Pardon Their French: Our #MadewellxSezane Models Rebecca and Louise Interview Each Other

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We recently reunited with cult-favorite label Sézane on a new capsule collection of quintessentially Parisian pieces (with New York twists). To bring it to life with a photo shoot in Central Park, we looked for a woman who truly embodies the best of both worlds. And we found deux: Meet Rebecca Dayan (left) and Louise Follain. They’re two French-born models-slash-creatives who know a thing or 10 about what it means to live in and love both cities. We got out of the way and let the two of them get to talking while we eavesdropped. (And no, not just for the accents.)

Style icons, housewarming gifts, childhood pursuits and guilty pleasures—Lou and Rebecca break down the differences between Paris and New York.

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Madewell Book Club: What 6 of Our Favorite Women Are Reading RN

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Thanks to the internet, a new book recommendation list is just a few clicks away, but what about the things that aren’t new or notable at the moment? For some less-expected suggestions, we checked back in with the creative women we’ve gotten to know over the past few years (all of whom we’ve written about on this very blog). Here, seven recommendations as unique as they are. There’s a long novel, some short stories, a few new-ish titles and some that are quite old.

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Meet Our Ex-Boyfriends (We Love Them All, Really)

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Breakups suck. But on the bright side, that’s how we often end up with that one really great piece of clothing, the one we “borrowed” enough to eventually own. One such trophy—the lovingly worn-in button-down shirt with a relaxed fit—plays a big part in our wardrobes, so we created a whole group of ’em called, fittingly, the Ex-Boyfriends. They come in a variety of shapes and, like all good past relationships, they’re all a little bit different. Here, our designer Ash introduces you to three of them, and explains why these relationships might just last.

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How To: Turn Yourself Into a Morning Person (Or At Least Fake It)

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Get this: You can be happier, calmer and a zillion times more productive starting tomorrow, before you even leave the house. And with a few simple tweaks, you can turn yourself into a morning person (or a morning-ish person). Here, Team Madewell shares their tips—hot lemon water, solo dance parties and really great pajamas included.  Continue reading

Behind the Scenes on our Denim Forever Tour: Chatting with Indie Band Freedom Fry

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Coming to you (almost) live from somewhere between Seattle and Boulder, it’s Freedom Fry (!). The indie-pop band is traveling across the country with the Denim Forever Tour, a denim-recycling, live music, IRL-hang bonanza. We got to spend a little time chatting backstage with Marie and Bruce, singers and guitarists both, about bonding over karaoke songs, their signature outfits and their first musical memories. We suggest setting the scene by playing this blissed-out version of their newest single “Shaky Ground.” Ready? Let’s chat.

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Five Rules to Dress By This Fall

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Hard to believe how fast summer has flown by once again, but fall is on its way. We’re craving sweaters, coats and jeans, because cooler temperatures mean layering. And layering means outfits with more textures, more colors and sometimes, a little more personality. These are five of the rules we get dressed by each fall and how we’re interpreting them right now.

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Madewell + goop = The Jumpsuit You’ll Be Living In

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Denim Every Day. Three little words, one very big idea. Every morning for the past 23 days, we’ve unveiled one totally new, unexpected denim exclusive online. There’ve been denim sneakers you can only find here and an overalls-scented candle, and we (finally!) launched maternity jeans. And we saved one of the best for last: a laid-back jumpsuit created with our style-minded friends at goop. They’re as obsessed with the small stuff as we are (like choosing the perfect lightweight fabric and adding an easy drawstring waist). We also share a love for less-is-more simplicity, hence the easygoing shape and understated hardware. So how did two denim-loving groups merge their shared styles? We’ll let goop’s Fashion Director Laurie Trott—who, we might add, has 20+ years of fashion-world cred—explain.

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Four Denim Monogramming Tips from Team Madewell

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A zillion years ago, monograms were used to mark territory, stamp property and for artists to leave their marks. Now, the tradition’s softened and personalization is a way to make something you purchase even more yours. Which is exactly why we started monogramming our denim earlier this year. (Who doesn’t want “hola” on a chambray shirt?) But with 18 colors to choose from, it can be hard to pick. Here, we gathered four solid tips from our design team—people who definitely would know. FYI. (Wink.)

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Our Designer Joyce Answers 6 of Your Denim Styling Questions

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Last winter, our designer Joyce answered denim styling questions on our blog that came straight from you. The questions were so great—and Joyce had such a good time tackling them—we asked for more this summer. In just a few hours, we had burning denim-related Qs on some major common themes, from the best maternity jeans and petite fits to mixing washes and Joyce’s own go-to pair. We’ll let Joyce take it from here…

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