nicole manek

The best replacement for vintage denim

The mom jean, aka vintage denim from the 80s and 90s, has become a hot commodity over the past couple of years and shows no signs of slowing down.

Mainstream stores have finally caught up and are trying their best to replicate what once was. I’m sad to report that very few come close to the wonder of finding that butt hugging, faded out wonder that is a pair of vintage Levis, but I know not everyone has the time to hunt them down (and trust me it’s a hunt, it took me trying on at least ten pairs to find glass slipper denim).

My first advice is to go where those who know have picked them for you. If you live in Toronto you can check out House of Vintage, 69 Vintage pop-ups, Horses Atelier and Ardith for a good pair. Take at least 3 pairs into the change room and don’t be afraid to nip in the waist if the butt fits perfectly. It’s an easy alteration.

Now, if you are the person who can’t spare a few hours hunting for vintage denim, here are my online go to’s that will get you in the ballpark.

I’m wearing The Gap Cone denim which is a sustainable collaboration with denim manufacturer CONE out of Denmark. The fit and crop feel vintage-y and the wash is really nice. I suggest going for petite (like I did) if you are 5’4″ and under.

Secondly, you can go to the source and get the Levis Wedgie fit jeans or some good old 501s that really stand the test of time in terms of style.

If you’ve got money to burn order yourself a pair of ReDones. I wasn’t a believer until I tried them myself. They are pretty damn awesome if you’ve got the cash, which I didn’t! I just tried them on at TNT. 😉

Happy Hunting!




Hat – photographer’s own | Jacket – Value Village | Blouse – Vince | Jeans – Gap | Bag – Sandro | Shoes – Club Monaco

Photo Credit – Cocomero Content