Payton Sartain in Topshop

It’s so fun to watch the denim industry evolve…it seems that several years ago, premium denim on its own was going fairly strong with all of its high tech, innovative fabrics and beautiful specialty washes. I could be wrong, but it didn’t seem that vintage denim had much of a popular place yet. It didn’t take too long though, as many who aren’t that fond of the stretchy denim that was created to combat the quick rise in the athleisure market began seeking more 100% cotton varieties in the form of vintage denim. With the rise of companies like Nasty Gal, as well as sort of an underground cult following of vintage styles, vintage denim became just as popular as its more modern counterparts. Now, it’s been interesting to me to see these pieces blend with some of the more current trends (even though some current trends still are coming full circle from past eras). Here is Hustle + Halcyon blogger Payton Sartain in Topshop, wearing the Step Hem Straight Leg Jeans in a light denim wash. The raw hem trend has been my favorite these last few years, and the step (or uneven) hem is a new variation of it. Of course, cutoffs aren’t anything new, but I hadn’t really seen it applied to much other than skirts or shorts. These Topshop jeans are a high rise item that “brings modern nonchalance to normcore straight-leg jeans cut from light-wash stretch denim.” I don’t think I could have put it better! I love how the step hem is cut from released hems, not cutoffs, for an extra chic and unique accent!

Payton Sartain in Topshop - Closeup

Shop the Topshop Step Hem Straight Leg Jeans here.

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Lana Ober
I’ve been quite the denim fanatic for several years now, and am happy to apply this passion to something that I can share with others. I am also a graphic designer/web developer and have done design work for two of the biggest designer boutiques in town, which is partly to blame for the 100 plus pairs of jeans I now own in my collection! It always fascinates me how much can be done with the denim fabric alone, and the constant innovations will always keep me hooked.


  1. I keep seeing girls in high rise loose full length Levis in a light not distressed or spot faded wash that skim/drape and look like they don’t stretch. They are worn loose, below the natural waist. Not tight anywhere. Like Katherine Hepburn would wear now. When I go to the web site, I don’t see them. Any idea what jeans they are? They are not Re-done and I have seen too many of them to be vintage.

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