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Photographed by Emman Montalvan; Styled by by Sue Choi; NYC Hair and Makeup by Ashleigh B. Ciucci; L.A. Hair by Castillo at Tomlinson Management Group; L.A. Makeup by Tami Shirey; S.F. Hair by Rebecca Taff; S.F. Makeup by Alexia Ogle
Stop 1: Los Angeles, CA
L.A. originated the idea of easy glamour: a place where the weather allows for a languid, laid-back approach to dressing (cutoffs, band tees, 24/7 beachwear). And, when it comes to low-key style, chef Amanda Chantal Bacon — owner of the ultra-popular Moon Juice — and musician/artist/textile designer Kilo Kish have it in spades. From Bacon's breezy all-white ensembles to Kish's rocker-chic vibe, here are two women who have truly made denim their own.
Levi’s sheer white long-sleeve button-up; Sam Edelman boots.
Amanda Chantal Bacon, Owner of Moon Juice
Denim MO: White all over
The L.A. jean scene:
"California allows you to dress like you're always going to a day-to-night beach party — there's no real distinction between dressing up and dressing down. I wear white denim all year round here, but when I wear white jeans in New York, especially in the winter in the snow, I always get a comment."
My grab-and-go pair:
"I’ve been wearing white jeans for over 10 years. And, even though I work in kitchens, I have this uncanny way of keeping them clean! I feel like I can think more clearly in white; I feel happier in white. It leads to a more expansive day and life."
My unique denim styling trick:
"I’ve been toying around with adding some white embroidery on my white denim. I’ve been practicing with this rainbow yarn from my son’s school, doing this simple rainbow embroidery on the back pocket. It’s a good way to dress up a pair of jeans."
The pair I'll never part with:
"A pair of cutoffs that belonged to the son of a friend of my mom’s. He was so cool, so handsome, and always had these jeans. When he passed away, his mom gave them to me, and I’ve worn them ever since, though they’ve been getting shorter and shorter throughout the years. You can see a bit of butt cheek from a certain angle. I even wore them when I was pregnant — they were the last thing that fit me."
The ultimate fit test:
"Always squat when you’re trying on new jeans! That way you know whether you can bend over in them. A good pair of jeans should fit well in the waist, allow you to squat comfortably, and look good in a boot or a flat."
Kilo Kish, Musician
Denim MO: Slouchy and trouser-inspired
How Angelenos wear denim:
"I feel like L.A. people stick to trends or will wear jean shorts. There's a ridiculous amount of cutoffs here!"
My unique denim styling trick:
"I like my jeans to look more like dress pants or slacks. So, I've been adding a nice crease down the middle of the leg to look more dressed up, particularly on looser pairs of jeans. It adds detail."
How I do denim for a night out:
"If I’m ever wearing blue jeans at night — like here — I'll wear a tucked-in button-up shirt or a black sweater, black shoes, and add a polished leather jacket."
Levi’s customized denim jeans with patches; American Apparel shoes.
How I keep my most worn-out pairs in play:
"I love taking my old jeans and making them fit whatever is the trend now or just altering them a little. I'll often cut, crop, and hem them to whatever length I'm feeling at the moment. When I was younger, I would add patches and cut jeans into shorts."
My current denim uniform:
"Because I like to wear more sparkly stuff when I perform, I live in jeans when I'm off-duty, and I love the comfort of having a uniform. Right now, I'm working on a new album and doing some random art projects, so I'm dressing really simple: striped shirts and blue jeans with loafers every day. I'm not mad about it at all."