Finding The (Im)Perfect Vintage Levis

Finding The (Im)Perfect Vintage Levis

Vintage denim has been all the rage for multiple seasons – starting with the come-back of Mum Jeans and their butt-hugging qualities. The hunt for the perfect pair is real (and time consuming) but when you find ‘the one’, it’ll be the best long term relationship you’ve ever had.

First and foremost, buying vintage is better for the environment. Fashion is the second most polluting industry – right there behind oil (which I will write a blog post on soon). Buying vintage you’re contributing to sustainable fashion by extending the life of an already produced garment – one less item in the landfill and one less “new” item off the shelf.  

Let’s start first by retracting the term ‘perfect’. The beauty of vintage is that it’s imperfect. Every fit, wash, fade and cut can’t be compared to your new age denim. Over time sizing standards change, brand measurements fluctuate – what once was a 2 is now a 4, a 28 is now 25 – it’s a shit show out there so ignore the size tag all together. It’s lying to you. 

Nothing beats trying on in person. Go to your local vintage store grab a stack and be prepared to break a sweat. My expert advice here is to trust the old eyeball. Hold them up, do they look like potential sausage casing? Vintage is meant to be a relaxed fit so you want some space in there. You can also wrap the waistband around your neck like a necklace and check that the ends overlap. If they don’t they’re def too small. 

If you’re buying online look for the waist and inseam measurements then measure the area of your body where you want them to sit i.e. if you want them higher on your hips you need a long inseam, lower on the hips, you need a larger waist.

Lucky for us there are a number of online sites to help find our match (god, I need to get off the dating apps). As someone who does not particularly enjoy shvitzing in the change room while I grunt my way into 10 different pairs, let me direct you on over to these sites:

RE/DONE

What Goes Around Comes Around

Urban Renewal (Urban Outfitters)

Denim Refinery 

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Vintage Inspired Styles.

I’ve included the below if you just can’t find your size. These pieces are vintage inspired with modern fits.

I Want To Live In Paris

I Want To Live In Paris

Wherever I find myself in the world I usually have one leading thought. “I want to live here”. I’m so easily infatuated by places and cultures, like that girl in middle school who doodled every boys name in her notebook – except I’m doodling cities. 

Honestly though, Paris is like a drug. Everyone has style (and not like “cool outfit” style, like “holy shit that girl is chic” style). Every corner is a post card, every boy is attractive and everyone chain smokes while drinking glasses of red – managing to maintain the complexion of a twelve year old model. How???? I have three glasses of wine with dinner and I’m like the crypt keeper crawling out of my bed the next morning. 

I spent four days in the city this time. We stayed in Le Marais, one of the oldest parts of Paris and home to the cutest cafes, cutest boutique shopping and cutest boys. (Honestly I’ve never swiped right so many times in my life). There were quite a few plant based options for food which I was pleasantly surprised by. Hank Pizza & Wild And The Moon are both on Rue des Gravilliers and both worth checking out… though I still inhaled baguette with brie every day I was there, because why the hell not when you’re in Paris? 

I actually find this paradox hilarious. On one hand I’m planning my French transformation where I’ll be impossibly skinny and chic, with no makeup and naturally beautiful hair. On the other, there I am in the corner inhaling baguette and cheese with my girlfriends, debating that 3rd bottle of wine. Can’t win ’em all. 

Anyways, maybe I’ll move to Paris… 

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The Autumn Transition

The Autumn Transition

Well the temperature has dropped, the leaves have changed and here are, knee deep in the emotional rollercoaster that is Fall. Honestly, I am the girl Iliza Shlesinger so eloquently describes. Starbucks has all of my money, my scarf collection is growing exponentially and I’ve gone too big too soon on the layering front. I swear every year, at the first drop of a leaf, I start Pinning inpso for pumpkin painting (which I never actual do), I try and bake (lol) and I google every pumpkin patch within driving distance. All of this, while simultaneously mourning the loss of summer by planning my next Mexican hiatus. Not crazy, at all. 

This year however I’m making a conscious effort to take advantage of that short period of time where you can still get away with bare legs while layering on some knits, a coat, perhaps an impractical scarf. 

This coat is from one of my favourite French brands, Sezane, who always hit the mark when it comes to Autumn pieces. I’m really into the length as it suits mini skirts and works really well with ankle and OTK boots alike. 

Outfit Details:

Camel CoatSezane 

Nude Sweater – similar here

Tan Leather Skirt – similar here

Studded BootsSam Edelman 

Bag – Saint Laurent

Necklace – Cam Jewelry

Vintage Levi’s & A Crop

Vintage Levi’s & A Crop

 

Cream Knit & Polka Dots

Cream Knit & Polka Dots

Outfit Details

 

Sweater – Free People (here and here)

Skirt – Cmeo Collective

Bag – Saint Laurent

Large Pendant Necklace – Cam Jewelry

 

Talk French To Me: How To Dress Like A French Woman

Talk French To Me: How To Dress Like A French Woman

Last week I was busy dreaming up a winter escape to Paris when the new Karl Lagerfeld Paris lookbook landed in my inbox for a shoot with Vogue (I say this casually as if it happens all the time, ha!). My daydreaming inspired my outfit selection, which included a beret and some leopard print loafers.

When it comes to style, no one does it like the French with their effortlessly chic, ‘I just threw it on and look this cool’ ability to style.

So what are the ‘rules’?

1. Don’t follow the trends. Keep it simple with solid staple pieces – a leather biker jacket, a casual white tee, skinny jeans, a red lip.

2. Investment pieces. Build your closet with timeless investment pieces that you can pair back with the above – a printed silk scarf, a leather quilted crossbody, statement shoes…

3. Bed head. Roll with it.

4. Keep it neutral. All black, creams, earth tones, basics…and buy a striped t-shirt.

5. Slouchy is good.

Check out the full collection here.

This post is in partnership with Karl Lagerfeld Paris

© Laurie Ferraro 2018