Sometimes the best outfits are the simplest twists on proportions and silhouettes. Slight sartorial tweaks can breathe new life into tried and true classics. This is why I love this fresh update to the classic black suit. By wearing a slightly oversized
black blazer with an unexpected denim shirt, a black mini skirt, and black booties, Jaimee has put together an outfit that can easily go from the weekend to the work day to happy hour. Black makes the outfit a bit subdued, but the mini skirt and the denim button front add *pow* and personality.
We’ve been supporters of Blank Denim for a while now. Their affordable, on-trend styles are staples in our wardrobe. So we jumped at the chance to preview their fall ’13 look book. The collection includes dark and edgy looks, featuring skinny jeans in a variety of washes and fabrics (think velvet and leather). As well as couple looser, boyfriend styles. Even edgier zippers and paneling meet a strangely-harmonious, country-chic vibe complete with floral denim button ups and plaid. An interesting combo, but it works. Fitting for a motorcycle ride through the country. The detail is incredible throughout the entire collection. And if the aforementioned isn’t enough to have us begging for fall, their dark denim ombre button up, and leather moto jackets seal the deal.
Bonus, there’s an army green jacket with faux fur pink collar just calling our names. Overall, two thumbs up on the denim scale.
Most of the time, denim labels start with a denim collection and slowly venture into ready-to-wear. But Stella McCartney is taking a reverse approach, and stepping up her denim range for Spring ’14. The popular designer, known for her animal-friendly clothing, footwear and handbags has dabbled in denim, introducing a few styles each season but for spring ’14 is offering up to 10 different styles in 29 washes including prints, colors, shorts, skinny leg, and our favorite so far the boyfriend jean available in both a low, or mid-rise. We’re also anxious to see her range of fades and dyes including grey, rose and chamomile.
True to Stella’s commitment to sustainability, many of these denim additions are 100% organic cotton, farmed without the exposure to harmful chemicals. Styles will ship 3x a year and will retail between $350 – $595.
I’m obsessed with the idea of looking well put together without worrying about coordinating a top with a bottom or including tights or socks. I love summer dressing for this reason, everything seems so much easier when clothing is utilitarian and meant for activity (preferably outdoors). Jumpsuits have been an important part of my wardrobe for quite a few years, so when I spotted this beautiful denim wash on Levi’s Vintage Clothing Coverall Jumpsuit, the denim thickness and softness are only second to the amazing vintage wash (seriously so beautiful). It’s a lovely relaxed silhouette and felt really comfortable. If you have a small frame, it might feel bulky, but the comfortable fit and luxurious vintage denim might make you forget that.
If there was ever a way to make a denim skirt suit feel relaxed, easy and carefree, Joseph Altuzarra has figured it out. Easy is all you really want from a denim suit right? Altuzarra wins with his recent Resort 2014 collection, complete with the aforementioned denim suit (paired here with a bralette, some finge, and killer heels), and following what look to be the perfect fitting flare legged denim trousers and a form-fitting denim vest.
Granted, pairing a mid drift baring bralette under a blazer may be a little Carrie Bradshaw for us, everything else about this look is very wearable. Same for the pants. We love the baby blue blazer pairing. Again, we may not brave the denim two piece (w/ vest), but as sepeartes, each piece is refreshing for spring or summer.
If you don’t feel like waiting until Resort to try these styles: Rebecca Minkoff makes a charming Chambray Jacket, Paige Denim well-ftting Flare Jeans, and Textile Elizabeth and James a hot denim vest.
(Images via Style.com)
Denim jackets are a must item to have in your closet when constantly shifting temperatures make layering a priority. Here Liska does an amazing job of using her “trucker style” denim jacket to tie all her layers of color and texture together. This all day worthy outfit includes pieces from Alexander Wang, Rachel Comey, Dieppa Restrepo, and Helmut Lang.