vintage denim

The Case For Vintage Denim

The Monday blues settle in after a great long summer weekend when the last thing you can imagine doing is heading to work. For me, wearing my current favorite pair of vintage denim, that I found at a thrift shop for $.99, is my answer to extending that vacation feeling. And that states my case for vintage denim.

When it comes to denim, you could say I’m an old soul. I’ve always felt most comfortable in a perfectly soft, perfectly faded pair of vintage jeans. Few things excite me quite like finding original high-waisted bell-bottom Wranglers, or dark blue dead-stock Seafarers, complete with the original tags. Time stops when I see a hand-embroidered chambray shirt or a custom denim jacket, and of course, nothing makes my knees weak like a classic pair of weatherworn Levi 501s.

I love scouring flea markets all over the world for vintage denim. There would be hundreds of pairs of jeans strewn about, each with a different texture, color, and shape. I learned about the differences between selvedge and non-selvedge denim, why some jeans are softer and more vibrant in color. I discovered the reason I’ve always preferred jeans made before the mid–seventies, simply because they fade better. The old-school method of spinning yarn makes them softer, more durable, and gives them their significantly higher quality.

The best vintage jeans, after all, only get better with age, outlasting everything else in my closet.

vintage denim

Wearing: smocked bohemian top, SHOP SIMILAR

Asos white tank top

Levi’s vintage denim

Chloe gladiator sandals

Saint Laurent Sac du Jour tote

vintage denim

vintage denim

vintage denim

Denim is just one of the old reliables in my wardrobe that I can’t seem to let go of and that you literally can wear with anything. I pair my denim with a white flowy top with blue accents, a pair of gladiator sandals, and a pop of color.

zara top

Helen Ficalora necklace

By Boe ear cuff

Dafne bracelets

vintage denim zara top

zara top



Photos: Lydia Hudgens

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