Jeans scene

DianeKruger-jeansNew jeans trend this season: patchwork! It’s cool and fun and you can make it as wild or sophisticated as you want. Credits go to Celine, as she already put it on the runway for fall 2011.

This combo from Diane Kruger is a true hit, combining two trends of the season: patterned pants and patchwork shirt.

And the trend continues for next season. London fashion preview for fall and winter 2013/14 showed a lot of patchwork and paneled fabrics on sweater jumpers, wide-leg trousers, gartered sweatpants, dresses and coverall long skirts.

Here is a selection for your spring/summer wardrobe:

JeansPatchwork

Should we give up on distressed jeans?

I have them in my closet and I guess most of you too. But when my coleague Elke mentioned the sandblasting scandal in factories in Bangladesh, I did some research and I was shocked.

20120705-235316.jpgSandblasting is a technique used to give denim that worn-out look. The technique can cause fatal lung diseases for the workers doing this job. That is the reason why it is not allowed any more in Europe. That resulted in jeans brands going to countries such as Bangladesh and India. In 2010 Levi’s and H&M initiated a ban against sandblasting. Many other brands like Mango and Versace followed.

In a recent report from the Clean Clothes Company,  jeans brands Levi’s, Lee, Diesel, H&M and others came under fire because they continue to work with factories doing sandblasting and therfore put the employees’ health at serious risk.

Knowing this, will you think twice next time you want to purchase a pair of distressed jeans?

Read the BBC article, April 2012: Killer jeans remain in production

Jeans Guide – Part two

Also important to keep an eye on when buying jeans, are the pockets on your bum. Here are some tips:

Small pockets: perfect for an optical illusion of a smaller bum. Also creates a push-up effect

 

 

 

Big pockets: will make a smaller bum look more feminine

 

 

 

Pockets with applications like flaps: these will add volume to a flat bum

 

 

 

Welt pocket: will add curves to a small bum