Must Have: Irregularly Coloured Denim
Happy Monday everyone! Today I really wanted to mix the "feel" of my outfit. I decided to go really luxurious on top with a Lauren Ralph Lauren velvet tank top. However, I didn't spend my morning brunching with the ladies and shopping, so I had to dress it down a bit with these grey jeans and my suede black boots. The bottom half of my outfit is very casual and the top is quite dressy (Honestly I think velvet has a very regal feel to it). Of course I had to add my leopard print coat for a little fun
I want to talk about jeans. Now, working for a Japanese textile company, I know far more about denim than I ever wanted to know. However, I really love the different looks that can be achieved by different yarn colour combinations. Just a little background for your basic indigo jean - the warp yarn is the indigo blue and the weft yarn is white. Basically, the face of the fabric is warp prominent (so you see indigo on the outside) and the back is weft prominent (so the inside of your jeans are white). I'm wearing something a bit different today. This is a sulfur dyed grey warp and a charcoal dyed weft (darker). I've put an example of Tenryo denim here so you can see how weft colour affects the face. My warp and weft are tone-on-tone (same colour but different shade) so the effect is much more subtle.
So as everyone knows about denim; it washes down and fades. This is the most well known characteristic of indigo dye. When we are dying a denim that is non-indigo but you want to be able to wash down like an indigo jean, you are going to use a sulfur dye to achieve the same look. Thats why the jeans I'm wearing look a bit more worn in than a regular pair of pants (take grey chinos for example). I really personally love the fact that while these jeans are different colours than the norm, they are not too overpowering and the fact that they wash down actually makes it much more casual.
I bought these at TJ Maxx and probably paid about $30 for them. I always recommend a high cotton content with less than 3% spandex when wearing a skinny jean so it maintains it shape. Do not be upset if you need to go up a size! Skinny jeans are a pain to wear and if you want them to not get loose and saggy, then you need less stretch resulting in very little "give".
I'm a huge fan of Lucky Brand Jeans and they luckily have a very similar pair at TJ Maxx right now! These are $39.99 and totally worth the investment! The fiber content is something I would reccomend also: 78% Cotton/ 20% Polyester/ 2% Spandex. Buy it here!