Denim Plus…with Sheila Márquez

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We always ask our friends, “What do you pair with your denim?” For Spanish-born model Sheila Márquez, it’s a long, loose-fitting skirt + a jean jacket. The history of that equation, as told by Sheila…

I’ve always been a bit of a control freak. There are 30 of us cousins in my family—30!—so I learned to plan everything since there were so many people and things to keep track of. I’m still that way now, especially as I get ready to become a mother. If you have the details planned out, you can relax and enjoy everything that happens in between.

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For a long time, I felt like I lived in airports. I was traveling nonstop for work, so I became even more of a planner. I always packed light: a denim shirt, black jeans, flat leather boots and a leather jacket. Then, five years ago, I fell in love with a vintage jean jacket. After a shoot in Paris, I stopped by a little boutique and I saw it. Like the dark cardigan Brigitte Bardot wore in Contempt, it seemed to always tie my look together. Around that time, I also started wearing long dresses, and putting a jean jacket on top seemed like the finishing touch to me. Now I wear one every day.

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But, of course, I have jean jacket rules too. It can’t hit below your hips. Roomy is good, but never go up more than two sizes. That sounds picky, but most of us crave familiarity and structure. Even chaos can often be organized, it just depends on your definition of organization.

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One of the best things about my long skirt and jean jacket uniform is that I can still feel like myself now, no matter how my shape changes during my pregnancy. Those things just always fit. I’ve enjoyed having to slow down during this time—doing prenatal yoga, taking vitamins, eating healthy food. Maybe I could be pregnant forever?

At top and bottom, Sheila is wearing a Madewell Jean Jacket, Gingham Midi SkirtEffortless Tee, Lafayette Bucket Bag and Keaton Oxford. At center, she is wearing our Shoulder-Zip Stripe Sweater and Rivet & Thread Selvedge Slim Boyjean.

Shop our entire assortment of denim (jackets & otherwise) here.

Photography by Angi Welsch.