While I may prefer a chic dress and a craft cocktail, sometimes it’s nice to just throw on a pair of comfortable jeans and a t-shirt, and break out the lawn furniture and fire pit for an evening of sipping clear alcohol of dubious origin from a Mason jar.
As moonshine has gone mainstream, recipes designed to make ‘shine more palatable have cropped up everywhere. My favorite is something from Ole Smokey called ‘Vampire Cherry,’ a wickedly sweet, and surprisingly drinkable, concoction of Dr. Pepper, moonshine, simple syrup and Maraschino cherries.
Paige Skyline’s are my favorite casual jean. They’re skinny but don’t cut off the circulation to your calves, and the pocket placement is perfect. I also like that they have a mid-rise and come in a wide variety of washes.
I own ‘Moonrise’ (above), ‘Delancey’ (a more uniform dark wash) and their white jean. I tried to buy their black jean, but the material is much less forgiving than the blue jeans, so I need to size up at least one size.
If you’re looking for something with a slightly wider leg opening, I like the AG Ballad jean, a slim-fitting bootcut style. I’m still rocking my 7 for All Mankind A-Pockets from 2003. And if you have a tough to fit figure, I love my Cookie Johnson ‘Faith’ straight leg jeans.
Need less expensive jeans? I’ve had decent luck with Old Navy’s Rockstar jean, better luck with American Eagle. I like their mid-rise straight jean, though it can be tough to find it in a decent wash. I also like the ‘trouser jean’ at Banana Republic (comes in tall sizes).
If you’re petite or plus-size, please leave denim recommendations in the comments. I think that advice would be more helpful than any look-alike pieces I could find.