Shopping Smart in the Men’s Department

There is a sad truth for a woman when it comes to shopping – you are being ripped off. For the same item, a man will spend significantly less money, and often times, for better quality. This is true of many things but jeans are an especially good example; a woman can expect to spend sometimes double the amount for the same pair. And because there aren’t as many style options for men’s jeans, I have heard that more money is spent on the quality of the material. You know how much I love wearing jeans and I have spent close to $200 on a single pair (I am thinking of my Frame Denim slim-leg jean). They are my favorites and I wear them often but today I wanted to shop and see for myself. In search of a classic boyfriend jean, I decided to visit the men’s department at Macy’s (where better to find boyfriend jeans??). I chose the ever-classic Levi’s; the first thing I noticed is that there were several ‘slim’ styles that would fit a woman’s shape. I found a perfect distressed pair and tried them on – they were $39.99.

Why should women have to pay more for the very same thing? It is unfair that is the norm.  I encourage you to visit the men’s department. You may find a fashionable alternative at a much better price and in the process make an unjust system work for you!

Photos by Hannah Walker

 

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“I don’t have anything against jeans!”

My Dad in jeans

My Dad in jeans

In the half-century that I have known my Dad, I have never seen him wear jeans. Never. Until today. There he was, in a pair of jeans he bought at Marshall’s – and I couldn’t believe my eyes! When I asked him why he decided to try them now, he said, “I don’t have anything against jeans!” And yet, it was a first. He told me that they fit a bit too big in the waist … my fashion advice? I told him to put them in the dryer from time to time and let them shrink a bit. I went on to advise him that I have been doing that with my jeans for years. Too funny, really, to be giving my Dad advice about jeans. A fashion moment for sure. Dad, I’m buying it!

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This Holiday Try Your Turtleneck With A Side of Hot Chocolate!

q9WUg4CD20OghNz01PFtDnfQVri3w4ffc03KtgCqQvU,98KlfVc-12OIMPhola-HyewSejp0A-HO8c2f1oQ-cbI70gbfccwaT5KL3k34PvVCVpJhahCc220YE6JYAS6COA,5-d9i1hH-eOEU9BvVX8icoiii9uZwaV_HPSrUEVyQdAI love the classics for the holidays: a turtleneck with a side of hot chocolate. The turtleneck sweater is a winter staple; paired with jeans, the combination is cozy, understated and simple, yet undeniably chic (think Jackie Kennedy Onassis). But adding hot chocolate with whipped cream takes this look to the next level and screams ‘Happy Holidays!‘ like nothing else.

Turtleneck, vintage Akris; jeans, Frame Denim; bracelet, Tory Burch; hot chocolate, courtesy of Boxwood Coffee

Photos by Sophie MacMillan; shot on location at Boxwood Coffee, Summit NJ

 

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Five Days of Denim (podcast)

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Five Days of Denim: Day three

Five Days of Denim: Day three

In this episode #7, Five Days of Denim, I talk about my experiment styling five pairs of my denim jeans – one for each day. The keys to wearing denim are: a good fit and wearing something that makes you feel comfortable. The size doesn’t matter nor does the brand; the only thing that matters is that you feel good about yourself.

Do you have a favorite pair of jeans?

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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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Jeans

Acne ‘Fine Trash’ Distressed Denim Skirt

Straight-leg. Boot cut. Skinny. Trouser. Jeggings. And now another name to pair with jeans: Acne. This Acne, however, is not those pesky red bumps on the skin, but a hip and trendy brand for jeans and other casual chic wear. The trend is very distressed, literally torn jeans and jean jackets. Even better, is the stylish torn jean skirt with exposed zipper. Love it! Imagine my surprise when I found the skirt on-line, only to discover that it was mostly sold out (and the jeans were no longer available).

As spring kicks in and we move to warmer weather, jeans and a tee is a solid go-to choice. I live in my jeans and wrote about the necessity of a good-fitting jean just last spring (see Styling with Mel, Let’s Talk Jeans, March 2011). I think the most important thing to remember about wearing jeans is this: they are meant to fit snug.

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