The {Denim} Edit

1. ABLE, The Vintage in Nelly Wash, $128

2. Reformation, Mid-Crop Flare Jeans in Baltic, $128

3. Dearborn Denim, Skinny High Rise Dark Wash, $59

4. AG, The Isabelle Button-Up in Indigo Autumn, $198

5. Genetic Los Angeles, The Elle High Waist Ankle Skinny in Black, $139

1.

ABLE
The Vintage in Nelly Wash
$125

 Photo by ABLE (from their website)

Photo by ABLE (from their website)

the stuff:

We know what you’re thinking. “Vintage” = super stiff “structured” mom jeans that only looks good on girls who have no, er, structure in their trunk.  These are not those jeans.  These mamas are surprisingly soft, and even without any stretch, they give where we need them to.  A mom jean for your inner MILF, these are capsule worthy, we swear.

 Photo by ABLE (from their website)

Photo by ABLE (from their website)

the story:

Andrea summed up ABLE's awesomeness pretty well on her Edit, so we won't bore you with a rehash here.  We'll just add that in case anyone is wondering, we're very much on board with the recent name change from FASHIONABLE to ABLE because finally we know how to say it. (Was it pronounced Fashionable before, or Fashion- Able?  Anyone?)


2.

THE REFORMATION
Mid-Crop Flare in Baltic
$128

 Photo by Reformation (from their website)

Photo by Reformation (from their website)

the story:

Want to embrace the wide-legged revival but having flashbacks of the palazzo pants you wore in the late 90s?  These cropped flares are a great way to dip your toe in (and show off your pedi while you're at it; these are bomb with strappy heels).  Be prepared for thick, structured denim without any stretch ("raw" is what the salesperson called them, so you can use that if you want to sound like you know what's up). Also, if the cut hem hits at the wrong spot, grab some scissors and chop it off like we did and tell everyone they were custom made.

 Photo by @ reformation  (via Instagram)

Photo by @reformation (via Instagram)

the story:

We told you all about Reformation in our first Edit, so click on back for the full scoop.  Or, trust us, and impress your dinner party companions with this lil tidbit:  the making of these Mid Crop Flare Jeans used only 224 gallons of water, compared to the industry standard of 2710 gallons.  That's a wash our behinds can get behind.


3.

DEARBORN DENIM
Skinny High Rise Dark Wash
$59

 Photo by  @dearborndenim  (via Instagram)

Photo by @dearborndenim (via Instagram)

the stuff:

Take those $59 jeans out of your Zara cart and get some Dearborn Denim in your life.  These high-waisted skinnies are a no-brainer, friends.  Dearborn's proprietary denim is stretchy but doesn't stretch out, which means these make room for your booty but won't sag after you wear them for a week (or twelve - most denim care guides recommend only washing your jeans every three to six months.  Side note, we're three weeks in and wondering why no one has invented a dry shampoo for denim?)  Laundry rules aside, there's a good chance you'll want to wear these every day, because the wash is unfussy perfection, a shade that goes with everything and can be dressed up or down.  Grab some pumps and a silk blazer and you're office ready (even if you're girlbossing from a coffee shop, like us).

 

the story:

The most patriotic jean we've come across, Dearborn denim is made entirely in Chicago from cotton grown in Texas.  Each order is hemmed to length before shipping, which means that their jeans are effectively custom-tailored for each customer by one of fourteen people working in Dearborn's Chicago factory--and getting paid well for it.  You might have to wait a few weeks for your pair, but trust us, it's worth it. Slow fashion FOR THE WIN.


4.

AG
The Isabelle Button-Up in 10 Years Generation
$235

 Photo by Shopbop (from their website)

Photo by Shopbop (from their website)

the stuff:

Okay, yes, the asymmetrical hem feels a little too right-now for us to pay full price for a pair that has it, but we scored these second hand and we sort of haven't taken them off.  These look like rigid denim when they're on, but they actually have some stretch, and that combined with the faded black makes them the sexiest pair on this list.  The button fly works wonders with a tucked-in shirt (no bulk, no pinch) and the buttons are muted enough not to distract (does anyone else hate a shiny gold button fly?  Just us?)

 Photo by AG (website)

Photo by AG (website)

the story

When we started compiling this Edit, we were surprised to come across AG Jeans in our responsibly-made denim research. We had no idea that the brand we've been wearing forever makes its denim in vertically integrated facilities, or that those facilities use a technology that cuts water consumption by 50 percent while minimizing the use of chemicals and energy in their manufacturing process.  Now that we know it, we're dragging out our old wide leg AGs from college and chopping the hem to make them 2018-ready (see, Mom, we kept them for a reason!).


5.

GENETIC LOS ANGELES
The Elle High Waist Ankle Skinny in Black
$119

the stuff:

This high rise skinny is more of a mid-rise on us, but we aren't complaining because the fit rocks.  Tight and stretchy, these hug in all the right places (i.e., our butt but not our gut), and in the sea of faded black this season, we love the true black wash. Wear them for an evening out with your stilettos, or give your yoga pants the day off and sub these in with your favorite grey sweatshirt and sneaks. 

 Photo by @genetic (via Instagram)

Photo by @genetic (via Instagram)

the story

We first discovered Genetic on Instagram.  Photo after photo of cool girls in bomb jeans. Could we be one of them?  Then we started reading about Genetic's commitment to made-in-the-USA premium denim (their jeans are designed, cut, sewn and hand-treated in one building in L.A.) and their recycling program that turns your old jeans (which they'll give you a $30 credit for) into jeans and backpacks for kids living in L.A.'s Skid Row. Consider us fangirls for life.