As most of you know, People Style Watch had an epic round of Denim Awards to delve out recently, bestowing honors like Best for Work, Most Eco-Friendly, and Best Butt Boost (see a list of awards and winners below). Honorary titles like these label each winner an “It-Jean” in its category, and makes finding problem-targeting denim easier for consumers to find. We had a chance to ask Senior Market Editor Marissa Rubin a few of our own questions about the awards. Here’s what she had to say.
Denim Therapy: Which brand(s) are you surprised didn’t make the list?
Marissa Rubin: This question for me is really more about the fact that I was surprised a certain jean didn’t win a specific category—or it didn’t even place. Yet then we’d consider it for another category and it’d win. It was unbelievable how everything ultimately came together.
DT: Which brand is your personal favorite in terms of fit?
MR: I am a big fan of DL1961. Their jeans are made with revolutionary four-way stretch denim called XFIT, which NEVER loses its shape. It’s unreal! They honestly suck me in and never sag, bag, or stretch out—regardless of how many wears! I own them in flares, skinnies, high rises, etc. and I always feel my thinnest in them. Plus they have great back pocket placement, so my butt looks lifted and my hips appear narrower—which as a curvy girl my backside is always my biggest gripe.
DT: Which new denim brand are you looking forward to trying out?
MR: In addition to its affordable price point and great fit, it goes beyond basics with its spot-on trend driven jeans. I am truly loving this new line!
DT: Which of your favorite fashion labels should be creating a denim line?
MR: Rebecca Taylor. Her brand already resonates with celebs and fashionistas everywhere, so denim seems like a great addition. From her signature florals, to her chic animal prints, I’d love to see this New Zealander’s girlie feminine take on jeans.
People Style Watch Denim Award Winners
StyleWatch hand-picked the best jeans of 2011 and takes a look at the most flattering, well-designed, perfectly priced styles out there. We started with more than 700 pairs and whittled it down to the top choices in 25 categories. From petite to plus-size, slimming to butt-boosting, supersexy to eco-friendliest, StyleWatch’s Denim Awards has it all and plenty of ideas for some new favorites to try. Denim Award Winners include:
Celeb Fave Style: Paige Demin ”Verdugo Ultra Skinny” for $158. Tons of celebs from Gwen Stefani to Kate Moss to Rachel Bilson are fans of the soft, super stretchy skinnies. They look great with a simple top, blazer and a great pair of heels.
Celeb Fave Brand: J Brand. Trendsetting brand in a variety of styles including skinny, flared, trouser and dark washes, and worn by celebs like Heidi Klum, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and more.
Most Comfortable: Red Engine “Flare” $168
Best for Work: Raven Denim “Mackie” in Dark Star $196
Sexiest: Gap “1969 Gummy 5-Pocket Legging” in black $69.95
Most Eco-Friendly: AG Adriano Goldschmied “Farrah Skinny” $210
Best Stretch: Agave Denim “Fortuna” $198
Most Slimming: Hello! Skinnyjeans “NiteWash Barely Bootcut Slimming Jeans” $178
Best Body-Shaping: Denizen From Levi’s “Totally Shaping Mid Rise Boot” $27.99
Best Butt Boost: Black Orchid “Black Jewel High Rise Skinny” $118
For the complete list of Denim Award finalists, please see page 143 in the November issue.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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After stopping at the Genetic Denim showroom last week for their press preview, the Denim Therapy girls decided to put one style of skinny jean to the test: The Shya in Dark Tin. These stretch-denim jeans hold an almost black hue, and it was unanimously voted that they’re super flattering for fall, not to mention comfortable. But how do they hold up on three different women with three different body types? Read on to find out!
What was your first thought when you tried them on?
Francine: Feel like I am wearing sweat pants… How does my butt look?
Renee: They are unbelievably soft, yet still thick enough to bypass jegging territory. They fit beautifully. We post about celebs wearing Genetic Denim a lot, and I’ve never looked at the pictures and thought that they were jeggings.
Michelle Christina: Smooth like butter! Only took a second to pull them on.
Where/when would you wear these?
Francine: Perfect for my everyday: school run, office, playground and go out for a casual dinner with friends.
Renee: These are perfect for my hectic work day, and are dark enough to transition easily into night-time.
Michelle Christina: Comfortable enough to wear at the computer while I’m working. Can definitely see myself wearing these to family holiday gatherings with oversized sweaters and lots of jewelry.
How’s the fit?
Francine: Low rise, skinny (not too tight).
Renee: They’re tight without being restrictive or uncomfortable, and the fit is really flattering. I like my jeans to sit a little bit higher on my waist (above the hip bones so that I don’t ever have to pull them up), but that’s my personal preference. They definitely have the ability to make me feel sexy while still being comfortable–Genetic Denim, I hope you know what an impressive feat that is!
Michelle Christina: Super skinny, plenty of stretch, don’t feel like they’re restraining me. Room for movement.
Check out our individual snaps below!
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