“The super-flexible fabric is also a bit thin as you can tell from the photo. The first try-on was more like a pair of tights than jeans. That’s a hint that these probably won’t go more than six months without a rip. The overall verdict? A great pair of jeans that may not stand up to the wear and tear of a city-dweller on the run for too long, but it’s enough bang for a fast fashion buck.”
This morning we take a look at denim through the eyes of jean-lover Jerrica Navarro, an aspiring actress and fashion blogger born and raised in New York City. Jerrica says her playful, chic style reflects her down-to-earth personality and urban sensibility. We had her send some snaps of her favorite outfits, like the denim short jumpsuit, high-waisted skirt & jacket paired with a deep v-neck and leather belt, and classic white t-shirt & flare leg jeans combo. Check it out below.
“I have a love hate relationship with denim. It seems as though there are a million options to try but very few meet my needs (kinda like men). When I finally find that one fantastic pair of jeans I usually live in them, and pretty much suck the life out of them. Some of my favorites are from BDG, Forever 21, Abercrombie and Fitch, Club Monaco the Gap, Topshop, and some cool stuff I find while thrift shopping. I loath the word jeggings but love denim with extra stretch (I’m aways on the move, so I need it).”
See more of Jerrica’s looks at her blog, Fashionnostalgia.
Tags: '70s style jeans, Abercrombie & Fitch, Classic denim look, Club Monaco, denim trends spring 2011, Forever21, high-waisted shorts, jeggings, Jerrica Navarro, Street Style, The Gap, Topshop
Missed out on anything this week? We make catching up easy with our round up of the most exciting blog posts we cooked up for you in the past seven days. You’re welcome!
1. Heat Wave: Calliope Spring 2011 Campaign—The forecast is snow and rain for the post-Christmas holiday, and our New York staff has already begun burying their faces in spring campaigns in hopes to alleviate the reality of winter elements. The Calliope spring 2011 campaign was one very effective elixir… Keep Reading! ?
2. The Undisputed Temple of Parisian Celebration—The French know how to party (come on, it’s where champagne was first made!), and apparently they also know a thing or two about wearing denim. The Antidote Magazine launch party in Paris this past November gathered a veritable mass of denim-wearing pretty young things to dance, drink, and show off their denim styling skills… Keep Reading! ?
3. Mister Freedom, Up Close & Well Worn—You don’t get much more Americana than a name like Mister Freedom, and just as expected from this classic-cool brand, their newest style, the Californian, boasts a 1950’s vintage reference that could turn you into a Rockabilly king in about as much time as it takes to pull on a pair of jeans… Keep Reading! ?
4. Eniko Mihalik is Denim Sex in Antidote’s First Issue—When we heard Antidote Magazine was basing their launch issue on denim, we were pretty stoked. But we definitely didn’t expect such a sexy study of our rugged twill blues. Model Eniko Mihalik rocks everything from the super-relevant basic denim work shirt to a tailored denim dress (though she seems to have a hard time keeping it on)… Keep Reading! ?
5. Flare Magazine: Starting Off 2011 In Denim—Canada’s Flare Magazine starts off the new year in denim! The January 2011 issue features models Arlenis Sosa, Tiiu Kiuk, and Irina Lazareanu on the cover in matching denim shirts from eclectic and affordable fashion brand Joe Fresh Style… Keep Reading! ?
6. Divine Rights & Forever21: Match Made in Heaven—Divine Rights of Denim for Forever 21 was sent to us from heaven to earth. The LA-based women’s contemporary line has joined forces (exclusively) with Forever 21 to provide its customers with premium product at affordable prices just in time for the holiday shopping season… Keep Reading! ?
—Michelle Christina Larsen
Tags: antidote magazine, best denim posts, Calliope Spring 2011 Campaign, Denim Issue, Divine Rights Denim, Eniko Mihalik, Flare Magazine, Forever21, Mister Freedom
Yes, I do love my J Brands and don’t we all wish we could own a Lanvin + Acne denim dress, but unfortunately, pricey designer labels are not an option for most of us. Do not fret my fashionista friends, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to look great. With a small budget and a savvy shopping attitude, denim can be found at bargain prices!
American Eagle Outfitters Spandex Leggings, $39.50
Jeggings, the most versatile item to own. Wear them with flats and a t-shirt for a cool casual look.
Shop American Eagle
Express Smocked Denim Jumpsuit, $49.50
This cute jumpsuit is great for a picnic in the park while all eyes are on you.
ASOS Denim Tuck Jumpsuit, $37.61
Who would of thought a denim jumpsuit could look this sexy? Sex it up with mile high heels and a statement necklace.
Jolt Ruffle Romper, $42.00
A sweet romper for the girly girl.
G by Guess Blair Cuffed Denim Capris, $44.50
Get ready for spring with a great pair of capris paired with heels or a great pair of wedges.
Shop G by Guess
The Limited Denim Skirt, $69.50
Every girl’s got to have a great little denim skirt. This one thinks out of the box with the thin sheer panels. Take it from day to evening, with a canvas wedge for day and platform heels by night.
Shop The Limited
Victoria’s Secret Chain Purse, $34.50
A quilted denim bag will add a playful punch to jeans and a t-shirt or a cute little shift dress.
Shop Victoria’s Secret
DV by Dolce Vita Ontario Sandal, $49.95
Think Talitha Getty poolside in a kaftan with her man servants feeding her grapes.
Shop Dolce Vita @ Nordstrom’s
Forever21 Denim Braided Sandals, $14.80
A great pair of sandals to kick around in on the beach or out on the town.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: American Eagle, ASOS, DV by Dolce Vita, Express, Forever21, G by Guess, Jolt, The Limited, Victoria's Secret
Military jackets, camouflage, combat boots, and indestructible denim, are amongst the explosive looks for this spring’s military inspired trend. Here’s a look at some great items to give yourself a fighting start with your spring wardrobe. So get down on the floor and give me twenty, soldier!
Military Look1: (Siwy cut-off Denim Shorts – $163 and Juicy Couture Military Shirt Jacket – $198)
Go sexy with cut-off denim shorts with a frayed hem paired with a twill military jacket and heels.
Military Look2: (Forever21 Tori Frayed Denim Jeans – $29.80, Bleach Black Boot by Frye, $338.00)
This casual look with torn jeans paired with studded combat boots are all the rage without overdoing it.
J. Crew Ripstop Cargo pant, 39.99 & $69.99
Supersoft cargo in authentic cotton ripstop fabric that’s been garment-dyed and washed for over 300 minutes to get the most broken-in shades. The ultra-flattering fit is amped up with boyish details. For a boyishly sweet look, pair these up with heels, a denim jacket and sparkling jewelry.
Shop J. Crew
Vila Sasa Denim Military Jacket, $42.74
Vamp it up a bit with a cute cropped version of a military inspired denim jacket pair with a pencil skirt and long boots.
Shop Vila Sasa at ASOS
Aqua Leather Military Jacket, $179.00
The iconic military jacket in buttery soft leather is an anchor to the utility feel paired with dark skinny jeans and leather booties.
Shop Aqua @ Bloomingdales
Smythe Multi-pocketed linen-blend jacket, $650
Take a regimented approach to weekend dressing with Smythe’s olive linen-blend multi-pocketed jacket. Wear it with skinny jeans, a tank and towering heels for military chic.
Shop Smythe @ net-a-porter
Superfine Nighttime Denim Jacket, $487.00
This denim jacket with a mandarin collar and contrast canvas and knit panels add military chic to a modern sihoutte. Pair these with boyfriend jeans or harem pants and mile high booties.
Shop Superfine @ Shopbop
Bleach Black Boot by Frye, $338.00
Distressed leather combat boots with a white wash finish featuring antique brass or antique silver studs along the inner tongue adds a bad-ass touch to a pair of skinny denim jeans
Shop Frye @ Free People
Bess Studded Boots, $460.00
Bess’ black leather combat boots with gold and silver-tone studs are the cool-girl’s footwear of choice.
Shop Bess @ net-a-porter
Giuseppe Zanotti Crystal-skull Canvas Ballerina Flats,$550.00
Step into this season’s military trend in Giuseppe Zanotti’s camouflage-print khaki canvas ballerina flats with crystal-sprayed skull embellishment. Wear them off-duty to bring a touch of tough to a simple tank and jeans.
Shop Guiseppe Zanotti @ net-a-porter
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Aqua, ASOS, BDG, Bess, Forever21, Frye, Giuseppe Zanotti, J. Crew, Juicy Couture, Silence & Noise, Siwy, Smythe, Superfine
Get an early start with your spring wardrobe with some great denim pieces. In the mix are great light washes, edgy jackets and vests, a continuing nod to the 80s and even a pair of denim brogues that just make me want to raise my arms and sing “Come on Eileen”…too-rye-HOOR-ay!
TopShop Waterfall Zip Waiscoat, $80.00
Minimalist, edgy with clean lines, this vest is a fresh addition to any wardrobe.
Gap Washed denim motorcycle jacket, $59.99
A cropped motorcycle denim jacket that can be worn casual or dressed up.
Mango Petrol Dress, $79.90
A sexy little number that Dolce & Gabbana would give a wink to.
Denim Shirt Dress, $14.99
Perfectly paired with boots or platforms, this Denim Shirt Dress is flirty and fun.
Shop Charlotte Russe
Gap Denim pencil skirt, $54.50
A chic, tailored silhouette sharp enough for work, yet cool enough for happy hour.
Forever21 80s Acid Wash Denim Skirt, $19.90
A throwback to the 80s, this acid wash denim skirt is sexy and bad-ass!
TopShop Kisco2 Denim Brogues, $90.00
Washed denim lace-up brogues, a modern classic. Perfect boyfriend shoes.
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Charlotte Russe, Forever21, Gap, Mango, Topshop
Follow the yellow brick road, well, more like the snow slushed sidewalks if you’re in NYC, but nevertheless, girl, you still have to look FIERCE! Designers do denim and shoes never looked better!
Whether it’s high or low fashion, there’s something for every budget.
Dolce & Gabbana Denim Leopard Print Pumps, $595.00
Dolce & Gabbana @ Nordstroms
Alexander McQueen Denim Blue Zipper Pump $794.00
YSL Tribute Denim Platform Sandal, $895.00
YSL @ Neiman Marcus
Valentino ‘Petale’ Denim Ballerina Flat, $495.00
Valentino @ Neiman Marcus
Lanvin Cross-over denim sandal, $760.00
Lanvin @ net-a-porter
Low-end fashion shoes:
Forever21 Lindy Denim Bootie, $24.80
Elie Tahari “Dahlia” Driver with Zipper Flower, $198.00
Elie Tahari @ Bloomingdales
Go Jane Peep-toe Slingback Wedge Sandal, $16.60
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Alexander McQueen, Dolce & Gabbana, Elie Tahari, Forever21, GoJane, Valentino, YSL
For this season’s holiday parties, or just to put a little sparkle into your wardrobe, try a sequined blazer for some dazzling added pop! There are plenty to choose from for all budgets.
Today’s Denim Picks:
1) Anlo Ella Studded Skinny Jeans, $242.00
A great pair of jeans with edgy studs on the back pockets. A little added embellishment under a great sequined blazer.
Shop Anlo @ Shopbop
2) Current Elliott Denim Legging in Jet Black, $176.00
The perfect partner to the sequined jacket for a sleek sexy look.
Shop Current/Elliott @ Singer22
3) Forever21 Elastic Waist Skinny Jeans, $15.50
Simple chic and cheap! Enough said.
7 For All Mankind Plated Sequin Blazer, $495.00
7 For all Mankind has proven that not only do they do denim superbly, they also have a fantastic collection of apparel, shoes and bags. his plated sequin blazer will add some glam rock to a pair of skinny jeans, a body-con dress or a short-full skirt.
Shop 7 For All Mankind
Isabel Lu Sequin Blazer, $253.00
This fresh take on a tuxedo style sequined blazer has a modern loose silhouette with a shawl-lapel and peaked hem. Pair them up with sleek fitting jeans, leggings or mini-skirt.
Shop Isabel Lu @ Nordstrom
AKA New York Sequin Lapel Tweed Blazer, $309.00
If full on sequins are not for you, here’s a more sophisticated take on a black and white tweed blazer. It gets roughed up with unraveling along its sleeve cuffs and bottom hem and charcoal sequins along its wide lapel gives it a bit of shine. Try them with skinny black jeans, leggings or for a more lady-like look, a black tweed pencil skirt.
Shop AKA New York @ Intermix
Silence & Noise Sequin Blazer, $98.00
Silence & Noise continue to offer affordable and chic apparel that makes any gal look good. This fitted blazer is cut long and trimmed with a single button closure. Topped with allover sequins for tons of pizzazz.
Shop Silence & Noise @ UrbanOutfitters
H&M Sequin Jacket, $40.00
Who says you need a lot of money to be fashionably fabulous? This great cropped sequin jacket is both chic and a bargain!
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: 7 for All Mankind, AKA New York, Anlo, Current/Elliott, Forever21, H&M, Isabel Lu, Silence & Noise
A few finds that will add some flash and dash to your denim wardrobe. Add these key pieces to mix and match with your fall fashion ensembles and you will instantly update old and new pieces.
Current/Elliott Majorette Denim Jacket
Current/Elliott Denim Majorette Jacket, $350.00
Give your weekend wardrobe an update with Current/Elliott’s majorette-style washed indigo denim jacket.
Work the High/Low combination: Wear it over a Forever21 tiered crinkle dress, black tights and Marc Fisher’s “Louis” leather ankle boots for a high/low combination.
Buy Current/Elliott at Net-a-Porter
Forever21 Tiered Crinkle Dress, $24.80
Buy it at Forever21
Marc Fisher “Louis” Ankle Boot, $99.00
Buy Marc Fisher at Macy’s
Batwing Denim Jacket by KTZ
Batwing Denim Jacket by KTZ for Topshop, $360.00
This denim oversized batwing jacket with quilted pattern and side pockets is a great take on the 80’s style jacket.
Work the High/Low Combination: Pump up the style (and not the volume) by wearing this over a sleek and simple belted one shoulder dress by Silence & Noise, zippered leggings by Hilary Duff for DKNY and sky high pumps by Wet Seal.
Silence & Noise One Shoulder Dress, $39.99
Buy Silence & Noise at UrbanOutfitters
Forever21 Distressed Ruffle Belt, $9.80
Buy at Forever21
Hilary Duff, Femme for DKNY JEANS zippered leggings, $63.00
Buy Hilary Duff for DKNY at Zappos
Wet Seal Studded Pumps, $22.50
Buy at Wet Seal
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: Current/Elliott, Forever21, Hilary Duff for DKNY, KTZ, Marc Fisher, Silence & Noise, Wet Seal
Cameran Diaz in 7 For All Mankind
Kate Beckinsale in Dylan George
Don’t we all wish that we could toss out the phrase “recession proof” from our fashion vocabulary? Well, I would say that it would be prudent to think otherwise. Be a little green, recycle a beloved pair of jeans and reinvent your look with this summer’s hottest trend, the distressed jean. So, make the best of what you’ve got and copy Cameran Diaz and Kate Beckinsale’s great distressed jean look by D.I.Y.
D.I.Y. instructions to create your own distressed jeans
(Source – Life & Style):
Tools needed: Wood block, pumice stone, utility knife.
Step 1: Start by placing a block of wood inside the pant leg, under the area to be distressed.
Step 2: Slice a fabric horizontally with a utility knife at several spots on each leg.
Step 3: Rough up fabric by rubbing with a pumice stone.
Step 4: For extra shredding, pick threads apart with a pin. Washing and drying before wearing will further distress the rips.
Tip: Rips should be random and different on each leg. Shred one shin but not the other. Vary the width of the tears as well.
But, if you don’t have the time like me, the following are jeans that Cameron and Kate are wearing as well for less.
7 For All Mankind
7 For All Mankind Roxanne Slimmer Skinny Jeans with studs, $235 (as seen on Cameron Diaz)
Dylan George Lucy Low Rise Skinny Jean in Czar wash, $209 (as seen on Kate Beckinsale)
Celebrity Pink Distressed Boyfriend Jeans, $39
Forever 21 Leslie Frayed Skinny Jean, $29.80
–Nikki Cho Russo
Tags: 7 for All Mankind, Cameron Diaz, Celebrity Pink, Distressed Jeans, DIY, Dylan George, Forever21, Kate Beckinsale