How to style denim according to your workplace

Here at ZipFit Denim, we’re constantly exchanging tips and tricks for styling denim in a professional setting.  After all, making rock-solid recommendations is part of the job for our fabulous Fit Experts, who work tirelessly to deliver the perfect pair of jeans to every person who signs up for one of our famous fittings.

We already know that investing in properly-tailored pants pays dividends when it comes to comfort, confidence, and productivity in the workplace.  But denim alone does not an outfit make.  So how exactly do you build an outfit around the clean cuts and dark washes we suggest to our corporate clients?

The answer, of course, relies on the specifics of your office’s dress code (if it has one).  Casual Friday at a law firm, for example, looks a little bit different than a client onsite for a young tech startup.  Read on for a few of our favorite styling tips!

If your office is on the conservative side…

Pair a clean and simple dark wash pant like the Paige ‘Normandie’ Slim-Straight Jean in ‘Reggie’ with a crisp button-down, cognac leather oxfords, and a matching belt this Casual Friday.  Top it off with a dark blue blazer, and you’re ready to comfortably and confidently seize the day and transition seamlessly into happy hour or date night.

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A sleek cigarette leg like that on the AG ‘Prima’ Mid-Rise Jean in ‘Rhode Blue’ makes for a corporate-friendly getup as well.  We recommend pairing with a luxe sleeveless silk shell (especially during summer!) and your favorite pair of on-trend backless loafers.  And even though it’s warm outside, we suggest throwing on a chic structured blazer to complete the look and endure that notoriously unyielding office A/C.

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If your office is more relaxed…

A classic cut with some well-placed fading, like the Citizens of Humanity ‘Gage’ Classic Straight Jean in ‘Redford,’ is perfect for more progressive offices like coworking spaces and dog-friendly workplaces, especially if your coworker’s four-legged friend is a shedder.  Pair jeans like these with a polo and some clean canvas sneakers for a foolproof look that will take you from business to ballgame if the Cubs or Sox are in town.

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A medium wash and a custom hem is the perfect way to inject your sense of style into a casual office look.  A crop like the DL1961 ‘Coco’ Mid-Rise Curvy Ankle Skinny Jean in ‘Callahan’  OR “Stony” is the best opportunity to try out a raw hemline, which will look flawless paired with tan leather platform sandals and a breezy top that’ll look even better with an après-work Aperol Spritz.

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The ways in which jeans can be styled are infinite, these are just a couple of our favorites for the workplace.  Now that you know how to dress up your denim, all that remains is to book an appointment, either in our showroom or in your office!

For more information and how-to book our fitting experience, designed for offices, please email our Director of Sales, Ryan Kalita: ryan@zipfitdenim.com 

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The cost of budget blue jeans is higher than you think. Here’s why.

As more and more companies switch over to more casual dress code policies, stiff and starchy is on its way out in favor of fits and fabrics that are, simply put, more practical for tackling a nine-hour workday.  We already know that denim in dark washes and clean cuts is the favored alternative to more “buttoned-up” companies spanning from Ernst & Young to Walmart.

Incorporating denim into an everyday uniform is a no-brainer, but not all jeans are created equal.  We’ve covered why designer jeans are a worthwhile investment, but let’s take a closer look at exactly how the hidden costs of budget brands might just bite you in the butt.

Cost per wear

Your standard pair of low-cost denim will generally cost around $50 (Refinery29 explains the pricing of denim here), but they won’t last you long with consistent use!  Let’s say your office is dipping its toe in the wonderful world of Casual Friday for the first time.  If you’re in the office 48 Fridays a year wearing that one pair of jeans, the cost per wear works out to $0.52 if they last two full years.

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High-quality materials and meticulous construction, by contrast, make for designer denim built to last at least ten years with consistent use.  A pair of $180 jeans properly cared for and worn just once a week, every casual Friday, 48 weeks a year, for ten years, works out to $0.38 per wear.  Here is another article explaining a similar scenario.

Of course, these numbers reflect the difference in cost associated with wearing your jeans just once a week, and the difference in cost per wear only increases as the frequency of wearing your jeans increases.  We’ll spare you the math for now, but we’d be happy to share if you really want it!

A fourteen-cent difference each time you put on pants isn’t necessarily compelling at first blush.  When you buy the discount denim, you appear to save at least $100 compared to the brands ZipFit offers!  But at what cost?

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For most consumers, committing to a new pair of jeans (or any pants, for that matter) means a trip to the mall, paying for parking, time spent rifling through dilapidated clothing racks and apocalyptic sale piles, and worst of all, the dressing room.

Most of us can’t walk into a department store and walk out with the perfect pair, anyways, because jeans (especially mass-produced, low-cost ones) aren’t designed to fit everybody’s body.

That means adding on another trip across town to pay for parking to spend time trying not to get poked by your tailor’s needle while they determine what needs to be altered so that you can leave your pants there for a week and then make a third (and hopefully final) trip to pick up your newly-tailored office apparel.

Did we mention that all of this is expected to take place after hours?  Just so you can wear pants to work?

The cost of this vicious cycle adds up when dealing with low-quality jeans.  Especially when you have to repeat it once a year or so.  Shopping for low-cost denim online brings with it an entirely different set of challenges that make customers’ lives more difficult as budget brands struggle to remain consistent with sizing across different styles.

So now what?

This process is exhausting regardless of what article of clothing you’re looking to replace.  Luckily, we got you covered and ZipFit Denim has solved your denim “distress.”  Our foolproof fitting process brings the workwear selection process directly to your office, embedding the cost of tailoring into the price you pay for your jeans.  This saves our customers at least three trips around town, all in the time it takes to comb through The Wall Street Journal during a generous bathroom break.  After the first fitting, dressing rooms are a thing of the past, for denim at least.  As long as you buy jeans from us, they’re tailored to fit your body perfectly and delivered straight to your home or office every time.  And the reviews speak for themselves.

Though the dollar amount spent up front on designer denim is indeed higher than that spent on lower-cost alternatives, there is a price to be paid for pinching pennies when it comes to buying jeans.  Is it worth being uncomfortable all day at work? Buying new jeans every season because the quality isn’t up to par?  Getting frustrated in a dressing room at the mall, on top of trying to find parking?  No way!

So let us bring the shop to you, and treat your employees to their new favorite in-office event!  We promise we have something for every body, and our fitting experience, designed for offices, is the perfect way to promote a fun-cultured, employee-focused workplace.

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For how to book and more information on our fitting experience, designed for offices, please email our Director of Sales, Ryan Kalita: ryan@zipfitdenim.com 

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4 Reasons Why Designer Denim is Worth the Splurge

abstract-pattern-apparel-background-531759With Old Navy’s perennial Fourth of July Sale approaching faster than the thick blanket of humidity that covers the better part of the U.S. each summer, it’s especially tempting to fall victim to the allure of cheap jeans.  After all, they look the same in all the pictures online!

But is all denim truly created equal?

We at ZipFit Denim understand the value of designer denim, which is why we’re proud to carry a portfolio of brands whose quality we believe in.  In honor of National Splurge Day 2018, we’re sharing why.

1. Premium Denim is Less Expensive

High-quality fabric paired with high-quality hardware (you know, buttons, zippers, and rivets) make for a killer pair of pants that is designed to last.  When jeans are made with cheap materials, they fall apart quickly.  More often than not, those same jeans come from retailers lacking forgiving return policies.  Though $25 seems much kinder to your wallet than $200, the cost per wear ultimately favors the pricier pair.  Designer denim is built to last around ten years, which means, if you wear your jeans just twice a week for ten years, it’ll cost you just $0.19 per wear.  On the contrary, a $25 pair of jeans worn twice a week for eight months, which is an estimate (from personal experience) of how long $25 jeans last before losing all shape and function, will cost you $0.39 per wear, more than twice the cost per wear of designer denim.  Good jeans are worth the investment, and the cost pays dividends in the long run.  That means fewer shopping trips for you, and less synthetic fabric populating your friendly neighborhood landfill.  Which brings us to our next point.

2. Ethical Standards

Like many of the clothes sold by low-cost, fast-fashion retailers, cheap denim is often manufactured in unsafe factories that fail to pay workers livable wages.  These factories are notorious not only for neglecting their workers, but also the environment, with well-documented histories of dumping waste from the manufacturing process into nearby waterways.  That’s not to say that designer denim manufacturers are totally in the clear in the ongoing battle for a more humane and environmentally-conscious fashion industry, but they are a good start.  Brands carried by ZipFit, like Citizens of Humanity and AG Jeans, produce their pants in factories in Los Angeles, where workers are compensated and treated in accordance with United States labor laws.  Additionally, high-end brands have greater resources with which to invest in practices that are environmentally friendly by comparison, meaning the carbon footprint of your designer denim is much lower than its low-cost alternative.  And the likelihood that your designer denim ends up in the aforementioned friendly neighborhood landfill is much lower, too.

3. Cotton Quality is like Food Ingredients

Let’s start with the raw materials.  Low-cost jeans are made of, you guessed it, low-cost materials.  Often, this means cotton blended with synthetic materials.  Though a little bit of strategically-placed Elastane here and there does help your jeans stretch to fit your body, too much is a recipe for thin and unreliable denim that feels nice and spandex-y at first, but ultimately doesn’t breathe, resist wear and tear, or retain its shape.   Designer denim boasts sturdier, purer cotton, which ultimately makes a huge difference in……

4. All the Steps Matter – The Manufacturing Process

Designer denim, like the brands we carry at ZipFit Denim, goes through an extensive manufacturing process that demands more time and manpower than the cheap, mass-produced pairs sold by fast-fashion retailers.  The high-quality cotton you just read about is woven into fabric with a much higher stitch count than its low-cost counterparts.  The denim is then washed and treated, processes which are usually overlooked in the production of bargain denim.  Washing and treating the denim gives it a leg up in look and feel and also contribute to the denim’s ability to last over time.

So there you have it, an itemized list of four reasons to invest in high-quality denim.  ZipFit Denim makes it even more valuable by tailoring designer denim to fit you perfectly, which means less time in the dressing room and more time sporting your favorite styles, new and old, anywhere and everywhere.

Meet the Team: Hayley Jurgensen, Senior Business Development Executive

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We chatted with Hayley, our superstar Senior Business Development Executive, who shared her favorite denim trend, her daily life at ZipFit, and more!

Where are you from?

Omaha, Nebraska

Where did you go to school, and what did you study?

I attended the University of Dayton, where I majored in Marketing and minored in Communications.

How long have you worked for ZipFit Denim?

2.5 years

What is your perfect fit?

The Citizens of Humanity ‘Rocket’ and the Paige ‘Hoxton’

Describe your perfect Sunday. 

On my ideal Sunday, I sleep in before heading to brunch with friends.  After that, I head home, order dinner in, and lounge around in my pajamas all night!

Who is your style icon?

Bella Hadid– I love her style!

What is your favorite denim trend right now?

I love a clean, straight crop with a fun hem!

What is your Instagram handle?

@hayleyjurg

What is the most embarrassing trend you’ve ever participated in?

OMG.  Definitely the tiny little sweater things that ended at your boobs that were worn over a tank top.  Gross.  Plus the hip-bone belts over jean skirts. Not in belt loops, just hanging there.  Yikes.

What do you do during an average day at ZipFit?

This question stresses me out!!!  Every day is so different.  I always have a lot of meetings, and I also help the sales team book and conduct fittings.  I’m the liaison between sales and the rest of the company, so I am usually tying up loose ends somewhere, trying to schedule and close business development leads.  There are definitely a million other things I’m missing, but those are the main daily duties!

How did you end up at ZipFit?

Liz found me!  She discovered me on LinkedIn and noticed I had just moved to Chicago from New York, where I had previously lived for almost 5 years while working in the fashion world.  She sent me a message, and we set up a phone and in-person interview.  I’ve been hooked ever since!

What’s your favorite ZipFit memory?

There are too many good ones to count! Fitting the Cubs and Dallas Cowboys is up there. Liz telling us she’s pregnant. Officially moving into the new office was sad, but awesome at the same time, too!

 

Meet the Team: Julianna Conenna, Marketing and Communications Manager

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Julianna is pictured here in the Hudson ‘Barbara’ High-Rise Skinny Jean in Coated Black.

We sat down with Julianna, our magnificent Marketing and Communications Manager, to learn a little bit about her background, her day-to-day life at ZipFit, and her ideal Sunday.

How long have you worked at ZipFit Denim?

A little over 2 years.

What is your perfect fit?

I love the J Brand High-Rise Natasha!

Where did you go to school?

I attended DePaul University in Chicago, majoring in Public Relations and Advertising and minoring in Italian!

Describe your perfect Sunday!

My perfect Sunday is getting out of the city and heading home to the suburbs to see my crazy Italian family. We’ll cook together, relax, and just hang out all day. Sunday family dinner has always been a tradition that I love.

Who are your style icons?

Gosh, I have so many!  My love for fashion started with my Nonna and my mom. They were my first fashion inspirations!  I have always loved the classic looks of Coco Chanel but mixed with the edginess of someone like Madonna.  Recently, I’ve become a huge fan of many style influencers, especially Olivia Culpo. My style is always evolving! It really depends on my mood and what I am dressing for!  

What is your favorite denim trend right now?

I am loving the super high-waisted yet unstructured denim trend happening right now. I am also really into the vintage vibe, especially for the warmer months.

What is your Instagram handle?

My Instagram is @juju.bee.like and I primarily post my favorite styles and outfits!

Do you have any hidden talents? What are they?

I’m secretly really good at figure skating!

What is the most embarrassing trend you’ve ever participated in?

Probably Ed Hardy everything from the sneakers to the perfume and Juicy Couture velour handbags with lots of bling!

Cubs or Sox? Or someone else altogether?

Cubbies!

What do you do in an average day at ZipFit?

Loaded question!  On an average day, I am in and out of fittings, either here in our showroom or in cities like NYC and LA.  I am always checking my email so that I can tend to clients’ customer service needs with the best customer service possible. I also spend lots of time prospecting new business through both personal and corporate client acquisition and client gifting. Lastly, I help with our social media and marketing– I am constantly trying to find new and innovative ways to share the ZipFit story and promote our brand!

How did you end up at ZipFit?

I left the crazy public relations agency life to find my way back the world of fashion. After about 6 months of personal styling, Liz found me! We met for coffee and I immediately fell in love with the company culture and our amazing team!

What’s your favorite ZipFit memory?

I have SO many!  One would have to be having the opportunity to fit Deion Sanders at our showroom in Chicago– he’s one of our favorite clients!  Another awesome milestone for us occurred when we all packed up our old showroom and moved into our new, beautiful space. It was a bittersweet time but also super exciting that we outgrew our old space and were ready for something new. 🙂

Meet the Team: Courtney Kresach, Sales Manager

zipfit_fitexperts_courtney_02We sat down with Courtney, our stellar Sales Manager, to learn a little bit about her background, her favorite Chicago sports team, and her ideal Sunday.

How long have you worked for ZipFit?

Two and a half years

How did you end up at ZipFit Denim?

At my old job, someone in passing had just mentioned that they had been fitted for jeans by ZipFit. He had said they “do denim, but include the alterations.” I decided to check them out, and have been working here ever since.

Where are you from?

I’m from Homewood, a suburb south of Chicago.

Where did you go to school?

I studied social services at Eastern Illinois University.

What is your perfect fit?

My perfect fit is a skinny high-rise cut, like the Paige Hoxton jeans (pictured above)!

What is your favorite denim trend right now?

My favorite trend right now is the high-rise flare, like the J Brand Maria!

Describe your perfect Sunday

My perfect Sunday starts with brunch surrounded by friends and ends with a Blackhawks victory.

What is the most embarrassing trend you’ve ever participated in?

JNCO jeans and Palazzo pants — yikes!

Cubs or Sox?

Blackhawks

What do you do in an average day at ZipFit?

Every day is different, but finding our clients’ perfect fit in 15 minutes is always at the core of whatever it is we’re doing.

What’s your favorite ZipFit memory?

Once, I was scared absolutely sh*tless by Cate and Hayley (two of our Fit Experts) as they returned to the showroom from a trip to New York City and caught me completely off-guard.

Why Freezing Your Jeans is the Coolest Way to Clean Them

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Shown here: Fidelity Gwen High-Rise in ‘Onyx’

Here at ZipFit Denim, we take our jean cleaning very seriously.  Proper care prolongs the life of our denim, which allows us to stock up on other styles rather than replacing the same pair over and over.  Who doesn’t want that?

The first rule of denim laundering is that you should never, ever, ever put your jeans in the dryer.  Francine Rabinovich, founder of Denim Therapy, told Yahoo! News that “the heat of the machine damages the cotton and weakens the fabric.”  We agree.  It also diminishes stretchiness, shrinks the denim, and jeopardizes the consistency of the dye used.

If you must use a washing machine, it’s essential to turn your jeans inside-out and wash them in cold water, preferably on the gentlest setting that bad boy has to offer.  When the wash is over, either lay the denim flat or hang it up to dry.  This reinforces the shape of the pants, preventing unwanted creasing or wrinkles.  Dark wash jeans prone to dye transfer should be washed alone, and light wash jeans should only be washed with other light articles of clothing.

That said, our team’s favorite way to refresh stinky jeans is by sandwiching them right in between next week’s pork chops and the frozen berries you bought when you promised to finally start using the Magic Bullet Blender Mom and Dad bought for your birthday four years ago.

To properly freeze your jeans, we recommend the following steps, courtesy of Intermix.

  1. Spot clean your jeans and let dry completely (we recommend a sponge or toothbrush for spot cleaning!)
  2. Fold jeans lengthwise and smooth out wrinkles.
  3. Place jeans in a zip-lock bag and seal completely, without air.
  4. Place jeans in your freezer for at least 24 hours.
  5. Remove jeans from your freezer, shake out and enjoy!

Sound high-maintenance?  It isn’t.  We recommend freeze-drying your denim when it starts to smell, which for most of us happens after about 1-2 months of regular wear.

So why is your freezer the coolest spot to clean jeans?  Aside from the obvious, there are benefits aplenty.

First and foremost, freezing your jeans extends their lifespan by sparing them the unthinkable abuse inflicted by your washer-dryer while neutralizing any unsavory aromas just as effectively.

There’s also an environmental benefit.  According to The Soluna Collective, 71 percent of the energy consumed in the process of washing one load of laundry powers the dryer alone.  16 percent of the energy consumed heats the water required to wash a load of laundry on a setting other than “cold.”  When you freeze your jeans, you not only avoid the monetary and environmental costs of running separate loads of laundry to preserve denim dye, you also save at least 14 gallons of water.  What’s good for your jeans is great for the planet!

Lastly, with those hot summer months fast approaching, frozen jeans guarantee a subtle-yet-effective temporary solution to beat the heat on your morning commute.  The chilly fabric will cool you down and help wake you up, and nobody on the Blue Line will know your secret.  Sounds like a denim win-win!  Alas, if you prefer room temperature legs, or it’s winter and this benefit simply does not apply, just pop your pants into the freezer first thing Sunday morning– we both know you’ll be in sweatpants all day.

We love freezing our jeans, and hopefully you feel the same way after you give it a try.  It’d be a lot cooler if you did!

Want to learn more about the proper care and keeping of jeans?  Head over to our Frequently Asked Questions or send us an email!