Saturday, 17 December 2016

Jesi Max

I Can't Stop, Won't Stop Wearing Raver

I love a great pair of jeans. I fancy myself a denim aficionado, but more than that, I'm a fan. Regardless of what some "fashion experts" preach, I don't think skinnies will ever die, but I prefer them high waisted. I love that a designer can swoop in and make $1,000 jeans a thing—Demna Gvasalia could make fashion girls pony up for almost anything it seems (get ready to see your favorite bloggers in Carhartt jackets come spring.) I think that Re/Done changed the denim game by reworking vintage Levi's and making classic cuts cool again, and I'll always be on board for a Jane Birkin-worthy high-waisted flare for spring and summer. I don't think you have to pick one pair and live by it—denim preference can change by mood, the weather or body confidence level.

There is one silhouette that I can't seem to get enough of right now, though. High-waisted yet slightly slouchy, wide-leg and long, they're known in some circles as "raver jeans" and they're everything I never knew I always wanted in denim. I've taken to three variations in particular: a light wash by Eckhaus Latta ($440), a mid-wash with external zipper by Off-White ($445) and an ultra-high-waisted dark wash by Natasha Zinko ($890). All three work perfectly with either a simple tee or a cozy sweater. I find that like any wide-leg trouser, when worn with a high shoe they give the illusion of long legs. The nipped in waists are flattering to my hip-less figure, lending curves where none actually exist. I never got on board with the original JNCO movement—I was more of a low-waist flare girl a la Britney Spears during their original heyday—but right now, the more skater-girl worthy the better, in my book. Luckily, the trend lives on—designers as disparate as Ellery, Stella McCartney and Hood by Air are offering up "rave"-inspired pants and jeans for Spring 2017. They're each intrinsically cool and wearable in their own unique way—and there's a reason they're synonymous with dancing all night, they're perfectly suited for it. As a quick disclaimer, if I'm caught at an actual rave in Bushwick or anywhere near a wallet chain, feel free to repossess my rave pant collection—none of this is meant to be taken too literally.

Jesi Max

About Jesi Max -

A writer and entrepreneur who works on the marketing and strategy side of fashion. In particular, her writing and professional work focuses on the art of narrative marketing and branding as it applies to fashion and luxury. She also is the author of, a new blog that looks at fashion from an intellectual perspective.

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