Dying for denim: The ‘RUSSH’ editors’ favourites right now

One could argue Denim is the most versatile of fabrics. But with many options of differing weights, washes and fits, it can sometimes prove a momentous task in finding great quality denim that will not only last a lifetime, but fit.

We all know that as humans, we are built differently from one another, so what may fit my body, may not fit yours. That's why trial and error is part and parcel with finding the pair of jeans that'll fit just right or the denim jacket cropped at the right height – no gaping or pulling please and thank you. If only we were all a part of the sisterhood of travelling pants...

All of that being said – the RUSSH team present: our favourite denim pieces of the moment. May this list assist you in your search of denim dreams.


Stacey Gaskin

Consumer Revenue Manager

RUSSH editors' best denim

I would argue that denim is one of the best fabrications. It’s comfortable, there are different weights of denim for the right time of year, and we can’t forget about double denim being an enduring style that will never get old.

There’s always denim on my wishlist… Starting off with this Neo Jumpsuit from Aje and while we’re on the Aje train, this Bambie denim mini dress is all types of cute (yes, I’m already thinking about a Spring wardrobe while I’m sat here in a full winter get-up).

Now let’s talk about jeans. I’d love to pick up these Lee Mid Baggy jeans. They’re classic and oh, so versatile. I’ve also had my eye on these Neuw denim wide leg jeans. The royal indigo shade does things to me. The last two denim pieces I’d love to treat myself with are accessories. This DIESEL cap would never leave my head and this Coperni Baguette Swipe Bag is, as Paris would say – “so hot”.


Phoebe Holden


RUSSH editors' best denim

For New Zealand Fashion Week a couple of years ago, I wore baggy boyfriends jeans with an oversized denim shirt in a slightly darker wash, paired with a vintage heel I felt snug but presentable (key when you are as lazy as I am). I’d like to recreate that fit for winter and I have the perfect shirt from Calvin Klein but I’m in the market for a new pair of jeans, I love the Citizens of Humanity Ayla Baggy’s currently at Simon James and these 2023 Acne Super Baggy’s are *chef’s kiss

Unrealistic but while we are here, I am on the hunt for a large floral brooch to pin to my new Friends with Frank coat and I just stumbled across this denim CHANEL number from the 90s, I mean, come on….


Hannah Cooper

Executive Fashion Director

Denim is such a versatile fabric, and I love when a designer takes a traditionally common fabric and subverts it to become something extraordinary. These are some of my favourite designers who do just that. 

Fidan Novruzova- This girl knows a great silhouette and this denim coat is case in point. If you don’t know her, do some research, you are welcome. 

Y/Project- My favourite denim frenchies. This Paris based brand plays with denim so well and are constantly redesigning the ‘wheel’ when it comes to the fabric. I have so many Y/Project denim pieces in my wardrobe already but one style I love and haven’t gotten my hands on yet is the banana jean. I’m obsessed with the fit and the way it elongates the leg. The denim wiring pieces are incredible too. 

Loewe- Okay, I know I always suggest Loewe but there’s a reason for it. Jonathan Anderson just can’t do wrong. These denim shoes and cute little bermudas are case in point. 

Beaufille- This Canadian brand may not be the most wild in their denim designs, but I dare you to produce a more perfectly shaped denim jacket and skirt. Heaven. So subtle and clean but perfectly chic and versatile. 

Jean Paul Gaultier- The name says it all, this brand has been at the forefront of daring fashion for decades, and the denim is so fun at the moment. This cropped jacket and Blue Shayne Oliver edition oversized piece are to die for. 


Mia Steiber

Digital Strategy Director & Associate Publisher

I genuinely do need some new jeans. I’ve worn through the crotch of my faithful favourite Neuw Denim pair. Browsing around, I must say I’m a slave to Rag and Bone denim. I’ve owned some of their pairs in the past and I love the fit. I find they’re the most true to size and also accommodating of anyone with a Pilates peach. I’m choosing between this Harlow pair  and the Sofie pair. I probably also need to upgrade my denim jacket. Am I still wearing the New Look jacket I bought in 2009? Yes. Is it starting to look properly ratty? Also yes. If budget allows, I’d love this ACNE one. I also did buy a pair of denim shorts this month. I got a pair of Rollas for my upcoming trip. I find Rollas tend to have the nicest fit around the butt, which is so essential for shorts.


Cassandra Dimitroff

Production Editor

Like most people, I am extremely picky when it comes to denim, but lately I’ve been living in my UNIQLO Wide Straight Jeans. I love them first because they look great and are super comfy, but second because I can fit a pair of thermal leggings underneath when needed and I am essentially a cold-blooded reptile in winter that needs to layer for survival. But outside of those, I’m also partial to Afends Shelby’s and a good pair of Levi’s 517s (a favourite of Carolyn Bessette’s) or 511s.


Megan Nolan

Marketing Manager

To say I have a love affair with denim jeans is an understatement, I wear them almost every day. Over the last year I went on the hunt for the perfect pair of baggy jeans and I’m very happy with my finds. Firstly the Dr. Denim Donna baggy jeans.. I have them in the light blue and also the dust washed black which are a charcoal colour with deep orange stitching. Weirdly each colour fits me differently, but both are long enough for my six foot tall frame which is always a win.

You can never go wrong with a pair of Levi’s 501’s. My first was a hand me down from my mum’s 90s wardrobe and I wore them until they fell apart. I then spent years searching vintage stores for more, but luckily for us Levi’s have brought them back which means it’s much easier to find your perfect pair these days.


Olivia Repaci

Creative Studio and Campaigns Manager

My absolute favourite pair of jeans, my ride and die, my Agolde Criss Cross Jeans, are on sale on Net-A-Porter right now. They are getting thread bare so I’m thinking I should get a back up pair for when they start to fall apart. I’m also thinking about diversifying the waist height of my jeans, it’s currently 100% high waisted and I think I’m ready to commit to a mid rise? These mid rise Lee ones are calling my name. I am also in love with a really dark blue/indigo jean, and this cut by Nobody feels super fresh and unique from the classic baggy and mum style jeans I’ve loved in the past.


Alys Hale

Music Editor

Denim is not something I find particularly easy, what looks relaxed on most people can leave me looking like a frazzled divorcé on moving day. However, denim is an essential part of a wardrobe and these Neuw Nicos are a very good staple. I appreciate their comfort and simplicity, especially when doing physical work. The Japanese have always done denim well and I love Junya Watanabe, this denim blazer dress is much more in my comfort zone and just so happens to be on sale. This shirt by Christoper Esber is a beautiful take on denim and I love this denim jacket trench coat fusion by Helmut Lang.


Karen Leong

Digital Writer

I love mottled denim in alternative colourways. Basically anything that looks like it’s rusted off or in reverse-gradients of acid-wash I end up plunking in my cart. These Didu and FIDAN NOVRUZOVA coats are the hardware pieces I’ve been lusting after. In these Sydney winds, you need a little bit of sculptural body armour. With these boyfriend jeans from NEUW denim, I’ll be winter-ready and poised for any drafts. In fact, why stop there? This Jean Paul Gaultier cropped trench is a transeasonal pick for when it’s finally warm enough to bare my midriff again.


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