When it’s time to face the world, the most essential things in your closet are the denim basics you can base countless looks on. Building out your wardrobe from a few key denim pieces is a snap, once you have them in place. So, what are they? Nordstrom has the men’s denim essentials listed right here.
And don’t forget… if any of those denim essentials should wear, tear, or require a little tailoring, Denim Therapy’s denim repair experts have your back.
It’s a myth that traveling light has to equal rolled-up sun dresses and whatever denim staples you can layer on when you get on the plane. A Pair & A Spare has demystified the “How To Pack!?” formula this season, working in a capsule wardrobe that includes your favorite denim jacket, chambray romper, and cut-off shorts (not to mention other must-have staples). Check out the full guide, and get packing!
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We’re huge fans of unisex styling, as well as the come-and-go trend that always feels relevant, denim on denim. In this video by Refinery29, Hannah Hart of web series My Drunk Kitchen and Deryck Todd, creator of Bowie Ball break down how to style your double denim looks in ways that work for both the ladies and the gents, interchangeably. See it here.
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One thing is true about the ombre dip-dye trend. It comes and goes, but it always comes back again. We never tire of a well executed dip-dye job, especially when it comes to jeans. Refinery29 laid out a comprehensive tutorial on getting this look for yourself, with a little at-home dye station and some rubber gloves. Check out the step-by-step here, and show us your results on facebook! We’d love to see ‘em.
Images via Refinery29.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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As the ice melts away and we greet spring (with huge, huge smiles, obviously), we’re all facing our closets with similar questions. It’s no easy task dressing for the in-between seasons, when it’s not warm enough to go bare legs, but not cold enough to wrap up in layers. Here’s one tip on pairing your favorites from both season into one great look, care of style blog Swellmayde, featured below.
This look includes a great medium wash denim jacket draped over a black floral dress (the color of the dress, or lack there of, makes it perfect for early spring), with a black leather bag and booties. Both of the accessories have a nice touch of metallic hardware, making this the ideal ensemble for between seasons. See more photos here.
Images via Swellmayde.
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—Michelle Christina Larsen
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It’s finally March, and while the cold season is still churning out nearly intolerable days, you may have begun to wonder how to transition your denim into spring. One of our favorite bloggers, Sincerely Jules, illustrates the perfect way to bring your layered wintered look into spring with a pair of white destroyed denim skinny jeans and a blush-hued sweatshirt. She ties her chambray shirt around her waist and tops the whole thing off with epic jeweled earrings. We’re in love!
The break down?
Trade in darker denim hues for whites and pastels.
Mix rosy hues with light colored outerwear.
Tie previously worn layers, like a chambray shirt, around your waist.
Keep it sweet by mixing destroyed denim with epic earrings.
See more from Sincerely Jules (all images by Sincerely Jules).
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When it comes to caring for jeans, advice is almost as varied as that of caring for a newborn baby. Every information source seems to have their own ideas about taking care of something this precious. A recent article on Refinery29 suggests washing your jeans after every wear. We could hear denim heads across the globe shrieking and clinging to their precious unwashed raw selvedge. At Denim Therapy, we suggest only laundering your jeans (properly—which means not always in a washing machine) when needed. See below for our tips on cleaning denim…
Non-raw & blended denim:
Wash your jeans as little as possible. You only need to wash them if an odor or stain develops (and remember, stains can be spot-treated). When you do wash them, do so individually in a cold wash to prevent bleeding & shrinking and use a gentle detergent like Woolite. Always air dry your jeans.
Follow the same process as above if you’re going to wash them traditionally. You can also experiment with spot treatment, leaving them in the freezer to remove odor, and baking them in the oven (for the brave, only!) to remove bacteria.
Preventing color running:
To prevent dye transfer during washing, wash them once inside-out in hot water to run the “loose” dye, and then wash them again using half a cup of vinegar to set the color. Some dye may still run after this, depending on the jeans, so follow the instructions on the label of your jeans to avoid a dramatic change in appearance after washing.
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.
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Did you ever think you could wear a double denim outfit and look chic enough to step into the office? We know one style blogger who has perfected the art of taking unexpected textiles and translating them into extremely luxe looks. Her blog, aptly named Viva Luxury, is chocked full of ways to do exactly that.
We especially love this look, where she paired her tailored black blazer with a denim button-down shirt and some printed skinny jeans. Think you can pull this off and pair your denim shirt with a sleek blazer?
Images via Viva Luxury. More images and inspiration there!
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Need a few tips on how to style your jeans this fall? How about 18? The Fashion Spot has a crash course on styling your jeans, demonstrated by some of our favorite style icons (think Miranda Kerr and Taylor Swift). Some tips are tried-and-true (and you may already know ‘em), but there are bound to be a few fresh ideas in the mix! An alternative to cuffing? What to wear with bell bottoms? Check out all of the tips, here: 18 Jean Styling Tips You Need Now
Images via The Fashion Spot
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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.
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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