With only a few weeks of summer remaining, beauty-conscious and fashion-forward women have a lot to think about — which beach to spend those last summer weekends on, how to master the art of mojito-making before the sun sets and, of course, which new jeans to purchase for fall. I know you already own a pair (or ten) of old faithfuls; I’ll bet you’ve stuck to the same denim designer for years, maybe switching it up a wash here or a pocket pattern there. You’re not the only one.
The women of the millennium tend to stick to three top-selling denim designers — Seven for All Mankind, Citizens for Humanity and True Religion — and these jeans are sought after for a reason, because they fit and flatter most figures. Since you’ve established your comfort zone, fall ’05 is a perfect time to step out of it and into a new pair of jeans — a designer, style or wash you may have never tried before, but will find impossible to tear away from after you’ve modeled them just once. Fall is a season of new beginnings, and it’s just the flip of a calendar page away. You can make the most of your last summer days by diving into the jean pool and fishing for your perfect fall denim.
First, let’s talk embellishment. Fall ’05’s hottest denim is not just blue — it’s pink, green and sparkly all over. You can go hip hippie with a pair of “Zoe” style jeans by Colin S, reasonably priced at $78. These light-to-medium wash jeans boast deep rust, cotton candy pink and mustard yellow flower buds, stretching from hip to knee on the left leg. The overwashed, slightly torn finish and awesome detail of these jeans are sure to get you noticed on a casual dinner out or a sunny Sunday at the park, and are a perfect fit for an average to curvaceous shape.
Miss Me’s “Destruction” jeans in the light “Paradise” wash were created for casual wear, with rips running down the front of the thighs and a please-don’t-cover-me-with-a-belt, quarter-sized copper button in front. The cuteness continues with fancy pink flowers and palm trees stitched on the left back pocket. Jeans meant for a playful atmosphere, perhaps a shopping trip with your girlfriends or a lunch date with your significant other, the Destructions are best suited for the petite jeans junky. They feature a sinched waist for those thin in the middle and a shorter length than most fashion jeans—fitting my 5’5’’ frame perfectly. A kitten heel is a perfect companion for the Destruction look—pink of course—complementing the pocket detail. Miss Me’s Destruction jeans do not destroy your wallet, as they also cost $78.
Another pair of jeans with noteworthy, albeit subtle, detail is the “Mickey” jean by 575. These distressed and vintage-inspired jeans show teeny tears with light blue zig-zag stitching and permanent wrinkles across the front and all along the backside. The front pockets were intentionally torn just to be re-sewn to add flavor but not flash to these jeans, the grown-up alternative to the overdone torn look. At $198, these jeans are more expensive than most, but with their purchase, you are buying fall’s hottest trend — scruffy chic, like that messy bed head look that takes you two hours and 10 products to achieve in the morning and receives compliments until your head hits the pillow that night.
After all of that flair, you might be looking to bring it down a notch. Most of us have to work to earn money to purchase these jeans, right? So what do we wear in the meantime? I have found two excellent selections for respectable but ravishing work jeans, and I don’t mean yard work. A perfect pair of jeans for the millennium’s working girl is the “Brigitte” style by Juicy Couture. This $198-pair of jeans, which also comes in maternity for our hot mamas, sets itself apart with an extremely dark navy wash, called Black Dahlia, and features a super-stretchy fit that hugs the curves of every office-dweller, making a near-perfect fit for each wearer. The Brigittes are a professional alternative to the traditional 5-pocket jeans and feature chino-like pockets in the front and no pockets in the back. Fear not, these jeans aren’t completely devoid of fun — they have belt loops perfect for accessorizing and making any work ensemble practical and playful.
Habitual’s “Glory” is a classic bootcut style in deep navy, almost black wash. These $170 jeans are more professional looking because of their color and higher waist, but they still offer something to talk about -the gothic style crosses that adorn their back pockets. They are subtle because they are the same wash as the rest of the jeans, but they provide some fun in an otherwise bleak sea of office attire. The Glory style is a better fit for the thin, straight-up-and-down girl with long legs and narrow hips, but Habitual’s line is versatile in that you can easily personalize a pair of jeans to suit you—each Habitual style is available in narrow or regular fit, with stretch or rigid denim, and also in a variety of washes and finishes.
All of this office talk makes me want to run home, tear off my “work clothes” and throw on something comfortable. When you’re talking comfort and versatility for fall denim, you’re talking about two designers: Paige Premium and Ernest Sewn. Paige’s ultra-low rise “Laurel Canyon” style comes in a very light wash and at $165, these jeans are a safe buy, as they offer complete comfort in a very simple style and can be worn everywhere: the office, the bar, the movies, the grocery store and every stop along the way.
Ernest Sewn, a spin-off from Paper Denim & Cloth, meets the needs of the woman seeking a multi-functional pair of jeans. That is not to say that these pants magically get up, clean the toilets and walk your dog, but they can do wonders for your wardrobe. Investing $189 in the “Hefner” style will immediately earn returns in that you can also wear these jeans nearly anywhere, but I recommend slipping into them on the days you are most exhausted – with fashion, me and life in general. These magic jeans will restore your faith, as they pull on like a dream and hug your curves like a light and stretchy glove. Every model (and I’m not talking super-model) that tried on these jeans came out of the dressing room with a smile on her face and a hot pair of jeans on her bottom half. These safe but sexy jeans offer classy coverage (the back rise is much higher than most), while still showing off your assets with lifting and firming powers that make every body look its best.
Looking good tends to translate into feeling good and you will never feel better than you will in a pair of Antik jeans. The exquisitely designed, pristinely tailored and exorbitantly priced “Fawcett” style will make you feel like the queen of jeans. This royal denim designer seems to focus less on fit and more on flavor. These jeans are spicy, spicy HOT, that is! If you have ultra-tall, super-slim legs and a super-perky, very sexy bottom, these jeans are your ticket out of Ordinary-denim-ville. The front of these $278-jeans is flattering but deceiving. There is a nice dark wash and unique simple stitching around the pockets and belt loops. A 180-degree turn with make heads do a 360—the back is where it’s at for the Fawcetts — the urban cowgirl style of lines and hand-sewn embroidery explode on the backside. The light blue and white thread dances across the extremely low back pockets and the denim does dips across the top. Unfortunately for the masses, these jeans were made to flatter only near-perfect figures (Terri Hatcher has been spied sporting this very pair at an award show), as none of my differently shaped models were satisfied with their look, although they kept repeating, “It’s too bad, because these jeans are so cool!”
The coolest pair of jeans I’ve found for fall ’05 may no
t have tropical scenes on the pockets, custom-fitting capabilities, or celebrity sightings, but what Kasil’s “Devoted” style jeans do have is a refreshing rise, demure detailing, and simple styling. I cannot tell you how many lipsticks, cell phones and small children I’ve left in my denim-donning wake as my jeans would not allow me to bend over to retrieve them with any kind of decorum. Your days of strange squatting will be over with one wear of these $166-jeans. The rise is fashionably low in the front, but respectfully higher in the back, which is a trend I noticed on more than one pair of jeans for this season. The light blue stitching on the back pockets is quiet—allowing the rest of your outfit to do the talking for you. The cut, color, and details of the Devoteds will not clash with any top or belt you may want to show off. The pants speak quietly but their generously flattering fit screams out loud, “I am not 16 anymore, but damn, do I look hip in these jeans.” In my case, this 25-year-old denim purchaser did not have to sacrifice style for modesty.
I would not exactly categorize denim for fall as “modest.” It is anything you want it to be. It is every wash and fit and ornamentation you can imagine, with styles to flatter every figure and prices to satisfy every shopper. Denim for fall ’05 is definitely up to you, but while the summer waves are crashing, you should stay ahead of the current, grab yourself a new pair of jeans, and be prepared for the upcoming season, because just as the leaves are changing, so are the trends in jeans. Surf’s up, denim seekers, so grab your girlfriends, get in those dressing rooms, and ride the fashion wave in a new pair of jeans for fall ’05.
BOSTON SHOPPING GUIDE:
You can find the featured jeans at either Jasmine Sola or the Tannery. Below are the designers and the stores at which you can find them.
– Colin S. – Jasmine Sola
– Miss Me – Jasmine Sola
– 575 – The Tannery
– Juicy Couture – Jasmine Sola
– Habitual – The Tannery
– Paige Premium – Jasmine Sola
– Ernest Sewn – The Tannery
– Antik – Jasmine Sola and The Tannery
– Kasil – Jasmine Sola
329-344 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02115
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Citizens of Humanity
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