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DIY Denim Studded Collar: The Perfect Fall Accessory

Looking to add a little badass to your look this fall? A simple studded denim collar can zing up an outfit in a snap, whether worn free-floating with a low-neck top or as a faux-collar on a button-up shirt. The best part? You can make it yourself in about 25 minutes.

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Step 1. Find an old denim shirt at your favorite thrift store, or your closet. Be sure the shirt’s collar is thick enough to hold studs without tearing.

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Step 2. Carefully cut the collar away from the shirt as shown.

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Step 3. Gather your studs and small-tipped round nose pliers.

Tip: shop Etsy for deals on studs and embellishments. I used 34 total—your count will depend on the desired look.

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Step 4. Place your first stud on the collar. Use the sames to guide you.

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Step 5. Push the prongs through the back of the fabric. Push fabric down on either side of the prongs using your pliers.

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Step 6. Use your pliers to fold the stud prongs down and curl them into the fabric so they are secure.

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Step 7. Repeat, and fill up your collar with studs!

diy denim studded collar

diy denim studded collar

diy denim studded collar

Step 8. Wear it out! If you need to wash it, be sure to do so by hand.

diy denim studded collar

Enjoy, and let us know how it goes on our Facebook page!

—Michelle Christina Larsen



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Posted Sep 10 2012 in Denim DIY » Denim Therapy

Acid Wash, Studs & Ombre: Kill City Jeans Spring 2012 #projectshow

Studs, fringe, ombre, stars & stripes… list these elements in a row and you might imagine the ultimate overkill, but Kill City Jeans has mastered the art of quintessential rock’n’roll. Their denim, 80% of which is manufactured domestically, is shredded, studded, dyed, and treated to appeal to your inner badass. Both sexes are treated to plenty of color and texture (with the colors desaturated and the texture well-played), and more basic washes for days where you don’t feel like dressing for a music video.

The men’s line comes in three basic fits and features wax coats, reverse mineral wash, and distressed yarn-dyed styles. The women’s line is a bit more playful, including (our favorite) purple ombre cut-off shorts, ready to be DIY’d (they even come with a bag of studs). Best sellers like the navajo print and stars & stripes jeans continue to lead the collection, but this is a good place to start if you’re looking to expand way beyond the generic blue jean for spring this year.

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Photos by Raffael Flores-Contreras.

Check out Kill City Jeans online.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jan 16 2012 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Skulls, Color, & Classics Up Next For Blank NYC Denim

From what we saw while previewing the Blank NYC spring 2012 line, the brand intends to keep it rock’n’roll with destroyed denim (we loved their super-short white shredded cut-offs) and even some whimsical, skull-shaped studs. They showed us a pair of black jeans with destroyed back pockets and ghastly little faces partially lining the contour (the missing studs are intentional and create the look of worn-in-beat-up).  The cut-offs were adorned with boho belts, and in a more preppy turn of aesthetics, pastel denim was abound. Two picks we adored were the pastel denim pencil skirts. They also showed classics like basic washes in your standard styles and a covetable denim workshirt.

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blank nyc denim preview spring 2012

blank nyc denim preview spring 2012

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Dec 06 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

DIMITRIS ZOZ Denim’s Studded Separates For Edgy Spring Style

DIMITRIS ZOZ is an Italian denim brand with a lot going on. They’re not a jeans company—they produce high quality denim products that extend far beyond the baby blue’s you wear on your legs. Their aim is fashion-forward design that survives the whims of passing trends and seasons, and they execute this through sportswear (workshirts, outerwear, jeans) accessories (tote bags, shoulder bags), a line of denim home furniture, and most recently, a collection of pastel shorts, covered in studs. You may not be ready to commit to a denim couch, but we can bet you’ll wanna rock these shorts in the spring!


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See the behind the scenes of their Autumn/Winter 2012 photo shoot below:


Their e-boutique is coming soon—you can sign up for their newsletter for updates. You can also follow them on facebook.

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Nov 23 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Studs, Stretch & Style At The Genetic Denim Showroom Preview

Denim Therapy had a visit with Genetic Denim at their showroom in the garment district last night (literally next door to our office) to see the latest developments in their women’s and men’s collections.  Known for killer collaborations (dubbed “Genetic Visionaries”), Genetic’s latest includes a collab between the brand and Estee Stanley. The capsule collection features pieces inspired by kick-ass females from films like Kill Bill, Le Femme Nikita, and Pulp Fiction (that explains the studs). We also had a chat with creative director Ali Fatourechi about his own journey within the denim industry, and heard his tale of traveling to 42 cities interviewing women on what they love (and hate) to wear before he began orchestrating what he describes as a cult-favorite denim brand of women from coast to coast. And after pulling on our own Genetic’s, we couldn’t agree more.

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—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Sep 22 2011 in Denim Fashion » Reviews: Brand

Model Liza Golden channels Cindy Crawford in 90s Pepsi Ad

Pictorials such as this one that features Model Liza Golden donning sexy denim duds while drinking a Pepsi, remind us of how much we actually loved the 90s while slightly causing a temporary dementia of how much we despised it (remember mullets?!). So when we came across this little gem it was definitely a nostalgic moment. It seems like we fell in love all over again with the bedazzled denim shorts and the high waisted shorts paired with the leopard print tank top. Let’s not forget the big hair and sultry makeup that scream Cindy Crawford in her heyday. The look perpetrates a style that we all tried to mimic (we idolized Kelly Kapowski from Saved by the Bell) and whether or not we acheieved the look, we can all agree it was hot! Modernize this look for  present day, by pairing high waisted shorts with wedges or motorcyle boots if you desire a rocker-chic look. Don’t forget the red lipstick and big hair for  added oomph, just make sure you don’t get into a fight with your blowdryer the morning you decide to test this look out for a run.

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Images via fashiongonerogue

Ashlee Mellowes

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Posted Aug 10 2011 in Denim Fashion

Score The Perfect Pair Of Cut-Off Shorts For August From Coal N Terry Vintage

The perfect pair of short jean shorts make a summer-to-fall transition less painful for those of us who adore running around in our bathing suits for three months out of the year.  Take the best of summer with you into fall with a pair of sexy DIY-inspired cut-off shorts at Coal N Terry vintage! We’re in a free jeans kind of mood this week, so we’re letting you in on a little secret. Right now they’re running a contest that could score you a $200 gift card to spend at their online store! Read on for instructions below…



– Receive a $200 Gift Card which you can use to purchase ANYTHING in our online shop
– All countries are welcome to participate (WE SHIP WORLDWIDE)
– Winner will be choosen randomly


– “Like” COAL N TERRY VINTAGE on Facebook
– Reblog this as many times as you want HERE (no likes)
– Share this with your friends on Twitter, Facebook and Blog
– Must be following COAL N TERRY VINTAGE on tumblr
– Leave a comment on our Facebook Telling us what you will purchase with your $200 Gift Card
– This Giveaway will end September the 5th 2011

Good luck!

—DT Staff

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Posted Aug 05 2011 in Campaigns » Denim News

Street Style Roundup: Summer-To-Fall Looks To Steal Now!

One of the many reasons we love denim is that it isn’t bound by season. You can literally wear it any time of year. In our book that makes denim worth the buy every time! Check out some our favorite street style looks that will take you from summer to fall with no major wardrobe change necessary.


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This fashion blogger from England shows us exactly how to rock a denim studded romper in the colder months by the simple addition of Doc Marten’s and fishnets.


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It almost seems like denim cut-off shorts and leather jackets were meant to be worn together, no?


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This outfit shows what good accessorizing really looks like–cuffed denim shorts along with the combo of the platform heels, suede purse, and matching braided belt bring the fall color palette front and center.


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Once again we see how well leather and denim go together. Leather accented denim cutoff shorts matched with this amazing leopard biker jacket lets this girl take a walk on the wild side… right into fall.

—Elyssa Linden

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Posted Aug 03 2011 in Denim Fashion » Street Style Watch

Coal N Terry Vintage Lookbook: Studded Denim Cut-Offs

When this gem landed in our inbox this morning, we knew it was officially summer. Though not an extensive photo shoot, these snaps of long-haired vixens in studded denim cut-offs solidified our craving for a pair of scissors and the nearest pair of full-length jeans. We fear many of our jeans may not survive the summer, in fact—there are, after all, so many slasher-DIY opportunities at hand. But for today, our jeans are safe, because we’d rather sit in front of the AC and shop the spoils of Coal N Terry vintage than shred fibers all over the office floor.

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Tomorrow, however… is a different story.

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—DT Staff

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Posted Jun 21 2011 in Denim Fashion » Lookbooks

Denim Dose: Latest News & Links

Welcome to your morning dose of denim news, links, sales, and everything else we couldn’t help but share. Check out what’s happening (and totally not happening) in the world of denim now. Got a tip you think we should include? Email us!


1. In-demand dyed & studded denim cut-off shorts line “Runway Dreamz” is now in stock and available at Singer22, so whether you fancy a mint green or red-hot dye-job on your baby-blues this summer, you’re in luck.

2. Check out images of the newest buzz-worthy opening in the NY denim scene, the 3X1 STORE on Mercer Street. 3X1 is a custom-denim factory that churns out no more than 25 jeans per day while their soon-to-be-owners wait. See more photos at Urban Daddy.

3. Angela Lindvall pulls on a pair of Genetic Denim jeans amidst her photo shoot of luxurious evening-oriented sportswear in L’Officiel Paris. Nice touch.

4. Scrolling the Gold Whistle party pics from Lit Lounge (a fav watering hole in New York as it were), we saw of some denim styling we loved–including a destroyed denim vest (is that Mishka NYC we spot?) and high-waisted jeans with thick a striped t-shirt. (NSFW)

5. Imogene & Willie are about to put a little American History back into our favorite cotton twill. The Nashville-based brand has a new denim line you’ll love (or at least appreciate).

6. Ready to rock out all summer-long? Pitchfork posted their ultimate guide to summer festivals (and the list has us daydreaming of sunburns and music already). Shake off your shell bikini and cut those jeans into shorts!

—Michelle Christina Larsen

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Posted Jun 07 2011 in Denim News
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