No lie, we love clean cut skinny jeans and crisp, tailored raw denim… but when it comes to summer living in NYC, we’re always down for a little extra AC in the jeans department. Distressed denim adds edge to any look, whether in light wash boyfriend style or in a punk-inspired black skinny cut. Here are some our favorite pairs of distressed jeans this summer.
When it comes to summer denim essentials, we immediately think of our favorite cut-off shorts. But even we have to admit, as tempting as it is to wear those babies daily, it’s better to mix up your style and throw some variation into the mix. One stop at Nasty Gal proved us right. There are endless ways to stay cool and look hot in denim this summer, and we took the liberty of picking a few out for ya.
1. Cactus Life Denim Vest 2. Courtshop Drew Overall Shorts
3. Lazy Oaf Watermelon Denim Shorts 4. MinkPink Instinct Blues Skirt
5. Maurie and Eve Oh Boy! Jean in White 6. Jeffrey Campbell Oahu Platform
Which denim essentials are you going after this summer?
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We may fix jeans better than anyone, but we also love a well placed hole when it comes to wearing destroyed denim. From shorts to boyfriend jeans and overalls, here are 6 of our favorite ways to wear them.
1. Wear them boyfriend style: Madewell Destroyed Boy Jeans 2. Wear them as overalls: Current/Elliott The Shortalls 3. Wear them as cut-off shorts: Joe’s Jeans High Rise Cutoff Shorts
4. Wear them skinny: Genetic James Zipper Skinny Jeans 5. Wear them in white: Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy Cropped Jeans 6. Wear them with drama: Siwy Hannah Distressed Skinny Jeans
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Emma Roberts was recently spotted in a pair of Paige Skyline Ankle Peg jeans in Whitley, sporting minor distressing that brought together her casual-cool look. She paired the jeans with ever-coveted Charlotte Olympia flats and a vintage Rolling Stones sleeveless tee. Looks like she has the rockstar-off-duty look on lock! Grab a pair of Skyline Ankle Peg Skinny Jeans and get her look.
Image of Emma via Denim Blog.
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Now that the stubborn New York spring weather is hitting somewhere between 60 and 80 on the regular, the guys of DT have pretty much had it with their full length jeans. From work to brunch to a weekend at the beach, you need men’s denim shorts (and excellent shorts cut in a few other materials) to keep you on the move. Here are our top picks for men’s shorts.
Below: 1. A.P.C. Army Shorts 2. Baldwin Denim Venice Short in Rinsed Chambray 3. Jean Shop Twill Cut Offs
Below: 4. The Real McCoy’s Utility Shorts 5. J.Crew Chambray Sideline Short 6. Rag & Bone Thomson Swim Short
—Raffael Flores-Contreras & Michelle Christina Larsen
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MiH Jeans recently launched an exclusive shibori tye dye collaboration with LA based shibori specialist Niki Livingston on their website. Shibori dye, one of the most beautiful fabric treatments we’ve ever laid eyes on (and a favorite of the festival-going crowd) is an ancient Japanese dye technique used to give cloth a three dimensional form by folding, stitching, and twisting the material before it is sumberged. The result, as you can see, is gorgeous.
“The MiH design team and Niki worked closely together to develop shibori-dyed pieces that reflect MiH’s British heritage and Niki’s laid-back, Californian attitude. After experimenting firstly with denim, we then chose tees, shirts and scarves to become the canvases for our indigo art. Scarf prints were influenced by water and shadows whilst tees and shirts were tied to create spots and stripes with ease and spontaneity.”
Shop the limited edition collection at MiH Jeans.
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We love a silk or cotton dress for our globe-trotting adventures just as much as the next girl, but a more edgy, durable, playful option? Denim dresses. We love the idea of pairing a chambray dress with our metallic jewelry, or a floral printed denim dress with some cute beach sandals. When you’re planning your next escape, plan for one of these super cute frocks to come along in your suitcase.
Below: 1. Moto Denim Babydoll Dress 2. Nasty Gal All Eyes on Me Dress 3. Carven Rose-print denim mini dress
Below: 4. Moto Dark Acid Wash Tee Dress 5. Motel Summer Days Denim Dress 6. Acid Wash Stripe V Front Dress
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When it comes to completing (or growing, if you never plan to “complete” it, as in our case!) a denim wardrobe, it’s best to think outside of the jean. Denim and chambray are two amazing fabrics that can create not only classic jean silhouettes, but must-have pieces like denim vests, dresses, and even shoes. Some of our favorite denim pieces on the market right now, aren’t jeans at all! Check out these 9 denim essentials below, and prepare to amp up your denim game this week.
Below: 1. See by Chloé Belted denim mini dress 2. Pierre Hardy Denim point-toe flats 3. Rag & bone Burney denim vest
Below: 4. Victoria Beckham Denim Cotton-chambray shirt 5. SEA Embroidered cotton-chambray mini skirt 6. Marni Cropped denim top
Below: 7. J.W.Anderson Pleated denim skirt 8. Tibi Marled cotton-blend sweater 9. 3.1 Phillip Lim Bonded-chambray shorts
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J.Crew are releasing their own line of U.S. made premium denim, called Point Sur Denim. Fans of J.Crew are gearing up to fill in their denim collections with this exciting release, which offers up options like Japanese selvedge denim that’s pre-broken in in a luxe white and classic blue jeans with handmade hardware.
Their vision for this endeavor? Their website reads, “You know those vintage jeans you go on an all-out search to find after you see them on some cool girl? Well, these are those jeans.” Color us intrigued.
So what’s the point of releasing an entirely new denim collection when J.Crew already does denim? Apparently, they are targeting denim-heads like us. As Tom Mora, Head of Women’s design at J.Crew, told Racked: ”We still love our J.Crew denim, but it definitely reaches a broader audience. [Point Sur] is going after those die-hard denim lovers… [We're] playing with proportion, playing with rise, to make it really unique and special.”
Images via Racked and J.Crew. Shop Point Sur Denim here.
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When spring is here-again, gone-again, figuring out what to wear in the morning is tricky. Staples like the denim jacket never let us down, providing a chic and easy layer that can be worn in a broad spectrum of temperatures. From light to dark wash, prints to bleached out textures, there are almost too many options to choose from. We’ve made it easier: here are 6 of our favorite denim jackets now:
Below: 1. J.Crew New Nolita denim jacket 2. Michael by Michael Kors Zip-detailed denim jacket 3. Topshop Moto Fitted Denim Jacket in Bleach Stone
Below: 4. Paige Vermont denim jacket 5. Band of Outsiders Double-breasted denim jacket 6. Sister by Sibling Polka dot-print denim jacket
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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