Category Archives: Denimology

From the Closet: Best Denim for Curves Award


I have to admit despite recently writing the Denim Guide for a major magazine, I never wear jeans. I kid you not. Blame the ever-present gap in the waistband for jeans that fit my butt but not my waist or the fact that they always rip at the seams around my inner thighs. After interviewing hundreds of women from every age group, I learned that most curvy girls have the same difficulties with denim.

Since then, I’ve resorted to dresses (girlie is my middle name!) and when it gets cold, leggings are my favorite alternatives to jeans (they’re form-fitting, comfortable and cost $20 at most!). However, there are two denim lines that came into the office that are the best and the brightest in the jean pool. (I’m the hardest sell EVER so you know they must be perfect.) The fit, quality and range of styles is truly one-of-a-kind. Take a look at my picks for the best denim for curvy girls. And try them on for size and tell me what you think!

Best Denim for Curves Award: CJ by Cookie Johnson

Magic Johnson’s beautiful wife, Cookie, met with me to introduce her new denim line: CJ by Cookie Johnson. No stranger to the fashion industry, Cookie has a degree in Clothing and Textiles and a decade of work experience. But what really qualifies her to design jeans? Her struggle to find the right pair. “I couldn’t find jeans to fit my body type,” recalls Cookie. “It frustrated me to try on every pair in the store and leave with nothing.” Tell me about it.

Along with Michael Glassner, the genius behind Seven for All Mankind and Citizen of Humanity, Cookie created CJ by Cookie Johnson to provide every woman with a premium brand that embraces her body type. Whether curvaceous or stick-thin, CJ by Cookie Johnson promises comfort, style and impeccable fit…and delivers. “I’ve seen everything from tears of relief to sexy struts in front of the mirror,” Cookie says of her satisfied customers. “The confidence that great-fitting jeans give women is the most rewarding thing about creating CJ.”

CJ comes in an array of styles, from boyfriend to high-waisted, all with adorable names: Grace (bootcut), Faith (straight leg), Truth (high-waist, wideleg), Love (boyfriend), Joy (legging) and Glory (pleated jean). At a price point of $145-198, the line is available in (waist) sizes 24-38 at Nordstroms or Neiman Marcus stores.




Best Denim for Plus-Size Curves: Lane Bryant

Lane Bryant is launching a new denim line, Right Fit straight leg denim, which has it’s own custom sizing method based on a woman’s size AND shape. Red/Yellow/Blue corresponds to your shape and 1-8 represents your size (1 equals a regular size 14). Genius!

Trust me—the custom sizing method that Lane Bryant offers will make a world of difference when it comes to the fit and comfort level of your jeans. Too often, designers treat “plus” as a size AND a shape. Hello! Not all plus-size women have the same figure. A curvy size 14 is not the same as a boy-shaped size 14. Umm, duh.

Visit your local Lane Bryant store and see which shape/size fits you best. And if you love them and want to snag a pair, they’re only $54.50.

Happy Shopping!



Would you wear…?

…Brandy’s distressed jeans?


It IS a fabulous, funky trend, resurfacing from the ’60’s and the posh-grunge era of the ’90’s. And it gives you an excuse to wear those comfortable, worn-in jeans that you can’t bring yourself to throw away, even though they look like you were jumped, thrown in a mud puddle, ran over by a jeep then wrestled by a pack of dogs. Everyone has a pair.

My favorite jeans in the world from Express have tears right under the butt part (as they clearly were made for an ahem…flatter derriere) and yet I LOVE them. Several mornings, I’ve put them on in a bold, fearless, “I wear what I want” attempt to defy fashion convention. But I get embarassed at the thought of sitting bare-bottomed on the A train or worse, unraveling in front of throngs of NYC commuters…and run right back into my room and put on something decent.

Obviously, this hasn’t stopped Brandy, Agyness Deyn, Giselle Bundschen or Heidi Klum from umm…overexposure. But tell me, is the Edward Scissorhands look taking it too far?!?!?!





I love a ruggedly posh look (read: ripped jeans and a blazer) but it HAS to be done right. If I was you, or Brandy, I’d follow these tips:

1- Professional ripped jeans completely defeat the purpose. If you’re not lucky enough to have some tore up, janky looking jeans in your closet, buy some that look authentic like Ashley’s or Beyonce’s. Or get a tad bit creative with the scissors and muck them up so they don’t look manufactured. DO NOT go overboard, I beg you.



2- Please keep the rest of your outfit simple or atleast complimentary, to the distressed denim. Dress it up with a blazer and white tank or keep it casual in a plaid button down shirt with rolled-up sleeves. Tops that are too dressy or complicated (like Emma Robert’s assymetrical, ruffled blouse) will ruin the look.


3- Less is more.

Rule No.3 is by far the most important. Too much loose thread and people start to get confused. Are they shorts or jeans? And btw, what weather does this even work for? If it’s summer, your knees get sweaty and damp; if it’s winter, the NYC wind will beat at your knees until they crack and bleed. And no matter the weather, one nonchalant pull of a loose thread and you’re pantless in the middle of the street…NOT glam.

As for me, I’ll keep my rips relegated to the knees (with a couple dispersed throughout the leg) and leave my worn out Express jeans for clandestine appearances in my apartment. What about you? Are you rocking the bold and rugged look like Brandy? Sound off.