…becuase they’re not even jeans. We’re not usually the ones to condone jeggings or “fake jeans”, if you will, but Rag & Bone is making us second guess our absolute loyalty to real-deal denim. They’ve released a pair of sweatpants for women, digitally printed with the “denim facade” of one their men’s selvedge jeans from spring 2014. The result? Totally legit to the eye, and totally comfy on your body. Can you tell the difference?
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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Today Joe’s Jeans announces the launch of their new Jeans Sweats—the latest instalment in a welcome rising trend of super comfortable jeans that double as lounge wear. Do you adore denim you can wear around the house, even take a nap in? Then these are just what the cotton twill doctor ordered. They maintain the visual integrity of a stylish pair of jeans (unlike more literal sweatpants-imitating competitors) while being far more cozy. They achieve this with a unique fabric technology that’ll afford you a full degrees of comfort and movement while keeping a sleek shape.
As Joe’s Jeans explains, “The fabric has the advanced versatility of indigo yarns allowing for complete customization of fabric finishes. Never before has there been an indigo woven that resembles a knit terry and can be treated like a true denim.” So whether you’re hopping on a plane, working out after your evening class, or running errands all day, you’ll be able to get your to-do list done without sacrificing style for comfort. They come in three chic cuts (The Skinny, The High Water and The Skinny Flare), and they retail at $158.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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