If you grew up in school uniforms and now shudder at the thought of polo shirts and khaki slacks, it might be time for you to reconsider the power and styling fun of a well-placed classic. A crisp prepster shirt or a pair of boat shoes can bring a super-wild outfit down to earth or add an extra dose of polish and Audrey Hepburn panache. Still wary? Topshop’s Denim Tie Front Shirt is a good middle ground. For $50, we love its laid-back preppiness and general versatility. In fact, we’ve come up with four ways to wear this piece–and you can surely think up more!
Rag & Bone The Jean Jacket Perfect Wash ($265) — buy it at Rag & Bone
Banana Republic Saffiano leather skinny belt ($17.99) — buy it at Banana Republic
Steve Madden Pammy Pump ($99.95) — buy it at Steve Madden
Court Shop High Waist Bell Bottom ($145) — buy it at farfetch
Antonio Marras Floral Skirt ($1141) — buy it at farfetch
ASOS Oversized Retro Sunglasses ($21.49) — buy it at ASOS
Moda Spana Pippy Pump ($59.95) — buy it at DSW
AllSaints Finsbury Trenchcoat ($118.50) — buy it at AllSaints
Oscar de la Renta Link Earring ($175) — buy it at Oscar de la Renta
ModCloth The Bright Way Skirt ($57.99) — buy it at ModCloth
3.1 Phillip Lim Cognac Motorcycle Leather Jacket ($759) — buy it at My-Wardrobe
Topshop Lenny Wedge Heel Sandal ($130) — buy it at Topshop
Easton Pearson Syriam flag-print silk-crepe pants ($595) — buy it at Net-A-Porter
AllSaints Marquis Cardigan ($60) — buy it at AllSaints
Miss Me? Mooz Flats ($25.99) — buy it at 6pm
Tags: denim tie front shirt, denim top, how to wear, Topshop
Pregnant super-star actress Natalie Portman has been out and about recently sporting maternity denim (an alteration service we offer, in case you’ve got a baby bump of your own) and naturally cameras flashes have been illuminating her every step. The paparazzi might be after her because she’s Natalie, but we’re in love with her minimalist approach to cute maternity-wear. We break down two of her recent looks below.
1. mama·licious Tex Denim Tunic Top ($62) – buy it at Asos.
2. Anthropologie Confetti Strand Wooden Beaded Necklace ($39) – buy it at Anthropologie.
3. The Limited Skinny Cargo Pant (on sale $19.99, was $69.90!) – buy it at The Limited.
4. Lucky Brand “Marlee” Rain Boots ($74.25) – buyt it at Dillard’s.
5. Banana Republic “Deborah” Sunglasses ($98) – buy it at Banana Republic.
Here’s the look in action—Natalie looks stellar with loose hair, sunglasses, a bohemian beaded necklace and this super-comfortable denim maternity shirt, cuffed at the sleeve. We switched out the boots for something a little more fashion forward, but even her’s are pretty chic.
In the next outfit, a super-minimal look becomes super-adorable via less-is-more theory. Check out how you can adopt this comfy ensemble.
1. Motherhood Long Sleeve Crew Neck Maternity T Shirt (on sale $10) – buy it at Motherhood.
2. Paige Denim Jimmy Jimmy Maternity Boyfriend Jeans ($195) – buy it at Shopbop.
3. Dooney & Bourke Handbag, Quilted Spicy Shopper ($198) – buy it at Macy’s.
4. Bernardo Tie multi-strap leather sandals ($195) – buy it at Net-A-Porter.
5. Tom Ford Eyewear Callae Sunglasses ($360) – buy it at Saks Fifth Avenue
And here’s the second look in action! Natalie’s top has a cute button-neckline detail and single pocket, which adds interest (but isn’t necessary to achieve the look). During this stroll, Natalie was holding up her purse to defend her baby-to-be from too much camera action. If you plan to do the same (assuming paparazzi follow you!), you’d better make that purse a big one!
Don’t forget to check out our maternity denim alteration service, where we open up the side seam and place an elastic triangular insert into your jeans so you can keep wearing them during your pregnancy. Once your term is over, you can send them back to have them turned back to normal!
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Celebrity, denim top, how to wear, Lucky Brand, maternity denim, Natalie Portman, Paige Denim, Paige Premium Denim, pregnant, styling tips
Of-the-moment model Abbey Lee Kershaw gets super-saucy for Moussy‘s Fall 2010 campaign. Moussy is a Japanese streetwear brand with a heavy emphasis on sex appeal and denim. The ads won’t run in glossies here, but the shots you’ll find at Fashion Gone Rogue create a similarly fulfilling experience between seductive ad and consumer.
Shot by Yasutomo Ebisu, this set makes head-to-toe denim basics look as magnificent as eveningwear. The extreme perm adds a playful touch, and darling Abbey even makes a spelling error in her black-marker love letter. A bit of naivety mixed with sex appeal creates something playful and notoriously Japanese—a perfect playing field for versatile denim looks.
See the full campaign here.
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: Abbey Lee Kershaw, campaign, DENIM, denim top, fall 2010, Japanese streetwear, Moussy, perm, sex appeal, Yasutomo Ebisu
Isn’t this just adorable? Recently, I’ve been falling in love with some of the season’s cutesie child-like tops, which include Peter Pan collars, ribbons and little button details. Enter the Denim Bow Top — a more grown up version, — suitable for the city life or the great outdoors. It’s more of a denim-inspired top. Made of 100% cotton, it is not actual denim, but it sure looks like it, no?
This is such a great versatile blouse that can work at the office or at the beach (worn with pedal pushers), where you can stroll with your little Pug and sip on your frosty caffeinated drink. It’s a breezy top that can be layered with a cardigan in case it gets, well, breezy. I discovered it online at INTUITION, and it’s currently on sale for $53.99. Unfortunately, only the small size is left, so it’s going to disappear fast.
– Kathy Ng Hassan
Tags: denim top