The Cool New Way to Wear Your Jeans This Fall
It’s pretty funny how a couple of guys with no design education or experience have become two of the most sought-after women’s wear designers of the past few years. It all started when boyhood friends David Neville and Marcus Wainwright were just "trying to make a pair of jeans." From the first pair, in 2002, their menswear line was born; in 2005 they debuted Rag & Bone's women's collection. Fast-forward to now: With eight seasons under their belts, Neville and Wainwright are refocusing on the jeans that put them on the map with Rag & Bone/Jean. "When we started our menswear line, we would get called out by girls saying, 'Where are our jeans?'" says Wainwright. "Now we have so many for them to pick from. For spring we did all the colors of the rainbow, so for fall it's a little more muted, washed-out and a bit sandy." Adds Neville, "The orange and some of the richer colors, like turquoise, were inspired by the tweeds in our fall collection." The guys—and the fashion world (and maybe you, too!)—love colored denim right now, but they also know they can't abandon beloved blue. We asked them for their tricks on wearing either style.
Look at all the pretty colors! From left: Rag & Bone/Jean capris ($187, Rag & Bone, Washington, D.C., 202-295-9072); Rag & Bone Jean jeans ($176, select Neiman Marcus, 800-365-7989); all other items, Rag & Bone. See Glamour Shopper for more information.
Yes, you can rock colored denim
"Three years ago, if you asked a girl if she’d ever wear bright orange jeans, she would've probably laughed at you," says Wainwright. "It’s interesting how things come around." Last spring colored denim was all over the runways and streets. This fall it's even easier to wear, since jeans are available in a wider variety of cuts (skinny, boot-cut, they're all here!) and shades. "We mixed traditional fall hues but in a way that looks fresh," says Neville. "Wine, dark olive, rust and burnt orange have been the favorites."
Rag & Bone/Jean brown jeans ($188, Intermix, NYC, 212-741-5075); all other jeans ($176-$187, rag-bone.com for stores)
What to wear it with
"What’s exciting about colored denim is you can make it your own," says Wainwright. The fall colors "work with a wide variety of prints, plaids and textures." For a cool-girl look, try bright jeans with a white tee and a tartan blazer.
Rag & Bone boots ($1,100, Rag & Bone, NYC, 212-777-2210)
Always go for the right fit
"Colored denim or not, you have to know what looks good on you," says Wainwright. "One brand is not necessarily right for everyone's body. Jeans are a very emotional purchase; women tend to find a brand that fits and continue to buy." But if your body changes, your jeans should too—experiment!
These ladies like rag & bone denim. Colored jeans + T-shirt + blazer = easy.
And feel free to layer!
The duo loves to balance colored jeans with jackets and knits on top. But don't overlayer. Once you've pulled your look together, check yourself out in the mirror. Take away a piece, "untuck a shirt or unbutton a jacket," says Wainwright. You're good to go!
Rag & Bone/Jean jeans ($176, rag-bone.com for stores); shirt, Rag & Bone/Jean; tank, Rag & Bone/Knit; all other items, Rag & Bone. See Glamour Shopper for more information.