Denim will never die. Not only because good denim is a key wardrobe ingredient of which you can never have too much (see: a certain red-carpet couple circa 2001), but also because it can — and should — last forever.
If you’ve ever been a denim stan yourself, you’re sure to recognize the icon that is 7 For All Mankind. You know, the classic mid-rise jeans with varying embroidered pockets, worn by everyone who is anyone over the last 20 years. And with the evolution of denim trends, 7 For All Mankind has adequately followed suit — the brand just re-released some of its classic styles made fresh for the new decade, along with impeccably tailored, ready-to-wear pieces.
In celebration of 20 years of 7, we asked five totally different yet totally stylish creatives to reflect on their denim days of yore, and which 7 For All Mankind pieces they’ll be seen in forever.
Tori Young, branded content editor
Through times of gaucho pants and flip flops, it took Tori a while to figure out what “style” really meant for her. Now, she’s a fan of throwback trends and playing around with bold color. Tori would wear the below outfit in an everyday circumstance, but ideally somewhere she can show off her 7’s — like at a Broadway show or an important meeting.
Tori on dressing retro: So many brands I love are channeling previous decades for their latest lines. I love that I can immediately feel confident in the quality, fit, and detail of something that still screams “retro chic.” That’s an easy purchase, if you ask me.
Tori on color: In New York, everyone loves black (including me!). But especially as spring approaches, I’m trying to embrace shades I didn’t typically wear before. I like to start with a brand I love and trust, then seek out unique pieces I might have overlooked in the past.
Tori on her 7’s: I’m honestly shook that 7 For All Mankind re-released their 080 style denim. The bootcut is absolutely back, and these are the most high-quality, uniquely detailed jeans you can get. Paired with this tailored boyfriend blazer and you’ve got what I call a “lewk.” Everyone knows I only wear blazers when I’m looking to impress.
Follow Tori on Instagram @torielisey.
AJ Gutierrez, creative director
For AJ, creative direction isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle. When he’s not judging the latest movie trailers on his podcast, he can be found taking pictures around town or watching a basketball game — most likely in this exact outfit. AJ used to be a “skater shoes and graphic tees” kinda guy, but he has since become a man of what we like to call “Saturday street style.”
AJ on outfit balance: I like keeping my wardrobe simple and using sneakers and accessories to elevate. The days of crazy, sparkled-pocket designs are over, so when you’re looking for a new pair of jeans, make sure they’re ones you won’t mind wearing everyday. Keep it simple, and make sure they fit right.
AJ on style inspo: I’m always looking to my favorite athletes for outfit inspiration, and social media is a great tool to see where the trends are. Honestly, just walking around Brooklyn gives me some great street style inspiration.
AJ on his 7’s: This look is all about simplicity, quality, and comfort. I’d much rather invest in a few solid staple pieces than deal with the BS of something lower quality. This jacket is something I can dress up or down, and a slim fit of well-made denim will never get old.
Follow AJ on Instagram @ajgootz.
2. Nikon Sentry SS, 42 MM, $250 at Nixon; 3. Tokyo Kyojin 1940 Vintage Ballcap, $39 at Ebbets Field Flannels; 4. Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 Vintage, $100 at Nike; 7. Hyde Sunglasses, $70 at MVMT; 8. Crosstown Shoulder Pack, $58 at Only NY
Kat Gutierrez, director of content management
Some might relate to having a “goth phase” in high school, but Kat credits hers for her ability to take style risks. She’s notorious for going bold, black, and perfectly accessorized. Her fashion inspiration typically comes from the fashion week runways, but she says this outfit is more of an everyday look, for meetings or dinners alike.
Kat on her absolute best style tip: I almost always wear my jeans tucked in with a belt. Never underestimate the power of a belt to pull a simple look together.
Kat on style evolution: 7 For All Mankind has a special place in my heart — my first pair of premium jeans were 7’s! When I was 15, I came to New York with my mom and bought a pair; I can still remember how excited I was to wear my new 7’s to school the next week. I’ve always been known to invest in one premium blue jean and one premium black jean each year. That’s all you really need.
Kat on her 7’s: This outfit is perfect for my every day. I can wear it to work and feel confident in meetings, then head to dinner in Brooklyn and feel just as prepared. I love the fun pattern of the top paired with the classic high-waist jean and simple accessories.
Follow Kat on Instagram @kat.gootz.
4. KVD Vegan Beauty Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $21 at Sephora; 5. Chunky Layered Open Hoop Earrings, $19 at & Other Stories; 6. Croc Embossed Wide Leather Belt, $69 at & Other Stories; 7. Hampton Bootie Tony Bianco, $181 at Revolve
Michael Wei, content manager
Since his teenage days of cowboy boots and snake bites, Michael’s style has both simplified and become surprisingly versatile. He takes “dressing for success” to a whole new level, picking pieces for the possibility that anything could happen in a given day. The opportunities in his below look are actually endless.
Michael on confidence: The way you style yourself is just another opportunity for self-expression. Don’t be afraid to hold your head high and speak your truth.
Michael on city style: Every day, I’m inspired by the people of New York City. They carry a level of fearlessness and it shows in their fashion. New Yorkers don’t need an occasion to look incredible — they are the occasion. That’s what I try to emulate whether I’m wearing a tailored trouser or my favorite pair of jeans.
Michael on his 7’s: I love that this outfit is both versatile and mobile. I can wear this suit at work, on a park stroll, or at a rooftop bar. It’s a modern yet classic look that will never disappoint. A good piece from 7 will last a lifetime — it becomes a part of your story.
Follow Michael on Instagram @thatssoweiven.
2. Casual Belt, $145 at Troubadour; 3. Kastrup 2.0 Nylon Backpack, $495 at Want Les Essentiels; 5. Ann Demeulemeester Blanche Lace-Up Boots, $540 at Farfetch; 6. Sun and Moon Watch, $245 at Mr. Jones Watches; 8. TUXEDO - Le Vestiaire des Parfums, from $175 at Yves Saint Laurent
Remy Fine, creative strategist
Known for her big ideas, big glasses, and big love for her cat Kitty Smalls, Remy describes her past style as “flashy, sassy, and overly matchy.” Today, she opts for quality fit over shiny design any day — but still keeps “sassy” in the mix for fun. In this outfit, Remy might have just landed in L.A. (Kitty Smalls in tow), dressed to impress at a trendy lunch spot.
Remy on style icons: Growing up, my mom was a badass creative director who happened to be a fashion buyer in Paris as a side-gig. She taught me to stand out and find my own unique style in a sea of patterned leggings and baggy tees.
Remy on quality: I know that when I buy a pair of 7 For All Mankind denim, not only is it going to look great, but it’s going to last. My advice? Don’t overthink how you wear your jeans. To me, it’s all about fit — more specifically, how it shapes my butt. As long as you prioritize quality and fit, you can’t go wrong.
Remy on her 7’s: The best part about my 7’s is the versatility. I can go from the office to dinner and drinks and not have to sweat about going home to change. I love the distressed look — they’re edgy enough for my personal style but the top-tier quality keeps them in the mix for more professional ventures.
Follow Remy on Instagram @remy_nf.
2. Dior Lip Maximizer, $34 at Dior; 3. Wild One Air Travel Carrier, $125 at Wild One; 4. JAX Black Micro Mini Tote Bag, $35 at Topshop; 6. Prada Transparent Detail Sandals, $474 at Farfetch; 7. Simon Eyeglasses, $145 at Warby Parker
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