Jean Savers: 4 Tips to Help Maintain Your Denim

Jeans. You basically live in them. So it’s nothing sort of tragic when your go-to pair starts getting that telltale inner-thigh thinning (we’ve all been there) or starts to lose its perfectly broken-in shape or hue. But fear not. Here are a few quick tips to ensure that those days are far, far away.

Maintain Your Denim

  1. Don’t wash too much. Only launder your jeans when they’re stained or starting to sag.
  2. If you’re concerned about odor, hang your jeans in the bathroom before a shower to freshen them up with damp steam. Or go ahead and freeze them in a plastic bag for a day or two.
  3. When you do have to subject your denim to the spin cycle, turn it inside out and use cold water to maintain the color. If it’s your first-ever wash, try vinegar instead of detergent. The acid helps set the hue.
  4. Keep machine drying to a minimum. Toss the jeans in for ten minutes on high, then hang them upside down to air-dry. Or, if you don’t have time to air-dry, choose the lowest possible heat setting.

 
Need a fresh pair of jeans? Our 7 For All Mankind Women and 7 For All Mankind Men Boutiques opened Wednesday, July 16, at 11AM ET.

By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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July 16, 2014

Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake

When it comes to style moves, Justin Timberlake has it down to a science. From tailored suits with patterned shirts to your not-so-average basic tees, there’s no denying he brought sexy back (to the style game, of course). But it’s his chill, laid-back vibe we love the most: relaxed jeans, casual kicks, and sleek shades.

Celebrity Style to Watch: Justin Timberlake
To snag one of his signature looks, follow these simple steps:

  1. Skip the suit and tie for this one. Start with a pair of relaxed straight-leg jeans in a medium or dark wash.
  2. Casually layer on a loose-fitting graphic tee and button-front shirt. Undo the buttons, give the collar a little push, and wear it untucked. Loosely roll the sleeves up to your elbows to show off some arm candy.
  3. You can’t go wrong with stylish shades. And throw on a hat, like a newsboy cap or fedora.

 
All you need is JT’s confident smirk and you’re ready to go.

For extra inspiration, head to our Leading Man: Get Justin Timberlake’s Off-Duty Look Boutique. Opens Monday, June 30, at 11AM ET.

By Natasha Iwanow, Copy Intern

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June 29, 2014

Lose the Boot-Cuts: Go for Narrow-Leg Jeans Instead

Boot-cut jeans? They’re the old standby. But guys, the time has come for you to step into new denim territory. By which we mean narrow-leg jeans. (Don’t worry, we’re not trying to lure you into boy-band skinnies.) Here are some fit and style tips to set you off in the right direction.

Narrow-Leg Jeans for Men

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January 5, 2014

The Women’s Denim Guide: Find a Just-Right Fit

The key to jeans that fit flawlessly? Knowing your measurements before you order online. Here, a guide to get you started – simply click on the image below to open and print.

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November 13, 2013

How to Make Your Skinny Jeans Feel Fresh

Refinery29 says it all: “When it comes to big fashion moments, there’s Before Skinny Jeans and After Skinny Jeans.”

10 Ways To Make Skinny Jeans Feel New

But while we’re (super) happy to be living in A.S.J. right now, we have to admit – our staple skinnies feel a smidge tired every once in a while.

To the rescue: ten new ways to wear them, straight from Refinery29.

1. Fold ‘Em Up — Buying your pants a few inches too long doesn’t have to mean a trip to the tailor. Roll them up, and wear your pair with a few chic layers and some killer heels. It’s an irreverent styling trick that makes an outfit feel undone in a good way.

2. Patches Make Perfect — Cover an old pair of jeans with a smattering of fun iron-ons, or buy a pair of pre-patched jeans like these from 3.1 Phillip Lim. Wear them with basics and sparse accessories.

3. Cut Copies — Clean, straight slits at the knees are a riff on all the distressed denim we’ve been seeing, but this trend is totally compelling in a perfectionist’s sort of way. Wear it with low-pro brogues and wild prints.

Read the source article at refinery29.com for seven more ways to make skinny jeans feel new.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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November 5, 2013

A New Leaf: 4 Fresh-From-the-Runway Pieces

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Sorry, Lana Del Rey – there’s no summertime sadness here. After seeing what’s in store for fashion this fall, we’re more than ready for the change of seasons. So ready, in fact, that we’re already stocking up on four of this autumn’s must-have pieces.

1. The Essential Leather Jacket
Leather jackets have been around forever. But this season, you don’t have to go all rocker-chic to add one to your closet. (Especially with alternatives to the jet-black we’re used to seeing.) Warm and stylish, this addition can be paired with lace for a girly twist or even thrown over your favorite summer maxi. Talk about transitional fashion.

2. A Pair of High-Waisted Jeans
Still hesitant about the high-waisted denim trend? We promise – you won’t look like your mom (no offense, Ma). Simply put, these jeans elevate every look. And an added bonus: those summertime crop-tops don’t have to be packed away anymore.

3. Some Lug Soles
Groundbreaking. Earth-shattering. Well, not literally – we hope. But it is clunky-chic. Whether with a thick sole or a stacked heel, these boots are bound to make a statement. (Prada knows best, after all.)

4. One Cashmere Cape
Move over, Superman. If Valentino and Isabel Marant say so, then it must be true: the cape is making its triumphant return this season. And we’re not complaining. Pair it with those ankle boots and the high-waisted denim we mentioned earlier, and boom – outfit game-changer.

Our First Look: Pre-Fall Style for Women & Men Boutique opens Friday, August 2, at 11AM ET.

By Carolyn Bothwell, Editorial Intern

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August 2, 2013

The Denim Guide: Men’s Edition

From boot-cut to straight, find the pair that suits you best

 
Guys, jeans are jeans, right? Not exactly. Whether you’re athletic, thin, or somewhere in between, there’s a pair to suit your body shape. Read up on these facts, then let the “you look good” compliments roll on in.

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Boot-Cut
Recognized by a slightly larger hem – which accommodates sturdier shoes like work boots – and a fitted silhouette from waist to knee. These jeans sit right at the hips.

Best fit: athletic or average. Consider this your go-to pair. A little on the tall side? The enlarged hem balances out a long frame.

Straight
These jeans create a sleek line all the way down, from hip to foot. Simple and straightforward, this is as versatile as it gets.

Best fit: athletic, average, or thin. This is the everyman’s jean. Snug enough to sit comfortably on hips and show off your sculpted lower half, yet not too baggy.

Skinny
Otherwise known as the indie-rock staple. These fitted pairs come in moderately longer lengths, ideal for bunching at the ankle.

Best fit: thin. Embrace this trend. You can rock a slimmer cut – just be sure to look for styles with a little bit of stretch. It will create the illusion of a slightly bigger frame.

Our A Guy’s Got Needs: Essential Jeans Boutique opens Monday, July 1, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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July 1, 2013

How to Wear Green (Stylishly) on St. Patrick’s Day

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We need to have a conversation about monochrome holidays. You know, the officially recognized holidays (like St. Patrick’s Day) or unofficial days of celebration (Marathon Monday, Bostonians?) that dictate your outfit’s color scheme. I have to be honest: I am not a fan – if only because it’s so easy to go overboard.

So this Sunday, I’m aiming to achieve the elusive fashion-and-function balance when it comes to my ensemble. After all, green beer has a pesky habit of spilling. Everywhere.

Put down the tacky graphic tees. Please. I’m actually begging you here. Step away from the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish!” tops. Don’t wear something that five hundred other people will be sporting within the same one-mile radius. Opt for a classic, appropriately hued scoop neck and stand out instead.

Switch up your skinnies. You better believe I am pulling out the least unsightly shade of green I have hanging in my closet. My go-to? Denim in dark hunter or mint.

Accentuate. If you’re not a green person, try rocking some trendy polish on your nails, or an emerald-toned necklace or clutch to infuse some of the requisite color into your outfit.

By Lauryn Paiva, Staff Writer

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March 14, 2013

Freeze Clean Your Jeans

A conservative alternative to the washing machine

In an effort to prolong the life of my favorite pair of dark-wash J Brand skinnies, I had to start thinking outside the box – or, in this case, the washing machine.

Cue freeze cleaning. When I first heard about the freeze-cleaning method, I’ll admit it took a while for me to warm up to the idea. But I’ll try anything to avoid doing my laundry (conventionally), and the benefits are completely worth it. The process helps protect dark washes by avoiding the wear and tear a normal spin cycle has on the fabric. By skipping the washer, you will also inadvertently conserve water (and save on the bill that comes with it).

But how exactly does it work? The frosty temp inside the icebox kills any bacteria living in your denim. This process won’t rid the jeans of cosmetic stains, but spot treating prior to freezing should do the trick.

Freeze Clean Denim

Try it for yourself:

1. Fold your jeans twice lengthwise and smooth out any wrinkles in the fabric.

2. Slip the folded denim into a ziplock freezer bag and press out any excess air prior to sealing. I suggest using a bag with a one-gallon capacity or larger.

3. Place the bag in the freezer. For best results, freeze for a minimum of 24 hours.

By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer 

Have you tried freeze cleaning before? Tell us how it went in the comments below, or tweet us at @ruelala.

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January 18, 2013

Anatomy of a Jean Icon

 

From their edgy ads to their oh-so-flattering fits, HUDSON Jeans are pretty much denim royalty. Check out our breakdown below of just what makes these baby blues so iconic.

 

Our HUDSON Boutique opens Friday, November 30, at 11AM ET.

By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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November 30, 2012