A cool feature at JCrew.com is an advice page called Jack Knows Best, in which “Jack” dispenses menswear styling tips and act more or less like a fashion concierge (you can even email him!). One of Jack’s latest tips are how you can wear a blazer with jeans:
“First, pick a clean, slim jean like our 484 in dark indigo or, now that it’s summer, a white jean. No rips, fading or whiskering—keep it simple. Then, go for a textured jacket because it’s a better match for the casual look of denim. Think seersucker or linen for warm months and herringbone or tweed for cooler ones. I think Andy Warhol always did the blazer and 501® jeans look really well—with a little bit of irony.”
For those of you who haven’t been following Kanye West‘s foray into the fashion world, from secretly apprenticing under some well-known fashion houses to becoming a permanent fashion show fixture in Europe, we thought we might shine a light on men’s denim fashion that would earn Kanye’s approval. We’ve pinned down some key classic looks, inspired by music pal Jay-Z—who is known for rocking double denim—while referencing Kanye’s own penchant for juxtaposing a sartorial suiting look with a sportswear twist. Throw in a lightweight shirt for spring weather and you’re good. Tip: don’t overkill; avoid bling, embroidery and loud, distracting top stitched jeans, and you’ll do just fine.
To those of you who have been privy to music group Oberhofer‘s sensational performance at the Nudie Jeans event at Brooklyn Denim Co. last summer, then you know they are the ones to watch. A few weeks back, Oberhofer made their network television debut on The Letterman Show, with frontman Brad wearing a pair of unisex Nudie Tight Long John in Black/Black. You can watch their performance (below) and see how Brad styled his Nudie look. Here at Denim Therapy, we dig fresh talent just as much as fresh denim.
Menswear purveyor Topman, sourced some of the most talented fashion designers from both sides of the Atlantic to re-design the iconic denim jacket. This spinoff site of popular e-tailer Topshop, embarked on their own Denim Jacket Project, which re-imagined jackets from street glam inspirations (taken from London to Tokyo), to moto-cool. The man who forgot about the classic wardrobe staple can peel back the scales and see six new versions of the jeans jacket, one each from designers Lou Dalton, Katie Eary, Mark McNairy, Shaun Samson, Oliver Spencer and Topman Design.
While chatting with Japanese brand KURO Denim, a brand that specializes in exceptionally worn and ragged jeans (read: incredibly comfortable with built-in history), they discussed their customer’s most successful styling technique. When you buy a pair of jeans that’s nearly $500 and look like they’ve been through the war, a hoodie and sneakers don’t do them justice. The brand’s representatives suggest wearing their well-worn jeans with a crisp, button-down shirt and a beautifully tailored wool jacket (KURO has begun to introduce these options in the sportswear component of their line to drive the point home). Opposites attract, and a pair of jeans like these need to be balanced with clean, sharp coordinates.
A Breton stripe shirt and a pair of jeans is a classic combo that will never go out of style. In fact, it’s safe to say it’s a definite must-have in any wardrobe. And if an Andy Warhol or The Ramones reference isn’t enough to get you on board with this look, then we’re certain this version of the classic by Tenue de Nimes and Armor Lux, dubbed the Dutch Breton, might just do the trick. The red, white, and blue color combo is perfect for any pair of dark jeans or denim jacket. Pair it with a cool combat boot for a modern twist or keep it retro with a cool driving shoe. Get your hand on one at Tenue De Nimes!
Outclass‘ fall 2011 lookbook is a mix of casual-cool and relaxed yet put together style that gives off a sense of sophistication that isn’t exclusive to big city living. In fact, the Canadian brand takes the urban guy into the wild where red jeans, chambray shirts, and fall-perfect double breasted coats look ace—proving that style is key no matter where you are. We’re all about guys looking sharp and cool without going overboard and these are definitely some looks to take note of! Hint, hint!
Japanese menswear label Glamb never ceases to completely blow us away with it’s always eclectic and laid back style. Think vintage nomad with a rebellious street edge true to the scene that is Japanese street style. Consisting of unique pieces that could very well have been taken straight out of a vintage shop the label’s Summer 2011 lookbook has everything from worn-in patchwork jeans to psychedelic geometric graphic t-shirts designed to emulate a tie-dye effect (totally 90s), and even a denim kimono! Overall, everything you need for a killer summer look with some serious street style cred. Bold? Yes. Awesome? Definitely!