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.
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.
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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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Taylor Swift stepped out looking chic as ever in NYC recently, wearing a pair of H&M burgundy denim shorts (grab a lighter red, similar pair here). She paired them with a navy cardigan and a simple white blouse, complimenting her girl-next-door hairdo. But she can’t fool us! We know those cat eyes of hers are scoping out the city for a good time. Our only question is, where’s her BFF Lorde?
Below, Moto red daisy mini denim shorts by Topshop. Click and they’re yours!
Image of Taylor via Denim Blog
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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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Beach season has finally arrived, and we’re not wasting any time packing up our boho bags full of sun and sand essentials. But once the SPF and your portable iPod speakers are packed and ready to go, what about an awesome beach-ready outfit? Like many New Yorkers, we take the A train down to the Rockaways for our sea side fun, so it’s crucial to wear more than just a bikini! Here are 3 summer denim looks to wear to the beach (without looking like an exhibitionist on the train).
Below: 1. J Brand Low Rise Cutoff Shorts 2. Serefina Beaded Layer Tassel Necklace 3. The Row Thomaston Jersey Tank 4. Topshop Tropical Print Hat 5. Vix Embellished Triangle Bikini Top 6. Vix Embellished Bikini Briefs
Below: 1. Vix Carioca Satin-Jersey Kaftan 2. Stella McCartney Thick Square Sunglasses 3. Eres Les Essentiels Show Bandeau Bikini Top 4. Isabel Marant Iza Embroidered Denim Shorts 5. TKEES Lily Patent-Leather Flip-flops
Below: 1. Petals & Peacocks Beach Please Crop Sweatshirt 2. Rag & bone Mila Cut-Off Denim Shorts 3. Vix Ibi Embellished Printed Triangle Bikini Top 4. Vix Ibi Embellished Printed Bikini Briefs
—Michelle Christina Larsen
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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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