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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Alicia Jay on shopping tall

Alicia Jay

Alicia Jay  – Photo credit: Hkophoto

Alicia Jay

Alicia Jay – Photo credit: YBowyer Photography

At 6’6″ Alicia Jay knows how and wear to shop for flattering clothing. Because she loves fashion and wants to help others to be their best selves, she wants girls and women to feel empowered when they dress. I asked her where are the go-to places for tall women and what should tall women be looking for when they are shopping. Here are Alicia Jay’s recommendations:

My top 5 tall retailers:

1. HEIGHT GODDESS. Every single piece of clothing is made specifically for a tall woman. They don’t just add inches to garments, they cut them for tall frames. The options are hot, the fit is great and Lameka Weeks (the designer) is a tall woman herself who knows exactly what we go through and designs accordingly. Continue reading

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Phoebe

Phoebe

It warms the heart to enjoy a conversation with a young woman with whom you have history and have known all of her life. I sat down with Phoebe, who turned sixteen last month, and at first, all I could see was the adorable cherub of a baby I once knew. But as Phoebe spoke, I left the baby behind and saw only the young woman sitting next to me. And isn’t she effortlessly chic and stylish? Here is Phoebe, in her own words: on fashion, where she shops, and the need to express oneself …

“My feeling about fashion is that you should dress the way you want to dress. I never understood trends. I just pick the things I like and I wear them …

My high school is big (Fiorello H. La Guardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts, or simply, La Guardia High School), and like any other large school there is a wide range of fashion looks. But we definitely feel free to express who we really are without judgment. Sometimes students’ choices are wonderful and sometimes terrible, but at least they are their own and I think that is what’s important …

I shop at J. Crew, Forever 21 and The Gap. If I had to pick my favorite place to shop, I would say J. Crew, because their clothes are always current and classy. My friends and I also like to shop at Buffalo Exchange, a consignment shop filled with current looks and is geared toward a young, hip crowd. There really isn’t one store where I shop most, because I look everywhere for pieces that fit my style. As long as it’s not too expensive and I think I can make it work in my wardrobe, I’ll buy it …

I wonder about the connection between fashion and self-esteem and people who don’t care about how they dress or what others think. I have a certain level of self-respect and it affects how I choose to dress. From what I observe at school people care about how they present themselves, too; from their outfits, to their makeup, to their shoes and their accessories. I think it’s connected to having a more positive self-esteem …

I used to wear only jeans, t-shirts and sneakers. Now, I like to add different pieces to enhance my outfits and go a step further. I may choose a collared shirt under a sweater, with leggings and boots, for example. I’m also warming up to accessories like headbands and bracelets and I have a pair of pearl earrings that I wear with everything. I’m definitely more open to different styles.” ~ Phoebe

Phoebe, you are doing so well! I think you have a smart fashion sense and a solid perspective on the benefits of expressing yourself through your clothing choices. I love to see it and to see you too!  xx, Melissa

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