It’s almost festival style season, which means it’s time to compile your festival wardrobe with a bit of boho and a dose of DIY. Free People highlights one of our favorite ways to accent your jeans: subtle hand embroidery. Your favorite jeans could see new life with cool motifs like the ones you see below. With very little effort, you’ll create something unique that you can wear all season long, and even change up as you go.
Images via Free People Blog.
What’s your favorite denim DIY for festival season? Let us know on twitter.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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Ah, spring. We adore strolls through the city sans-snow and sleet, cleaning out our apartments for a brand new season, and all of the other lovely things associated with it. Our favorite thing, however, is shopping for fresh spring denim essentials! Renewing your closet for spring? Think beyond the skinny jean! Here are 6 super chic options you should consider…
1. MONROW Denim Washed French Terry Sweatpants 2. Rachel Comey Titan Denim Crop Top 3. LA’t by L’AGENCE Deep V Tunic Dress
4. MINKPINK Slasher Flick Shorts 5. Raquel Allegra Combo Pullover 6. Current/Elliott The Prep School Dress
Which is your favorite? We’re pretty sure we’re picking more than one…
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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If there’s one site we became more obsessed with than our own blog this year, it’s Jean Stories. The highly editorial, gorgeously curated collection of denim-lovers and their favorite baby blues never gets old (and trust us, we see a lot of jeans). Careen through 2014’s prevalence of gorgeous vintage-inspired worn-in jeans, boyfriend cuts, daring cut-offs and more with Jean Stories’ full year wrap-up. Look for style stars like Jenna Lyons, and shop all of your favorites right from the post.
Image via Jean Stories.
Happy New Year!
Tags: 2014 trends, boyfriend jeans, cut off shorts, favorite denim, favorite jeans, happy new year, jean stories, jenna lyons denim, jenna lyons style
New York Fashion Week is almost over, and aside from peeping the runways (which are crawling with gorgeous ensembles this season), we’ve had our eye on what people attending the shows are wearing. Street style is one of our favorite sources of inspiration as we prep our wardrobes for upcoming seasons. Here are some of our favorite looks from the past 7 days, courtesy of the NY Mag’s many fashion week galleries.
All images via NY Mag.
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As the official fashion partner of the Budweiser Made in America festival, this Labor Day weekend American Eagle Outfitters will launch their latest Fall 2014 collection in conjunction with one of music’s most sought-after experiences. As part of the partnership, the brand will launch an exclusive festival tee for both men and women to complement fall’s new denim styles, including the debut of Denim X, the Sky High Jegging rises and the classic Festival Shortie.
The exclusive festival tees read “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Beer” and “Made in the USA,” for men and women respectively, and will be sold at the concert and in a limited run online. All proceeds will be donated to the United Way, a charitable organization that helps individuals and families achieve their greatest human potential through education, income stability and health initiatives.
Tees will be sold for $15 at the festival and $24.50 online at American Eagle Outfitters. See them up-close, below.
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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.
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.
+ 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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