A Love Affair With Denim
Two of our favorite denim obsessives talk life in NYC and finding that perfect pair of jeans
Occupation: Fashion Director of Shopbop, Style Magpie
Mom. Fashion director. Denim devotee. That sums up Caroline Maguire, whose job at beloved online boutique Shopbop is anticipating fashion's next big thing. Right now, she says, novelty is key: "Whether it's a raw hem, patchwork or a jagged edge, it's about denim that has something extra." The skinny silhouette is still a closet staple, but "people are ready for something new." La Vie's high-waisted, vintage-inspired pairs are high on the list.
"Whether a raw hem, patchwork or a jagged edge, it's
about denim that has something extra."
Navigating the controlled chaos of her days, she gravitates to jeans. "They're relaxed, approachable—and perfect for every day." In the office she might mix her blues with a romantic, high-necked blouse and leather jacket. For weekends she might swap in a knotted vintage 80s tee for brunch at NYC's Maman Café or a trip to the playground. She cuffs on occasion, but not always. It's all about ease and doing what comes naturally.
Occupation: Editorial Director at Kirna Zabete,
Jeans & A T-Shirt Girl
Jessica Minkoff began her love affair with denim long before she saw her first show. "Even when I was little, I had a closet full of OshKosh jeans in every color—dark, light, railroad striped. I developed a signature style very early."
Today it's still her go-to uniform—"I wear jeans probably five or six days a week"—and she's constantly on the lookout for the next Holy Grail of washes. "When you have so many pairs, each new one has to have something that sets it apart. I look for different hems—embellished, frayed, undone. I love when a pair has that undone, vintage feel."
"When I was little, I had a closet full of OshKosh jeans
in every color—dark, light, railroad striped. I developed
a signature style very early."
That vibe of unforced authenticity is what she covets most. "When you find a vintage pair that fits, it's so much more satisfying—no pair is the same, it's not manufactured. It's about creating your own look."
Meanwhile, her collection keeps growing. And growing. "I want to be able to close my eyes and pull something out and know it will look amazing. I'll never stop looking."