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Charley 5.0, Head To Toe: 7 Looks To Wear On Your Winter Cruise Getaway

While some of us relish in making snow angels and hurling icy handfuls of slush at our friends all winter long, many of us will be setting sail for a warmer climate once the New York winter sets in full force. If you’re one such lucky lady, you’ll be happy to know there’s one brand that has all of your holiday & resortwear dressing needs on tap—New York based Charley 5.0. If you’ve read our previous reviews on this line, you know there’s more to their game than jeans. They specialize in innovative ways to work denim and chambray into the wardrobe with fashion-forward styling in mind.

Underlined by a rich selection of colored skinny jeans, denim shorts, and chambray fashion separates, you can sink your teeth into the urban bohemian goddess look far sooner than summer heat waves creep up on the weather map. Check out these seven fierce looks below that will compliment any warm weather vacation you’re planning in the coming months.



Look 1. Boho babe.

This Tencel Denim Tie Front Blouse is an easy-on, easy-off compliment to the gorgeous Washed Silk Long Tank Dress in Aztec Print. The outfit is topped off with a floppy hat and wooden beaded necklaces for some serious boho flare. Put this outfit on, and you’re practically on vacation already.

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Look 2. Beach bum.

The “The Long & the Short of It” denim deep v-neck top in “Cool Blue” says you’re ready to have some fun on the beach (or wherever the winds take you), and these Salt Women’s Premium Denim Cut-Off Shorts in Blush add a bit of flirty fun to the mix. The oversized pendant and sunnies lend an aura of laid back worldliness (and let’s face it, that’s what the stylish strive for, even when they’re taking a break from the world).

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Look 3. Margarita!

If you’re looking for something with overt feminine appeal, the Washed Silk Button-Down Blouse in Golden Leopard Print is a promising pick, and the Salt Women’s Premium Denim Cut-Off Shorts in Lime are just the squeeze of citrus you need to take this fresh look from day to night in a snap.

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Look 4. Tribal Beats.

Matching the first look in terms of bohemian flare, yet far more of the “I’m a professional vacationer and I will never go back to the office for the rest of my life” persuasion, the Washed Silk Fly Away Tank in Aztec Print is the ideal match for our favorite piece: the Tencel Denim Hippie Skirt in Faded Sky.

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Look 5. Wild one.

A gorgeous, whimsical Washed Silk Basic Tee Shirt in Butterfly Jungle Print looks awesome against contrast Salt Women’s Premium Denim Skinny Jeans in cobalt blue. The navy wooden beaded necklace and hot pink turban add a few more flecks of resort-luxe to the mix.

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Look 6. Tranquil & chic.

For something more subtle, go for the Washed Silk Button-Down Blouse in Cream, paired with the Salt Women’s premium denim skinny jeans in Light Coral—a color scheme that’s both tranquil and alluring with a spritz of turquoise and metallic around the neck. The best part? The fit of these jeans = smooth as butter.

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Look 7. Sun Worshipper.

Finally, Washed Silk Tank in Cream makes for a perfect sunset separate when paired with the Salt Women’s premium denim skinny jeans in Lemonade, with delicate whisker fading. A red wooden beaded waterfall necklace brings the whole look together.

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Ready to book your flight and pack a suitcase full of gorgeous? Check out Charley 5.0 online—we’ll let you know when these perfect holiday & resort pieces hit the racks.


Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras, styling by Michelle Christina Larsen.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 26 2011 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It » Reviews: Brand

Charley 5.0’s Holiday & Spring Collections Are Full Of Pieces We Wanna Wear Now

When Charley 5.0 hit the scene they were determined on being a “fashion brand” that were straying from the typical jean. And they’ve done that pretty successfully, with some super cute adaptations of sportswear (and even borderline evening wear) in chambray and denim that seduced celebs and civilians alike. Their holiday & spring 2012 lookbook is no exception, with a breezy summer backdrop and clothing that’s anything but standard. Floor length dresses and crop-tops add some light bohemian edge to a color story of nautical whites and medium wash blue.

The styling is clearly warm-weather oriented, but there are some pieces we just can’t wait for.  A floor length button-front denim dress with long sleeves has us spinning in our office chairs with the desire to wear-right-now, and we can say the same for the dark wash denim jumpsuit (which is sleeveless, but imagine it with a sheer scoop neck top and a big chunky sweater—yowza!). While summer withdrawal is the first impression we got when we saw these looks, we’re happy to see some items that get us revved up for layering, too.

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Images via Denimology.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 20 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Charley 5.0 Studded Fringe Cutoff Shorts

Let’s get festive! We’re completely enthralled by the idea of strolling through the city in these fringe-pocketed coral denim shorts by fashion-forward denim brand Charley 5.0, gradient fringe swaying this way and that—or maybe rocking out on the dance floor with a similar impact (as if people don’t already check us out… kidding!). And if being pink and having fringe isn’t enough rock’n’roll, they’re studded too. Nasty Gal recommends you style them with a “tucked-in tank and stacked bangles”, but we love this denim-on-denim look their model is rocking too.

Charley 5.0 Studded Fringe Cutoff Shorts ($128) – get it at Nasty Gal.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Apr 27 2011 in Denim Buys

Denim Deals: Online & In-Store Round Up

We weren’t sure if we wanted to share all the lovely deals we heard about, or just keep it to ourselves, but duty prevails!  In progress now, check out some wonderful shopping sales going on now in some of our favorite NYC and LA boutiques, and online.


1. CHARLEY 5.0 Park n’ Ride Jacket in Tomboy ($88) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

2. OBEY Secret Stash Maritime Skinny ($56) – buy it at REVOLVE Clothing.

3. All Saints Gunray Lowe shorts ($52.50) – buy it at All Saints.

4. Nine Days Denim Men’s Misfit Slim Jeans in Dark Blue ($66) – buy it at Tobi.

1. AllSaints (online and Robertson Blvd. boutique) – save up to 70% off on all merchandise.  Men’s Raw Iggy ($40.50), Raw MWXX ($77.50), women’s Monterey Pipe Skinny ($45.50) and Bleach Pipe Skinny ($94.50) are just samplings of the great deals sidewide.

2. Manhattan Denim – They carry brands like 7 For All Mankind, Diesel, Hudson, Joe’s and People’s Liberation.  Select men’s and women’s jeans (reg. $180-$200) are now 50% off.  Hurry: the downtown Manhattan Beach Sidewalk Sale starts Friday, so they’ll likely get scooped out.

3. OAK (NoHo and Williamsburg locations) – Oak is having a 40/50/60 sale online, but don’t miss the goods in their stores.  Grab Acne Jeans for women (from $67.50) or a Julian Red Washed Distressed Slim Straight Leg ($107.20). The boutique sale is good through January 27.

4. Onesipkim – This quaint little boutique in Old Pasadena is clearing everything out!  Kasil, Hudson Signature Flap Pockets and 7 For All Mankind bootcut jeans are 50% off.  Mostly sizes 28 and above are left. Boutique is open Wednesday – Saturday.

5. REVOLVE Clothing (online and in-store) – CHARLEY 5.0 (from $39), Current/Elliott Boyfriend (from $58), Paige Jeggings (from $70), TEXTILE Elizabeth & James (from $117), and others.

6. – Lots and lots of Seven jeans on sale from $101, but also Cheap Monday (from $32), Kill City (from $49), Men’s Rogan and Surface to Air (from $79) and many other leading denim brands.

*Due to the nature of sales, quantities and sizes are generally in lower quantities, so please check with the boutique for current availability.

— Kathy Ng Hassan

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Posted Jan 19 2011 in Buys Under $100 » Denim Buys » Sales

Charley 5.0: Not your Average Denim Brand

Charley 5.0, the denim brand that boasts a singular pair of jeans in their spring 2011 lookbook, wants you to look at denim differently. They’re not releasing a slew of new washes and treatments, or even new fits and approaches to the basic pair of jeans. Their mission is to illuminate denim as an option for all occasions, by construction separates like corset tops and jumpsuits from our favorite textile. The results are hit and miss (we’re not crazy about the soft pleats in the red denim pencil skirt, or the extra-long fringe on the blue jean skirt), but we like where this is going.





See the full lookbook here.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 17 2010 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Denim Desire: Charley 5.0 “Livin on the Edge” Studded Moto Denim Jacket


Charley 5.0 “Livin on the Edge” Studded Moto Denim Jacket, $279.00


Ciara (Photo source: Liz Jaeger)

As seen on CIARA, she’s wearing it in Black Acid out and about in Los Angeles.  This is a great denim jacket to add a little attitude and hipster edge to any plain outfit.









Buy Charley 5.0 @ Singer22


–Nikki Cho Russo


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Posted Nov 16 2009 in Uncategorized

Denim Trend: Denim Leggings


Paris Hilton in Niki Biki Legging Jeans


Beyonce in TopShop Denim Leggings






















Leggings, the brilliant 80’s fashion trend that continues to go strong season after season are now in the form of denim. Denim leggings have been seen on celebrities such as Paris Hilton, Beyonce and Kim Kardashian. Without a doubt, they will be the hot trend for this summer, fall and winter. Why wouldn’t you want to slip into a pair of comfy, body hugging denim leggings?  A great incentive to keep your figure booty-licious!


Current/Elliott Legging Jeans

Current/Elliott Legging Jeans

Current/Elliott Legging Jeans

Current/Elliott Legging Jeans

Current/Elliott Super STretch Legging Jeans

Current/Elliott Super Stretch Legging Jeans

Charley 5.0 Tie-Dye Denim Leggings

Charley 5.0 Tie-Dye Denim Leggings

Level 99 Becca Ruched Legging Jeans

Level 99 Becca Ruched Legging Jeans

James Jeans Twiggy Legging Jeans

James Jeans Twiggy Legging Jeans























Go Shopping:



–Nikki Cho Russo

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Posted Jul 17 2009 in Uncategorized
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