In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re big fans of the three Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle), plus one more–repair! Denim Therapy can help you extend the life of your jeans, but if you’re looking to buy some eco-friendly denim, we’ve also got you covered. Here are six awesome brands doing their best to help the environment:
Making jeans is a water-intensive process, and a lot of the environmental cost of production comes from water. Often, jeans are washed multiple times before we take ‘em home, but the Levi’s Water<Less Jeans finishing process uses up to 96% less water than usual. 172 million liters of water (and counting!) have been saved so far.
As with its full length counterpart, the denim short is a style essential because it can broadcast a classic, preppy look just as effectively as it can compliment an outfit that’s fierce and punk-rock inspired. Arriving in must-have renditions like floral, neon, and tie-dye, you can delve into trend-chasing with the knowledge that they won’t go out of style anytime soon. Even novelty denim has more longevity than other fabrics, so with that in mind, here are 12 selects from our personal wishlist.
1. Christopher Kane Neon stretch-denim cut-off shorts ($290) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.
2. Topshop MOTO coral dip-dyed hotpants ($68) – buy it at Topshop.
3. Madewell indigo ink sweatshorts ($38) – buy it at Madewell.
4. Mih Jeans London Boy low-rise denim shorts ($175) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.
5. Mother Denim white cuffed short ($160) – buy it at Far Fetch.
6. Blank Denim Semi Fit Shorts with Raw Hem ($68) – buy it at Shopbop.
7. CURRENT/ELLIOTT The Boyfriend printed low-rise denim shorts ($170) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.
8. Delia’s Taylor 2 1/2″ Color Denim Short in neon yellow ($34) – buy it at Delia’s.
9. Siwy Denim Alia Ombre Shorts ($162) – buy it at Revolve Clothing.
10. Blank Denim Studded Paint stripe shorts ($80) – buy it at Shopbop.
11. Tribal high-waisted denim short ($57) – buy it at Miss Selfridge.
12. 7 For All Mankind Charlie Cut-Off Shorts ($169) – buy it at Revolve Clothing.
Got a favorite pair of denim shorts you want to recommend? Let us know in the comments or on facebook!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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On your mark… get set… SHOP! Black Friday is upon us! The ultimate discount-everything, sales-everywhere, get-all-your-gifts-bought retail event of the year. Whether you plan on running through the outlet stores, malls, and boutiques to burn your Thanksgiving dinner calories, or sit in your robe all day and get your shopping done online, we’ve got the epic list of denim discounts and sales for you to use when you’re scheduling your day. We’ve got sales in LA, NYC, and online—everyone wins!
Store/Brand: Denim Habit
Details: 25% off all merchandise in the store (all week). NYC Locations: 346 West 14th Street (Meatpacking); 525 Third Avenue (Murray Hill); 1335 Third Avenue (Upper East Side).
Details: Sales starting at just $5, store-wide. City stores open at 5AM. Check your local mall for specific store hours. For you early birds, we’ll have scratch-offs for the first 100 people in line valued up to $300. Click for locations.
Details: 25% off in-store merch—clothing and accessories. 415 West 13th Street (btw 9th & Washington).
Store/Brand: Forever 21
Details: Denim starts as low as $9. 693 Fifth Avenue (btw 54th & 55th street).
Store/Brand: G-Star Raw
Details: 10am-1pm 20% off all denim; 10am-9pm 20% off all outerwear (NYC Locations only). Click for locations.
Store/Brand: John Varvatos
Details: Up to 50% off all fall/winter merchandise, in-store and online. Sale began Wednesday, Nov 23rd. Click for locations.
Store/Brand: J.Crew & Madewell
Details: Up to 60% off women’s and men’s J.Crew styles. Tuesday, November 29th through Saturday, December 3rd. Find J.Crew locations; Find Madewell Locations.
Store/Brand: Urban Outfitters
Details: In-store only, 50% off sale items until 10AM on Black Friday. Locations: 162 2nd Avenue, 999 3rd Avenue, 628 Broadway.
Store/Brand: Kill City Jeans
Details: 40% off on Black Friday, plus gift with purchase (Hours: 9AM to 9PM). Save 30% off Saturday (Hours: 9AM to 8PM) and 25% off Sunday (Hours: 11AM to 6PM). 7975 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.
Store/Brand: Madison Boutique
Details: 30% off regular-priced items, all seven locations. Look for coveted denim brands like Rich & Skinny, J Brand, James Jeans, J Brand, Bleulab, Mother, Current/Elliot, Goldsign, Genetic Denim, Green Star, Neuw, and more. Madison will also be having a Cyber Monday sale on the 28th. The same rules will apply, everything will be 30% off (except fine jewelry and sale items). Click for locations.
Store/Brand: Number A Boutique
Details: Save 25% off all denim sale, along with 20% off all sale items and 20% off all sales over $100. Click for location.
Store/Brand: Steven Alan Outpost
Details: Save an additional 15% off all merchandise this Friday, November 25th. Also expect to save an additional 25% off of select men’s and women’s Steven Alan from Summer. These include vendors like Whit, A.P.C., Some Odd Rubies, Acne, No.6, Lover and cannot be combined with other promotions. 1937 1/2 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles.
Store/Brand: AG Jeans
Details: 10% off any $200 purchase, 15% off any $350 purchase, 20% off any $450 purchase. 11/25 Only. In-store, click for locations.
Store/Brand: Earnest Sewn
Details: 40% off all purchases (excludes already reduced items) at their annual Friends & Family event. Free beverages will be served. Sales in-store and online. Click for locations.
Details: Up to 60% off the entire store from Wednesday, November 23rd to Sunday, November 27th. Promotion also includes: $19 women’s jeans & sweaters (select styles) and $15 GapKids and babyGap Pro-Fleece Gap Arch Hoodies on Friday, November 25th until noon; $10 men’s & women’s long-sleeved T’s (select styles) and 60% off GapKids Graphic T’s on Saturday, November 26th and Sunday, November 27th.
Store/Brand: Armani Exchange
Details: $50 off every $150 purchase in stores only from Thursday, November 24th to Monday, November 28th.
Store/Brand: American Eagle, aerie & 77kids
Details: 40% off all full-price and on-sale items in stores only from Wednesday, November 23rd to Sunday, November 27th.
Store/Brand: Superdry USA
Details: 40% off total purchase with additional discounts on select items in stores only on Friday, November 25th. Shoppers will also receive a $25 voucher with every $100 spent before noon, and the first 100 customers will have the chance to win a $500 shopping spree & styling session.
Store/Brand: Siwy Denim
Details: Cyber Monday sale starts now. 20% off site-wide, including sale items. Use code CYBER4SIWY.
Store/Brand: James Jeans
Details: 25% off online merchandise from 11/16—11/27. Use code JJTHX2011.
Store/Brand: Hudson Jeans
Details: 30% off on Hudson’s ”Last Chance Sale” and get free shipping and returns, until Sunday, November 27 (11:59 PM). Note: On Cyber Monday, Hudson will be having a sale online at Ruelala.com
Store/Brand: J Brand
Details: Free shipping with no minimum purchase. Offer ends December 15th.
Details: 40% Off your entire order from 12-6PM November 25th, online. Use Code FRIDAY40. In-store, 40% off your purchase until 10AM today.
Store/Brand: Imogene + Willie
Details: Two day shopping event with 20% off all jeans. Use “Thanks” as a promotional code (you can also mention the promo code in-store to score the 20% off). Store located at 2601 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37204.
Store/Brand: Kill City Jeans
Details: Weekend and Cyber Monday deals: Save 30% off all denim (with code KCJEANSBS2011); all outerwear 20% off (with code KCOUTERBS2011); and free shipping on Cyber Monday.(with code KCCYBERMONDAY2011).
Store/Brand: Marc Allison Jeans
Details: Select styles on sale ( the Gina slim boot in both black sizes 24-30, and brown, sizes 24-32—regularly $180, on sale for $129). Free shipping on Black Friday and through Sunday, November 27th.
Store/Brand: Paige Denim
Details: 25% off your Black Friday purchase, plus 20% off your next purchase—on Cyber Monday, buy one pair of jeans and get 30% off the second.
Store/Brand: Joe’s Jeans
Details: Pre-Black Friday Sale—Starting Thursday, get 25% off the best of Joe’s, including Jean Sweats, stylish denim, soft tees, and more!
Store/Brand: INDi Custom Denim
Details: 11/25 and 11/28 from 6AM – 2PM PST and get 30% off sitewide (even giftcards). 11/25, use code “BLACKFRIDAY11″ and 11/28 use code “CYBERMONDAY11″.
Store/Brand: MISHKA NYC
Details: Starting 12AM on Friday, November 25th, All Holiday In-Store is 50% Off. Every hour the discount drops 5%, settling at 20% off by 6AM. All Fall collection 50% off all weekend, in-store and online. Store locations for NYC & LA: 350 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY; 1547 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA
Details: Free shipping on all orders through Dec 19th.
Store/Brand: Urban Outfitters
Details: Free shipping on all orders until 11/29. No promo code needed. No minimum purchase.
Details: Denim on sale, 20—50% off
Store/Brand: Mohawk General Store
Details: 3 day sale, november 25-27th. 20% off all shoes and clothing, in-store and online. Use promo code TWENTYOFF.
Details: Discounts on brands like True Religion, William Rast, Lucky Brand, G-Star, Paige, and more. Free shipping on select purchases also available.
Details: Enter promo BLKFRI at checkout and receive 50% off your order.
Store/Brand: Coal N Terry Vintage
Details: Up to 60% Off denim & other styles. Started November 23rd, 9:00AM!
… We’d love to keep listing, but we’ve gotta go shop. We’re pretty sure this list will keep you busy. Remember to bring a bottle of water, a protein bar, and a list of what you want so you don’t stray too far from your budget. Good luck & happy shopping!
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The denim industry’s all-out explosion of options, from designer to discount and novelty to classic, is a double edged sword. While we all have five times as many options for jeans shopping as we did just a few years ago, that means there are more potential candidates to weed through before you find the brand with the perfect fit for you. And while fit is the ultimate deal breaker, you’ve also got fabrication, wash, price, and overall aesthetics to think about. Dang!
But never fear—we’re gonna make it a little easier for you, by breaking down some of our favorite brands into price points that work with your budget, and selecting our favorite currently-available jeans from each. You can scroll, click, shop, or take notes on which jeans you want to try on next time you’re braving the fitting room. Got a question about your body type or a brand you want to know more about? Email us, tweet at us, or ask us on facebook!
Denim Under $100
1. Forever21 Denim. Let’s just say it is hard to turn down Forever 21 jeans. Not only do they produce fun, on-trend styles, but you can’t beat the price! Quality is obviously not top notch, but you can wear out a pair of F21 jeans for over six months before they’ll need some Denim Therapy. While they have your classic blue jeans, they also have cuter, younger looks (rhinestones… we can’t really comment, but think prints, colors, and fun accents).
Our recommendations for Forever21 Men’s
Forever 21 Classic Slim jeans ($21.90) – buy it at Forever 21.
Forever 21 Slim Fit Jeans ($33.90) – buy it at Forever 21.
Our recommendations for Forever21 Women’s
Premium Denim Colored Skinnies ($22.80) – buy it at Forever 21
Damask Skinny Jeans ($29.80) – buy it at Forever 21
2. Express Denim. Express denim looks more expensive than it actual is, and that’s always a plus. They have best-sellers like bright colored denim, a range of stretch-skinnies, distressed dark wash, etc. Their men’s selection is almost as varied as their women’s, with straight leg, boot cut, slim fit, and other styles available.
Our recommendations for Express Men’s
Extra Slim Fit Straight Leg Zach Jean ($88) - buy it at Express
Slim Fit Straight Leg Rocco Jean ($88) – buy it at Express
Our recommendations for Express Women’s
Express Flare Leg Stella Regular Fit Jean ($69.90) – buy it at Express.
Express Zelda Jean Legging ($79.90) – buy it at Express.
3. Lucky Brand Denim. What we really love about Lucky jeans is that while they have a simple look to them, their great fit makes them good for everyday. These are not jeans for risk-takers—the styles are classic, the washes are versatile (but not head-turning), and they carry your basic fits in men’s and women’s.
Our recommendations for Lucky Brand Men’s
Lucky 121 Heritage Slim Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Band.
Lucky 487 Relaxed Fit Jeans ($99) - buy it at Lucky Brand.
Our recommendations for Lucky Brand Women’s
Lucky Brand Zoe Skinny Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Brand.
Lucky Brand Charlie Capri Jeans ($99) – buy it at Lucky Brand.
Denim From $100 – $200
1. Hudson Jeans. Hyper-stylish Union-Jack-wearing denim brand Hudson is a cult favorite for a reason. The fit is great, the brand DNA has major sex appeal, and their collaborations and products are innovative and exciting! Their mens and womens denim range works for every customer .You can feel confident that you’ll find a solid pair of jeans no matter what style you get.
Our recommendations for Hudson Jeans Men’s
Buckley Five Pocket Athletic Fit in Athletics ($154) – buy it at Hudson Jeans
Beau Five Pocket Micro Boot ($189) – buy it at Hudson Jeans
Our recommendations for Hudson Jeans Women’s
Hudson Nico Super Sinny in Purple Coated ($198) – buy it at Hudson Jeans.
Hudson Sadie Mid Rise Wide Leg Trouser in Burgess ($176) – buy it at Hudson Jeans.
2. AllSaints Jeans. Allsaints jeans = rock’n'roll. If you want some edge in your wardrobe, you can’t go wrong with this brand’s attention to details (vintage-inspired hardware, 3-D baked creases and resin finishes on some jeans) coupled with desirable price points (none of their jeans are over $150, including their raw and selvage denim).
Our recommendations for AllSaints Jeans Men’s
Luger Cropper Runner Jeans ($120) – buy it at AllSaints
Moonshine Texel Jeans ($150) – buy it at AllSaints
Our recommendations for AllSaints Jeans Women’s
Huko Pipe Skinny in Petrol ($150) – buy it at AllSaints
Petrel Brodie in Black ($130) – buy it at AllSaints
3. Current/Elliott. Current/Elliott is known for re-introducing the Boyfriend jean and getting the hype back up to “must have” status. They’re a go-to denim brand for flattering fits and refreshing takes on denim separates. Their subtly arched waistbands protect your modesty and heritage denim inspirations in their designs, season after season, provide jeans for women and men that will outlast most fashion trends.
Our recommendations for Current/Elliott Men’s
The Relaxed Straight in Cove ($184) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing
The Slim Straight in Cast Iron ($178) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing
Our recommendations forCurrent/Elliott Women’s
The Stiletto In Grey Leopard ($198) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing
Denim From $200 – $250
1. Nudie Jeans Co
. Nudie Jeans Co. believes denim is like a memory log of your life (we couldn’t agree more). All of their dry denims are made from organic cotton, and the company encourages you to break in your raw jeans through living your
life and seeing what kind of stains and abrasions show up. The Swedish label doesn’t explicitly delineate between men’s and women’s denim, which gives you all the more options for fit and style.
Our recommendations for Nudie Jeans Co. Men’s
Nudie Jeans Thin Finn in Black Coated Indigo ($225) – buy it at Revolve Clothing
Nudie Jeans Average Joe Jeans in Dark Organic Used ($225) – buy it at Bloomingdales
Our recommendations for Nudie Jeans Co. Women’s
Nudie Jeans Grim Tim Dark Night Jeans ($249) – buy it at SSENSE
Nudie Jeans Tight Long John Black Jeans ($200) – buy it at SSENSE
2. Acne. Acne does denim and it does denim well. The Stockholm line produces jeans that look classic and chic enough that they’ll probably never go out of style. No pair is overly-trendy or too outrageous, making them the perfect jeans to pair with everything and to grow alongside you (and your fashion preferences).
Our recommendations for Acne Men’s
Acne Moc Raw Jean ($203) — buy at farfetch
Acne Max Cash Jean ($242) — buy at farfetch
Our recommendations for Acne Women’s
Acne Needle high-rise stretch-denim skinny jeans ($230) – buy at Net-A-Porter
Acne Dark Flex Jeans Dark ($230) – buy at Gargyle
3. Vince Denim. L.A.-based Vince Denim is known for its casual-cool aesthetic–think ’70s-inspired flares and lightly whiskered, distressed jeans–and its sleek, slimming lines. Instead of sticking with just plain blue jeans, the brand also offers an array of colors ranging from rust to forest green to chartreuse to coral, allowing you to easily select jeans for many different occasions. Day? Night? Work? The country club? They’re game.
Our recommendations for Vince Denim Men’s
Vince Denim Slim Leg Jeans in Cannon ($225) — buy it at Vince
Vince Denim Straight Leg Jeans in Smuggler ($225) — buy it at Vince
Our recommendations for Vince Denim Women’s
Vince Denim Fonda Trouser Jeans, Nella ($225) — buy it at Neiman Marcus
Vince Denim Easy Rider Aiko Jeans ($225) — buy it at Neiman Marcus
Denim From $250 +
1. MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA. Forget blue jeans! Try denim in different colors for a change! Don’t get us wrong, we love our blues, but sometimes its good to venture out. Not sure where to start? Check out Maison Martin’s selection of colored denim. From brights to toned down washed out tones, there’s definitely something for the daring fashionista in everyone.
Our recommendations for MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Men’s
Maison Martin Margiela
slim fit purple jeans ($465) — buy it at SSENSE
Maison Martin Margiela
J-pocket jeans ($440) — buy it at Barney’s Co-Op
Our recommendations for MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA Women’s
Maison Martin Margiela
fushchia jeans ($490) — buy it at Neiman Marcus
MM6 by Maison Martin Margiela
faded brown skinny jeans ($340) — buy it at SSENSE
2. Balmain. It might cost you a pretty penny but you can always count on Balmain to have you looking like rock n’ roll royalty. It’s no secret we’re fans of the brand and its iconic biker-style jeans, but nowadays this rockin’ brand offers much more than that. If waxed boot cut jeans sound intriguing, then we’re totally on the same page.
Our recommendations for Balmain Men’s
ultra slim fit stretch jeans ($970) — buy it at Luisa Via Roma
Our recommendations for Balmain Women’s
off-white mid-rise skinny jeans ($1,685) — buy it at Net-A-Porter
waxed fustain boot cut jeans ($1,223) — buy it at Luisa Via Roma
3. DSQUARED2. No one does cool, cutting edge denim with killer personality like Dsquared2. Definitely not for the timid, a pair of these babies are sure to get you noticed. Perfectly distressed and detailed to perfection, there’s no going wrong with Dsquared2.
Our recommendations for DSQUARED2 Men’s
biker leather patch jeans ($730) — buy it at Dsquared2
Our recommendations for DSQUARED2 Women’s
distressed dark wash jeans with leather appliques ($690) — buy it at Dsquared2
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