Four Stylists Share How They Wear Denim
Above: Sophie is wearing Levi’s Made & Crafted Twig II high-waist slim jeans.
We all get stuck staring into the abyss of our closets some mornings. The key to solving those wardrobe woes, however, might be in your jeans. According to the ‘stylists to the stars’ we spoke with, denim has almost endless outfit potential. Here are a few of their favorite ways to wear the fabric now.
“Mixing denim with pops of color and print is pretty much my daily uniform.”
Originally from London, Sophie started her career in the fashion office at British GQ before leaving to start her own styling business. After working with some of the biggest musical talents in the world, she moved to Los Angeles where she’s been living in Hollywood as a celebrity stylist for the past five years. Her clients today include A-listers like Kate Hudson, Jourdan Dunn, Goldie Hawn, Christie Brinkley and rock band Muse.
Left: Sophie is wearing Levi’s Made & Crafted Boyfriend trucker jacket.
Above and below: Sarah is wearing rag & bone/JEAN high-waist ankle skinny jeans.
“Pieces with unexpected details (like a voluminous sleeve or beautiful embroidery on a blouse, a raw hem on a jean) can easily be dressed up or down.”
Based in New York, Sarah straddles both the editorial and celebrity styling worlds. Having cut her teeth at Vogue, she still contributes regularly to mags like Glamour, W Magazine and Vanity Fair. Her bread-and-butter, though, is dressing some of the coolest celebs on the best-dressed lists, including Emma Watson, Rachel Brosnahan, Elizabeth Olsen, Ilana Glazer and Sonequa Martin-Green. If that didn’t already make her busy enough, she also helped launch Cinematique, a tech startup that makes videos interactive and shoppable.
Above: Rajni is wearing Good American Good Legs ankle skinny jeans.
“I’m a simple, casual dresser so denim is always the starting point for me. I love how a pair of jeans can instantly toughen up a dress so I still feel like myself.”
As fashion director of both Teen Vogue and Allure, it’s Rajni’s job to be on the cutting edge of all things new. Starting off her career in the fashion departments of The Fader, InStyle and Vibe, the Columbia University School of Journalism grad ultimately switched gears to lead fashion news coverage at Nylon and Glamour. Branching out in 2014 to consult and creative direct at brands like Madewell and Coach, she returned to publishing to help establish a new, more inclusive direction for Teen Vogue. Even though Rajni’s fashion bona fides are as top-shelf as they come, her self-professed ‘real thing’ is painting, creating modernist pieces for herself as well as commissions.
Above and below: Rachael is wearing FRAME Le High raw-edge straight jeans.
“It’s nice to accentuate a high rise by tucking in a vintage men’s shirt and accessorizing with a pair of easy Moroccan babouche slippers.”
Rachael spent a decade as an editor at Condé Nast’s Style.com, Glamour and Allure (where she was most recently fashion director) before setting out on her own at Rachael Wang Studio in NYC’s Chinatown. A perennial street-style favorite at Fashion Week, she now serves as a consultant, creative director and stylist for brands like Nike, Equinox, Levi’s, Maybelline and Fila. Her always-innovative editorial styling can be seen in publications like Vogue Japan and Vogue China, Numéro Tokyo, Office and The Last Magazine.