Behind the Blues Interview Series: Emily from Pretty & Poor

by Jaime on May 2, 2010

The fantastic Emily has a great interview that you’ll just adore! Between her fun sense of humor, amazingly great sense of style and her ability to blend her amazing talents for fashion and life together, you know that this Pretty & Poor writer will give you a fantastic interview. Enjoy!

Pretty & Poor is the most amazing blend of style, hilarity and information. How did you start P&P and why?

Hi, I’m Emily. And I’m a shopaholic. That’s why I started Pretty and Poor. Well, that’s the essence of it, but there’s so much more to the story. After I graduated college and moved out into the “real world,” I felt as if something was missing from my life. In college, I was constantly into a plethora of activities—and that’s how I liked it—but after graduating and falling into the routine of working every day, I knew I needed something more to occupy my time (besides just spending my hard-earned money). So I started Pretty and Poor to share my stories of shopping, fashion and the overall antics of my life with others! Plus, I look at Pretty and Poor as step one to starting my fashion empire.

And sometimes I actually think of Pretty and Poor as a support group—a place where likeminded shopaholics can gather to share tales, and a laugh, from their fabulous lives!

What is your favorite pair of jeans, the ones you throw on and instantly make you feel amazing?

Right now, I’m really digging The Rocker by Joe’s Jeans. They’re a pair of heavily distressed jeans with a low-rise and lots of ripping and detailing. When I slide into them I actually feel like a rock star—so the style name is very accurate. I like pairing them with leather jackets for the total rock star effect. But, when I put them on with frilly, light pink girly tops and a lot of pearls, the juxtaposition is just amazing! I’m always a fan of Joe’s and True Religion jeans—when I’m in a rush, I can order the fits I love in my size and I know they’ll look great!

How about a pair that didn’t work for you? Tell us about it, and what you learned from the experience.

Jean shopping can actually be difficult for some people! And despite what your body looks like, there will always be a pair or two that just don’t work for you. And that’s something a lot of people need to learn to accept: there will be clothes that don’t work for you and your body shape. That’s not a bad thing. It’s just the fact of the matter. Never try to fit into something that doesn’t make you look fabulous.

One brand of denim that I’ve never been able to wear is Seven For All Mankind. I have a very curvy figure and my experience with Seven’s is that they’re cut more straight and narrow. For a long time, this really bothered me and I’d attempt to squeeze myself into Seven styles that just didn’t work! Finally, I got over the stigma and found a couple brands that did accommodate my bigger behind, like Joe’s Jeans and True Religion (which I always recommend to my sisters with a little junk in the trunk).

If you were designing a denim line, what would your main focus be?

My main focus would be on denim to accommodate different body shapes! Right now, there are so many great styles of denim available. I think we’re at a time when almost any cut of jean is acceptable. Straight leg, skinny leg, high-waisted, boot cut, flared, wide leg…the list goes on. But I think women are really looking for solutions that work for them—that are most flattering on their body! People want their jeans to accentuate what they love. So I would focus on creating stylish, premium denim tailored to play up what you love MOST about your lower half.

What was your first pair of designer denim… and how much did you pay for them?

When Juicy Couture was just becoming a popular brand several years ago, I splurged for a pair of their denim. I had these jeans forever and LOVED them!  But after patching them several times, I wore them out and ended up having to switch my denim brand preference because Juicy dramatically reduced their denim offering. I’ve never been able to find any jeans that fit my body quite like those suckers did!

What’s the hardest thing for you when it comes to finding the right pair of jeans?

I have a terrible time deciding on the wash! I love it all: destroyed, dark denim, stretchy dark denim, stretchy light denim, and indigo…it never ends! Like I said earlier, I have certain styles that I love! But with today’s premium denim lines available in tons of washes and fabrics, I have a difficult time deciding whether to go wild or stay more conservative. And for what it’s worth, my eccentric side usually wins. Go big, or go home.

If you had one personal tip for DD readers, what would it be?

Life’s too short to wear boring jeans! This could be applied to denim or life in general (if you want to get really deep).  We’re living in a time where almost any style of jean is a go when paired with the right outfit! Get out there, have a little fun and don’t be afraid to jump out of your comfort zone. But on the other hand, if the jeans fit (and fit well) then get at least three pairs. You’ll thank me later (when your favorite style is discontinued)!

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FaithJ May 3, 2010 at 9:37 am

Nice to meet you Emily, I will check out your blog. Joe’s are my faves too, and I’m wearing a pair of Rockers into the ground, they are my perfect jean, good thing the cuts don’t change from year to year, just the washes and distressing.


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