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How To Wear Denim Like A French Girl


It seems the entire world is on a quest to dress like Parisian style icons, chasing that effortless tomboy approach to feminine style made viral by modern stars like Clémence Poésy and Léa Seydoux. If you’re also looking to add a bit of French girl flare to your look, we’d recommend a browse through the fall 2014 collection of  Laurence Doligé—a sportswear designer who has successfully combined effortless chambray with patchwork denim, peplum coats, and luxe slouchy knitwear into one offering of serious class. See the collection here, and check out our tips on dressing with je ne sais quoi below.

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1. Mix dressy with casual. If you’re wearing a silk blouse, pair it with boyfriend jeans. A pair of tailored slacks go perfect with a crisp white tee. Roll up those sleeves and add some pearls!

2. Wear black and white. Sounds basic, and, well, it is. Try a white pair of jeans with a black knit sweater, tucked into the front. Add some gold cuff bracelets and a pair of easy flats. Done.

3. A simple frock does the job like nothing else. Whether it’s a button down cotton summer dress in a solid off-white hue or a pinstriped chambray cocktail number, less is more when you’re pulling off French-inspired style.

4. Find the perfect tailored jacket. No cutting corners on this one. There are few outfits that won’t be transformed into instant chic with the addition of a killer jacket. Pair it with skinnies and flats, belt it around the waist, and find the perfect clutch to carry.

5. Think beyond the skinny jean. French femmes know how to rock a pair of ultra wide leg pants. Pair wide leg jeans with a crop top and a long knit cardigan. A brimmed hat and some silver jewelry and you’re ready to hit the streets.

How do you pull off the French girl look? Let us know on facebook!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 29 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

How To Make Double Denim Look Expensive


Once upon a time, the phrase double denim called to mind images of “Canadian tuxedos” and horrific family photos from the 90s featuring multiple generations wearing jean shirts and jeans. But then, a couple years ago, double denim became a thing. The chicest models-off-duty and fashion editors began sporting the look to fashion week, and then style bloggers ran wild with it. Fall is a denim-heavy season to be sure, so to gear up for it, we’re breaking down ways to make your double denim look expensive and stylish, with the help of this great outfit from Viva Luxury.

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Images via Viva Luxury.

Tips:

1. Mix washes. Pairing two medium wash denim pieces together? Bad. Mixing a medium-to-light wash chambray button down with acid wash jeans? Perfection.

2. Tote a chic bag. Head-to-toe denim with a fabric bag over your shoulder definitely looks casual-cool, but not “expensive”. Do yourself a favor and grab your vintage chanel clutch or other cute purse to keep the look high end.

3. Wear fresh kicks. Nothing says “I am effortlessly stylish and I make more money than you!” than a pair of fresh, clean kicks to punctuate your outfit. Bonus points for metallics.

Love this look? See more photos here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 22 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

A Peek Inside Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab


Take a peek inside Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab  (aka: where the magic happens) in a recent issue of Jean Stories, wherein Jonathan Cheung, SVP of global design, gives a VIP tour.

“You may not have heard of Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab – but if you love jeans, you should know about it. From the outside, it’s an unassuming brick building in San Francisco’s Embarcadero. On the inside, though, magic happens. Here, the prototypes for new denim developments that shape not just the Levi’s we live in, but the entire industry – from washes, to treatments, to advances in sustainability – are made.” (See more)

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Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab

Levi’s Eureka Innovation Lab

See more denim-porn and read the full interview with Jonathan Cheung at Jean Stories.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 15 2014 in Denim Therapy

How To Breathe New Life Into Your Favorite Jeans


Ever wonder how to bring new life to an old pair of favorite jeans? Aside from sending them in to Denim Therapy for any physical repairs they may desperately need, you can re-style and revive your baby blues with some styling tricks. The upside to this? Aside from avoiding spending your hard-earned summer income on denim this fall, you will also be doing something for the environment:

Via The Zoe Report: “By either repurposing your outdated jeans—you know, the long-forgotten-about pairs hiding at the bottom of a drawer—or seeking out pre-loved varieties, you’ll not only be adding intrigue to your wardrobe, but you’ll also be reducing landfill waste (clothing contributes up to 5%). Here, you’ll find three crazy-cool resources to give your blues game a boost!”

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Click through to find out how to revive your favorite jeans for fall.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 11 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Before & After: Jeans With Ripped Knees


In line with last week’s before & after post (in case you missed it, we shared a before & after repair involving worn-out whiskers that eventually tore), this week we repaired jeans with tears in the knee area, where whiskers had also appeared after years of wear. Talk about a favorite pair! Check out the before and after below, and send in your favorite pair of jeans for some denim-doctor-ing if they need it.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 08 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Before & After: Jeans With Ripped Whiskers


As you might remember from last week, we repair more than just the typical crotch hole and knee hole here at Denim Therapy. A pair of jeans came in recently with an array of worn-out tears in the whisker region, likely from years of loving wear. If you have a favorite pair of jeans, you may notice a similar pattern (in which case you should send them in, asap). Check out the before and after below, to see what we were able to do for this customer.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Sep 01 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Do Spanx Jeans Make You Look Thinner… For Real?


According to StyleCaster’s Leah Bourne, the answer is a resounding “Yes”. Inspired by Sarah Blakely, founder of Spanx, and her mission to create a pair of jeans that fit like leggings and suck in excess weight in all the right places, Bourne got a pair for herself to see if they walked the walk. She found that while they definitely lived up to their task of being shape wear, they didn’t feel too tight or “like a girdle”. Even after a full day’s wear, they had the stamp of approval.

How do they work? According to Blakely, who spoke to StyleCaster, “There’s a magic tummy panel sewn right into The Slim-X jean and a uniquely designed shaping waistband in The Signature style. We also created slimming patterns for both cuts—the skinny and straight, so that thighs appear thinner and legs longer.”

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Image via StyleCaster. 

So the verdict? Spanx jeans make you look thinner, and they don’t wear out after a day of walking around. We’ll be trying a pair for ourselves to see if this theory holds up for us as well. See the full story and review here.

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 28 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips

Before & After: Jeans Ripped At The Seam


It isn’t always the knee or the crotch region of jeans that suffers damage. We recently received some denim from a customer that featured a slash right across the seam. We were able to employ our expert denim repair techniques and reinforce the repair so this denim-lover’s lifestyle won’t leave them with extra AC for fall. Check out the before and after below.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 25 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

Denim Therapy Repairs Slashed Jeans


We don’t even particularly want to know why these jeans have a huge gash in the crotch, but it could not have been a pleasant moment in the denim-owner’s life (whether or not they were wearing them at the moment of impact)! We were able to restore this denim back to its former glory using our expert denim repair techniques. Check out the before and after posts below.

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Learn more about Denim Therapy’s expert repair services and send us your jeans for alteration, hole fixing, or hardware replacement. We do it all, so your favorite jeans never have to expire.

—DT Staff

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Posted Jun 13 2014 in Ask the Denim Therapist » Denim Therapy

3 Ways To Distress Your Cut-Off Shorts This Summer


So you’ve got a gorgeous new pair of cut-off shorts (or maybe you hacked them off yourself, or used our expert denim cut-off service) but they’re just not quite distressed enough for you? There are several easy ways you can make your brand new shorts look extremely well-worn, from physical abuse to bleach and beyond. Check out a few of our favorites below.

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1. Sandpaper, scissors & razors. Tools like scissors, X-Acto knives, sandpaper, cheese graters, and other potentially abrasive objects are amazing tools for making your jeans look vintage. When using these items, be sure to slip a piece of cardboard or a protective layer inside the pocket and the actual jean, so you are only distressing one surface as a time.

Distress where it’s natural! You’ll see natural wear and tear in places like pocket tops, hems, and anywhere whiskers form (usually around the crotch and the top of the thigh). We recommend starting out by cutting some light slashes, and then sanding and tearing at the fibers surrounding the cut/hem/etc.

How far you go with this is entirely up to you.

2. Bleach & dye.

Another great way to achieve a vintage look is to include a few inconspicuous splatters of bleach, or use a desaturated dye in colors like peach, brown, or even pale yellow. You can check out our bleaching tutorial here. Fabric dye instructions range from product to product, but you’ll get better results if the fibers are 100% cotton.

3. Let the elements do the work.

This is probably one of our favorites. It takes time and patience, and also willingness to accept whatever random things may happen to your jeans. Tie them to your fire escape, pin them to your roof, hang them out your window, or find some other place where they can be stationary in the elements of nature. Running water, summer storms, intense wind, and even wild animals will all contribute to the worn in look of your denim.

Overall tips:

+ Distress jeans that are 100% cotton sans-stretch fibers, or else you risk some major shape change after you’ve made your scissor holes & razor marks.

+ Get creative! Cut a slash in the thigh of your shorts and pull the pocket through, or cut out a design in the back pocket and reinforce with stitching. The possibilities are endless.

+ Safety first! Always use the proper precautions when using power tools, chemical dyes, etc. Read the warnings on all packages and wear goggles/gloves if necessary.

Don’t forget, if you need help making your favorite jeans into perfect cut-offs, you can use our expert denim cut-off service.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jun 13 2014 in Denim Therapy » Denim Tips
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