I always feel lucky to live in NYC whenever I step into Topshop. It’s a UK fashion institution, one that I spent A LOT of time at when I lived in London. With celebs like Kate Bosworth, Alexa Chung, and Selma Blair rocking their duds, and amazing designer collabs with Kate Moss and up-and-comings like Meadham Kirchoff and Ann-Sofie Back, it’s where I go when I want to feel truly on trend (and in the best way possible).
Last week I had a styling session for The Raw Denim Project with a few of their personal shoppers at Topshop’s only retail store in the US, located in Soho. My stylist Lexi Clayburn ran around the store with me, asking questions about my personal style and how I’ve been wearing my Jean Shop raw denim jeans. After I so eloquently told her to “have her way with me,” we came up with three fun outfits.
If you’ve been following our daily style posts on Tumblr, you know that the above outfit is something I’d definitely wear. The sheer mint blouse ($95) contrasts perfectly with the stiffer white linen jacket ($84). Such a great transitional spring to summer/work to play outfit!
Next week I’ll be blogging from Coachella. Although I’ll probably be cheating on my raw jeans with some denim cutoffs, this outfit would be great for some night-time parties. This laser cut brown top ($70) has a suede feel and falls longer in the back. Paired with this cream fringed vest ($95), you’ve got an awesome mix of textures.
Most valuable advice I got for wearing my jeans? Wear shorter shirts! Although this may take me back to my awkward midriff bearing 90s years, this look is totally updated with higher-rise bottoms and looser shirts. The rust-colored crochet crop top ($75) is given a harder edge with a cropped black leather jacket ($110).
You can sign up for a personal shopping session with Topshop, too! Click here for more details. Special thanks to personal shoppers Melanie Abrahams, Laura Groudine, and Melanie Tojari, who also helped out with my looks.
Tags: denim styling, dry denim, raw jeans, the raw denim project, Topshop
Levi’s Pakistan just posted their “new arrivals” lookbook on facebook a couple days ago, and as we browsed through the selections, it was easy to tell why over 1000 people clicked “like”. The styles are simple, fresh, and classic (Levi’s never lets us down in that regard). For the guys, graphic T’s, jeans ranging from drop crotch to skinny, canvas/seude combo shoes, and our favorite, the premium stripe shirt. For the ladies, some charming tops that hint at bohemian (like the ruffled blouse), dark wash skinny jeans, and canvas kicks.
Stay up to date on what Levi’s Pakistan is up to for more of classic looks & global Levi’s signature style.
—Denim Therapy Staff
Tags: bohemian shirts, classic denim looks, denim styling, drop crotch jeans, global denim, levi's pakistan, LookBook, new arrivals, skinny jeans
Raw denim is denim fresh off the loom. It hasn’t been put through any processing or been washed. When you buy a pair of raw denim jeans, the goal is to let the stiff and untreated denim learn the curves and movement of your body, creasing where your body bends and fading in all the right places. The result is a truly individual pair of jeans (see an older post about raw denim here).
There are insane specifics involved in caring for your raw denim. With a quick internet search, we found tons of conflicting care guides, with some pretty intense rules (how uncomfortable does showering with your jeans on sound?). The basic rule that everyone agrees on, though, is to wear your jeans for about six months before washing. So here at Denim Therapy, we decided to wear a pair, one man, and one woman, everyday for 6 months–or as long as we can stand it in the NYC heat.
Everyday, Gordon and Renee from Denim Therapy will post a picture wearing their jeans on our Tumblr page. Every Friday we’ll do a weekly roundup of their outfits and follow their jeans’ progression right here on our blog. Today is day 1.
Renee’s jeans are from The Jean Shop in New York City. The Jean Shop specializes is raw selvage jeans, with an array of optional in-house custom finishing treatments. They source all of their denim from Japan, where it is made using vintage shuttle looms for a continuous weave. Basically, these guys know their stuff. And with it so difficult to find raw jeans for women, we were very excited to be able to choose from multiple women’s cuts in their brand. Their beautiful retail shop is located in the Meatpacking District (with a second in shop in Soho), but they ship all over. Check them out at worldjeanshop.com.
Gordon is wearing Nudie’s Thin Finns. The Nudie Jean Co. is a men’s denim company based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Don’t to be discouraged, ladies, many of their slim fits look great on women, too. All their jeans are made in Italy from denim fabric produced in Italy, Japan, Turkey, and the USA. Basically, they are an awesome, socially responsible company that produces timeless style, envied more and more with every wear. Read more about them at nudiejeans.com.
We can’t wait to see this project unfold!
—Renee Sykes & Gordon Sims
Tags: denim styling, Denim Therapy Raw Project, raw denim, raw jeans
Here’s a tip on how to make your spring/summer denim separates a tad more feminine, whatever the wash: a floral blouse, leather braided belt (in mahogany or maroon), and a pretty painted mouth will add a lady-like touch that won’t interfere with your baby-blue’s. here are a few picks we love to achieve this look.
Denim of Virtue Boyfriend Cut-Off Shorts ($194) – buy it at National Jean Company.
Revlon Matte Lipstick in Pink Pout ($7) – buy it at Ultra Beauty.
Forever 21 Darling Floral Chiffon Top ($19) – buy it at Forever 21.
Cole Haan saddle leather ‘Genevieve’ braided wide belt ($69) – buy it at BlueFly.
Want to see how this combo pans out in-person? Tasha B of London pulls it off with ease, finishing the look with laced flat shoes and a top-knot hair style. Go further with a sweep of cat-like eyeliner and a collar buttoned up to the top. We love it!
Photo via Tasha B at Lookbook.nu.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: braided belt, Denim of Virtue, denim shorts, denim style tips, denim styling, floral top, Forever 21, pink lipstick, Revlon, Tasha B
In case you needed a quick reminder of how sexy denim can be, in comes bombshell Keke Lindgard in Elle France November 2010, in the Folk Allure editorial (c/o Denimology). While the presence of “folk” fashion is actually questionable here, we do spy a pleasing mix of grunge, prep, boho, and southern belle. Another testament to the versatility and cross-genre styling potential of our favorite textile. But back to sex appeal—red lipstick, knee high leather boots, and copious, luxurious fur are just a few elements you can add to your denim look to pack a real punch when you walk in any room.
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—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: denim styling, editorial, elle france, folk allure, Keke Lindgard, november 2010