It seems the entire world is on a quest to dress like Parisian style icons, chasing that effortless tomboy approach to feminine style made viral by modern stars like Clémence Poésy and Léa Seydoux. If you’re also looking to add a bit of French girl flare to your look, we’d recommend a browse through the fall 2014 collection of Laurence Doligé—a sportswear designer who has successfully combined effortless chambray with patchwork denim, peplum coats, and luxe slouchy knitwear into one offering of serious class. See the collection here, and check out our tips on dressing with je ne sais quoi below.
1. Mix dressy with casual. If you’re wearing a silk blouse, pair it with boyfriend jeans. A pair of tailored slacks go perfect with a crisp white tee. Roll up those sleeves and add some pearls!
2. Wear black and white. Sounds basic, and, well, it is. Try a white pair of jeans with a black knit sweater, tucked into the front. Add some gold cuff bracelets and a pair of easy flats. Done.
3. A simple frockdoes the job like nothing else. Whether it’s a button down cotton summer dress in a solid off-white hue or a pinstriped chambray cocktail number, less is more when you’re pulling off French-inspired style.
4. Find the perfect tailored jacket. No cutting corners on this one. There are few outfits that won’t be transformed into instant chic with the addition of a killer jacket. Pair it with skinnies and flats, belt it around the waist, and find the perfect clutch to carry.
5. Think beyond the skinny jean. French femmes know how to rock a pair of ultra wide leg pants. Pair wide leg jeans with a crop top and a long knit cardigan. A brimmed hat and some silver jewelry and you’re ready to hit the streets.
Looking to add some variety to your wardrobe for fall? Think beyond the jean! Paired with a cute top and the right accessories, a denim skirt might just be the answer to your outfit conundrum this season. Whether you prefer to rock floor length style with a side slit or love a classic a-line, we’ve got you covered. Shop six of our favorite denim skirt styles below. The best part? You can pair any of these with some warm tights and rock them right into winter.
Florence Kane has a favorite pair of jeans, but they’re not your run of the mill raws or your classic dark wash skinnies. Florence calls them “Frankenstein” on account of them being made up of so many other pairs of jeans. These patchwork jeans have more character than anything we’ve seen in a long time, and we love the story behind them:
“someone sewed patch upon patch to get them in the wonderful state they’re in now. This person cut an entire swath – pocket included – off the rear of a pair of Wranglers and put it on the left front of these jeans; the pocket with a square outline faded in (wallet? cigarettes?). There are several stars of various sizes stitched on, triangles, an arrow, and regular old squares. There’s even a denim footprint on the left rear, with each “toe” perfectly placed.” (Jean Stories)
Photos via Jean Stories, where you can see more photos and read the full story.
Behati Prinloo, one of our favorite multi-talented Victoria’s Secret models, designed a denim line for THVM, inspired by her chic off-duty style. The collection is both freshly on-trend and completely timeless, featuring casual cotton tees, patchwork jeans, ankle length skinnies, and bold graphic prints. See the full collection here.
Trend alert! Just having a bit of interesting distressing or a cool wash isn’t cutting it for the fashion crowd when it comes to spring denim. Embellished jeans are a hot item right now, and the interpretations are vast: sequins, chains, crystals, patches and more. Check out some of the coolest over at Elle, and then grab the contents of your junk drawer for an on-trend DIY project.
Scotch & Soda‘s latest kids’ denim collection beats out many an all-grown-up lookbook in terms of style and effortlessness. The bite-sized line features acid wash jeans, bleached cuffed shorts, textured and appliqued sweatshirts, and other easy to wear separates. Check out the full collection below.
We’re in love with Rich & Skinny! The latest fall lookbook features classic washes and staple styles ranging from basic skinnies and crops to seamed moto jeans. They also threw in some exciting details like contrast wash patchwork, utility slacks, and ankle zippers that add some sex appeal. Check the range out below.
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“Detailing in the form of traditional Japanese Boro and tattoo inspired embroidery, silver concho buttons on heavyweight knitwear, incredible raw denim and patchwork faded indigo, a shawl collared coat that nearly brought on the vapors.”
Last fall, Style.com launched their Video Fashion Week, featuring film shorts to showcase brands that don’t normally show at Fashion Week, such as Surface to Air. Now that spring is oh-so-close, we think watching this video now [Editor's note: there are NSFW nipplage scenes] is just enough to make us pine even harder for those warm, lazy days. Featuring S2A‘s Spring-Summer 2012 ready-to-wear collection, you’ll see faded, vintage wash denim, even a patchwork piece, plus lightweight button down shirts in easy-on-the-eye gray scale, neutrals and blues. With “Harmonia” by Cass McComb as the mood music, you might just agree that this is likely the most perfect day ever on video.
Lookbook.nu has a great selection of street style denim trends from all over the world. A few of our favorite recent posts are Konstantina from Athens, Mireia from Barcelona, Nika from Ukraine, Anjelica from Germany and Roos from Amsterdam. From a chicly styled chambray, dressed up patchwork, casual boyfriend jeans to denim shorts cuffed with precision these chicks know how to style our favorite article of clothing. Combined these looks cover a lot of ground, what is your favorite look for this spring?