Why I Live in DL1961 Denim

There is nothing quite like that blissful moment when you find the perfect pair (or two) of jeans after a dressing room marathon. Those sexy, confident sentiments are exactly how I feel about sustainable denim brand DL1961 each and every time I try on their jeans — without the towering pile of rejects.

DL1961 has been a closet staple of mine for years. I’ve always been attracted to their eco-conscious design, inclusive figure-flattering fit, and mindful marketing. The brand consistently challenges the fashion industry’s green standards and innovates through their modern-meets-artisanal approach to ensure that their jeans are not only loved by the people, but by the planet as well — totally #boundlessapproved! So, when the brand asked me to test drive two of their latest styles, it was a no-brainer!

THE JERRY: High Rise, Relaxed, Straight Leg

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All photos courtesy of Laurel Creative

THE FIT:

Every girl needs a pair of relaxed-fit jeans for those times when you don’t want to be confined to a skinny leg shape. The high rise of The Jerry makes the relaxed fit even more appealing because the waist sits perfectly at the crook of the hip. Although the fit curves loosely around the legs, it snugs just right around the back so you can rock the boyfriend fit, all while showing off how many squats you’ve been doing — the best of both worlds!

THE STYLE:

What I love most about The Jerry’s style, is how I can dress it up or down with either heels or sneakers. Versatility is key for an on-the-go gal like me who relies on chic, yet comfortable, day-to-night looks.

THE STYLE HACK:

Fold the bottom hem once or twice to peep your ankles and show off your shoes, whether they’re sneakers or heels. For this red-hot hue, I would recommend styling with a cool graphic tee, white collared shirt, or even a cozy flannel with heels for a “high-low” fall look.

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THE ANNIE: Cropped Jacket

THE FIT:

DL1961 understands that women not only want to look good, but feel good too. This jacket is so soft and malleable thanks to DL1961’s unique cotton wrapping technique. It’s almost as if the jacket had been worn over time to achieve the perfect texture and fit. Although the name notes “crop,” the jacket wasn’t too short (it hit right at my belly button) which, in my opinion, makes the style all the more flattering on a variety of body types.

THE STYLE:

I basically live in my oversized vintage denim jacket, so I was really excited to try out a new denim jacket style and color. The red is a statement and will amp up the fashion factor of any look. The flexible fit made the jacket a styling dream come true. It was easy and not too bulky to tie around my hips, felt light when swung around my shoulders, and was oh-so comfortable to wear normally — almost like a more structured, soft bomber jacket than a stereotypical stiff denim jacket.

THE STYLE HACK:

Pair this denim jacket with a sleek silk slip dress for a hipster chic style that screams elegant cool.

THE CHRISSY: ULTRA HIGH-RISE SKINNY

THE FIT:

When I first slipped into this pair of jeans, the fit could not be more seamless. I literally questioned whether I mistakenly put on a pair of denim leggings because they were so stretchy, yet sculpting in all the right places. I did some research and realized this was thanks to the brand’s unique weaving process that enables ultra-flexible movement all while maintaining a 98% shape retention. This means that whatever the day throws at me, like spontaneous downward dogs in the airport (yes, that happens) or droppin’ it low on the dance floor, my tail will still be in tip-top shape — no dryer shrinkage necessary.

Overall, the fit accentuated my natural curves and was ranked at the same comfort level as any of my athleisure leggings, without the athleisure look. Needless to say, I could live in this pair of jeans for forever.

THE STYLE:

This high-rise skinny will give any girl long and lean legs. The dark color is ultra-flattering while the light ombré design on the back pockets creates an instant illusion of a plump peach emoji behind. Also, I have to give the back hem that drops about an inch below the front some love, as it’s the small design twist that makes my inner-fashion-editor swoon.

STYLE HACK:

Style with a statement shoe for to draw attention to the edgy hem and amp up the style of a classic closet staple.

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Many thanks to this post’s sponsor, DL1961. Kindly note, Kara’s opinions are her own and Boundless strives to support brands that align with her mission and values.

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