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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: October 4, 2013

The five best local shops to buy jeans

Whether you’re a denim devotee that isn’t afraid to splurge or you’re on a constant search for that broken-in pair of 501’s, these are the spots you need to check out to buy your next pair of blues.

1. Portland Dry Goods (237 Commercial Street)
I like to refer to this shop as “man mecca”. The staff is knowledgable, the selection is curated and every time I leave I smell like cologne and I love it.  A little birdie told me that they’ll start stocking more items for women soon. Hip, hip, hooray! In the meantime, their selection of men’s selvedge denim is unmatched.  Try on a pair of 3sixteen jeans and your life may never be the same again, fellas. And if you know how selvedge works, you know you won’t be washing your jeans anytime soon. Even more of a bonus, right?

2. Bliss Boutique (58 Exchange Street)
You’ve all seen Bliss’ wall of denim and they aren’t cheap. Bliss carries brands like Citizens of Humanity, J.Brand and 7 for All Mankind in a vast array of washes, sizes and cuts. If you’re someone that wants a pair that will last and last, go here for knowledgeable help and styles that are of the moment but also timeless.

photo c/o Bliss Boutique

3. Find (16 Free Street, Portland; 456 Payne Road, Scarborough)
Levis, J.Crew, Gap, Wranglers – old and new – I’ve found some of my absolute favorite pairs of denim at Find. Since the assortment is ever changing and the selection of sizes is on two full racks, chances are you’ll find a pair you’ll love at a price you won’t feel guilty about.

4. Second Time Around (28 Exchange Street)
Some of you swear by STA for jeans, though I’ve yet to have luck there. Here you’ll find jeans from both ends of the spectrum. On a recent visit I spotted some pairs from Paige Denim and a few cute styles from Banana Republic. It’s always worth a look.

photo c/o portland flea-for-all

5. Portland Flea-for-All (125 Kennebec Street)
The flea is KILLING it with vintage clothes lately. I mean, killing it. Where else can you fly a slew of local vintage sellers under one roof with the possibility of a food truck nearby? Nowhere else, my friends. Nowhere else. Head here if you can’t stop dreaming about a pair of high-waisted bell bottoms. Chances are you’ll find it.

What did I miss? Where do you go when it’s time to go jean shopping?

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