Its funny...as I get older, I think I become less polished...isn't it supposed to be the other way around? Maybe it is that I don't work in a corporate environment, that I don't work for a "ladies who lunch" brand like Valentino or Dolce anymore or maybe it is simply that I am so comfortable in my own skin that I just don't feel the need to fuss. Don't get me wrong, I still dress when I need to dress and I am sure most would think I always look fashionable, but I just feel less and less inclined to put on my Louboutins... I for one am beyond thrilled that this Spring offers some of the most relaxed fashion in years...tee shirts galore and the most fab distressed and destroyed looking denim. I still miss my old pair of Paper Denim jeans that had rips in tears in all the right places. I used to live in them circa, 2000ish. Now I have so many new covetable options...
I think, like most women right now, I am loving Current Elliot. I am not as impassioned with the Boyfriend jean as the fashion-set seems to be, as I just don't see the point in having a dumpy looking derriere...sort of the jean of choice for the freshman 15 set. Luckily, however they also make a skinny legged, slightly trimmer fitting option (Skinny Slouch) that fits great and is infinitely more flattering. Current Elliot has mastered the art of strategically placed holes that look natural, just like your old fav pair of dungarees. They also, seem to have a knack for destroying the perfect color of blue denim...sort of old 501s meets modern technology. I wear mine cuffed as they just don't look right any other way. I don't roll them (this is how they are shown at left); instead I do one long deep fold. They look great with booties and pretty much all high heels (though I wouldn't do a heavy wedge) and of course are the perfect ballet flat go-to. You just can't find another brand right now, that gives you comfort and chic all in one. You can find them pretty much anywhere, but Barneys usually has the best selection (when they have them in stock).
I also have been obsessed with PRPS. Their skinny version rocks and is really beat up looking...less about rips where you see skin, more whiskered and patched all over. If you are tall and thin, this is a great brand for you. The cut is sleek and sexy and really accentuates the positive. For some reason, I see these as the perfect night out jeans. Wear them with a great top and a leather jacket. Don't do knee-high boots with ripped jeans...too much going on. Singer22.com is your best online destination, but if like me you really need to try your jeans on, go to Barneys yet again.
You know how much I love vintage, so I was thrilled to find the perfect destroyed 501s from What Comes Around Goes Around. They stock the best selection of vintage Levis in NYC, so it is not surprise that they decided to offer the perfect boyfriend cut in their own collection. Go to the store in Soho to really enjoy the denim shopping experience, but if you must just click, then ShopBop is your destination. Vintage in general will save you anywhere from $100-$150 per pair, so if you are more "recessionista" than "fashionista" these days, a little vintage hunting will do your wallet some good.
Here is how I see it... We need to be buttoned up and polished in our work environment perhaps now more then ever, but when it comes to nights and weekends, dressing down is absolutely the new dressing up. So, rip it up ladies...save your prim and proper denim as it will be sure to be back in fashion soon, but embrace a great pair of worn and torn blue jeans and literally expose your inner rocker, your inner boho girl or just your inner desire to loosen up!!!