Denim Plus…with Anna Gray

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We always ask our friends, “What do you pair with your denim?” For East Coast-born editor Anna Gray, it’s durable denim + something supersoft on top. The history of that equation, as told by Anna…

My career has always involved clothing, textiles and the aesthetic of things in general so I guess my obsession with texture is pretty telling. One of my first toys was a dress-up box built by my dad and filled with fabrics my mom picked out. It was an endless source of entertainment—me coercing my parents, their friends and my little brother into letting me adorn them in yards of fabric.

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My family moved around a lot—New Jersey, Paris, Ireland, Virginia—but I ended up in New York for school and it was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’ve had so many different jobs—modeling, fashion PR, writing and now I’m the editor of Homepolish Magazine, an online supplement for this young interior design start-up. I interview our awesome clients, write articles about design and brainstorm stories our designers can work on. Texture and design are obviously a huge part of what they do and what I write about.

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I know what shapes and colors I enjoy wearing. Being in jeans with something comfortable on top—silk, cashmere, cotton—feels right. I like the texture play between stiff jeans and a soft top—something easy that makes me feel awesome even when I haven’t washed my face yet.

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I’ve learned that being comfortable is a priority. I sit at my computer at the Homepolish office all day and wearing a tight skirt for eight hours just doesn’t fly. I can get a little obsessed with details, but that’s helped me realize that quality takes time and intention. Taste is something that’s cultivated—whether it’s at work or in a closet.

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I took the Myers-Briggs personality test for work—it’s supposed to classify personality types and how people view the world—and my result was ENTP. According to the test, I’m extroverted and intuitive, which is true. I think it’s an Irish thing but I’m obsessed with making sure everyone likes me, all the time. My friends find this annoying because I’ll go to the ends of the earth for a stranger I don’t even really like. Anyway, I’m working on it.

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Photography by Angi Welsch

Anna is wearing Madewell High Riser Skinny Skinny Jeans in Atlantic and a Crop Pullover in the first image, and Skinny Skinny Jeans in Waterfall and a Cashmere Colorblock Pullover above.

Shop our entire assortment of jeans here and our sweaters here.