JEANS AS BFFS: A FASHION WRITER ON HER DENIM LOVE AFFAIR

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We first met Elle writer Leah Melby Clinton when she turned us into the living embodiment of the blushing emoji with her piece about our black skinny jeans. Leah’s a true-blue denim devotee (one of us, in other words), so as we got to work on our latest version of our Denim Report (in stores and right here), we wanted to get her take on jeans and why they have such a hold on our collective hearts. We won’t say much more other than…yeah, she gets it.

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DIY Denim Distressing: Here’s how to do it

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We love a good recipe. But our favorite kind is less stirring and sautéing, more ripping and repairing. Yep, we’re talking denim distressing recipes, aka how to get that loved and lived-in look you want (and play denim designer at the same time). Below, you’ll find three of our tried-and-true denim distressing formulas, for right-now details like raw hems and artful tears. You’ll need: scissors, a seam ripper, a Dremel rotary tool (not as scary as it sounds, Google it), elbow grease and confidence. You got this.

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HOW MADEWELL TEAM MEMBERS FOUND THEIR DENIM SOUL MATES

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We’ve all been there. A cool girl on the street. A pair of jeans that fits her just so. And then right as you’re about to eye the label, she disappears into the crowd. Here at Madewell HQ, we’re very familiar with this scenario—though thankfully, it happens most often in our offices and we can track each other down pretty easily. We decided to chat with our most denim-obsessed staffers about the jeans they’ve loved + lost and loved + well, won. They spilled; some serious denim love stories ensued.

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“WEAR BODYSUITS” + MORE STYLE RESOLUTIONS OUR TEAM IS MAKING THIS YEAR

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Whether you’re saying “so long, 2016” with a laundry list of resolutions or just entering the new year repeating twenty-seventeen every time you write the date, one thing’s for sure: The new year comes with a shift, no matter how big or small. We don’t really buy into the whole “new year, new you” thing, but we do love the idea of “new year, evolving you” (sadly, it doesn’t have quite the same ring to it). And if there’s anything we love evolving, it’s our style. So much so that we found a few friends here at the office and asked them to share what they’re resolving to try—sartorially—in the new year. They shared, they showed, and here’s the thing, they look just like themselves but…refreshed. Exactly how you want to enter a new year: with a few game-changing styles to make up a capsule wardrobe of sorts, things you can turn to in the months ahead and think yesss.

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