I recently discovered a denim diamond in a rough of never-ending racks of jeans called Lotus Premium Denim. This line was started by 6 young business women in Silicon Valley and launched last November. Lotus has already made a huge dent in the world of designer denim and 5% of all sales go to charity. Beyond fashion and charity events, they were exclusively invited to GBK’s Celebrity Gift Lounge for the MTV Movie Awards last month. So in the future, you may see the stars of “Pretty Little Liars,” Jennifer Love Hewitt and Taylor Armstrong splashed accross the tabloid mags wearing Lotus. I recently partnered with Lotus Premium Denim and will show you their signature designer jeans below ~
How to Solve a Denim Dilemma One Leg at a Time
/June 29, 2012
When it came to math and science in school, I was pretty much dead in the H20. While subtraction may not be my strong suit, I learned that when it comes to designer denim addition, does the ‘Cost’ + ‘Brand Name’ = A Flattering Pair of Denim? No. The truth is a $200+ price-tag and designer label doesn’t always equal a great pair of jeans. Everyone has a different style, cut, and wash preference, but there are some basic denim qualities you should test drive before ever spending too much on designer jeans.
All denim was not created equally ~ Try on tons of pairs and ask your friends what styles and brands they like most. Especially for women, the most annoying aspect of desiner denim are the ones that stretch out really fast and you feel the need to constantly wash and dry them. (Tip ~ Wash dark designer jeans inside out to preserve them longer.)
You Have Your Denim, Now What ?~ The worst part of designer jeans is when they’re too tight or uncomfortable with certain tops, especially when you’re breaking in a new pair. Keeping a blazer and loose blouse on hand usually solves that problem.
Candy Toe Trend Alert ~ As I was taking Wallee (the CEO of the City Supply Co) for a walk I realized one common quality of good denim is they can go with any heel, wedge, boot or flat like these neon toe 2-inch heels at H&M last week (on sale for $20 from $59.95) I always TWEET deals I see like this when I’m out shopping. Follow @savvy_spice for more
Full Disclosure: What to look for in designer denim? ~ When Elaine of Lotus Premium Denim invited me to try on a pair of their denim ($129), I knew if I didn’t like the fit, there was no way I could accept or blog about them. I tried on the first pair and they were too short. ‘Try the 30 inseam,’ she said and they were perfect! If you’ve ever had to get your jeans tailored, Lotus makes them in “28” & “30” inseams to save you time & money altering them. They run true to size and the denim is thick, but still comfy and stretchy so I could move around, sit, etc. (Some designer denim is not forgiving & some are too stretchy)
The Pocket Effect ~ The days of checking someone’s back pocket for elaborate designer brands are over. I actually try to avoid flashy branding with too much thread or labels all over the pockets, what about you? The lotus flower on the back pocket is creative & unique while not taking away from the jean. There’s a science to pocket placement. If they’re too high, it will flatten your butt. If they’re too small, butts will look bigger. Lotus specifically designed their denim to have a “sweetheart yoke” in order to create the most flattering backside. Details below~
Lotus Premium Denim Design Secrets
ABC’s of Denim ~ Always Be Comfortable
Choose Jeans Depending on Your Mood ~ Past Denim Posts from left to right
1. Summer Flares ~ By Citizens of Humanity (Full Post HERE)
2. Trendy Doesn’t Mean Spendy ~ Tangerine denim by Forever21 (under $20) (Full Colorblocking post HERE)
3. Just Right ~ Today. Lotus Premium Denim
Details by Dale
Blazer & heels & neon necklace~H&M, striped top (old) ~ Express, Jeans ~ Lotus Premium Denim, watch ~ Michael Kors (similar here), ring ~ Versace for H&M,
Special thanks to Lotus for offering a special discount code to readers. If you want order a pair of their denim HERE, use promo code “savvyspiceLPD” for a 20% off discount. Free shipping is included on orders over $50.
(I’m wearing the ‘Inspire’ Vintage Blue size 27, 30′ inseam in this post)
Do you have your own denim equations and what is the most important design detail you look for when choosing your jeans?
Special Announcement~You’re Invited…
I’m excited to be a part of the upcoming Lotus “Art with Style” charity art show event at Santana Row in San Jose on Sat. July 21. Proceeds to go Career Closet, a charity that helps women getting back into the workforce receive new professional clothes. Full details & ticket info for the event HERE Hope to see you there! Find Lotus Premium Denim on Facebook or follow them on Twitter
Have a great weekend!