January Blues: The Denim Edit

Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse

If I had to name one type of clothing that I wear the most, it is most definitely denim. It is also the item where I change my style the most often, and this year is no exception. I have several brand that are tried and true for me, they fit my body and my lifestyle: MOTHER, 3x1, Adaptation to name a few. Yesterday I wore my favorite Frame Le Skinny grey denim that I wore several times a week just two years ago. They drive me crazy now. The low waist was irritating and the amount of super stretch made me do that constant yanking thing that is so 2017. It is amazing how much quickly things can change. Don't get me wrong, I love a skinny jean. This pair of Parker Smith Bombshell High Waist Skinny Jeans I wore for this shoot have a great fit (and a high waist) and are perfect for tucking into my Isabel Marant Denzy western boots

But my true heart lies with a high waist and a wide cropped leg these days. The look is so modern and chic. I will always swing around to different styles depending on my mood, and lucky for all the denim fans, things are looking fabulous and fresh for spring in the world of denim. The J Brand Natasha Sky High Skinny Jeans are sleek and I am in love with the buttons up the front and hip pocket. Super cool. But when I want a to wear a wide leg, I grab my Khaite Wendell Cropped Wide Leg Jeans the most often right now. And the hot look for spring in denim? Cropped wide legs with a wide frayed cuff: the J Brand Joan High Rise in Electric Dream are my pick for this look. Being a MOTHER Denim fan, The Dusty Cuff Fray in Shoot To Thrill is also off the hook. 

And now, let's chat about this epic coat featured here. Last May when my sister and I went to NYC for a long weekend, we hit SoHo for some shopping, That is where I first tried on the Ksenia Schnaider Deimi Overlay Slim Jeans, but in white. They didn't have my size in the black denim so I let it go, but Shopbop has them now and on sale! 

While I was checking out the brand's other cool pieces I came upon their Denim Fur Jacket, which at a distance looks like a shaggy faux fur coat, but it is actually frayed denim pieces. It is a truly unique piece. I bought it a big oversized, which is the mood I am in at the moment, and the reason in some of these photos I appear to have not hands! ;) Also, I couldn't get my arms in my jacket due to the epic sleeve on my Lovers + Friends Addison Sweater!  Denim jackets are also everywhere--look for an oversized trucker style for a bit of a modern edge.

 My cute little Chanel handbag is actually a 1980s vintage faux Chanel that I found at Lucky Vintage in Seattle. I thought it was a such a fun little bag--it has a classic look and is a very well done knock off. I don't often purchase knock off anything, but this was a great find.  If you haven't shopped at Lucky Vintage, located in both Ballard and the U District, put it on your list. The store specializes in only vintage pieces, 20 years old or older, and their denim selection is awesome. I swing in there periodically and never leave empty handed.

While denim is here to stay, it is how you style it that makes it feel fresh. Wearing redone, refurbished and vintage denim is huge right now, although you do have to make peace with the fact that older jeans have zero stretch. Style your favorite denim with a current trend, like white booties or a faux fur jacket, or try something new in a style you don't own yet. Edit your denim too, getting rid of stretched out pairs or neglected styles, and consign them. It will make room for more fun in your closet!
Have a lovely week.

Photography by Kirsten Beeksma Morse