Can You Wear Denim If You Hate Jeans? We Investigate

March 12, 2015 - fall Denim

What’s a jeans-hating lady to do in a deteriorate when sapphire is everywhere? we confront my denim demons.


Last tumble we did something we suspicion we would never do: we wore a denim dress to New York Fashion Week. Let me prologue this by observant we am an direct hater of jeans and don’t possess a singular span of blue ones (the one black span we have is indifferent exclusively for airports). we know, we know—denim is ostensible to be a fabric each American lady adores, yet until now we wasn’t feeling it.

It started after college. When we came to a end that pants in ubiquitous didn’t demeanour good on me, we adopted my despotic diet of nipped-waist dresses and long, gaunt skirts, that I’ve stranded to ever since. As a conform editor we am means jeans on a sincerely unchanging basis, yet we soon regift them to friends or coworkers. we marvel during women like Jane Birkin and Jenna Lyons, who can lift off denim with stylish nonchalance, and each once in a while, yes, we try
a span on. But a law is, they aren’t for me. Blue jeans are boho, stone ‘n’ roll, punk, country. My style, on a other hand, is discriminating and delicate to a fault. When we put on denim, we feel like an impostor.

So what desirous me to wear a dress cut wholly from denim, and on as large a theatre as Fashion Week? I’ll rewind to explain.

Precisely 7 days earlier, Jason Wu, a engineer whose superb garments have done him a favorite of a First Lady, had sent a sleeveless belted ditch dress in faux-denim tweed and orange Levi’s-esque topstitching down his runway. Several days after that, Michael Kors presented a fifties-inspired open collection that enclosed a dim denim automobile cloak and tailored pantsuits. These intelligent pieces gimlet no similarity to worn-in blue jeans; they were stylish enough, in fact, to wear to a office. “It’s a approach people dress nowadays,” says Wu, who himself wears jeans each day. “Women adore comfort yet also wish to be dressed up. The manners are unequivocally changing about what is florid and what is casual.”

You can contend that again. By a time a shows had ended, we was unexpected saying denim everywhere, and some-more shockingly, we was fondness it. At Burberry, Christopher Bailey reimagined a iconic ditch in blue-jean fabric. A new tag called Marques’Almeida emerged with a buzzy London runway uncover that was roughly exclusively denim. Gucci, Stella McCartney, Chloeé, and Valentino assimilated a bar too. The common denominator: The new denim pieces are purify and tailored, cut in classical conform silhouettes rather than practical five-pocket ones.

Which brings me behind to that denim dress we wore. It was designed by a British tag called MiH Jeans and had an au courant tattered hem (a week after Miuccia Prada would uncover identical fraying on a Prada runway in Milan). we interconnected it with scrupulous Céline sandals and my Delvaux bag. In other words, yes, it was denim— yet we felt like me in it.

I have a feeling other denim-phobes (and, yes, we know you’re out there!) might follow suit. Glamour‘s possess publisher, Connie Anne Phillips, describes herself as “casually challenged.” “I’m many gentle in a Chanel suit, high heels, and a tiara,” she says, not joking. But she too wears jeans now. “It was a matter of putting them into my ‘Hi, we run a magazine’ vernacular,” Phillips says. “Now we always wear jeans with a high heel and possibly a Chanel jacket, a silk Lanvin blouse, or a Brunello Cucinelli sweater.” Her go-to character is a straight-leg dim wash, that she wears to a bureau on Fridays, out to dinner, and, recently, on a initial date. “And he asked me out again!” Phillips says.

I was extraordinary to learn how other non-jean-wearers have been reacting to a trend, so we phoned London-based conform editor and Tod’s artistic consultant Caroline Issa, one of a chicest women we know—and someone who, like Phillips and me, has prolonged resisted denim: “It’s impossibly comfortable,” says Issa. “But maybe because it’s impossibly comfortable, we only don’t feel discriminating in it.” She is entrance around, though. Pantsuits are a signature of hers, so a “Canadian tuxedo”—denim shirt and jeans—with a span of clear earrings has a same effect, Issa tells me. In fact, on her short-list of must-haves for a deteriorate is a Tod’s denim pantsuit with python pockets that, she notes, “would really work for a office. Even if we work during an investment bank, you’re still wearing a suit. You only occur to be wearing it in denim.”

As for me, while my closet is still totally abandoned of blue jeans, my denim collection is expanding. I’ve got my eye on Burberry’s dictatorial jean coupler with nipped waist and peplum shearling underlay; we adore a thought of pairing it with a femme pencil dress and heels for work-to-evening. we recently purchased an A-line MiH Jeans dress that’s turn a new weekend tack with a purify white tee. And I’ve already combined Wu’s tweed denim-effect ditch dress to my weekday rotation: For a bureau we wear it with elementary black stilettos. For dusk I’m holding a evidence from Issa’s styling book and sauce it adult with a span of sparkly dump earrings. As for how I’ll wear it on a weekend? Not a chance! It’s distant too stylish for laid-back Sundays.

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