Since starting at The Window as Senior Fashion Writer earlier this year, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the access I have to the incredible Barneys New York designers. I get to go up close and personal with the industry’s most compelling brands and influencers and deliver their inspiring stories straight to you. Beyond that, I also love coming to work every day to an office that never ceases to cultivate my passion for personal style.
One thing that I’ve found the most fascinating is the diverse way my colleagues wear denim to work. From Editorial Director Marissa Rosenblum in her perfectly elevated boyfriend jeans to Senior Fashion Director Tomoko Ogura’s polished denim, being surrounded by all this well-styled indigo has made me antsy to amp up my own approach. While jeans are at the core of my wardrobe, I rarely leave my comfort zone: dark super-skinnies with a collared shirt or oversized sweater. So naturally, I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with Jane Bishop and Florence Kane from Jean Stories, the beautiful site dedicated to women’s denim and personal style.
The duo brings an expert eye (they’re Vogue veterans) to the site, which explores denim both new and long-loved. “Denim is one of those things in fashion that’s always changing yet isn’t going anywhere,” Bishop told me. “We truly love jeans. Few things in our closets are as meaningful and sentimental as our favorite pairs.” Florence added that it isn’t just a celebration of heritage and personal history—it’s also about the thrill of discovery. “We really enjoy discovering a new, cute pair of jeans or a great denim jacket or shirt. And then we share it with our readers!” she says.
Last week, I met Jane and Florence at the Barneys Upper West Side location (where we’ll be hosting our denim-themed Saturday Series event this weekend) for a day of styling, and they helped me choose three stand-out spring looks.
The Skinny Jeans
Florence and Jane: We love that the black line of the jean extends down to the shoe here. It looks so sharp! And it’s very slimming, too. The black of this jean is especially dark and saturated, and we recommend dry-cleaning them to keep it that way!
Anna: I tend to feel most comfortable in body-skimming skinny jeans balanced off with a more relaxed top, so this look is quite me. I love how clean and minimal both the J Brand jeans and the Saint Laurent boots are—they really let the pretty details of this Sacai top shine.
The Boyfriend Jeans
Jane and Florence: We love—and will always love—denim on denim. Wearing it with a really clean white sneaker makes a traditionally very utilitarian look feel sportier and more modern. Previously, boyfriend jeans were rolled up, but the undone hem of this pair is very of the moment.
Anna: Now I feel silly for being scared of boyfriend jeans. I love that this pair feels tailored rather than exaggerated, and the fact that they fit me in the waist really makes the difference. This will easily become my go-to weekend look, and luckily it’s even permissible in the Barneys New York corporate office.
The Statement Jeans
Florence and Jane: The rise on these jeans is really low, so you want to make sure your wear it with something longer on top. Let the embroidery on these jeans be the star of the look by wearing them with pieces that don’t distract too much—going tonal pieces in helps. A monochromatic pairing is especially pretty with these jeans.
Anna: These were definitely the wildcard! From the subtly bohemian embroidery to the unfamiliar fit (haven’t worn a low-rise in years), I was certainly apprehensive at first. In the end, Jane and Florence helped me create a comfortable, playful look perfect for wearing to work this spring.
Join our Saturday Series on March 28th from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at our newly renovated stores—Brooklyn and the Upper West Side in New York, as well as The Grove, Santa Monica, and Glendale out West. You can shop alongside reps from our favorite denim lines and special guests. Who knows? Maybe you too will be inspired to leave your denim comfort zone.