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Celebrate The Holidays With Denim Decor!

This week we got kitschy with hand-made holiday gifts, showed you the jeans on our wishlist, and gave you some ideas for last minute gift shopping that covered function, fashion, and novelty. Now we’re gonna show you how to deck the halls in denim! Check out these unique denim holiday decorations (and get inspired to make your own).

1. Christmas Rag Wreath made with Denim Scraps

2. Wrangler Denim Christmas Stocking

3. Upcycled Blue Jean Denim Star Christmas Tree Ornaments

4. Denim Christmas Tree Garland

5. Upcycled Denim-Filled Clear Ornaments

—DT Staff

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Posted Dec 22 2011 in Denim Therapy

Get Kitschy! Top 10 Handmade Denim Gifts

We love handmade gifts (a few of us are even devout DIY-ers here at DT), so when we decided to put together a gift guide this year, we thought, why make one of them a round-up of cool and crafty denim items! This way you support an independent artist/designer by purchasing, or get some ideas to make your own. Check out our picks from Etsy below.


1. Denim wallet ($34) – buy it at Etsy.

2. Fingerless Denim Gloves with Wooden Buttons ($25) – buy it at Etsy.

3. P.S. I LOVE YOU Denim Postcard ($12) – buy it at Etsy.



4. Hand Made Cotton Rag Rug Runner ($110) – buy it at Etsy.

5. Denim Patchwork Sofa ($2,000) – buy it at Etsy.

6. Men’s Denim Neckwarmer ($17.50) – buy it at Etsy.



7. Vintage LEVIS Purple dip-dyed shorts ($60) – buy it at Etsy.

8. Organic denim wrap skirt ($118) – buy it at Etsy.

9. Dark Blue Denim Bowtie ($23) – buy it at Etsy.

10. Denim Tool Apron (for kids) ($12.50) – buy it at Etsy.

—DT Staff

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Posted Dec 20 2011 in Denim Buys » Gift Guides

A Denim Snob’s Holiday Wishlist: Lavish Livez Guest Post

By Paul, founder of Lavish Livez:

“It’s CHRISTMAS! Not to be cliche or anything, but I love giving even more than I love receiving. The key to gifting something that won’t be re-gifted or donated after a few uses is to really think about what the gift-recipient loves, what fits their style, and what will excite them. I do that with my girlfriend’s gifts, and she wears them everyday! That’s the best feeling. Give functional, awesome items, and you’ll be good to go. Christmas is coming up fast, so Denim Therapy asked me to pick out a few of my favorite denim (and non-denim pieces on the web so you can get inspired for your gifting.


1. Levi’s Denim Tie.

“Levi’s is one of the original denim companies and they never stop to amaze me, because they are always reinventing themselves while still keeping their identity. You can imagine your stylish guy friends wearing this tie with a chambray shirt or even a crisp white dress shirt.”

2. Filson Green Briefcase.

“Men have only recently ventured into bags.  If we were not going to the office or to the gym, you would almost never see us carrying luggage.  But now it’s picking up, to the point where there’s no excuse to have your pockets bulging with keys, wallet, water bottle, phone, etc. This simple, stylish approach is good for an entire day of whatever you’re doing.”

3. Good Wood  Lobster Bow Tie.

“This is different. This is unique. Love lobster? Even better. Good Wood is an accessories label out of Brooklyn, creating every piece by hand.  This Lobster bow tie is held together by a magnetic back, so you can actually affix it to whatever you want.”

4. MS and Co Denim iPad & iPhone Combo Case.

If he loves his iPhone/iPad and is a huge denim snob, then this selvedge denim iPad/Iphone case combo is THE gift to give this holiday!  After a few months, his iPhone case will have really cool fade to it, making his one of a kind.



1. Marc Jacobs’s Coated Black Denim Jeans.

“These are so rock’n’roll, and you can rock them for three seasons out of four, whether you’re wearing a motorcycle boot or some converse sneakers.”

2. Scotch & Soda Prologue Limited Edition Organic Jeans.

“These totally organic jeans feature green thread selvedge, which is a very minor but distinct detail (all denim-heads love those), a keychain and lucky coin. They’re also just a really stylish, versatile pair of jeans.”

3.  Gitman Bros Red Chambray Shirt.

“Everyone’s been doing blue chambray all year. Let’s switch it up! What’s more festive than this versatile hue? And wouldn’t it look amazing with that Levi’s denim tie? *wink wink*”

4. Nudie Jeans Co. denim sports jacket.

“This is a classic design—simple, not boring. Let him pair this medium weight jacket with his favorite jeans and some fresh kicks, and he’ll look like a million bucks, but never stuffy.”

Huge thanks to Paul from Lavish Livez for stopping by to share his recs with Denim Therapy’s audience. Stay tuned for more great gift picks, coming your way. Happy Shopping!

—DT Staff & Lavish Livez


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Posted Dec 16 2011 in Denim Buys » Gift Guides

Charley 5.0, Head To Toe: 7 Looks To Wear On Your Winter Cruise Getaway

While some of us relish in making snow angels and hurling icy handfuls of slush at our friends all winter long, many of us will be setting sail for a warmer climate once the New York winter sets in full force. If you’re one such lucky lady, you’ll be happy to know there’s one brand that has all of your holiday & resortwear dressing needs on tap—New York based Charley 5.0. If you’ve read our previous reviews on this line, you know there’s more to their game than jeans. They specialize in innovative ways to work denim and chambray into the wardrobe with fashion-forward styling in mind.

Underlined by a rich selection of colored skinny jeans, denim shorts, and chambray fashion separates, you can sink your teeth into the urban bohemian goddess look far sooner than summer heat waves creep up on the weather map. Check out these seven fierce looks below that will compliment any warm weather vacation you’re planning in the coming months.



Look 1. Boho babe.

This Tencel Denim Tie Front Blouse is an easy-on, easy-off compliment to the gorgeous Washed Silk Long Tank Dress in Aztec Print. The outfit is topped off with a floppy hat and wooden beaded necklaces for some serious boho flare. Put this outfit on, and you’re practically on vacation already.

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Look 2. Beach bum.

The “The Long & the Short of It” denim deep v-neck top in “Cool Blue” says you’re ready to have some fun on the beach (or wherever the winds take you), and these Salt Women’s Premium Denim Cut-Off Shorts in Blush add a bit of flirty fun to the mix. The oversized pendant and sunnies lend an aura of laid back worldliness (and let’s face it, that’s what the stylish strive for, even when they’re taking a break from the world).

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Look 3. Margarita!

If you’re looking for something with overt feminine appeal, the Washed Silk Button-Down Blouse in Golden Leopard Print is a promising pick, and the Salt Women’s Premium Denim Cut-Off Shorts in Lime are just the squeeze of citrus you need to take this fresh look from day to night in a snap.

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Look 4. Tribal Beats.

Matching the first look in terms of bohemian flare, yet far more of the “I’m a professional vacationer and I will never go back to the office for the rest of my life” persuasion, the Washed Silk Fly Away Tank in Aztec Print is the ideal match for our favorite piece: the Tencel Denim Hippie Skirt in Faded Sky.

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Look 5. Wild one.

A gorgeous, whimsical Washed Silk Basic Tee Shirt in Butterfly Jungle Print looks awesome against contrast Salt Women’s Premium Denim Skinny Jeans in cobalt blue. The navy wooden beaded necklace and hot pink turban add a few more flecks of resort-luxe to the mix.

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Look 6. Tranquil & chic.

For something more subtle, go for the Washed Silk Button-Down Blouse in Cream, paired with the Salt Women’s premium denim skinny jeans in Light Coral—a color scheme that’s both tranquil and alluring with a spritz of turquoise and metallic around the neck. The best part? The fit of these jeans = smooth as butter.

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Look 7. Sun Worshipper.

Finally, Washed Silk Tank in Cream makes for a perfect sunset separate when paired with the Salt Women’s premium denim skinny jeans in Lemonade, with delicate whisker fading. A red wooden beaded waterfall necklace brings the whole look together.

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Ready to book your flight and pack a suitcase full of gorgeous? Check out Charley 5.0 online—we’ll let you know when these perfect holiday & resort pieces hit the racks.


Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras, styling by Michelle Christina Larsen.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Oct 26 2011 in Denim Fashion » How to Wear It » Reviews: Brand
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