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January 28, 2015

Today we talk denim. As some of you know, I worked in denim for a hot second. My career was long enough to give me a fresh perspective on fabrics, cuts, and hardware, and short enough for me stay curious. Which then lead me to an eternal quest for the perfect denim pieces for the minimal girls' wardrobe.

A couple months ago, I approached AG to work on a project with them.  It was their choice of model for the ad campaigns (Daria Werbowy), hospitality of Nobu sushi at their tradeshow booth, and quality of products that had me drooling to work with them. I'm definitely not discounting all the other denim brands that are killing right now, but there is a well-rounded appeal that I immediately related to with AG.

Slight tangent, have you guys seen how amazing Alexa Chung's collaboration turned out with AG? I had mix emotions of obsession and utter jealousy. As in, I wish I thought of it first. But that sounds bigoted of me - I happily got two pieces from her line. Pictures coming soon.

So I wanted to do something special for AG. Curate my selection of what I believe to be their absolute, must-have pieces. Wherever you get your denim, here are my universal tips for the perfect pieces:

  • 1 washed, 1 raw, 1 black, 1 jacket, 2 dresses, 1 skirt
  • 1 high rise, 1 baggy low-rise, 1 cropped (mix and match how you like. Below is how I arranged it)
  • Must: 9.5-10" front-rise high-waisted medium washed skinny jeans
  • Get: Rinsed-selvedge boyfriend low-rise jeans
  • Must: Black ankle cropped jeans (not pictured)
  • Get: A washed out denim jacket two sizes bigger
  • Fabrics: Try not to go stretchier than a 98co/2e. Wear 100co if you can deal with the stiffness. 
  • Washing: Go as long as you can without washing your jeans - if you do, do it in cold water, inside-out, and low heat drying to air dry.
  • Fit: Smaller pockets = better ass
  • Wash: Keep it simple. Easy whiskering to none at all. Destruction should look effortless and accidental.
  • Fit: I might have shedded some bloat from not drinking this month, but that lead me to size down on the pants I'm wearing. 

Also styled: NY hat from some vendor, Fucking Awesome Chloe skate deck, pink bandeau from the depths of my closet, thrifted lace top, Zara fringe skirt, Dodger's shirt from the stadium, long cardigan from Growze.

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41 responses:

  1. Well fitted denim is hard to find!! So jealous...that you're bleaching the hell out of your hair and it's still in great condition!!

  2. I watched your Youtube video where you attend Alexa Chung's event, and I have to say it seemed like that dress was tailored for you, definitely can understand why you felt like you could have done a similar line :)

  3. love your post and pictures. Nevertheless not the greatest tips for girls like me ( I am a bit curvier in the bottom, so lots of jeans just do not flatter me :( would love the wear it, just does not look that well hihi.


  4. Cool cap and gorgeous denim!

  5. Nice photoshoot !

  6. I felt the same way about the Alexa Chung for AG collection. I snagged two pieces from it and I am wearing the skirt I snagged in my most recent post. I really love these shots and I agree with you about AG Jeans. I also wash my denim the same way you recommended =)

  7. Love this! Amazing denim! xx

  8. I love how cheeky and fresh your photos are!


  9. This is so rad Rachel! This photo set is pretty cool. I particularly like the second one with all the black and white selfies. Reminds me of a photobooth! I never heard of AG until I found out about the Alexa Chung collaboration. But I've been trawling their site since and hearing your good experiences with them only makes me fall in lust a little bit more.

  10. I'm all about good denim. Partial to Paige and dl.

  11. Love this casual outfit!

  12. Love the photo with the skateboard - sexy without being overtly sexualised - and your tips on denim are just perfect ("better ass" - perfectly hilarious)

  13. I love these self portraits and those first pair of jeans <3

    / O.R.R.

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