Spotted: Serena van der Woodsen sporting the trendiest sustainable jeans. Looks like the cold weather temps can't stop this Upper East Sider from rocking a crop: On a recent stroll with her husband, our favorite "It Girl" was seen wearing DL1961 sustainable denim, warming up her otherwise exposed ankles with an oversized coat, lace-up boots, and a beanie. Nice one, S.
Pardon the cheesy CW intro, it was hard to resist. Real talk, though—we're head over heels for Blake Lively's recent outfit, particularly her earth-friendly, straight-leg jeans. After doing some Gossip Girl-worthy investigating, turns out they're DL1961 Emilie Straight Jeans in Lt. Seaglass ($199), and we'll definitely be buying a pair before the season's end.
Upper East Siders—Meet your new favorite jean. The Emilie style features a high-rise waist and a 27-inch inseam for just a smidge of crop. But that distressed vintage wash? They’re so good, you’ll never miss your black leggings again. If you prefer a dark wash, we also love the Dark Distressed version (it’s a deeper indigo that’s really pretty).
Normally, we'd be skeptical about cropped jeans in the middle of January. Especially on a stroll through TriBeCa? Nope—that's a one-way ticket to frozen ankle town. Leave it to Lively to convince us otherwise. She booted up with a pair of lace-up Rag & Bone beauties (hello, hiking boot trend) that hid the cropped hem but looked absolutely adorable (and warm) on.
But it's not the cropped design we love most. DL1961 is all about sustainability, something we'd love to see more of in the denim world. ICYMI, traditional blue jean production isn't exactly eco-friendly—it sucks up a lot of water, emits pollutants, and requires a ton of energy and resources. Instead, DL1961 closed-loop denim is made using recycled materials and waterless technology to create stylish, high-quality jeans. On top of cleaner dyes and chemicals, energy efficiency, and ethical practices, these jeans are about as green as they get.
The only downside is that they'll set you back a cool $199. But quality comes with a price tag, and these jeans are premium. Eco-friendly materials aside, the cut and vintage wash are *chef's kiss*, perfect for transitioning from season to season. Look closely, though, and you'll see that the devil is in the details. According to the brand's website, each pair is brushed with "authentic sanding, pocket grinding, and small knickings all over." From small slits on the back of the hems to slight rips on the back pockets, they're effortlessly cool, and something Serena van der Woodsen herself would have worn on the stairs of the Met.
If $199 is a little steep, there are a handful of other DL1961 styles on sale worth of A-list attention. If you like the straight-leg style of the Emilie but don't want the crop, these Ultra-High Rise Vintage 31" are down from $219 to $175. Or, lean into the flare trend and snag the Rachel Flare Ultra High-Rise Instasculpt 35" ($149) with code "SALEONSALE20" at checkout.
You know you love
me these jeans. Treat yourself to an A-list approved look that's sustainable, high-quality, and classic enough to take you season after season. Xoxo, Gossip Girl.
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