Are you ready to get Denim Certified? Several weeks ago, I was invited by Kellie Carlson, TBD and Trend Manager at Nordstrom NorthPark to a special Denim Event. I learned so much about denim that I am now Denim Certified just like the staff at Nordstrom!
We heard from specialists from Paige Denim and 7 for All Mankind. Paige Denim was the first Premium Denim brand designed by a woman for women. That is why this brand has such an amazing fit! (More on this brand later in the post.)
What does it mean to be Denim Certified? It means that you know the difference between Premium Denim and other denims, and have accurate knowledge about Fit, Trends and Care of Premium Denim. The whole TBD team at Nordstrom is Denim Certified. They are the denim experts!
Here’s what I learned and you should know about Premium Denim so you, too can be “Denim Certified.”
3 Things that define Premium Denim
–FIT: crafted for the body
-Fabric: Always made in US and created exclusively from Japanese, Turkish or Italian Denim.
-Quality: They have hand finished washes with more detail. 150 pairs of hands touch each pair of Premium Denim before it hits the stores.
Sizing and Care
-Take your size and add 21.
-Denim will “give” not stretch out, buy what feels comfortable on you.
-Wash denim sparingly, and do not dry.
-In between washings, roll your denim, place in a plastic bag and place in the freezer overnight if you are worried about germs/bacteria
-Trick for Setting Dark Dye: wash your denim with half cup of white vinegar to set denim dye to prevent bleeding affect. (This worked great on the jeans I’m wearing here!)
-High Waisted: this looks good on EVERYONE! More comfortable and jeans will be much more flattering with a high rise.
-Clean and Simple Washes: fun ankle details will continue.
-Washed Black: BIG for fall, expect more of this and less of a true black.
-Straight Leg: Long, cropped and ankle styles.
-Denim Skirts: Will continue all through fall, the best thing to pair a sweater and booties back to.
-Holiday Preview: Romantic details like embroidery, pearls and lace-up hems!
Now back to Paige Denim and the jeans I’m wearing here. They are made with Paige’s Transcend Fabric which “Merges fashion and technology to create the most comfortable jean on the market that is unparalleled in comfort, fit and innovation.” Trust me. These are the best jeans in my closet. Soft, flattering and they don’t stretch out. Perfect for travel!
These are self-distressed. Meaning, I cut them myself for a frayed edge. (Actually a denim specialist cut them for me in the store, but I’ve cut two pairs now!) Leave a comment or email me and I’ll tell you how to do this like a pro! **UPDATE: Here’s how to distress your denim since I’ve gotten so many emails! Put your jeans on and cuff them to the length desired. Carefully, take them off to not disturb the cuff. (You can mark them with a pencil if you want.) Take VERY SHARP scissors and make a small cut in the bottom fold of the cuff and then uncuff your jeans. Smooth them out on your countertop making sure they are even at the bottom hem. Use the cut you made to cut across the pant leg. Lay it on top of the other leg and repeat using it as a guide. Next, pull a few threads from the bottom raw denim about 1/16th to 1/8 of an inch to create the fringe look. Wash your denim and then trim any long threads. Voila!
Well, now that you are Denim Certified too, what are you waiting for? Head to Nordstrom and get some great denim for fall!
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Photos: Mary Summers-Hafner