Coated Jeans are one of those things you think will only be around for a season or two. But no… they have stuck around long enough to be a permanent member of the denim family. An alternative to leather (and pleather), coated jeans are both light weight enough and breathe enough to give that edgy look without the cost. This season, DL1961 has a great collection of coated jeans utilizing their 4-way trademark stretch, giving you that perfect fit that retains its shape. The Emma Coated Legging Jean is a classic style to add to your fall wardrobe.
The only thing is how do you care for coated jeans? Turn them inside out and hand wash, or you can also send them to an eco-friendly dry cleaners that doesn’t use heat. You could also recoat your jeans, but try it first on an older pair so you can practice your technique.
I’ve become quite discerning when it comes to sweaters. Many a time I’ve purchased an ‘affordable’ sweater only to have it pill so badly it rendered itself unwearable. When the temperatures drop, having a cozy sweater is always key for comfort. But what kind of sweater would be worth an investment? Surely you’d want to get a sweater that looks chic year after year.
Enter cable knit sweaters.
The style based off the Aran knit sweater came from Ireland, originally made with unscoured (the sheep’s natural oils left in the wool) making the sweaters water-resistant. Perfect for fisherman! These days, the sweater style is made in a variety of fibers and colors, and since the style has survived the test of time. (Kind of like how jeans are a timeless classic.)
Combine the beautiful textures of a cable knit sweater with a pair of well-worn jeans and you have that perfect outfit that will look great year after year.
Images via: Le Fashion, Fashion Gone Rogue Tumblr, Derek Blasberg Instagram, Madewell, and various places on Pinterest.
There is nothing like a trip to the mountains in the fall. Why? Usually that’s where the seasons never fail to show up. It’s always good to get out of the rat race of the cities and suburbs, and let’s face it, the beaches just won’t get you into the fall spirit. Free People released their October lookbook paying homage to mountain style. My sister lives in the mountains, and I can attest, her style is very tom-boyish. Mountain boots, overalls, jeans, flannels, layers upon layers. Everything revolves around practicality. I would have to say that Free People really straddled the line between the trend styling and the reality of mountain living. It makes me want to leave my city clothes behind and head to the hills.
Oh Madge, how do I even begin? When Madonna first entered the cultural conversation she changed everything. Sure, at the time people were just saying she used sex to get attention, that she didn’t have any talent, they called her a whore. When nude photos of her taken before she was famous were published in Penthouse and Playboy, she responded by saying, “So what?” She continued doing what she wanted and rose above her critics.
Of all celebrities, Madonna is probably the most Post-Modern in terms of her image. Ever evolving, borrowing from cultures, religions, mixing fashion styles and creating something that is really totally her. When it comes to denim, she nailed the trend that would define the image of the 80′s. Relaxed fit, light wash, distressed, and most of all layers upon layers.
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We all know the usual suspects when it comes to denim. Jeans, jean jackets, denim shirts. Everything evolves at a snail’s pace in the denim world. But we like it that way. Subtle evolutions in fit and fabric to the denim connoisseur is like the notes of fruit and wood to the wino. However, those evolutions would never make big leaps without fashion designers, real designers, who think of fashion as an art form. One of which is Faustine Steinmetz whose Spring ’15 collection focuses on denim. Made of destructed denim, frayed layers, and denim yarn formed onto tailored pieces, this collection questions the very foundation of a pair of jeans. Steinmetz told Dazed Digital, “All the yarns are made from recycled denim,” she explains of her process. “We unravelled the old denim and used traditional pleating and hand stitching techniques.” Of course, it’s not for everyone to wear on the streets, but couldn’t you see a bit of detailing here in your wardrobe? All Images from Dazed Digital
One person I never get bored or tired of is Debbie Harry. Her look during the Blondie years is unmatched by any other female musician (in my opinion) or maybe it was those cheekbones and almond shaped eyes. Anyway, Vogue Turkey ran an editorial featuring Natasha Poly inspired by those 70′s photos of Harry, except the one with the baby. I’m not sure what the baby is doing there. I’m not even sure if the baby knows what the baby is doing there. None the less, I keep coming back to photos of skinny jeans tucked into knee-high boots. Maybe it’s time to get back on that…. I seem to have forsaken my knee-high boots as of late. Anyway, I love how this editorial makes even the simplest outfits (skinny jeans and striped tee, denim shorts and a blazer, double denim) look fierce.
Images via Fashion Gone Rogue
WARNING: There are a few NSFW ads in this post.
Yes, can you believe it… LEVI’S running NSFW ads in regular magazines? FOURTY YEARS AGO? Apologies for the gratuitous capitalizations… but looking back at the golden age of advertising, and the golden age of Levi’s, you have to admit that some of the advertising is even more progressive than what you would see today. More diversity, psychedelic design, heck, even nudity!
Anyway, those were the 70′s. The only things I actually remember from those days revolve around the Muppet Show, Star Wars, and playing outside by myself. That said, it’s worth noting that Levi’s do have a vintage collection with new versions of old styles available to purchase, in case you are feeling a bit nostalgic.
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This week I’ve finally decided to get out of my fear around DIY distressing jeans. I frayed the hems of a few pairs of jeans and am wearing them around. The whole thing got me itching to try out some other denim DIY techniques to get them distressed just exactly the way I want them.
While I regret nothing about buying my jeans pre-distressed, sometimes a pair of jeans would be “perfect” if they had just that piece of distressing that’s updated and on trend or subtle enough not to feel like I’m trying too hard. Distressing your jeans at home is not just a matter of taking a pair of scissors to them. Learn from the mistakes of others, and maybe get some inspiration to try your own experiments.
Here are a few videos I found to be helpful on distressing jeans at home:
The Basics on Distressing:
For the Sliced Knee:
For the Frayed Hem:
To Splatter Bleach Your Jeans: