim lover’s guide to what to pack for the beach.


First off, you’ll need two pairs of cut-off shorts. One should be stylish (Think mis-rise and printed), and the other should be super comfy and casual.

1. Moto Ice Striped Hotpants 2. Moto Rubber Stripe Hotpants

denim shorts cut-offs beach

Next up, a versatile bikini that works for swimming, sunning, and to wear with your shorts and a sarong or tank when it’s time for boardwalk parties.

1. Dolce & Gabbana Bikini 2. Missoni Reversible Bikini 3. Melissa Odabash Underwire Bikini


Next, you’ll need a few chic, versatile tanks to go over your bikini & shorts combo.  These can easily be rolled up and packed without taking up suitcase real estate.

1. Mason by Michelle Mason Silk Tank 2. Kain Washed Silk Tank 3. T by Alexander Wang Silk Jersey Tank


For chilly nights on the beach, bring your favorite old (or new) well-worn denim trucker jacket.

1. UNIF Americana Denim Jacket 2. Levi’s Trucker Jacket in Light Wash


Last but not least, a pair of chic (but easy to wear) sandals.

1. Sam Edelman Women’s Gable 2. Coconuts Women’s Terrain


Don’t forget to check out our bikini x denim cut-off shorts combos for some summer style inspiration, and while you’re at it, if you need some more colored denim cut-off shorts options, we’ve got your covered for that too!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Aug 07 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Fashion

4 Ways To Perfect Your Denim Wardrobe This Spring

Spring’s officially here, and spring cleaning/wardrobe-refresh is just as important as dusting, vacuuming, and polishing your way to a clean home. If you’re anything like us, your denim collection has multiplied since last spring and it’s time to get it back in check. Maybe you lost weight, changed tastes, or want to try something new? In any case, read on for our version of a denim closet face lift.


1. Cover your bases. Own a pair of gorgeous dark-wash jeans, a few fierce prints, a flare (or wide leg) jean, and classic cut-off’s. Shop our favorite dark wash jeans below:dark-wash-jeans-shopping-guide

1. 7 For All Mankind Roxanne Skinny Jeans

2. MOTHER The Looker mid-rise skinny jeans

3. Current/Elliott The Roller mid-rise boyfriend-fit jeans


Shop our favorite printed jeans below:


1. Current/Elliott The Stiletto printed cropped jeans

2. Diane Von Furstenberg The Classic mid-rise skinny jeans

3. Rag & Bone Goetz printed mid-rise skinny jeans


Shop our favorite flare-leg/wide-leg jeans below:

flare leg jeans shopping guide

1. MiH Jeans Miramar mid-rise wide-leg chambray jeans

2. Christopher Kane mid-rise flare leg jeans

3. Michael by Michael Kors Faded mid-rise wide-leg jeans


Shop our favorite classic cut-off’s below:

denim cut-off shorts shopping guide

1. J Brand Cut-off low-rise denim shorts

2. Christopher Kane Neon stretch-denim cut-off shorts

3. KSUBI Alberceque cut-off denim shorts


2. Tailor your jeans so they fit you flawlessly. We offer expert tailoring services (and you don’t need to live in NYC to achieve a perfect fit!) You can also get cut-off’s made from existing fav’s that need a twist.


Tailor your jeans to the perfect size now!


Transform your jeans into custom cut-off’s now!


3. Brush up on your denim care techniques. Below, 5 tips for doing so.

How to wash your jeans.

How to remove an odor from your vintage jeans.

How to remove wax from jeans (and how to remove gum).

How to store & organize your jeans.

How to wash raw denim.


4. Add a little vintage denim to the mix. Shop in thrift stores or second-hand stores to find unique (sometimes bizarre and DIY-inspiring) denim pieces to set your collection apart.

vintage denim shopping etsy

Above:  Vintage high-waisted denim shorts in rainbow stripe ($32) – buy it at In The Hammock Vintage. 70s HANG TEN vintage denim overalls ($72) – buy it at Passé Nouveau VintageVintage chambray soft denim shirt ($40) – buy it at Capricorne.

Some of our favorite vintage shops, with locations cross-country, are listed below.

Beacon’s Closet

Salvation Army

Buffalo Exchange

Crossroads Trading

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 16 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Denim Therapy Gets Styled By Madewell Denim Roadtrip

Yesterday DT got styled and hair-braided as part of the Madewell Denim Roadtrip! Out of three options, Renee opted for a crown braid, dubbed “the rail straight,” and was then styled by the Madewell team. Renee’s wearing the boyjean in riding spur wash ($125). Sidenote: We had to share, these awesome green suede pumps are on sale now ($150) . The brand is taking an expertly branded Airstream (notice: the grey striped awning matched the grey striped clutch in Renee’s hands) across the country to promote their new denim line.

Denim Therapy Gets Styled By Madewell Denim Roadtrip!


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Find out when they’re coming to your city!

—DT Staff

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Posted Apr 13 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

R29 Delivers “9 Denim Dos That Could Change Your Closet Forever”

As advocates of women finding jeans that fit and flatter, we love this post by Refinery29 on ways different body types can seek out denim that will do them a few favors, physically. They cover plus-size, petite, and tall-framed figures. Find out which waistbands, hem lengths, and colors work best with your body.


Check out the full post for useful denim tips!

—DT Staff

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Posted Feb 03 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

Denim Therapy Founder Francine Shares Her Go-To Denim Brands With

DT’s founder Francine called out her top ten favorite denim brands for‘s readers recently, listing Nudie Jeans, Genetic Denim, Doctrine Jeans, and Siwy Denim as some of her first choices (just to name a few).

“Know what’s a real bummer? When you wear a hole right into your favorite pair of jeans, rendering them unwearable. Enter FRANCINE RABINOVICH, whose brilliant company, Denim Therapy, can restitch any hole with matching thread (about $7 per inch). They also undertake all sorts of other useful enterprises, like inserting maternity bands, monogramming waistbands, and replacing zippers. Not only has Rabinovich encountered every conceivable type of jean brand out there, but she also has unfailingly great taste. (Check out her denim-centric blog, here.) To that end, we tapped her for her 10 favorites brands (and her preferred fits).”

Click through to see Francine’s favorite go-to denim brands!

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 12 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

Thoughts On Designer Denim Wardrobe Upgrades

One of our favorite style-based denim blogs to follow is Eat Sleep Denim, and they just posted up a personal encounter of one blogger’s awakening to the world of investing in designer jeans and upgrading their wardrobe with what was perhaps a previously looked-over textile. Sure, wearing denim can be an adventure in precise care, street cred, limited edition jeans hunting, and other complex sub-sports the varied textile offers consumers, but it’s also about scoring a pair of jeans in the name of style. Really, really good style.

“So I don’t know about you guys, but I always spend the last days of the year cleaning out my closet, throwing things in bags to sell or donate, and generally having a think about what I need (and what sartorial mistakes not to repeat in the coming year).

In 2011, I started writing for Eat Sleep Denim, and since then the denim stylings of Jennine, Taylor and the many featured bloggers has deepened my love for all things jean – but to be honest, it’s also opened my eyes to investing in designer denim.  For 2012, I’ve decided I’m going to stick to the basic silhouettes and styles in my “core” denim wardrobe (as shown above) – but I’m going to stop buying jeans I’m not totally in love with and start saving up.

Too many not-quite-right pairs went in my giveaway bin this year – and with all the sales going on right now, it would actually be more sensible for me to spend a little more for a pair I’ll wear non-stop. (This is true of the rest of my wardrobe too … I really had to stop and think if I’ve even worn any of my cheap “trendy” mall pieces more than once)…”

Read the full article at Eat Sleep Denim.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 05 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Denim Therapy

Three Ways To Style J Brand’s Maverick Skinny Cargo Jean

Cargo pants couldn’t get any sexier than this! We’re absolutely in love with the new J Brand Maverick Skinny Cargo—a Japanese luxe twill with a worn-in look and a killer zipper details. Not only are they totally on-trend, but they’re super versatile and perfect for any type of look and occasion. We know that styling cargos can be not only daunting but actually rather tricky, so we’ve put together three ways for you to rock them! Check out the looks bellow.

1. Mara Hoffman printed modal-blend cropped tank top ($165) — buy it at Net-A-Porter.

2. J Brand Maverik skinny cargo pants in Vintage Armadillo ($268) — buy it at J Brand.

3. AV Max tiger’s eye tribal bracelet set ($82) — buy it at Shop Twigs.

4. Belle Sigerson Morrison perforated suede platform shoes ($139) — buy it at Intermix.

5. American Vintage waffle knit cardigan ($280) — buy it at Jades 24.

1. House Of Harlow 1960 Carmen sunglasses ($138) — buy it at Nordstrom.

2. J Brand Maverick skinny cargo pants ($269) — buy it at Shopbop.

3. Topshop knot front jersey shirt ($36) — buy it at Topshop.

4. Alexander Wang prism canvas tote ($450) — buy it at Net-A-Porter.

5. Jeffrey Cambell Zealous tapered-toe pump ($170) — buy it at Nordstrom.

1. Reiss fuchsia silk sheer button up shirt ($105) — buy it at Reiss.

2. J Brand Maverik skinny cargo pants in Vintage Armadillo ($268) — buy it at J Brand.

3. Motel open back crop top ($30) — buy it at Topshop.

4. Surface To Air Pandora platform heels ($308) — buy it at SSENSE.

5. Leetal Kalmanson Marciana multi color pearls and chains bracelet ($122) — buy it at Pret-A-Beaute.

Sandoval Gomez

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Posted Jan 04 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » How to Wear It

Denim Resolutions For 2012: Care & Style

Whether or not you keep all of them, it’s never a bad idea to make a list of resolutions for the new year and hang them up somewhere to remind yourself what habits you should drop (or form). While we’re going to leave the “stop smoking/work out more/be nicer to Aunt Flo” resolutions up to you, we’ll give you a cheat sheet of denim-related resolutions to keep taped to the inside of your closet door. And of course, we’ll be here throughout the year if you need us to assist you in sticking to them.

2012 Resolutions For Denim Care

1. I will not wash my jeans after every wear. When I wash them, I’ll use Woolite to protect their color and consistency. If I have to wash my raw denim,  I will try heat, vinegar, and freezing before I resort to H2O. If washing just won’t remove the stink, I’ll put my vodka stash to good use.

2. I will not let my angry ex-lovers anywhere near my denim collection, nor will I ride my motorcycle in my most expensive pair of jeans.

3. I’ll take good care of my leather patches with the proper leather cleanser.

4. If I’m not a raw denim-head who loves blue jean bruises, I’ll soften my jeans the quick way.

5. I will monogram my jeans with my initials before lending them to jealous BFF’s who might claim they belong to them.


2012 Resolutions For Denim Style (For Women)

1. I will not have ill-fitting jeans. I will get them hemmed and tailored as needed so I look awesome!

2. I will buy lipstick that perfectly compliments my favorite pair of jeans.

3. I will choose jeans with pockets that make my butt look great.

4. When it’s time to let go of old jeans, I’ll donate them to make room for a better fitting pair that make me feel great.

5. I’ll give boyfriend jeans a try (or some other style I didn’t try in 2011).


2012 Resolutions For Denim Style (For Men)

1. I will not have ill-fitting jeans. I will get them hemmed and tailored as needed so I look awesome!

2. I will combine preppy, rockstar, and hip hop sensibilities for the perfect outfit.

3. I’ll wear a denim bowtie, at least once.

4. I’ll wear colored denim until I find my favorite color.

5. I’ll go beyond the generic denim workshirt, whether it’s stripes, embroidery, or mixing washes.


And as a bonus…

I’ll learn to say “jeans” in as many languages as possible!


Happy New Year!

—DT Staff

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Posted Jan 02 2012 in Ask the Denim Stylist » Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy
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