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6 Summer Denim Essentials


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

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3. Lazy Oaf Watermelon Denim Shorts 4. MinkPink Instinct Blues Skirt

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5. Maurie and Eve Oh Boy! Jean in White 6. Jeffrey Campbell Oahu Platform

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Which denim essentials are you going after this summer?

—DT Staff

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Posted Jun 05 2014 in Denim Buys

Denim Wedge Sandals by MaraisUSA


In the market for a cute pair of spring shoes that are versatile enough to go with all your favorite outfits, but could still pass for a summer wedding slip-on? We fell hard for this pair of denim wedge sandals while reading Eat Sleep Denim and had to share. As the site boasts,  these babies come equipped with “an ultra-flattering adjustable ankle strap. We especially love them for outdoor weddings (we know grass and skinny heels are mortal enemies, but no sinkage here!)” Grab your pair of denim wedge sandals by MaraisUSA.

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—DT Staff

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Posted May 22 2014 in Denim Buys

9 Denim Essentials That Aren’t Jeans


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

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Below: 4. Victoria Beckham Denim  Cotton-chambray shirt 5. SEA Embroidered cotton-chambray mini skirt 6. Marni Cropped denim top

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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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—DT Staff

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Posted May 13 2014 in Denim Buys

Jeffrey Campbell’s Latest Denim Sneaker Comes With Spikes


The ladies of DT will admit… we’re kind of burnt out on the Jeffrey Campbell Lita shoe—but we still love Jeffrey Campbell as a brand. Their newest denim shoe is a converse-inspired high top sneaker with spike embellishment and a side-zip detail. Enough hardware for you? These shoes would look amazing with a pair of white skinny jeans and a loose tank. Would you wear them?

Buy it! Adams Spike Sneaker in Denim by Jeffrey Campbell

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Aug 07 2013 in Denim Buys

The Jeffrey Campbell Denim Lita Platform Shoe Is Back!


The Jeffrey Campbell Lita in denim is back in stock at Nasty Gal! If you didn’t have a chance to grab a pair of these last summer, they’re still a must-have almost 365 days later. They’re $162, 5.25″ high with a beautiful chunky wooden heel. Imagine these with an off-white crocheted dress! We’re sold.  Grab your pair here!

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted May 15 2012 in Denim Buys

Springa Spring 2012 Recycled Footwear, Plus Q&A With Organico Showroom


We first spotted Springa’s shoes at PROJECT NY via Organico Showroom, and we’re still drooling over the fact that these Italian-made sneakers are created from 100% recycled materials. (Yes, that includes denim.) Each pair of shoes is produced in the Tuscan countryside using 1950s vulcanization equipment, for an extra-special handcrafted touch. So even though the raw materials–Hawaiian shirts, striped cotton, tire inner tubes–may be sourced from Berlin, New York, or Paris, the process is quintessentially Italian.

Check out our exclusive interview with Organico Showroom’s Marc Ernst about the line and what’s next for fall 2012!

Most popular shoe style so far?
Springa Aloha (vintage hawaiian shirt lining) and Springa Camo (camouflage in cotton canvas) are the two most popular Spring 2012 styles–each features one of a kind trim and details that are Springa signatures.

What exactly makes Springa’s shoes distinctly Italian?
Each Springa sneaker is made by hand using restored 1950′s vulcanizatto machinery–the cotton canvas, suede, and linings are individually selected to ensure that each shoe is one of a kind–assembled in a process that takes more than two hours for each shoe using artisan manufacturing techniques passed down from generation to generation.

Are there plans to expand the variety of materials used in the future?
Dead stock 13 oz denim, vachetta (vegetable dyed) leather, Carhartt pants, silk neckties, and cotton sailcloth (cotton canvas from sailboats) are recycled and hand finished in Springa’s Fall 2012 collection.

What kind of person do you see wearing these shoes?
Springa is for the individual–our mantra is “escape the industrial mindset”–people immune to mass trends.

How would YOU style a pair of these shoes?
Springa is all about personal style–mixing and matching pattern, color, and materials. For him, mixing the Camo with a tonal herringbone or plaid pant and for her, the Aloha hawaiian print with a batik dress or mini skirt.

 

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Apr 20 2012 in Denim News » Interviews

Three Pairs Of Denim Shoes For Men & How To Wear Them


Footwear may be oft-forgotten in the world of denim apparel, but that doesn’t mean denim shoes don’t exist–and that you can’t find them in various iterations. We’ve rounded up three radically different denim kicks for guys and provided the clothes and accessories to pair them with. If you’re worried about how versatile these shoes are, don’t fear denim on denim! Pair white jeans and a chambray shirt with denim slip-ons or dark jeans with black denim sneakers. (Trust us, it looks just as good as cords worn with rugged denim boots.)

Fleet Blue Stripe Casual Shirt ($109) — buy at Reiss

Warehouse & Co. x Clarks Originals Desert Boot ($113) — buy at End Clothing

Topman Green/Blue Fairisle Sweatshirt ($55) — buy at Topman

Our Legacy Corduroy Chino Style Trouser ($138) — buy at Farfetch

 

Ami Wool-Blend Oversized Hooded Coat ($170) — buy at Mr Porter

Acne Chambray Denim Shirt ($115) — buy at farfetch

Rivieras Denim Slip-On Shoes ($95) — buy at Mr Porter

Dolce & Gabbana Distressed Denim Gold Jeans ($389) — buy at Luisaviaroma

Topman Charcoal Sydney Sweatshirt ($60) — buy at Topman

John Varvatos Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Jeans ($315) — buy at Mr Porter

Uniforms For The Dedicated ‘The Usual’ Stripe T-Shirt ($57) — buy at farfetch

Sabre Vision Die Hippy Sunglasses ($69.99) — buy at Zappos

Lugz Strider Denim Shoe ($56) — buy it at DrJays

—Brie Hiramine

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Posted Jan 13 2012 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It

Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and other irresistible tid bits of  inside info! Catch up on what’s happening (or totally not happening) and browse our personal picks after scanning the web this morning. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!

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1. Denim shoes don’t have to give you the blues… this grey & red pair from Vans stray a bit from the indigo routine.

2. Dimitris Zoz Denim‘s new website has launched! We featured their studded, colored denim shorts recently as a fun option for spring.

3. Images are out for Velour spring 2012 menswear, and we’re loving the clean, classic style.

4. Guys, need a warm denim workshirt this winter? Want something other than the standard denim jacket/shearling combo? Check out the Iron Heart Blanket Lined 8oz Denim Overshirt. The inside is cotton flannel, the outside is raw.

5. The Denim Guy runs into some controversy from friends & family when he cuffs his jeans. We say go for it, Johnny! But not in the NYC winter.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 12 2011 in Denim News

Denim Dose: News & Links


Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and other irresistible tid bits of  inside info! Catch up on what’s happening (or totally not happening) and browse our personal picks after scanning the web this morning. Got a tip you think we should include, a sale you want to share, or a style you just saw and can’t live without? Email us!

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1. Rawr Denim posted an awesome, in-depth look into the significance of hand-dyed natural indigo denim, from the Indigofera plant to the labor-intensive hand-dipping process. Check out this video from the post below, of Japanese Momotaro hand-dyed indigo jeans:

Don’t worry if you can’t understand Japanese—you still get to watch the process.

2.  Check out this showroom preview of Wrangler Denim for spring 2012—they’re keeping it mostly classic with a range of blue jeans and some cute fashion pieces thrown in, like a light wash denim jumpsuit.

3. Tenue de Nîmes featured The Ladbroke Grove slim tapered jeans by Tellason in their holiday gift guide/wishlist. These limited edition jeans (less than 500 have been produced) are tapered from the crotch down and feature a handsome slim fit that bring the right notes of industrial and style-savvy to any guy’s look.

4. We hate to toot our own horn, but we’re going to anyway! If you didn’t check out yesterday’s post about the perfect hues of lipstick to rock with your denim, do so! Renee selected her five favorite lipsticks and five denim picks and we paired them for a look that can’t go wrong. Bust out the makeup bag, ladies!

5. The hand-dyed indigo Chuck Taylor All Star converse shoe now comes in high-top, and they were just released a couple days ago. They’re sure to sell out as quickly as the low tops did. They’re available at Tenue de Nîmes.

“50 pairs of the shoes were dyed by the Manabe family from Okoyama – owners of Japanese denim label Momotaro and the Rampuya dyeing factory. The shoes, each of which is unique and hand-numbered, will be available November 26th at Tenue de Nimes.”  (Highsnobiety)

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 29 2011 in Denim News

Denim From The Runway: Jeremy Scott Spring 2012 Showroom Preview


After witnessing Jeremy Scott‘s spring 2012 collection coming down the runway at Milk Studios last season, we knew we had to get up close to the range of hyper-creative denim pieces. As usual, the collection runs the full gamut between ready-to-wear and not-quite-ready-for-this. Barring the ass-less chaps, in fact, the collection is highly wearable, and includes both multi-color striped jean material and a tamer, light wash option for each style. Extra-long fringe shorts and high-waisted skirts constructed from upside-down jeans provided adventurous, fashion-forward picks for the females. Speaking of which, we saw Rihanna’s lipstick stain on the denim corset she wore during her latest video shoot.

As you’d expect from Jeremy Scott’s over-active imagination, you have to think through wearing some of these during the day—but that’s the point: this collection is perfect for the new-age club kid (and the colorful crowd who never miss his runway shows). Overall skirts and standard button-down vests fill in the blanks between the avant garde, and while there are winged denim shoes that look more in-place in Harajuku than NYC, there are also a wing-less version that are super-chic. But our favorite element here is the idea of fashion being fun, a little silly, and genuinely bold. See the looks below.

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Women’s & men’s collections below:

 

Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 16 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand
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