Ever wonder how to bring new life to an old pair of favorite jeans? Aside from sending them in to Denim Therapy for any physical repairs they may desperately need, you can re-style and revive your baby blues with some styling tricks. The upside to this? Aside from avoiding spending your hard-earned summer income on denim this fall, you will also be doing something for the environment:
Via The Zoe Report: “By either repurposing your outdated jeans—you know, the long-forgotten-about pairs hiding at the bottom of a drawer—or seeking out pre-loved varieties, you’ll not only be adding intrigue to your wardrobe, but you’ll also be reducing landfill waste (clothing contributes up to 5%). Here, you’ll find three crazy-cool resources to give your blues game a boost!”
Vogue, pioneer of fashion trends and fresh perspectives, has a great denim feature on their web edition that shows some new, fresh ways to pair denim this spring. Forget about your classic combos, and get ready for painted treatments, layering, pencil skirts and new silhouettes. A quick browse through this shoot and you’ll be rethinking your own ensembles, guaranteed. Shredded and patchwork? It’s in. Extreme wide leg? You bet. The days of boring jeans are over. But don’t take our word for it! See for yourself.
We’re a little bitter that we should be thinking about sandals and open-toe shoes at this point, and we’re writing about boots… but mother nature has her own plans. Thus, we’re bringing you a little tip on how to tuck your jeans into boots (especially the non-skinny kind), thank to She Knows.com. Check it out, and be sure to let us know what other denim perils you are facing this week.
“First, you’ll want to find a pair of boots that hit right below your knees or a bit higher. They should also be a little loose on your legs, in order to leave room for your pants to be tucked in.
As far as jeans go, opt for a pair that has some flare. Make sure they’re snug on your thighs and fitted at the knees though. Otherwise, they’ll get all bunched up and baggy when you try to tuck them in, which definitely isn’t a good look.
Last but not least, grab some thin, high socks (or trouser socks) to slide over your pants to hold that fold in place. You’ll see what we mean shortly — don’t fret!” (read the full instructions at She Knows.com)
Don’t be bummed that summer’s over—have a little fun with bold prints in your wardrobe! Utilize the versatility of your favorite pair of jeans by mixing them with intense prints and pop colors this season. Not sure how to start? Shop some of our favorite combos.
Gals, we all have our favorite pair of jeans that we wish we could wear every day (as if we don’t actually do that… once in a while…*cough cough*). They show all the right curves, hide all the right flaws, and feel amazing even when we’re having a bad day. In celebration of those perfect fitting dream-jeans, we’ve put together two outfits around a pair of our favorite skinny jeans. One leands towards the flirty date night variety, while the other is a bit more rock’n'roll. Adapt this to your own to give them a stylish new lease on life.
The thing that sets the most stylish people apart from the rest is not that they have access to some exclusive, unique source of clothing no one else does. It’s that they take the same products everyone else buys and they make it their own. With jeans, this is especially versatile, from distressing to cuffing and beyond.
Below are a few ways you can make your jeans your own this fall.
1. DIY distress your jeans. Grab a pair of scissors, some sand paper, and go to town on your favorite jeans to create a look that’s vintage and chic. Check out our post on distressing denim for more ideas.
2. Mix and match denim with your favorite statement accessories, like killer shoes or a bold metallic clutch. Hint: Done correctly, this makes a pair of jeans acceptable in the night life realm.
3. Cuff them up. Whether you prefer a wide thick cuff or a skinny rolled cuff, when you adjust hemlines, the game changes. The a-symmetrical cuffing job above is a tomboyish statement we love (especially when worn with heels). Check out our video on three ways to cuff jeans, below.
8 is the magic number! This is one tip we stand by with both feet firmly planted, but Lucky Mag is here to reinforce it why we have to be careful how many inches should be accounted for in the rise of your waistband:
“Don’t go too low: Steer clear of jeans with anything less than an eight-inch rise, especially if you don’t have six-pack abs. (The rise, by the way, is the distance from the crotch to the top of the waistband.) If the top button is any lower than three inches below your navel, even the slightest post-lunch tummy pooch can look like a full-fledged muffin top, and who wants that? Well, someone, probably.”
…Well, even if someone does want that, we don’t want that for you. Heed the 8″ rule! And remember, high-rise doesn’t mean high-waisted, to the belly-button. See three of our favorite picks for high-rise jeans below.
Paige Denim High Rise Jeggings ($199) – buy it at Shopbop.
GOLDSIGN Virtual High Rise Skinny Jeans ($234) – buy it at Shopbop.
DL1961 Nina Super High Rise Skinny Jeans ($168) – buy it at Shopbop.
Photographer and Denim Therapy contributor Raffael tried out his new HA-67 jeans recently and put together two outfits that work like a charm for early fall. As a photographer, DJ, and all around multi-tasker, having outfits that transition from day to night and are durable (yet casual and cool) is the first concern. Here’s how Raffael worked these two pairs of men’s jeans into his wardrobe by combining his accessories and separates with the denim.
Look 1. HA-67 Destroyed medium-wash denim shorts “Billy Capri in acid” cuffed to the knee. Styled with blue H&M canvas shoes, a thrifted top from Buffalo Exchange, and Raffael’s trademark French naval hat.
How’s The Fit & Feel?
“They’re comfortable! I like the way they look and the way they feel. They fit my really well and Ican wear them when I’m running around the city working, DJing, etc. I do cuff them a bit higher than they came.”
Look 2. HA-67 warm grey “Julian in Stardust” wash jeans. Styled with blue H&M canvas shoes, a SPENGLISH t-shirt, and Raffael’s trademark French naval hat.
How’s The Fit & Feel?
“I love that these are slim fit but not too skinny. Love the wash and the fact that they have the slightest bit of stretch in them. That adds to the comfort and movement. I can wear these everywhere.”
The mistake people often make (not us of course!) is thinking that a simple jeans and a t-shirt won’t equate to a stellar outfit. The tip here is giving a little twist to the t-shirt that you pair with the jeans! This fashion blogger demonstrates by wearing her skinny jeans with what seems to be from the front just a plain white tee—but wait! The cut-out detailing in the back of the shirt take this outfit from plain jane to straight up style maven! We’re giving her extra points for rocking the wedges too, which always create a long leg… and let’s face it: if you’re going to wear a killer cut-out back, you might as well snag legs for days too! So when you’re stumped trying to figure out what to pair your favorite denim with, break out that daring top you’ve been dying to wear and work it!