Wearing jeans could be the most telling thing that we do

Jane Herman Bishop and K, creators of Jean Stories

Jane Herman Bishop and Florence Kane, creators of Jean Stories

If you were to ask me when I get dressed, what clothing feels most like ‘me’ I would always say my jeans. Jeans and a tee is my feel-good outfit: Simple, easy, chic, perfect. I have five pairs, one for each day of the week, as seen in my Five Days of Denim series, but my all-time favorite pair are my Mavi jeans that I bought years ago at my favorite consignment shop. They didn’t have holes, originally; that came with time and love. Now, whenever I put them on I feel happy and free and completely me. That is what wearing jeans does for me and I suspect for you, too. Winter, spring, summer and fall, that is perhaps why jeans are the all-American must-have.

I recently discovered a website, called Jean Stories, created by Jane Herman Bishop and Florence Kane; a site dedicated to denim, including stories of who is wearing it, the various looks of it, and how to buy it. Ms. Bishop and Ms. Kane (who, by the way, share stories of their own favorite pairs of jeans) are storytellers, with a background in and a passion for fashion; Ms. Bishop is the daughter of Ron Herman and grew up selling jeans at the family’s stores and Ms. Kane has a background as a fashion writer. Jeans are in their blood. Together, they are creating a completely fashion-forward concept with denim as the main character. Continue reading

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Denim: Day Five

Day Five: Gap jeans with rag & bone/knit sweater

Day Five: Gap jeans with rag & bone/knit sweater

1970s’ fashion – Huarache sandals, Huckapoo shirts or simple sweaters and high-waist, wide-leg jeans. Really wide-leg jeans, preferably with a crease down the front. This is how I dressed in 7th, 8th and 9th grades (and probably beyond) when I was first discovering the importance of jeans to my wardrobe. So it seems only fitting that I should conclude my Five Days of Denim recreating this look etched in my memory. I bought these jeans two years ago at the Gap: they are Gap 1969. The minute I saw them I knew they were just like the jeans from my young adulthood and I wanted to go back to that time, the 1970s. So I did. It is the crease in the center that does it.

With a high-waist and very wide-leg jean wearing a shoe with a bit of heel is important as is keeping your top simple. The pants are doing a lot of the work so you want to keep the rest of your look less fussy because less is always more! I chose this rag & bone sweater because it is casual and hits just at the top of the jeans.

Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? What is your story of this quintessential American fashion favorite? I would love to know!

All five days of denim photos by Alexandra

 

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Denim: Day Four

Day four, wearing my Hudson jeans, Diesel leather jacket and Vince t-shirt

Day four, wearing my Hudson jeans, Diesel leather jacket and Vince t-shirt

Who says jeans can’t be a little dramatic? Simply by adding a black leather jacket to my white tee and jeans, I go back in time to tell this story; a little tough, a little moody. Think Marlon Brando circa 1953 in the movie, “The Wild One.” This is the perfect time of year to pull out your leather jacket and this fall fitted, sleek leather jackets are very much en vogue. These medium-wash Hudson Jeans are ideal for the transition to cooler temperatures. But not too cool: before the temperature dives and I need warmer tights and leg coverings, these classic boot-cut jeans are just the right weight. Here I am wearing them with a black kitten heel but I often opt for black flats for those days on-the-go. It’s okay to make a statement. Let the Marlon Brando mood carry you …

All five days of denim photos by Alexandra

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Denim: Day Three

Day Three, dressing up with my Citizens of Humanity dark-washed jeans

Day Three, dressing up with my Citizens of Humanity dark-wash jeans – top styled by Kim Naci

Dark-wash jeans are a perfect staple for your wardrobe; they are dressy without trying too hard. These Citizens of Humanity jeans are favorites not only because they are dressy but the wide-leg style elongates my leg, making me feel taller than I actually am. The key is wearing them with a slight heel. They, too, have a little lycra giving them just the right stretch.

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All five days of denim photos by Alexandra – Day Three shot on location at Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit New Jersey

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Denim: Day Two

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two, wearing my slim-fit Vince jeans

Five days of denim: Day two. I give full credit to my friend, stylist Kim Naci, for creating this look for me. These are my slim-leg jeans from Vince, and I was unsure how to wear them until Kim showed me how to give them new life. Rolled up and paired with a structured blazer (which dresses it up a bit) mimics the cropped-style pant and shows off a bit of ankle, not to mention a great shoe. Continue reading

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Five days of denim: Day One

Day One - wearing my Mavi jeans

Day One – wearing my Mavi jeans

I love denim. It is by far my favorite way to dress – a pair of jeans with a tee or a blazer or  sweater feels most like me. Considering how much joy I experience when I try on a cowboy hat or cowboy boots I would have to say that in my heart I am a cowboy. I own five pairs of jeans. Crazy? Well, yes. But I rationalize it by telling myself that I wear different styles for my lifestyle and wardrobe needs. One pair for every day of the week, in fact. So I decided it was time for me to do an experiment: five days of denim. Over the next five days I will wear a different pair of my jeans – and if you pick up a styling tip or two during the week my efforts will have been worth it.

Day One: My favorite jeans are my Mavi distressed boot-leg jean for their ease, comfort and fit. I think boot-leg are the most flattering. Continue reading

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